Life Without Limits
Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life
D O U B L E DAY
N E W YORK LON DON TORONTO SYDN E Y AUCKL AN D
published by doubleday Copyright © 2010 by Nicholas James Vujicic All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Doubleday Religion, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. www.crownpublishing.com doubleday and the dd colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Vujicic, Nick. Life without limits : inspiration for a ridiculously good life / Nick Vujicic. — 1st ed. p. cm. (alk. paper) 1. Christian life. 2. Happiness—Religious aspects—Christianity. 3. Vujicic, Nick. I. Title. BV4501.3.V85 2010 248.8'6—dc22 2010020409 ISBN 978-0-307-58973-6 Printed in the United States of America design by level c 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First Edition
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If You Can’t Get a Miracle, Become One No Arms, No Legs, No Limits Full Assurance in the Heart Love the Perfectly Imperfect You Attitude Is Altitude Armless But Not Harmless Don’t Let Your Face Plant Grow Roots The New Bloke in the Bushes Trust Others, More or Less An Equal Opportunity Hugger The Ridiculous Rules Make Giving Your Mission Acknowledgments Resources: Get Plugged into Philanthropy
GOD: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I’d also like to dedicate this book to the Toth family in San Diego, California, as I will never forget the cornerstone of faith Phil placed in my life. His contagious ﬂame for evangelism marked the beginning of mine.
y name is Nick Vujicic (pronounced Voy-a-chich). I am twentyseven years old. I was born without any limbs, but I am not
constrained by my circumstances. I travel the world encouraging millions of people to overcome adversity with faith, hope, love, and courage so that they may pursue their dreams. In this book I will share with you my experiences in dealing with adversity and obstacles, some of them unique to me but most universal to us all. My goal is to encourage you to overcome your own challenges and hardships so you can ﬁ nd your own purpose and pathway to a ridiculously good life. Often we feel life is unfair. Hard times and tough circumstances can trigger self-doubt and despair. I understand that well. But the Bible says, “Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of any kinds.” That is a lesson I struggled many years to learn. I eventually ﬁgured it out, and through my experiences I can help you see that most of the hardships we face provide us with opportunities to discover who we are meant to be and what we can share of our gifts to beneﬁt others. My parents are devout Christians, but after I was born with neither arms nor legs, they wondered what God had in mind in creating me. At ﬁ rst they assumed that there was no hope and no future for someone like me, that I would never live a normal or productive life. Today, though, my life is beyond anything we could have imag-
ined. Every day I hear from strangers via telephone, e-mail, text, and Twitter. They approach me in airports, hotels, and restaurants and hug me, telling me that I have touched their lives in some way. I am truly blessed. I am ridiculously happy. What my family and I could not foresee was that my disability—my “burden”—could also be a blessing, offering me unique opportunities for reaching out to others, empathizing with them, understanding their pain, and offering them comfort. Yes, I do have distinct challenges, but I also am blessed with a loving family, with a keen enough mind, and with a deep and abiding faith. I’ll be candid here and throughout the book in sharing that neither my faith nor my sense of purpose grew strong until I went through some very scary times. You see,...