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Take Your Best Shot
December 9, 2009, 3:24 am
Filed under: Non-Fiction Review, Thomas Nelson Reviews had the privilege of seeing Austin Gutwein speak amidst a crowd of screaming (quite enthusiastically i might add) girls at a recent stop of the Revolve tour.I was really excited when i received this book from Thomas Nelson a few days later. Conferences are always a whirlwind and it’s nice to get a “refresher” after the conference is over.
Austin gives pre-teens and teens the hope that they can make a difference in the world, whether by doing something small or by being part of something huge.
Austin started Hoops of Hope, a foundation that supports international AIDS relief, and education in Africa. How do they do it? By challenging kids to have a sponsored shoot-athon, to get a donator for each basket they will shoot.  He was only a nine-year old who loved playing basketball.

And Take Your Best Shot tells that story. His book does not necessarily follow a linear timeline, but then it’s not a random order either. We read a delightful telling of his journey to being the founder of something that raised over a million dollars. I love the Austin is continually humble, and is repeated saying that none of it would be possible without other people, and most importantly, God.  This book would be most impactful to teens, but it certainly doesn’t exclude adults! He provides both encouragement to get out an make a difference and the education to go about it in the right way.

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson’s book review bloggers program for providing this book for me to review.


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