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STAND STRONG by NICK VUJICIC REVIEWED


STAND STRONG
By Nick Vujicic
Published by Waterbrook Press
ISBN#9780307730930
213 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: No Bully Can Define Who You Are 
Nick has experienced bullying of all kinds for being “different.” But he’s learned that he doesn’t have to play the bully’s game–and neither do you. In Stand Strong Nick gives you strategies for developing a “bully defense system,” so you can handle bullies of all kinds by building your strength from the inside out.
 Find out how to: 

·         Turn being bullied into a great opportunity (yes, really!)
·         Create a safety zone within yourself
·         Establish strong values that no bully can shake
·         Deal with cyber bullies
·         Develop a spiritual foundation to stay strong against bullying
·         Monitor your emotions and control your response to them
·         Help others who are being bullied

Are you facing the unwanted attention of a bully?  You can stand up to the challenge, because you have greater power over your feelings and your life than you may think! Just ask Nick--the man with no arms or legs…and “a ridiculously good life.”

REVIEW: I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that showed me another side of this amazing man. He has such a great outlook on life. It wasn’t always this way. He is transparent about how it was growing up and the things he learned as he faced bullying in new schools. He has traveled around the world speaking and has learned that Bullying is a global epidemic.

The author states, “Being bullied, sadly, is as common as catching a cold or stubbing your toe.” He goes on to point out that being bullied is not just happening to the young or the disabled. He says, “Bullies can be your boss, coworkers, teachers, coaches, boyfriends, or girlfriends – anyone who abuses his power or position.” He shares in the book that most of his live (even now) he was a bully magnet – He said, “I’m the poster child for the most common bullying experiences and that is for being different.”

When he was young he would try to figure out why someone would treat him this way. Then, “Finally I realized that the bullying wasn’t about my problem. It was about the bully… the bully’s motives don’t matter. You do. …so instead of focusing on why a bully is picking on you. Let’s focus on helping you feel secure and happy again.”

He has some strategies for dealing with bullying situations that surprised me. He starts off by saying, “building strength from the inside out, from your deepest thoughts and feelings – your heart and soul – to the way you see the world, make decisions, and take actions. You build your bully defense system from the inside out by:

1.      Figuring out who you are so no bully can tell you differently or make you feel badly;
2.      Taking responsibility for your own behavior and happiness so bullies have no ultimate power over you;
3.      Establishing strong values that no bully can shake.”

The author goes on to list 10 items to help you build you up and change the way you think about this situation. Each chapter talks about one of these items on the list. At the end of each chapter there is a section called Nick’s Notes. He gives the bullet points for the chapter.

He says, “Once all those things are in place, you will have your own bully defense system. Then you can join me in working to educate the epidemic of bullying so no one else has to suffer. Together with God’s help we can bring an end to the bullying epidemic.”

This is a powerful and informative read. If you haven’t been bullied yet there is a chance you will be in the near future. This book is partial, encouraging and helpful for you in facing bullies and many other situations in life.

I’ve seen Nick Vujicic speak in youtube videos and read his other books. He’s confident, kind, practical and an encourager. He’s transparent in his writing when sharing about himself and others.  Not only is this book helpful for you and/or your child or friend being bullied; it will change your attitude on many things when the author shares his outlook on life. It’s amazing. He has a strong faith message everyone can use. I highly recommend this read for your own purposes, as a book club pick and/or to be used in a small group setting. It’s a must read!

Nora St.Laurent
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