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Life Without Limits

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

If you are not a reader, and if you were told you have to read just ONE book, this would be THE BOOK.

Just the video inspires you, and yet humbles you.

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs. His family, especially his parents, loved him unconditionally. The book is his story, how he had to deal with his disabilities emotionally and physically growing up. It is brutally honest, and you can feel his despair. But as the book progresses, you see this extraordinary man embrace God, have faith in God’s plan for him, and how he transforms his life into living happily and independently. There are some funny moments in the book which simply bring tears to your eyes (my favorite moment was when he stuffed himself into the baggage carrier on top of the airline seats as a prank!)

Here we are, with hands and legs, and we grumble through life. There are days nothing anyone does or anything around us makes us happy. We forget how blessed we are. We forget how it is up to us to make a choice to be happy – no matter what!

“To wish for change will change nothing. To make the decision to take action right now will change everything!”

His book offers practical day to day advice for building a life of fulfillment and happiness by accepting what you cannot change, and embracing what you can change. And that’s what Nick did. Instead of letting his disability bring him down, he embraced it, and went on to conquer one goal after another – learning how to swim to learning how to surf! Yes surf! Now that’s incredible.

I remember reading his chapter on learning how to swim and thought to myself – dammit Leena you are scared to swim why?? And I ended up enrolling into classes to learn how to swim. I figured if he can do it, so can I! Screw living in fear! ūüôā

Go ahead and invest in this book. I promise you – you will start to live your life with happiness once you realize that it is your imperfections that make you the Unique You that you truly are!

“I found happiness when I realized that as imperfect as I may be, I am the perfect Nick Vujicic. I am God’s creation, designed according to his perfect plan for me.”

Rating: 10/10

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The Path to Freedom

The Path to Freedom (Freedom in Exile & Ancient Wisdom, Modern World) by His Holiness The Dalai Lama

One of the first books I read on His Highness The Dalai Lama.   This book found me in a random bookstore in Beirut during a time of questioning and it was one of the first spiritual books I ever read. The Path to Freedom is actually 2 books combined in one.

Part 1 (Freedom in Exile) is an autobiography of Tenzin Gyatso, a person we all know as 14th The Dalai Lama. In his own words, he takes us through his life, from being recognized as an incarnation of the previous¬†Dalai Lamas¬†to being enthroned as the Supreme Spiritual Leader of¬†Tibet. He describes the struggle of keeping Tibet free, to the invasion of China, to escaping and living in exile in India.¬†He describes the mysteries of¬†Tibetan¬†Buddhism, Tibet’s continued struggle for¬†independence, and the importance of living in peace in today’s world. Highly Inspiring.

Part 2 (Ancient Wisdom, Modern World) deals with¬†our¬†quest for happiness as humans in today’s world, and how certain ethics of restraint, virtue, compassion etc can play a role in our life. ¬† He simply tries to define a few truths that have transcended time and space, science and technology, and how it can provide us with the tools to live a happy and compassionate life, full of love and meaning. It is not based on religious principles, but rather the universal principles of life.

Rating: 7 / 10