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Own the Moment

Written by: Carl Lentz
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Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
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When you think of a Christian pastor, you probably don't envision a tattooed 30-something who wears a motorcycle jacket, listens to hip-hop music, references The Walking Dead and Black Lives Matter in his sermons, and every Sunday draws a standing-room only crowd to a venue normally used for rock concerts - in godless New York City, no less.

But then you clearly have never met Carl Lentz.

As head pastor of the first United States branch of global megachurch Hillsong, the former college basketball player is on a mission to make Christianity accessible in the 21st century. In Own the Moment, he shares the unlikely and inspiring story of how he went from being an average teenager who couldn't care less about church to leading one of the country's fastest-growing congregations - how one day he is trying to convince a Virginia Beach 7-Eleven clerk to attend his service, and just a few years later he is baptizing a global music icon in an NBA player's Manhattan bathtub.

Amid such candid personal tales, Lentz also offers illuminating readings of Bible passages and practical tips on how to live as a person of faith in an increasingly materialistic world. How do you maintain your values - and pass them on to your children - in a society that worships money and sex and fame? How do you embrace your flaws in this Instagram era that exalts the appearance of perfection? How do you forget about "living the dream" and learn to embrace the beauty of your reality?

These are just a few of the many important questions Lentz answers in Own the Moment - a powerful book that redefines not just Christianity but spirituality as a whole.

©2017 Carl Lentz (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Life Changing

This book is nothing short of life changing. One of the most powerful and compelling descriptions of living a Christian Life. Carl is a brilliant and engaging storyteller.

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Awesome

Love Carl so couldn’t leave but get the audiobook. The best thing about it is that Carl himself narrated it, so you really get even better what he’s trying to say, and get his great accent of course.
You don’t have to read/listen the book in chronological order. My advice is to just do a chapter whenever you feel like it. This is not the kind of book you’re supposed to finish in one day (in my opinion). There’s lots of food for thought and even more important: food for implementation into your everyday life.

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  • Jenae W
  • 2017-11-03

Not expecting this

It seems like a lot of pastors are writing books these days. A lot of those books are fluff and just a pep talk. This is NOT one of those books! Carl does a great job of giving a glimpse into his life and the things and ideas that have helped him in his journey. I’ll be using his learnings and making a lot of his practical ideas my own. He was and is honest about his life— the good and bad and honest about moments he did and didn’t own. It’s really refreshing to hear stories like this. Grateful for that especially in a time where honesty isn’t what is happening among our Christian leaders, Carl bucks the norm to be a change agent.

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  • B. Brown
  • 2017-11-15

Phenomenal... inspiring, quirky, funny, honest, truthful, out of the box & unconventional

Brilliantly written book by Carl Lentz. A guys who is defying critics and logic by genuinely loving people to wholeness . This book is a must read and with an open heart will impact every reader / listener!

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  • James G.
  • 2018-11-22

awesome

wish it was longer. very inspiring. it will stay with me forever. thank you Carl

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  • Brianna Hedgepeth
  • 2018-11-20

Not what you think

This book is what you need if you started a walk and turned away. Empowering and real. A real world approach to Faith.

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  • Jeremy
  • 2018-11-13

For people who think their life is slow

I thank God for Carl’s book own the moment. This book contains deep revelation and the key to access your purpose that God has destined for you. The elements of real life stories in this book will make you think and act differently than you are at the moment. I am owning the moment and I think everyone should and will after reading this book.
PS: get the audible version for his amazing voice.

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  • Shelby Hamilton
  • 2018-11-10

Inspirational

I’ve never heard Carl lentz preach, never meet him but this book is amazing, Carls story and perspective are eye opening! So worth the 7.5 hour listen or read how ever you choose to read this book the only advice is to simply read it!

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  • Ethel
  • 2018-06-07

Completed In 24hrs

Enjoyed! Thoughtful and sensitive points/moments that are thoroughly explained in each chapter. The author's mission is to bring awareness to how spirituality and every day life altering incidents/moments can impact a life or the lives of others. In addition, to knowing how to identify and capture moments. Simply written along with examples that some may relate (As we are all in perfect beings).

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  • Mia
  • 2017-11-03

Was fab then judgement had to even the score

The book begins with Lentz saying it is for everyone no matter what they believe. Then he uses space on diversity. Yay! My heart breaks in the last chapter where he says his Buddhist-friend’s belief are not the right way. It is as he backtraces everything “wrong” he might have written. I loved this book because it is unlike any book written by a Christian Pastor. I lam a Buddhist who loves Jesus. Buddha never asked to be worshipped. Keeping the book though.

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  • Staci D
  • 2019-11-14

Authentic, wise

This is an easy listen. I love how real he is. It's full of great insights for doing more than just existing in this current culture.

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  • Jasmine Kellum
  • 2019-10-19

Loved it!

I had not heard of Carl Lentz before hearing his story and I am so glad I found it. I really appreciate the honesty with which he expresses his views and shares his testimony and experiences throughout this book. He is a man who is truly allowing God to use him in an amazing way.