Live to Give by Austin Gutwein Blog Tour | Win a Kindle Fire and Litfuse will donate $250 to the charity of your choice!

Welcome to the campaign launch for Hoops of Hope founder Austin Gutwein’s new book Live to Give. Gutwein encourages teens (and adults) to “discover your gifts and see what plans God has for you”. Gutwein has teamed up with his publisher, Thomas Nelson, and Litfuse for a fun “Get & Give” Campaign! During the Campaign one winner will receive a Kindle Fire AND we’ll donate $250 on the winner’s behalf to their favorite charity! Details below.

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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. 

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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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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!

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 9/5/12. The winner will be announced on 9/6/12 during Austin’s Live Webcast!

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Turning Talents Into Miracles
Hoops of Hope founder Austin Gutwein encourages teens to use their talents for God

Seattle: Austin Gutwein has a message to share with his fellow teens: God made each of you unique so that He can use you for a special purpose. In his book “Live to Give: Letting God Turn Your Talents into Miracles” (Thomas Nelson/August 7, 2012/208 pages/ISBN 978-1400319930), Gutwein challenges that regardless of age and talent, God can use you to make a difference. Though He could do it all Himself, God created humankind with a mission: to take care of His creation.

At eighteen years old, Gutwein speaks with wisdom and has the experience to reinforce his message. When Austin was just nine years old, he watched a video that showed children in Africa who had lost their parents to AIDS. Gutwein realized these kids weren’t any different from him-except they were suffering. Feeling called to help, Austin took his love of basketball and decided to shoot free throws to raise money for orphans in Zambia. On World AIDS Day in 2004, he shot 2,057 free throws to represent the 2,057 kids who would be orphaned during his day at school. Through sponsorship from parents and friends, Austin raised over $3,000 that day to give hope to eight orphans in Zambia.

Over the past eight years, Austin’s efforts have created Hoops of Hope, the largest free throw marathon in the world. With an estimated 40,000 people in more than 25 countries participating, Hoops of Hope has raised more than $2.5 million to build schools, medical clinics, dormitories for orphanages, and the only computer lab in Zambia.

Though written for ages 12 and up, “Live to Give” reminds readers of all ages that one person really can make a difference. Austin begins the book by citing a familiar story found in John 6: the little boy who gave Jesus the tools to miraculously feed 5,000 hungry people. The boy gave what he had, and God used what was in his lunch to fashion a miracle. Austin explains that young people today can do the same thing-let God take the characteristics that make them different, so often viewed as a negative during the teenage years, and turn that uniqueness into a miracle.

“For me, it was shooting hoops to raise money. [God] wanted me to give my time and my favorite hobby. For the boy in the multitude of 5,000, it was his lunch. For you . . . well, this book is meant to help you discover what that is,” Gutwein writes. “But there is one common theme throughout all of our stories: we all need to live to give because we were made for it. Nothing beats living this way! Nothing we could eat, drink, buy, play, watch, or win in life can compare to the feeling of giving ourselves away, using ‘whatever gift we have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace.’”
Throughout the pages of “Live to Give,” Austin offers advice on dealing with peer pressure, accepting rejection, and other obstacles that might stand in the way of impacting others. He also offers assurance that making a difference does not happen overnight.

Austin’s message is one of hope-that anyone, no matter what their age or skills, has a purpose and can make a difference that lasts forever. With Austin’s stories from Africa and words of encouragement, “Live to Give” will inspire the reader to turn that talents over to God, who can transform a lunchbox into miracle.

Advance Praise:

“Austin and his family are an inspiration to all of us. Can one person make a huge difference? Austin proves the answer is, ‘YES.’ “
~ Max Lucado, Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas

“God is raising up a generation of world-changing young leaders-young people who are passionate about their faith, sacrificial in the way they live, humble in the way they lead, and courageous in their advocacy for others. They are cause-driven visionaries who continually multiply their capacity to make a difference by capturing the minds and hearts of others, inviting them to share their visionary journey, and employing all their God-given potential to bring about positive change in the world.
Austin Gutwein is one of these ‘world changers.’ Overcoming the systemic institutionalized barriers that often block young people from having a voice-dismissing them as ‘too young,’ ‘not ready,’ or ‘too naïve’-Austin has followed his dreams and made a huge and positive difference globally.”
~ David Wraight, Youth for Christ International President

