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Live to give- Review


LIVE TO GIVE
By Austin Gutwein.



GOD DOS'T NEED YOU HELP.
BUT HE DEFIANTLY WANTS IT.


LIVE TO GIVE is Austin’s second book, take your best shot being his first. However, you don’t need to have read the first one to understand this one.

It’s a book all about discovering and unpacking the unique gifts and skills that God’s given each and every one of us.

Wrote by a teenager for teenagers, Austin explores how even a small gift, that might seem useless in our own eyes, can have such an amazing impact on your own life and especially in the lives of your neighbours, if you just give your gift to God to serve Him.
One thing I particularly like about this book was that you don’t just read it. Unlike some nonfiction books, where you are only inspired from reading the authors own journey, this book activity encourages and engages you to start exploring ways that you can use your own gifts. This is done in the form of study questions. Easy to get your head around, these questions are flexible enough for you to spend as much or as little time as you’d like reflecting and praying about them.
LIVE TO GIVE is also based around the well-known miracle in the bible of Jesus feeding the five thousand (John chapter 6). Most people probably would have heard about this story at some point in their lifetime- at church, Sunday school, in an RE class or even in a school assembly in primary. This then makes this book available for anyone to pick up and read. You don’t have to be an experienced Christian who knows the bible off by heart to understand this book. What shows a great understanding of his audience on Austin’s behalf as this book is aimed at teenagers who don’t have the head space or time for a complex bible sudsy.

LETTING GOD TURN YOUR GIFTS INTO MIRACLES 

Before reading this book, I thought it would only be exclusive for Christians to understand and read. However, after finishing it I can say that this is not true. Anyone can read this book and still get something from it. Yes, LIVE TO GIVE does seem to be wrote with young Christians in mind, but please don’t let this put you off reading it. Who knows, you might find God through it.

DISCOVER YOUR GIFTS AND SEE WHAT PLANS GOD HAS FOR YOU

If you’re a mature Christian who’s looking for an in-depth bible study, this book probably isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a step by step guide on how God is going to use you and you discovering in one go, the plan God has for you, you might be slightly disappointed if you read this book with that approach.
However, if you’re a young Christian who wants to start exploring the gifts God’s given you and how you can use them to serve Him, I’d really recommend this book for you. It’s not going to give you all the answers, it’s not a step by step guide, a book that has a fool proof master plan. It’s a book that gives you a good nudge and starting point if you wanting to deepen your relationship with God.

I’ve personally found this book so exciting to read and it’s helped me start to uncover ways that I can use the gifts God’s given me to serve him. 

Arabella

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