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Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action [Format Kindle]

Nick Vujicic
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Faith in Action
     Near the end of my 2011 speaking tour in Mexico, an official with the US embassy in Mexico City called to inform me that my US work visa had been put on hold for “a national security investigation.”
     I live in the United States on that visa because I am a native of Australia. I could not return to my California home without it. Since my staff had scheduled an upcoming series of speaking engagements in the United States, this was a serious problem.
     I scrambled to the US embassy with Richie, my caregiver, early the next morning to try to figure out how my visa had anything to do with national security. When we arrived, we found the large reception area packed with people dealing with their own issues. We had to take a number, like in a bakery. The wait was so long I had a nice nap before we finally were called to meet with an official.
     When I’m nervous, I turn to humor. It doesn’t always work. “Is there a problem with my fingerprints on the visa?” I joked. The embassy person glared at me. Then he called his supervisor. (Maybe my sense of humor was posing a threat to American security?)
     The supervisor arrived, also looking quite grim. Visions of being behind bars crept into my head.
     “Your name has been tagged as part of an investigation,” the supervisor stated robotically. “You can’t return to the United States until this is cleared up, and that will take up to a month.”
     The blood drained from my body. This cannot be happening!
     Richie collapsed to the ground. At first I thought he’d fainted, but he had dropped to his knees in prayer in front of two hundred people. Yes, he’s a very caring caregiver. He raised his arms and his hands together, asking God for a miracle to get us home.
     Everything around me seemed to be in fast-forward and slow motion at the same time. As my head whirled, the embassy official added that my name probably was flagged because I travel so much around the world.      Did they suspect me of being an international terrorist? an arms dealer with no arms? Honest, I hadn’t laid a hand on anyone. (See what happens when I’m nervous? Make me stop!)
     “Come on, seriously, how dangerous could I be?” I asked the embassy official. “I’m meeting with Mexico’s  president and his wife at the presidential house tomorrow for a Three Kings Day party, so obviously they don’t see me as a threat.”
     The US official was not moved. “I don’t care if you’re meeting with President Obama, you aren’t reentering the United States until this investigation is completed,” he said.
     The situation might have been funny if my schedule hadn’t been
packed with a long list of speaking engagements back in the good old US
of A. I had to get home.
     I was not about to sit around and wait for someone to decide that Americans were safe with Nick in the house. I pleaded with the embassy official for several more minutes, explaining my obligations, dropping the names of important people, stressing that I had employees who counted on me and orphans who looked up to me.
     He checked with someone higher in rank on the phone. “All they can do is try to expedite the process. It will still take at least two weeks,” he said.
     I probably had a dozen appearances scheduled for those two weeks. But the embassy official was not sympathetic. All we could do at that point was return to our hotel, where I frantically began calling everyone I knew for help and prayers.
     I was tapping into the power of faith in action.
     To simply say “I believe” in something is not enough. If you want to have an impact in this world, you must put your beliefs and your faith into action. In this case I tapped into my belief in the power of prayer. I called our team at my nonprofit organization, Life Without Limbs (LWL), in California and asked them to start a prayer chain. “We’re moving up the chain of command—way up!” I told them.
     The staff at LWL made a flurry of phone calls and sent out a flood of e-mails, tweets, and text messages. Within an hour, one hundred fifty people were praying for a quick resolution to my visa challenge. I also put out calls to friends and supporters who might have influence, relatives, neighbors, or former classmates in the US State Department.
     Three hours later, someone from the embassy in Mexico called me. “I can’t believe this, but you’ve been cleared,” the official said. “The investigation is over. You can come pick up your renewed US visa tomorrow morning.”
     That, my friend, is the power of faith in action! It can move mountains, and it can move Nick out of Mexico too.