“Austin Gutwein has been changing the world in a big way since he was thirteen. ‘Live to Give’ is not an ordinary book. This is Austin’s already successful blueprint for a generation of young people-and their parents!”
~ Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of
How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, The Noticer, and The Traveler’s Gift

“This book is delightfully practical! In a world that is searching for identity, Austin offers simple, yet profound insights about discovering who you are and how to live it out. I’ve been deeply impacted by the truths articulated in ‘Live to Give.’ Get it. Read it. Live it.”
~ Jeff Gokee, Executive Director of PhoenixONE

About the Author:

Austin Gutwein was just 9 years old when watched a video that showed children who had lost their parents to AIDS. After watching the video, he realized these kids weren’t any different from him except they were suffering. Austin felt called to do something to help them. He took his love of basketball and decided to shoot free throws. On World AIDS Day, 2004, he shot 2,057 free throws to represent the 2,057 kids who would be orphaned during his day at school. Friends and family sponsored Austin and he was able to raise almost $3,000. That year, the money was used to provide hope to 8 orphan children.

Over the past eight years, Austin’s effort has turned into the largest free throw marathon in the world with an estimated 40,000 people in more than 25 countries participating in Hoops of Hope. Together, Hoops of Hope participants have raised more than $2.5 million. The efforts have led to the construction of the only high school in a rural region in Southern Zambia, four dormitories, two medical clinics, a computer laboratory, multiple water projects as well as the funding of a dormitory at an orphanage in Kenya and a school in India.

Austin has been featured on the 700 Club, Hour of Power, NBC Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, CBS NCAA Pregame Show, Time Magazine, Christianity Today and many others. He has had the opportunity to share his story of hope to more than 500,000 people on four continents.

In 2009, Austin was selected as one of the Top 10 Most Caring Americans by the Caring Institute in Washington, DC. That same year, Thomas Nelson released his first book, “Take Your Best Shot.” Austin’s second book, “Live to Give,” is scheduled to be released in August 2012.

In February 2012, Austin was recognized as one of ESPN’s 18 under 18, and he graduated from high school. He currently co-chairs Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s Youth Commission and will be attending Anderson University in the fall.

Learn more about Austin and Hoops of Hope at and

Suggested Interview Questions:

· You start off “Live to Give” by talking about how God doesn’t need us, but He wants to use us to help others. How did you come to this realization?

· What are some of the ways that God used young people in the Bible?

· How do we figure out what our unique gift is? Can we always turn it into a talent for God?

· You encourage kids to embrace their uniqueness-inside and outside. Why is that such an important part of being able to “Live to Give?”

· Explain to our audience the lunchbox analogy that you use in the book.

· How can adults, as parents, teachers, and youth workers, help kids and teens find what’s in their lunchbox?

· For those who may not be familiar with your ministry, can you tell us what Hoops of Hope is?

· What inspired you to start Hoops of Hope? How old were you at the time?

· What are some of the projects that Hoops of Hope has been able to accomplish over the past 8 years?

· Where are some of the places you have been able to visit and help out firsthand?

· How has your life changed since you started Hoops of Hope? How is your schedule different from that of most teenagers?

· Have other kids/teens contacted you with their stories of making a difference? Is there one that really stood out to you?

Andrew Gutwein is available for interviews to promote the release of “Live to Give.” To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings,


“Austin and his family are an inspiration to all of us. Can one person make a huge difference? Austin proves the answer is, ‘YES.’ ”

Max Lucado, Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas

“Austin Gutwein has been changing the world in a big way since he was thirteen. ‘Live to Give’ is not an ordinary book. This is Austin’s already successful blueprint for a generation of young people-and their parents!”
Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, The Noticer, and The Traveler’s Gift


Dianna | Savings in Seconds Austin is wise beyond his years. His message spoke to me and made me want to do more with my talents. I would highly recommend this as a youth group book study. It’s perfect for inspiring kids to think BIG and make a difference.

