Take Your Best Shot: Do Something Bigger Than Yourself  -     By: Austin Gutwein, Todd Hillard
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Take Your Best Shot: Do Something Bigger Than Yourself

Thomas Nelson / 2009 / Paperback

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When teenager Gutwein learned there were over 15 million AIDS orphans in Africa, he organized a free-throw marathon to raise funds. Now his Hoops for Hope has built a school and medical clinic in Zambia! Using an interactive format, he challenges his peers to respond to God's call to minister to people, animals, and the environment. 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 X 0.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1400315158
ISBN-13: 9781400315154
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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.  

“Austin is an outstanding young man! He inspires us to dream bigger, reach higher and love deeper. His story deserves a wide hearing.” Max Lucado

“I am very impressed with Austin Gutwein’s story in Take Your Best Shot. This book is filled with words of encouragement, inspiration, and hope. It’s guaranteed to motivate you into action.” Pat Williams, Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic

“I spent a day with Austin and his family and found them inspiring. His story, I believe, challenges us all. The first thing I thought as I drove to the airport was: What was I doing when I was twelve? And then, of course, the next thought: What, exactly, am I doing now?” John Larson, Former NBC National Correspondent

“When people ask me how they can possibly make a difference fighting a problem as big as ‘global poverty’, I tell them about a boy named Austin who, like David, stared Goliath in the eye without flinching. This young man has done more to make a difference in the lives of children orphaned by AIDS than most American churches, let alone individuals. If you are older than 10 and you haven’t yet done your part to change the world, read Take Your Best Shot and be inspired. Austin Gutwein shows us the way”. Richard Stearns, President, World Vision US, Author of The Hole in Our Gospel

“When people ask who has most impacted me over the last year, without hesitation I can say Austin Gutwein and the story of Hoops of Hope. I am around amazing leaders all the time, and Austin rivals all of them. Austin is my friend. And Austin is one of my heroes. You can’t be around Austin or the amazing work of Hoops of Hope without being deeply impacted and inspired. Trust me. Do yourself a favor and read this book and the incredible story. But once you do, be prepared to be changed and challenged. You’ll see the world and your significant role in helping those less fortunate in an amazingly fresh way.” Brad Lomenick, Executive Director, Catalyst

“Austin’s story is one of modern day heroism. He represents a new generation that can carry us all into the twenty-first century: a world of hope, peace and selfless love. Austin completely inspires me.” Daniel Biro, Hawk Nelson

Author Bio

Austin Gutwein is the 17-year-old founder of Hoops of Hope, an international speaker, and author of Take Your Best Shot. To date, Hoops of Hope participants has raised over 2.3 million dollars to build schools, dormitories, clean water projects, and medical clinics in Africa.  Austin’s story has been told to an estimated 70 million people through his speaking engagements and news coverage.

Todd Hillard is a free-lance writer and is passionate about taking the dreams and stories of others and bringing them to life on the written page.  He has 17 years of pastoral experience and has written more than 12 books.

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