Acting in Faith
     In my travels around the world, people faced with challenges ask me for my advice and my prayers. Often, they know what they need to do, but they are afraid to make a change or to take the first step by asking for help or
trusting in God. You, too, may be facing challenges that have you feeling helpless, scared, stuck, paralyzed, uncertain, and unable to act. I understand. I’ve been there. When teens and young adults come to me and tell
me they are being bullied, that they feel lost and alone in the world, or that they are scared because of disabilities, illness, or self-destructive thoughts, I know exactly where they are coming from.
     My physical challenges are easy to see, yet people only have to talk to me or hear me speak for a few minutes to understand how much joy I have in spite of that. So they often ask me how I stay positive and where I find the strength to overcome my disabilities. My answer, always, is, “I pray for God’s help, and then I put my faith in action.” I have faith. I believe in certain things that I have no tangible proof of—things I cannot see, taste, touch, smell, or hear. Most of all, I have faith in God. Though I can’t see or touch Him, I believe He created me for a purpose, and I believe that when I put my faith and my beliefs into action, I put myself in a position for God’s blessings.
     Will I always get what I want? No! But I will always get what God wants. The same is true for you. Whether you are a Christian or not, you must never think that simply believing in something is enough. You can believe in your dreams, but you have to take action to make them happen. You can believe in your talents and have faith in your abilities, but if you don’t develop them and put them to use, what good are they? You can believe that you are a good and caring person, but if you don’t treat others with goodness and care, where is the proof ? 
     You have a choice. You can believe or not believe. But if you believe—whatever you believe—you must act upon it. Otherwise, why believe? You may have had challenges in your career, your relationships, or your health. Maybe you have been mistreated, abused, or discriminated against. All those things that have happened to you do define you or your life if you fail to take action to define yourself. You can believe in your talents. You can believe that you have love to give. You can believe that you can overcome your illness or disability. But that belief on its own won’t bring positive change in your life.
     You must put it into action.
     If you believe you can change your life for the better or make a positive mark in your town or your state or your world, act upon those beliefs. If you think you have a great idea for starting your own business, you must invest your time, money, and talents and make that business happen. Otherwise, what good is just having the idea? If you have identified someone whom you’d like to spend the rest of your life with, why not act upon that belief? What have you got to lose?

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Being unstoppable is about believing and achieving. It’s about having faith in yourself, your talents and your purpose and, most of all, in God’s great love and His divine plan for your life.
 
Millions around the world recognize the smiling face and inspirational message of Nick Vujicic.  Despite being born without arms or legs, Nick’s challenges have not kept him from enjoying great adventures, a fulfilling and meaningful career, and loving relationships.  Nick has overcome trials and hardships by focusing on the promises that he was created for a unique and specific purpose, that his life has value and is a gift to others, and that no matter the despair and hard times in life, God is always present. Nick credits his success in life to the power that is unleashed when faith takes action.
 
But how does that happen?  In Unstoppable Nick addresses adversity and difficult circumstances that many people face today, including:  
 
·         Personal crises
·         Relationship issues
·         Career and job challenges
·         Health and disability concerns
·         Self-destructive thoughts, emotions, and addictions
·         Bullying, persecution, cruelty, and intolerance
·         Balance in body, mind, heart, and spirit  
·         Service to others

Through stories from his own life and the experiences of many others, Nick explains how anyone wanting a “ridiculously good life” can respond to these issues and more to become unstoppable. What’s standing in your way?  Are you ready to become unstoppable?

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A quand la version en français ? 17 novembre 2012
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J'attends avec impatience la version en français (en espagnol ou en italien) de cet ouvrage que ce soit format Kindle ou imprimé.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring! 9 octobre 2012
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You've surely seen a video by Mr. Vijicic. If you are like me, I imagine it held your attention. He's a Christian and an advocate for folks with disability to live life to the fullest, to reject the stereotypes that disabled individuals often face, and live beyond discouragement.

This is his second book, here published by Waterbrook Press, that follows up his very successful first volume Life Without Limits. The cover gives you an idea of what you might be in for with this book and Mr. Vujicic. The subtitle"The Incredible Power of faith in Action" accurately defines the ground he covers.

The book begins with him telling you how successful and busy he has been. If that were to hit you wrongly, he will quickly mute it when he tells you the emotional crisis he has gone through the last few years. He relates that although the first book and speaking ministry have been successful, his company almost crashed at the low point of our economy. This shortly after he had expanded the company, hired new people, and let his parents pull up stakes to move here from Australia to help. His Dad is an accountant and a classic believer in fiscal responsibility! He fell into deep depression and really spares none of the gory details when he tells the story. What he learned and how he dealt with it is worthy reading. He relates to a secret suicide attempt in childhood because of the sadness of what he imagined his life would be. He encourages us in showing how he, a motivational speaker, had to relearn a lesson he should have known well. I can relate to the relearning thing for sure.

In another story he tells about the highs and lows of the journey of God bringing his wonderful wife to him. It is as gripping as a novel, except he draws out real life lessons from the ordeal. You find yourself cheering when he gets her.

The rest of the book is not as good, but he addresses practical matters illustrated by stories of people he met along the way of his ministry. His dealing with bullies, since he had much experience with it, was well done.

