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Take Your Best Shot: Do Something Bigger Than Yourself Paperback – September 13, 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Take Your Best Shot follows Austin's journey to help the AIDS orphans. But, the book isn't just about his journey and his passion. He wants to help others to find their passion, their vision.
"I don't want you to finish this book and walk away with just a cool story. I want you to walk away with a burden on your heart. But not just any burden. I want you to be pursuing the purpose God has put on your heart-it has to be your vision.... My prayer for you is that God will give you your own vision of how you can take your best shot to make a difference in the world around you."
Each chapter shows a glimpse into his life and his journey. He shares scripture and insights into how you can find your vision. The chapter closes with "Take Your Best Shot", an interactive study guide. Each end of chapter study guide features a scripture passage, questions, online experience, and a take action activity.
This book was an inspiring read. People of all ages could benefit from reading about Austin's experience. The truth is if we had more children (and adults) who followed the Lord's vision for their lives, the world would be a better place.
Austin has left me with a sense of anticipation to see just how God will use my family as we begin to simply take our best shot!!!
In his first book, Austin Gutwein tells the story of how Hoops of Hope began when he was just 9 yrs old! Austin is the founder of Hoops of Hope....THE FOUNDER!!! He founded Hoops of Hope at the tender age of 9!!!
Austin blew me away in the introduction when he said, "...I'm a normal kid who heard, 'Austin, God wants to use you' enough times that I started to believe it." He tugged at the very heart of my being with the statement, "Kids are really trying to make a difference in the world."
Yes, dear Austin, that is exactly what they desire to do!
My own precious daughters have warmed my heart as they have given from within themselves...and they are not alone. Austin says it so well, "They're reaching out to people in need, and they're stepping out of their comfort zones....They want to do something bigger than themselves."
Austin's heart was touched when he watched a video of a girl named Maggie that lived in Africa. Watching the video started a fire in his heart, one that he could not extinguish...and didn't! With his parents support, his family began sponsoring a child through World Vision. However, it didn't stop there....
Austin wanted to do more for the aids victims in Africa and as I read his story, I was shaken to the core to see how God used the gifts a 9 yr old boy could bring to change so many lives in a far off continent! This book...the Hoops of Hope organization...they aren't about Austin, and he knows it. They are about reaching out to the orphans and those less fortunate, just as God calls us to do.Read more ›
Austin, only 14 years old at the time of this review, started with a deep desire to want to change the world -- in some way, somehow. And that started his organization Hoops of Hope -- which raises funds for kids in Africa who have been orphaned by AIDS. In TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT, Austin tells his story of visiting Africa, starting out with Hoops of Hope, and what all of it means for us as people living our day to day lives with the things we need: food, shelter, clothing.
Each chapter focuses in on different aspects of Austin's personal journey, and tying it into the larger picture -- taking the reader through almost a devotional-like atmosphere with thoughts from Austin, famous and non-famous people, the Bible, and personal stories from Africa. At the end of the chapters are a few questions to keep you thinking about the topic of the chapter, which makes it ideal for working through as a daily sort of devotional.
Teens who have read books like DO HARD THINGS by the Harris brothers or DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE by John Piper, would really enjoy reading Austin's story of hope and encouragement to get out in the world, do something to change it -- it doesn't have to be big, all you have to do is what Austin encourages from the outset: just take your best shot at it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Austin Gutwein is an incredible witness as to what we can do when we hear our calling and respond.Published 4 months ago by Gerlinde Lamer
Well it was a good book if that's what you are interested in but it was not for me just sayingPublished 17 months ago by d. allion
This book is a great one. It opens your eyes and shows you what is really happening in the real world. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jillian Daigle
I am so amazed at the faith of a 10 year old boy and how he has let God direct his life. When he listened to God he was part of many miracles and yes they do happen. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Cindy Craig
I loved the book every one needs to read it. IT TELLS YOU ABOUT KIDS AND WHAT THEIR GOING THROUGH. I LOVED TH BOOK!!Published on October 24, 2013 by By hippie
This book was a great book to read to get in touch with the power of "how much difference" one person can make. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Ricardo A. Smith
I had summer reading and I thought it was going to stink but it was awesome. I think the bok deserves 5 starsPublished on September 2, 2013 by Jayvyn Bobola