Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review of Love Without Limits

Thank you to Cathy Harvey, Administrative Assistant, for writing today's blog.

As winter crept in, I stole a few hours to soak up a new read, a biography of an amazing man who has lived without arms or legs.  You may have heard of him or seen his unique videos.  Google “Nick Vujicic” and he’ll pop right up.   His name is as unique as his capabilities, but if you can’t remember his name, simply Google “man without arms and legs” and my guess is it will be hard to stop reading his website or hard not to click into numerous photos, videos, and testimonies that he has posted.

His book Love Without Limits is his seventh inspiring book in which he explains “it doesn’t take a perfect person to find a perfect love.”   This native born Australian with a Serbian name is incredibly optimistic and answers hard questions about how he lives, how he overcame depression and bullying, how to live above circumstances and how, as he says, to live a “ridiculously good life” even without limbs.  His books are filled with practical advice and common sense while offering snippets of his world speaking tours, the company and ministry he has started, and godly people he has met along the way.

Book seven, however, tackles yet another astounding aspect of his life—his marriage to a beautiful Mexican-Japanese woman named Kanae!  This is a page turner from page one.  Even without reading his previous books, the reader still learns much about his life and how he came to Christ.  As one can imagine, he did not think he would ever find someone who would ever feel compelled to marry him, a man without arms and legs.  There was no medical reason for his unusual birth, and he has only met less than 30 other people like himself in the world.  BUT GOD, in His sovereign plan, wove his life with another’s even though they lived an ocean apart. He is very clear from the beginning, that even without arms and legs he had a desire to find love, give love, and be loved just like everyone else.  He is candid about what a romantic comedy his dating years made!

Page after page he answers all the questions that pop into one’s head about how he functions in day to day needs.  The book toggles between telling his life story and hearing the love story from his and his wife’s perspectives.  Both Mr. & Mrs. add practical Biblical wisdom to the pitfalls and temptation of dating, loving, marrying, and having children. As the tagline to the book reads, this is certainly “a remarkable story of true love conquering all”!

I do not want to give too much away or steal the awe you will feel as you read their amazing story and see how they conquered one challenge after another.  Even if you’ve been too busy to read lately, I highly recommend you check out Love Without Limits at your local library, and be encouraged by someone who had every reason to be discouraged, but is not!

Life Without Limits
Nick Vujicic with Kanae Vujicic
Published by WaterBrook Press, 2014
ISBN:  978-1-60142-617-8

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