Thursday, July 25, 2013

Limitless: Devotions for a Ridiulously Good Life: Book Review

I had only heard of Nick Vujicic from the internet. It is hard to ignore some who has no arms and no legs, who helps to put one’s life into perspective with his infectious positive attitude and faith in God. So, it was with this minimal background that I picked Limitless: Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life to review.

The book is set up as a devotional book. Each chapter (there are fifty) is less than two pages, which I like because it feels like I have read a lot more than I really have. Haha. The format is similar throughtout. There is a topic, a Bible verse, a personal story and a quick paragraph to focus the reader on that particular topic.

This is part of the book’s strength and weakness. It is an easy read and even when one reads two or three chapter each day, allowing time for reflection; it does not take long to get through the book. The flip side of this is that it doesn’t have much substance. Additionally, each chapter ending offers a pretty generic bit of “trust God and all things will work out” type of inspiration. The problem, for me, is that there is sometimes a disconnect between the context of Scriptures used and the inspiration at the end. One does not necessarily need to be a Christian to be encouraged. This can be good and bad. Obviously, we want to encourage our unbelieving friends and family; however, there are some of the encouragement that can only come through trust in Jesus Christ.

Overall, this is an easy read. If you want some simple inspiration and encouragement, this is a good choice. What sets this apart from just fortune cookie quotes is that the stories Vujucic adds makes his encouragement more powerful because of the struggles and failures that he writes about. That can give most of us perspective, hope and encouragement in a powerful way. The stories he includes makes me want to check out his autobiographical titles for more extended details.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.

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