Reviews By Erin As someone who works in youth and children’s ministries, I found the words that Austin directed to parents, teachers, and adults to be right on target.

Abi | 4 the LOVE of BOOKS I was so amazed as I read this book as to Austin’s ability to bring such wonderful thoughts all together wrapped up in this book.

Amber | Snidbits This book is geared for the teen/tween audience but I still enjoyed it.

Hannah E. Trotter This book contains an encouraging message about individuality, purpose, and the amazing gift opportunity we have to be used by God.

Deb’s Book Reviews Each Chapter is a short read and has questions at the end for you to use as a personal study, group study or a Sunday School class. I would recommend this book to everyone to read, it is a great and easy read. I would suggest read thought this book once and then read it again, at a slow pace and really think and answer the questions at the end of each chapter.

Jill | Book Review Travels Austin continuously shows in this book that God can use any person no matter what age group they are from for his good and glory, to help many people.

Elissa | Inexpressible Joy I completely enjoyed Austin Gutwein’s voice throughout the book. His witty, attention catchy phrasing makes every chapter interesting and attention holding.

Laura | Once Upon a Storyville I think the message is very well presented and would be an encouraging read for adults as well. I particularly liked the questions at the end of each chapter. They were a great starting point for further reflection as well as discussion about the text.

Linda’s Lunacy I thoroughly enjoyed reading Live to Give. The author, Austin Gutwein, is only 18 but has already made an incredible difference in our world. Live to Give is written to young people, but really, anyone regardless of age will be inspired by this book. Live to Give is now going to be required reading for my teenagers.

Lois | The Minister’s Wife Stamps & Saves This was one of the most refreshing books I have read in a while. All the way through the book it gave me a sense that there are a few good young people out there. Way too many days I am concerned about the younger generations and how far most have fallen so far from God. My heart breaks over it. Reading this book gave me a sense that there are some who are truly serious about serving God and living for the reason He put us here on this Earth.

Stephen | Manifest Blog Live to Give is all about how God uses what we have to help others. One of the biggest things I took away from the book was Gutwein’s illustration of the young boy who brought the loaves and fishes that Jesus used to feed the five thousand. The disciples went all through the crowd to see what food was available, and this was the only person who remembered to bring his lunch, and he gave it up to Jesus. Likewise we might be the only person in the crowd who has what God wants to use to help the multitude. Are we willing to give it up to Him?

Victoria | Snail Pace Transformations After reading this book, I have not been able to stop thinking about am I really living a giving life, or is my brown lunch bag getting all wrinkled from my tight fist clutch? Have I allowed a sandwich squasher to deny me the rewards of sharing my gifts to the full extent of what I am capable of?

Andrew’s Blog Austin Gutwein’s personal story is a huge encouragement to teenagers, young adults, and adults to never believe that they are too young or too old to make a different in the lives of their communities and countries. I would recommend this book to all age groups who need encouragement and inspiration about the power of one changing the world.

Cara | Law, Books & Life In a time when our focus is often inward, I loved the way the author encourages readers to look at how they can work with God to solve problems. It’s a great companion to Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris. And it exemplifies a generation that wants to be used by God. Made me think of my niece who for her 16th birthday had her friends help her serve a meal in a homeless shelter. And instead of gifts, she asked people to bring times they could put in blessing bags that could be given to the homeless. This is a great book that will challenge others to think outside the box and in big ways.

Cristi’s Reviews Austin uses great analogies to help illustrate how to get on the road the helping others by using your spiritual gifts. He stresses the point that with patience, perseverance and faith, we can all make a difference and that whether that difference is on a huge scale like Hoops of Hope or a simple as giving a few dollars to someone who is homeless, every little bit counts. I found Live to Give to be a wonderful, encouraging book. I would recommend adults without teens read it and that those with teens pick up a copy for their kids. Who knows what Austin’s encouraging words might ignite in the heart of another compassionate teen!

Tara | Ramblings of the Blonde Mother Bear Looking for a new direction in life? Perhaps a little inspiration? Check out Austin Gutwein’sLive to Give.

