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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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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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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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One of the best books I’ve read

It is a must read! Changes your perspective of people and how we judge them!!!

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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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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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Do yourself the favor

Of getting this amazing book. Each chapter will impact and change your view of life and how to treat others.

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Love it!

I love everything about this book! I can’t recommend it enough and will continue to look forward to future books by Pastor Lentz- so sad to get to the end but I will continue to listen to it. Chapters 28-30 were especially powerful and easy to relate to.

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I LOVE this book

Wow, honest, raw ,open and encouraging. I love people like this and I'm so glad I bought this book. I didn't know much about this man or hillson g church besides the music but, being a believer myself I'm more encouraged myself to fulfil God's plan and purpose and fill my lil corner of the world with love and truth.

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A Must Read!

This book was great! Especially loved that it was read by the author, it added a level of passion and fury that can only come from an author.
Own The Moment pushes you to lean in, listen, and respond. Highly recommend it!

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Every Moment

Personally, I have been having "a moment" for a while now. The past 5 years have been nonstop, monumental moments snowballing all into a testimony of God's faithfulness. His moment by moment presence has been teaching me to stand firm, feel the feelings, keep the eyes of my heart trained on Him. This book has reminded me to keep the rawness of feeling my feelings, not passing too quickly, shelving the experience with logical methods intending to deal with it later. This moment, right now, this is the time to be fully engaged; we all have a story to tell, a lifetime of moments in which God is never absent. <3 Thank you Pastor Lentz for this gift of your life stories and for your vulnerability in loving people as Christ does.

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  • 07-28-18

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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  • The Bish
  • 03-01-18

“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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-18

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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  • Nnamdi
  • 01-09-18

Genuine and lovely book

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-30-17

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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  • John Bostock
  • 11-28-17

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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  • Ruben Bakke
  • 11-16-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-17

Adventure

love it - recommend it to none christians. great audio book - carl lentz 💯

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-18

Entertaining and humble

Pros:
* Well narrated
* Fun content and cool little anecdotes about his own life
* I think this one would be particularly helpful for the Millenial crowd

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* I'm not personally into hearing about celebrities, so a few of these chapters lost my interest. Just personal preference though - Carl Lentz tells the stories well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-18

Brilliant communicator

Heard lots about Carl Lentz but never read his books. So glad I read this one. Inspiring and motivating. Thank you Jesus!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-18

This book Is helping me change my life.

Thanks Carl for following the call on your life, jumping through the windows of opportunity. This book helped grow me and you bet your bottom dollar I will get my friends and fos to give it a read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-18

phenomenal

I think everyone who lacks zeal and passion to live a life greater than themselves should get this book. what an incredible confluence of stories that spurns you on to own your moments and be present. you don't have to be a Christian to be inspired by this book. Ps Carl thanks for the gift you are to this world. cheers. Desire Ude

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-18

Inspirational, Makes you think and reflects!

I love the frankness and really appreciate and admires Carl’s courage to love and see people through the eyes of Jesus. Reminded me Father God loves me even I always make mistake and I could always count on Jesus because He knows all my pain and sorrow. God will never put me to a trial that I couldn’t bear and He watches over me Always. May Jesus likeness be seen in us. Hallelujah. Amen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-26-18

Amazing!!

Carl's approach to owning the moment is not radical. It is not a new concept but the way that it is delivered it what makes the difference. I consider it a privilege that I have listened to this book. It has greatly impacted my life and will do so for others. Thank you Carl Lentz and praise God that you do his work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-18

Please, choose this book and invest in your future

Pastor Carl is truly a man of great faith, wisdom and challenge. This book has been perfect timing for me, speaking to my current desire to step beyond intimacy and into obedience. I believe that this book will change your way of thinking, and challenge you to believe that despite what you may feel, that if you will choose to embrace courage and own each moment, you will be a far greater picture of God's grace than you ever believed possible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-18

Real, simple, relatable message, delivered beautifully!

Really enjoyed every sentence of this book! Will definitely listen to this book again and recommend to everyone!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-18

Brilliant.

I read it the book from cover to cover; had to listen to it too. This has shifted my direction by a few degrees - enough to make a big difference.