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Own the Moment

Narrated by: Carl Lentz
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
5 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)
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Summary

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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Awesome day to day life stories

Loved it. Encouages a perspective shift on your day to day life and almost every story ps Carl shares parallels moments in your life and makes you think of a different way of seeing them

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Carl Owns It

Carl Lentz is phenomenal. Simply put, this book is a game-changer. He writes (and speaks) with authority and authenticity. His integrity, honesty and passion pours out of the pages. I love what Carl & Laura are building and I hope one day to meet them in person to thank them.

Read this book. It could change your life.

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“This man eats with tax collectors and sinners”

Right from the get go this book is challenging, thought provoking and authentic. I’d only ever heard one of Carl’s sermons prior to purchasing the audiobook and probably heard more scathing remarks from people that questioned the kind of Christianity that Carl represents when he “hangs out” with celebrities. He actually addresses this in the book and left me with no doubt that his godly influence in these circles is exactly why he stands out from the religious elite, just like the Jesus he loves and follows.

Thanks Carl for just being real.

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This is book is phenomenal!!!

This book is a must read for anybody so struggle with confidence when it comes to sharing their faith with others.

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Raw Real Relatable

Any person in any walk of life will be triggered, one way or the other, by this book. Carl communicates brilliantly and preaches Jesus without any filters!

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Genuine and lovely book

loved this easy read a lot of common sense espoused. thank you Carl Lentz. peace

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  • Michael
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  • 30-12-17

Incredible and applicable

The stories told in this book are both challenging and inspiring. I'd highly recommend this book for any stage of life.

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Timely Book!

This book is one of the easiest audible books I’ve ever listened to. I really enjoyed the journey of the book and the encouraging push to be present in life and Own the Moment. Carl Lentz has an amazing ability to break down the walls of “religion” and “tradition” that we often build up in our lives. I highly recommend you read this!

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One of a kind

Carl writes a book that encourage and inspires to live a life for others. With his passion and love for people, its easy to see how Jesus has inspired him! A must read book for young & and grown ups 😉👊💪

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  • Jenae W
  • 03-11-17

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
  • 15-11-17

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.
  • 22-11-18

awesome

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

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  • Michael Hedgepeth
  • 20-11-18

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
  • 13-11-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-18

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
  • 07-06-18

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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
  • 03-11-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-19

Great Reading and Powerful Messages

Get your highlighter and note book ready before you read or listen. The way He communicates a way of looking at the world and living it is the way I’m convinced we should all live for the best most effective life possible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-19

Great book

There were moments I sobbed. Thank you Carl for owning your moment(s)! God is good.