Monday, August 20, 2012

Blog Tour: Live To Give (Review)

Austin Gutwein is an inspiring person.

Not only has the 18 year old written several books, but he has created a non-profit ministry called "Hoops for Hope" the largest free throw marathon organization in the world.

At least 40,000 people in more than 25 countries have raised at least $2.5 million to build schools, medical clinics, dorms for orphanages and the only computer lab in Zambia.

In his newest book, Live To Give, Gutwein challenges teens to find a way to make a difference - regardless of their age or talent.

I found this book to be an easy read. Using a friendly writing style, Gutwein has found a way to explore developing a lifestyle of giving.

Each chapter has personal antidotes, along with inspiration, as well as a series of questions - all designed to help students explore the benefits and joy of giving.

I think this is a book I could give to the teens in my life, in order to challenge them - and to encourage them to have a missional outlook. Honestly, I think this book could be used either as a personal study (it's really easy to read), or even in a small group setting - the questions at the end of the book could provide a great jumping off point for discussion.

More About This 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.

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

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It's A Contest
"Get and Give" Campaign!
Win a Kindle Fire from @AustinGutwein and have $250 donated to the Charity of your choice!

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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As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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