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Take Your Best Shot: Do Something Bigger Than Yourself

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    decent book

    The book Take Your Best Shot might not be one of those books that would make you want to immediately pick it up and read it, however it is one of those books that you should pick up and read.

    It tells the story of then-9-year-old Austin Gutwein, founder of the charity Hoops of Hope, and how he was able to start an organization to help African children affected (or orphaned) by the AIDS epidemic from the ground up. He also gives the reader suggestions on how to change the world by doing one simple addition problem: take a passion of yours, and then use it to benefit those who are less fortunate. It could be for something small and local, or large and far away; it doesn't matter.

    Gutwein shows that, regardless of your age or where you are in your life, you can change the world. I think that if you were to read it, you'd find a way to do so yourself.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    Book Review: 'Take your Best Shot' by Austin Gutwein

    Well, this book is special, in its own means and the place it managed to curve in my heart superbly. The cover may seem as feeble and light in content unlike what it's actually. Austin Gutwin told us a story that is not entirely his and also entirely his in two different aspects that we can shed light upon. Where Austin sheds the light upon increasing the brightness of the human race as a whole, the actual light is been shed on him in the perspective of us readers. He has been brilliant in the light and not too complex and overt way the story winds up. He has been brilliant for the typos and examples that he has essentially has woven in perspective of our day to day life. In these ways 'Take your best shot' really does give us the strength and the determination to fight from within with the external unwanted powers, to prove our prowess and unwillingness to give in to the distracting and distressing forces.

    God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war."

    That 'God wants to use you' may be the real case, as is been sculptured in our hearts after giving the book a go.

    Allover, an excellent novel, with doses of unfinishing inspirations and motivational factors, this can be your daily devotional Bible, anyday.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Great for youth

    I've had this book for a while and have picked it up on a few occasions to read it, but it never captured me. It is a touching story, and Austin writes about very real things, but what I really truly enjoyed about this book was that the author (Austin) was discovering the world's truth at such a young age. I guess I have read too many similar books that are written from adults and it sort of ruined this one for me, but it is still a wonderful book and I am really glad Austin wrote it. I would recommend it for classrooms in a heartbeat. I think ALL children should have to read it as part of the social studies/English classes. It would be a great book to read and then write essays on to share with the class. There are dozens of projects groups could do with this. Homeschool and Christian schools would especially find it a great book to use for instruction as there are many lessons that reflect God's intention in His design for us.

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