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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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No question you should read this book!

So great loved every chapter! Pastor Carl lentz is hilarious! And the amount of wisdom and knowledge in this book is GREAT!! Recommended that you get the audiobook, narration is the best!

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Excellent life lessons

With the exception of a little name dropping that was tastefully done, the book was one of the best I’ve ever listen to. I strongly recommend it for its commonsense approach too many issues in life that are significant.

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life changing!

I absolutely love this book start to finish. of course that's not to say that start to finish it didn't challenge me to think outside of the box. it was challenging in a good way! in fact I'm going to reread the book.

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maybe for teenagers, but adults will be bored

Maybe it's cultural or generational, but I'm 58 and this book was like listening to a very uninteresting child

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Powerful. Moving.

There’s something very compelling about Carl and his voice. Whether you are a person of faith or not, I HIGHLY recommend “Own The Moment”!

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Own The Moment

I could not stop listening.
An honest account of how we should all strive to follow Jesus, love on all people and be that person who makes a difference.

Carl Lentz has such passion for God his enthusiasm is so contagious.

Thank you for sharing your personal experiences. Such an incredibly well written book.

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Christ is in This

Wonderful book Pastor Carl. I love the stories and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the entire book. Keep glorifying Christ. You are blessed to be a blessing to many many people.

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  • 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 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
  • 11-15-17

Adventure

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

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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.

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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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  • Francis
  • 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 !!!