Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book Review and Contest: Live To Give by Austin Gutwein

About the Book:
Want to do something for God but don’t know what? Want to help others but don’t know who? Want to know what it is you’re really good at doing? Your gifts may feel small and insignificant. But God can use them to work a miracle!

Inspired by the biblical story of the feeding of the 5,000, "Live to Give" delivers a message of hope that we all have something to give. Written in the down-to-earth, candid voice of the gifted young man who as a kid founded a relief ministry that has saved and improved countless lives in Africa, "Live to Give" is the message that every teen needs to hear: You are more special than you know, and you can do big things.

Jesus proved that no gift is too small when He used five loaves and two fish to feed a crowd of thousands. And if no gift is too small, too ordinary, or too random, there is no limit to what the youth of today can accomplish!

A teenage philanthropist who has built a high school, two medical clinics, and a dormitory in Africa—all before the age of 16—Austin Gutwein shares how to take what may seem like the simplest of talents, gifts, and interests and use them for something Jesus can use to move mountains.

Meet Austin: 
As founder of Hoops of Hope, Austin started what is now known as the world's largest Free-Throw marathon. Austin's Hoops of Hope has raised more than $2.5M to help orphan children in Africa. Austin also serves as Co-Chair of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's Youth Council. As a highly sought after speaker, Austin has spoken and shared his heart in venues around the world. In 2009, Austin was selected into the Caring Hall of Fame as one of the top 10 most caring Americans.

Austin's first book, "Take Your Best Shot" shared stories that captured readers hearts and won a Moonbeam Award. For information on booking Austin or general inquiries, please visit austingutwein.com.


MY REVIEW:
God doesn't need our help but He still wants to use us. Isn't that amazing? We get to join in His kingdom work and get to witness His awesome power! God made each one of us unique on purpose for a purpose. What will you do with the gifts (not just talents, but also time and treasures) God has given you? Will you hoard them all for yourself or will you give them to help others in need...to make an eternal impact in people's lives? In Live To Give, the author helps teens to discover their gifts and encourages them to use their gifts for God and His kingdom. He also gives practical advice on how to prepare for challenges and how to deal with fear, envy, bullies, and doubt.

Each chapter ends with 5 thought-provoking questions that make readers think and hopefully spring into action such as "If you could do anything for God, regardless of how hard it is or what it would take, what would that be?" Live To Give is a wonderful book for preteens and teens (even adults :)) who want to make a difference in this world! "When you help change someone else's life, it changes yours!....Let's do more than just walk the earth every day. It is time to bless. It is time to give. It is time to be extraordinary--no matter how old or young we may be....To truly live...we give." (p.175, p.192)

"One thing I can tell you for sure is that we don't know all the answers for why God sometimes chooses not to intervene directly. But the thing we can know is that when we live to give, we get to partner with a God whose love has no end, and we get to play a part in His incredible plan--a plan that will last for eternity." (p.4)

"But there is one common theme throughout all of our stories: we all need to live to give because we were made for it. Nothing beats living this way! Nothing we could eat, drink, buy, play, watch, or win in life can compare to the feeling of giving ourselves away, using 'whatever gift we have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God's grace.'" (p.11)

"Jesus lived to give. He lived His life to give it for us. That's one way we can truly be like Christ! Our lives can have the same focus and the same point: giving." (p.186)


Austin's new book Live to Give is about "Letting God Turn Your Talents into Miracles"! Celebrate with him by entering his "Get and Give" Campaign - you could win a Kindle Fire for yourself AND Litfuse will donate $250 to the charity of your choice!

See what people are saying about Live to Give.


One winner will receive:
  • A Brand New Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi
  • Five copies of Live to Give by Austin Gutwein
  • $250 donated on the winner’s behalf to the charity of their choice
Hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/25/12. The winner will be announced on 8/27/12 on the Live to Give Landing Page!

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~I received a complimentary of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. The opinions are my own. You can find more reviews on this book here.

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