Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child by Boris Vujicic {book review}


Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child by Boris Vujicic {book review}  “You may lack limbs, but don’t let that define what you can or can’t do.”  That’s the life-changing advice Boris Vujicic spoke to his son, Nick, who was born without arms or legs.

RaisingthePerfectSummary:  With the help of his parents, Nick has become an internationally known inspirational speaker, a best-selling author, the founder of the nonprofit organization Life Without Limbs and, most important, a loving and responsible husband and father himself.

But Nick’s journey didn’t start there.  Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child is the inspiring, powerfully transparent story of how two unprepared and overwhelmed parents — Boris and Dushka Vujicic — overcame their grief, fears, and badly shaken faith to raise such an accomplished, faith-filled, and perfectly imperfect son.

Through their stories, Boris offers practical advice and encouragement for all parents facing a “new normal” when raising a child with special needs or unique challenges.  With tenderness, he addresses the spiritual, emotional, and financial challenges, and offers insights on how to equip a child for happiness and success in life.

My reaction:  I cannot say enough about this book, it is that good.  I read it just as it was being released by the publisher.  I pray that it is a best seller.  I hope people won’t dismiss it because they’ve heard Nick, the author’s son, or read his books.  This book is good in its own merit.

Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child is a book for all readers who have experienced stress in their lives, whether they have a disabled child or not.  Whether they are parents or not, for that matter.  It’s a great read for those who want to understand to some degree the life of a parent of a disabled child.  It’s also a great read for anyone desiring practical life application of Biblical principles.

When I chose the book I didn’t recognize the name, didn’t realize that Nick Vujicic is the author’s son, that he is an adult in his own right.  Not that it makes any difference, except in the author’s perspective, which is undoubtedly more objective and richer spiritually than if the child were still a child.

The book is divided into ten chapters by varying subjects which are somewhat chronological throughout a parent’s life.  It is written in narrative style, and does not read like a textbook.  The author is a humble man, not the voice of authority, though he and his wife are undoubtedly authorities on the subject of parenting.  His writing style is that of sharing their experiences in hope of encouraging others.

Each chapter concludes with ‘Takeaway Thoughts’, bullet point reviews of the chapter’s main points.  The book is not preachy.  It speaks from personal experience.

As I read, the following quotes stood out:

“I believe that is the purpose for each one of us,

to be the inspiration and the light in our own corners of the world,

no matter what circumstances we face.”  

 (Boris Vujicic, Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child, page 174)

“The lesson is, don’t miss the boat while waiting for a miracle.  

Take help where you can find it.  

This lesson applies to all people in crises or under intense stress and particularly to parents of disabled and special-needs children.”

(Boris Vujicic, Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child, page 176)

This is a book of extraordinary faith in an extraordinary God, and is a testament to the unending grace of God, which is sufficient for every need of every person in every circumstance.

My rating:  5 stars

Ten chapters of humbly given advice to parents of children with disabilities, which in principle embody practical tips for life in general.  Beautifully weaves the story of their lives as parents, with practical lessons learned from the parenting experience.

How can the reader help but respect such humble honesty?  And how can the reader not only gain an understanding of the difficulties of parenting a disabled child, but also learn the value of trusting a loving God to provide all that parent (and child) needs?

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Boris Vujicic

The author holding his grandson on his son’s shoulders.

About the author:  Boris Vujicic is Chief Systems and Financial Officer for Attitide is Altitude, Inc., the organization established by his son, best-selling author Nick Vujicic. Born in Yugoslavia, Boris immigrated with his family to Australia. He and his wife, Dushka, have started two churches and helped in the missions and ministry of several more churches in other countries. Boris and his family reside in Los Angeles.

This review is also available on Blogging for Books, Goodreads, and christianbook.com .

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