The book is in no way theological. It is motivational, with a big you-can-do-it push. It does declare on several occasions that the Lord is also critical to handling adversity, but that is not so carefully brought out. Still, for what this book tries to do, it really succeeds. You will be inspired!

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 .
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unstoppable 4 octobre 2012
Par Jennisbookreviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Nick is at it again. This book is a book of hope. It reminds people that they have a life purpose and meaning.

"I've found that when I'm most confused about God's plan for me, when I'm seriously struggling to figure out what I should do to serve His purpose, He will place someone in my path or create a situation to reveal that purpose or to test whether I walk the talk" (19).

I like that Nick was real about his own struggles and wanting to help others get back on track. "If you feel yourself sliding into despair, drained of energy, and depleted of faith, ask yourself, 'What matters most to me? What gives me joy? What drives me and gives my life meaning? How can I get that back" (46)?

"When God calls you to do something, you may not understand or be enthusiastic at first. But you should always be passionate about Him, which means you will do anything for Him" (80).

I really liked reading about how Nick met his wife in chapter three. He shared his own insecurities about finding true love and it is so beautiful to read about how God planned it all out for him and Kanae.

I am thankful for the testimony Nick Vujicic continues to share through his ministries and books.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Definately inspiring 5 janvier 2013
Par Angel Roman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Initially I wanted to read the book, because I was really interested in Nick's life. I was so inspired by the impact of his life and conferences around the globe. Last september he was in Mexico and his speech was broadcasted in TV.

The main topic of the book is about the "power of faith in action", going beyond our limits, physical or mental. And put into action our words or our beliefs. Nick's faith is well presented on each chapter, you can easily feel how he honors God in everything he does, and writes. His own life is an extreme example of the topic, and I'm sure it's not only inspiring to those with physical disabilities.

Unfortunately there were many things I didn't like about the book. First the long chapter about love and relationships, where Nick shares his love story of how he met his wife Kanae, and his advices on the subject. I'm not sure if it's only me but I found the chapter obviously personal, maybe too much actually. And there's a point where Nick shares his view about his past relationships, which according to him were allowed by God to learn. Let me say I'm not agree with that thought. We were given free will to take our own decisions, good or bad they'll have consequences and only by God's grace we learn from those bad decisions in the future.

The other thing is that half of the book, or more, is filled with personal experiences from other people: tv stars, students, ministry people, etc. They're awesome testimonies about putting faith into action, they're good examples of faith and courage, but then the book itself seems to be more a "collection of" inspiring testimonies than a book written by only one author.

I'm sure that Nick Vujicic's life example will continue to reach more people to give their best in life, and hopefully give themselves to God. But I'm sure he has more personal wisdom to offer from his own life experiences and relationship with God.

Disclosure: I received this ebook for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for an honest review.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Living Life with Unstoppable Faith 29 octobre 2012
Par Jackie Paulson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic © 2012 written by Jackie Paulson (BOOK #2)
This is the second book Nick has published. I want to thank Blogging for books for a free copy for my review. Vujicic is pronounced Voo~yi~chich). His disability did not stop him from enjoying adventures, fulfilling and meaningful career, and loving relationships. His goal is to share with you the unstoppable power of faith in action that has helped him create his own good life.
Nick wrote this book as he was so inspired by people who asked him for advice and guidance in dealing with challenges in their own lives. The chapters cover topics that were asked of him the most and include:
* Personal crises
* Relationship issues
* Career and job challenges
* Health and disability concerns
* Self destructive thoughts, emotions and addictions
* Bullying, persecution, cruelty, and intolerance
* Dealing with matters beyond our control
* How to reach out and serve others
* Finding balance in body, mind, heart and spirit

Nicks desire is to help you and inspire you to overcome whatever challenges you face.
I love the photos from years ago until now in the middle of the book too. What a personal touch!
Thank you blogging for books for my free copy for my honest review.
© 2012 Jackie Paulson
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic 22 octobre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I received a copy of Unstoppable from WaterBrook Multnomah. I have never heard of Nick Vujicic before reading his book. I was blown away by how Nick has overcome the odds of being born without arms and legs. Unstoppable is a book that focuses on circumstances that many people face everyday. He talks about personal crises; relationship problems; health and disability; and even bullying.

I was so touched by his story of what happened in Mexico and how the power of prayer can make all the differences in all of our lives. Nick Vujicic is the director of a nonprofit organization Life Without Limbs. Since I
loved reading this book I plan on reading his previous book Life Without Limits. As a parent of a child with a disability, I would recommend this book. For no other reason that it reminded me that just because my child has a disability, she is still a person who can do anything.
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