Saturday, September 8, 2012

Live To Give: A Book Review

About The 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.
About The Author:
Austin Gutwein, founder of Hoops of Hope and author of Take Your Best Shot, started his own journey with one simple gift: he liked to play basketball. By using his gift to achieve God's work, Austin's organization has grown to 40,000 members and raised nearly $3 million for AIDS relief in Africa.
My Review: Live to Give author, Austin Gutwein, is wise beyond his years, and it has been amazing to follow this young man on his journey to use the gifts God has given him to do good and make a difference. Live to God uses Gospel story of Jesus feeding the 5000 to remind us that God will use us, even when we don't think we have a very big or valuable gift. All gifts can, and should, be used. I loved that throughout the book, we are reminded that God uses us when we least expect to be used, and always in His timing, not ours (what an amazing reminder for people of all ages!).  The book is very well written, and will appeal to readers of all ages, but particularly teens and young adults. There are many personal stories woven throughout the book, and each chapter also includes questions that can be used personally or within a small group study. Incredibly encouraging and inspiring to be sure. Gutwein has already done so much in his short 18 years, I look forward to seeing what God does through him in the future. I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Live To Give at your favorite bookseller from Thomas Nelson
***I received a complimentary copy of this blog, courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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