Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Take Your Best Shot: Book Review

About The Book:

Discover how you can respond to God's call in your own life, whether it's in your own town or on the other side of the world.

Teen Austin Gutwein has taken his best shot several thousand times to help AIDS orphans in Africa and in the process has built a school and a medical clinic!  Take Your Best Shot tells how one boy made an incredible difference in the lives of those without hope while challenging the reader to do the same.

The interactive dialogue will leave space for the reader to respond. By the end of the book, the reader will know the testimony of Austin and other teens from around the world who are committed to a life of sharing Christ’s love, and will have begun to search for God’s voice in their own lives. The book will also equip and challenge readers with information on a variety of ministries and organizations around the world to help people, animals, and the environment. 

About The Author:s

Austin Gutwein was moved when he learned there were more than 15 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  He organized a free-throw marathon and now his organization, Hoops of Hope, has raised over a million dollars to build a high school and medical clinic in Zambia.

Todd Hillard is a free-lance writer from San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife and five kids. A former youth pastor and missionary, he is passionate about taking the dreams and stories of others and bringing them to life on the written page.

Todd was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, received his BS in Pre-med studies and psychology from the University of Utah and his MA in English from Arizona State University. He and his family lived in Turkey for two and a half years. He has 17 years of pastoral experience and has written more than 12 books.

My Review:

In general, adolescents can be seen as non-empathetic to those around them, lazy and only interested in doing things if it benefits them. However, one's attitude about teens will be changed after reading Take Your Best Shot.

I was so incredibly inspired by the attitude, and actions, of Austin Gutwein. He saw a need to help those who couldn't help themselves and did something about it. There are many adults around the world today who won't even give up their "coffee money" to help the poor, yet Gutwein shows us that we have to! We need to step outside our "comfort zone" and help those around us. We are not all called to help overseas, as Gutwein has done, but we are all called to help. Each of us has our own gifts and resources, and we need to use them.

The book is filled with examples and testimonies of those inspired by Gutwein. There are also devotions in each chapter that very much inspired me, and will inspire you as well.

Take Your Best Shot is very well written, aimed at young adults, and easy to read. I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up! It will change your life!

BUY IT: You can purchase Take Your Best Shot by Austin Gutwein at your local bookseller.

***Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

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