Then check out, Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life by Nick Vujicic. Nick is a internationally known motivational speaker. He was born without arms or legs, yet he chose to use his disabilities to motivate others to succeed.
Much of the book is an autobiographical sketch of Nick's life. In good storytelling fashion, he tells how his parents first reacted to his disability. He tells how he learned to adapt-- how he made up his own way of standing up and moving instead of just following the therapist's suggestions. He talks very honestly about times in his life when he felt despair and hopelessness-- even considered ending his own life. He shares his journey of faith and how God used his family to show him the plans God had for him. He tells how he got to the point where he could realize he was "custom made for God's works to be made manifest." He gives testimony to his faith in Christ and how it changed his life.
Interwoven in the book are inspirational messages. Nick shares tips on having a healing attitude, dealing with fear, handling change, making connections, and being ridiculous. Yes, he has a set of "ridiculous rules". You'll have to read the book to get this one.
I choose to review this book because as a teacher, I am always curious about students who deal with special needs. Sometimes those students (especially in Elementary school) aren't able to communicate their thoughts and feelings about those disabilities. I really appreciated Nick's honesty in this book and how he was open about his struggles and even his families struggle with his disability. He was equally honest with how he and his family have worked together to overcome challenges. I was so inspired by his mom. (I honestly think she should write her own book). As a mother, I always wonder how to deal with my kids when they have challenges to face. I love some of the things his mom did: she told him about God's unconditional love, she read books with him to engage him in conversation, and she told him he was normal. I enjoyed that he shared that his mom read the story of Joni Erickson Tada- the story of a paraplegic woman- with him. And I love this phrase that he recorded his mom said, "...you are normal. You just have a few bits and pieces missing, that's all."
I felt that Nick was very well-informed and relevant. He made several references to youtube videos he had produces and talked about social networking in his book. He seemed to have a large knowledge of all his topics, yet I wished he had not included quite so many topics in one book. I hope he writes more books and I think it would have kept my attention longer if he had saved some for later.
This book made me feel encouraged and inspired. There was so much passion coming through the typed words on the page. I knew I needed to look up Nick Vujicic on youtube so I could see this passion "in person". Here is an example of the passion and determination this man has-
I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.