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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781400319930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400319930
  • ASIN: 1400319935
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Can one person make a huge difference? Austin proves the answer is YES.” — Max Lucado

From the Author

When you read the story of the feeding of the 5000, the Bible talks about how the crowd became "restless" and began to "stand".  Have you ever wondered how many of them grew tired; maybe they were too hungry and went home? I've often wondered if this story couldn't have been the feeding of the 10,000 or even the 100,000.  When you're tired, hungry and simply worn out, will you stick with whatever God has called you to?  The road may be long, it may be dusty, there may be people on it that make fun of you, bully you, and want to steal what you have.  But Jesus promises never to leave us or forsake us. Each of us have a special gift; a special lunch that God is ready to use to change the world. There's a miracle ready to happen.   - Austin

More About the Author

As founder of Hoops of Hope, Austin started what is now known as the worlds 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. Austin's second book, "Live to Give" will be released by Thomas Nelson in August 2012 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com. Visit Austin's Author page to view a video about one boy whose life was changed.

For information on booking Austin or general inquiries, please visit www.austingutwein.com.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the LitFuse Publicity Group for the purpose of this review.
Joan N.
Austin has brought us a book that I heartily enjoyed and can recommend: "Live to Give: Letting God Turn Your Talents Into Miracles."
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The book is very well written, and will appeal to readers of all ages, but particularly teens and young adults.
Shirley Rempel

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on August 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
What does it mean to live to give? It starts with knowing the reason God put you on this earth. God has something for you to do. He has given you a gift and when you use it, it keeps in giving. Austin knows that God could do it all Himself. Yet, for some reason, God chooses people to solve the world's problems.
Austin has written this book to help young people understand what they have been living for and what they were made to be living for. He uses the example of the boy in John 6 with the lunch to show that each person is unique. He helps his readers find out what their spiritual gifts are.
He continues to use the idea of the lunch to teach several spiritual lessons. He has the knack of telling a very interesting story then associating a truth lesson with it. For example, oven baked, Chicago style pizza can take forty-five minutes to bake. But, "Like many good things, it's worth the wait." (124) He goes on to write about waiting for God to produce results in your giving. Like planting a garden, results might not come for months.
Austin declares, "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..." (11)
His final encouragement is to start where you are. "Be willing to let Him use you and your lunch." (190)

This is a great book for teens. Austins gives man examples of young people who are giving their lives away. He relates stories of Bible characters. And he adds just the right amount of humor.
There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter so this would be a perfect book for a group study.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the LitFuse Publicity Group for the purpose of this review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By spporter on August 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Recently I've been meeting with a young man, and we've been talking about how God uses us, our gifts, and even our finances to help others for His glory. I gave him a copy of the book the God Pocket by Bruce Wilkinson that has an extremely practical way that we can purposively live this out.

And then I received a copy of Austin Gutwein's Live to Give. Wow!

Gutwein is the exact same age as the young man I've been meeting with, 18, and the author has wisdom far beyond his years. It's amazing that God chose this young man when he was only nine to change the lives of thousands in Africa through a ministry he formed called Hoops for Hope. And he's been building clinics, schools, and feeding the hungry there ever since.

Live to Give is all about how God uses what we have to help others. One of the biggest things I took away from the book was Gutwein's illustration of the young boy who brought the loaves and fishes that Jesus used to feed the five thousand. The disciples went all through the crowd to see what food was available, and this was the only person who remembered to bring his lunch, and he gave it up to Jesus.

Likewise we might be the only person in the crowd who has what God wants to use to help the multitude. Are we willing to give it up to Him?

I'd highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher for review. This review was originally published on Manifest Blog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This was a very inspiring book. Most of the time while I was reading it I forgot how young the author is. He has a very mature way of writing. Then there were times that he would say something that would "snap" me back to reality and I'd realize just how young he was. It was amazing to read his story. To think, someone so young has done something so fantastic with his life already! Just imagine all the amazing things he's yet to accomplish.

I liked that the message focused on the little boy who gives his lunch to Jesus, and Jesus performs a miracle using that boy's lunch. This boy and his seemengly meager lunch was used to feed thousands of people! While it's a story we're all familiar with I'd never really focused that much attention to it. Gutwein shows how something so simple can become something much more significant if we allow ourselves to give our gifts to God.

This book was so well written, as I said earlier I kept forgetting how young the author is. But I think his youth is what makes this book so enjoyable. He's so enthusiastic about his message - the kind of enthusiasm children often have about everything. Not only does his enthusiasm show through but he's able to take the concepts he's trying to convey and make them so simple.

I know this book is geared towards children, teens, and young adults but I think the message is one what we all can benefit from. As we get older I think we tend to feel as if we don't have anything left to contribute or that our gifts aren't as "strong" as they were when we were young and we had the enthusiasm and energy we used to have. But through Gutwein's words I realized that as long as I give my gifts - no matter how insignificant I may think they are - that they can be used to do something wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Rempel on September 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Live to Give author, Austin Gutwein, is wise beyond his years, and it has been amazing to follow this young man on his journey to use the gifts God has given him to do good and make a difference. Live to God uses Gospel story of Jesus feeding the 5000 to remind us that God will use us, even when we don't think we have a very big or valuable gift. All gifts can, and should, be used. I loved that throughout the book, we are reminded that God uses us when we least expect to be used, and always in His timing, not ours (what an amazing reminder for people of all ages!). The book is very well written, and will appeal to readers of all ages, but particularly teens and young adults. There are many personal stories woven throughout the book, and each chapter also includes questions that can be used personally or within a small group study. Incredibly encouraging and inspiring to be sure. Gutwein has already done so much in his short 18 years, I look forward to seeing what God does through him in the future. I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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