Michele | My Blessings From Above This is a fast paced who done it kind of drama and if you are like me, this will be a good book to read. Nothing is more boring than a slow paced time killing book and this is not one of those. Happy Reading!

Urailak | Fruitbearers Each chapter ends with 5 thought-provoking questions that make readers think and hopefully spring into action such as “If you could do anything for God, regardless of how hard it is or what it would take, what would that be?” Live To Give is a wonderful book for preteens and teens (even adults :)) who want to make a difference in this world!

Elle | Organic Shoes Through this book you will be challenged through Austin’s words and the study questions at the end of each chapter to discover what abilities you have and to use them to serve others. By using the things that God has equipped you with you will not only change someone else’s life but you will change your own life.

Kianna’s Korner I rate Live to Give 5 out of 5 stars! This Biblical-based study is sure to open your eyes, spur you “on toward love and good deeds”, and definitely make you laugh. I would recommend it to everyone! Don’t think that because this is a non-fiction book, that it’s boring. It’s the exact opposite. I read the book in two days!

Megan | When Life Gets You Down, Read A Book Encouragement is all throughout this book, as well as things to watch for when you give. You can see Austin’s sweet spirit of giving in the pages as you’re reading. You can tell that he really does enjoy giving of his time, his talent, and himself.

Melissa | Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s WOW!! What a wonderful and inspiring book! Gutwein makes you think about what you have to give back to the world and make it better, in a very realistic and relate-able way. It encourages you to be your best self… an individual to live with purpose! I highly recommend this book to others. This book would make a great gift to inspire others.

Michelle | Texas Homemaking Austin insists that if individuals would take the things that make them unique and focus on how to use those God given gifts or talents, than they too could make a difference in the lives of others.

Pamela | I Read. Do You? Live to Give is a call to action for all teens. It’s a book that is uplifting and inspiring, asking teens to pray and seek a place where their unique talents can change the world. Austin Gutwein changed the world by shooting a few hoops of basketball. What talents and dreams does your teen have?

  • Joan says:

    This is a great book for teens. Austin gives many examples of young people who are giving their lives away. He relates stories of Bible characters. And he adds just the right amount of humor.

  • Jennifer says:

    This was a very inspiring book. Most of the time while I was reading it I forgot how young the author is. He has a very mature way of writing. Then there were times that he would say something that would “snap” me back to reality and I’d realize just how young he was. It was amazing to read his story. To think, someone so young has done something so fantastic with his life already! Just imagine all the amazing things he’s yet to accomplish.

  • Kaycee says:

    Through his own stories, scripture, and study questions you are challenged to deepen your relationship with God. Serving not only in praise but in giving as well.

  • Kaylea says:

    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.

    ….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.

  • Laurel says:

    I think that this book should be read by all young people; they need to know that they can make a difference just like Austin.

  • Leila says:

    I loved this book! Austin used real life and Biblical examples to show how we are all made for something. We all have talents and a purpose in which to use those talents. Finding out what our gifts and talents are is the goal in life. Sometimes our gifts may not seem profound and sometimes what we do with our gifts may not seem profound either, but many times we do not realize what an impact we are or could be making. This book is definitely one that everyone could and should read. We should all be working towards making a difference in the world, even if it is just one person at a time. Austin is very good at pointing out that helping in a little way is powerful and important for us all to do. This book is a great, easy, enjoyable read.

  • Vic says:

    Austin Gutwein gives us the tools we could use to change our mind sets and give our talents to God the same way that boy gave up his lunch. This is a great book and one that will probably be referred to often.

  • Sarah says:

    If you’re an adult reading this prepare to have your eyes opened – especially if you’ve become complacent in your life. I really liked the fact that Austin made sure that the teen reading this learns how to discover their spiritual gifts and he wasn’t shy about what is a spiritual gift. Whether your child already has a heart for serving others or hasn’t yet discovered what they think they can do this book will help you and them discover how to be of service to others like Jesus served.

  • Debra says:

    Connor’s take (teen son): I love the analogies he uses, and how he is always quoting appropriate scripture. Yet he still keeps throwing in all these personal bits, so I feel like I really know him. It’s almost like having a conversation, though I try to come out here and talk to you instead of talking to this gadget.