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Posted November 2, 2009
Inspired to Take a Shot
I turn 30 next year, so leave it to a 10 year old to inspire me to take my best shot! This is an amazing story for such a young guy. Austin shares how he was inspired to do more to help children in Africa who are suffering because of AIDS.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book not only inspired me so much that I gave my copy to the youth ministry at my church. Hopefully many more teens will be inspired to do amazing things like Austin because of the example he has provided. I would highly recommend this book, especially for any teens that you may know.
Posted October 27, 2009
A young or old good read!
This book is an incredible journey of a young man who wanted to be bigger than himself. He wanted to go outside his comfort zone and see the amazing hands of God work through him...he is only 9 years old! This book WOW'd me...if God could use Austin then he could use me. Great quotes from leaders around the world! Great ways to put this book into practical use by the "take your best shot" at the end of each chapter. The stories are heart tugging and life changing. I hope you take time and read this for some ideas to do things bigger than yourself changes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Take Your Best Shot by Austin Gutwein - A Story of Hoops for Hope & An inspiration
Take Your Best Shot is written for and it is by a teenager (although its message cuts across all age lines and will certainly be found to be relevant by adults as well). Austin Gutwein's book is as much an inspirational guide as it is an autobiographical tale of the founding of his non-profit "Hoops for Hope". This book empowers its readers to make a change. Austin tells of how he was impacted by Maggie, an African girl orphaned by AIDS. The vision of her plight haunted him until he could find a way to help her and those like her. He tapped into his passion, basketball, and has now raised enough money to build a school and is working on building a clinic in Zambia. Austin's story is not a plea for us to join his program (although he welcomes you if that is your calling), his story is asking, "So instead of living like we have an expiration date, don't you think it's time to make an impact and work for things that will last forever?"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Austin uses concrete imagery that helps to make difficult concepts understandable. He uses Biblical verses to explain not just the foundation for doing good works but also as a tool to show why you specifically are the one to do those works. Austin's inspirational story is a must read in all youth groups and Sunday School classrooms. The results may be world changing.
Note: I am part of the Thomas Nelson Book Reviewer program ( http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ ). However, while I receive the book for free to be reviewed, I am under no obligation to give a "good" review, just an honest one.
Posted January 27, 2010
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