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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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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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Could not keep my interest

This book seemed like he was just all over the place and really didn't have that much to say ... just seemed like babble to me. I realize a lot of the reviews on here are 5 start "life changing" but I must admit I'm baffled. I cannot understand what they are getting out of it at all.

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  • 12-14-17

Powerful and Practical

Great book with a powerful message. If you have a heart beat you need to read this book.

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  • Mike
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 12-09-17

Raw delivery and great content

Great lessons and unusual Christian book with minimal overt Christian pushes. Great message and Real world examples. Get it and do it.

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Changing the youth culture in NYC

A great story of Carl’s journey as a young and passionate pastor in NYC - heart warming and real. I had to hear him tell the story in his own voice as he is truly one of the most dynamic speakers that I have ever heard (My family and I used to attend Hillsong Montclair, NJ until we moved to SC last year). I just can’t get enough of his passion for the Lord and the way he draws young people in to hear the Good News about Jesus Christ. Bravo Carl and may God bless you for all that you do and as a new author! Make sure you always do an audio version!

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truly inspirational!!!

thank you Pastor Carl for being so real! you've inspired me in more ways than one!

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this book will challenge your view of life

If you could sum up Own the Moment in three words, what would they be?

refreshing and challenging

What did you learn from Own the Moment that you would use in your daily life?

have a look at people completely different.

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I feel that Carl communicated clearly how most likely Jesus would treat and respect others if he were walking on the earth today. The book will definitely cause you to reflect on how you treat others.

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Awesome, Straightforward, RAW.

Amazing how much I received from this insightful, entertaining, raw book. The loving wisdom, at a time where my life has no specific direction, has been comforting to say the least.
Thank You Carl.

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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 Storhaug 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
  • 12-05-17

Simplicity Unveiled

never been a massive fan of Karl. nothing against him. How ever the way this book is read makes me want to buy the print and study the points he so clearly lays out. Thank you Mr Lentz

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  • Joseph Thomas Williams
  • 12-01-17

Lentz covers every current life topic

While I admit I am a fan of Carl Lentz’s messages, I never thought this book would touch on so many current life topics we are dealing with on a daily basis. Carl’s passion for his beliefs are not watered down to please, but rather spoken clearly and without hesitation. A must listen!

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  • Jared
  • 11-24-17

Real, Engaging and Empowering

Loved every part of this book and would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Even if you feel your owning every moment the way Carl brings perspective into real life situations would make you rethink how you are owning your moments.
Thank you Carl your a legend!

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-17

Life changing

I have a new perspective on my daily life moments and loved listening to Ps Carl share this book. Amazing !!!