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Own the Moment

Narrated by: Carl Lentz
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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love it - recommend it to none christians. great audio book - carl lentz 💯

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A refreshing and must read!

After listening to this current, insightful, passionate book. I am moved to own my moments. Each chapter is definitely a stand alone read and I enjoyed hearing the many relevant testimonies that brought depth and solid meaning to each of these chapters. I suggested to my husband to have a listen and he definitely loves the truth and love within the pages throughout this book. Thank you to the Lentz family for putting your hearts and passion on paper.

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Eye-opening

Truly a great book with a message that is much needed for our generation. I found it inspiring and challenging and it had me reflecting a lot. Would definitely recommend it.

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interesting book.

Worth the read to understand where Cral came from and what he is trying to achieve.

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amazing

amazing all around life lessons book for everyone and anyone. listen to this book and your life Will be changed

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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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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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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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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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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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  • Jenae W
  • 03-11-2017

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
  • 15-11-2017

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.
  • 22-11-2018

awesome

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

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  • Brianna Hedgepeth
  • 20-11-2018

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
  • 13-11-2018

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
  • 10-11-2018

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
  • 07-06-2018

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
  • 03-11-2017

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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  • Jasmine Kellum
  • 19-10-2019

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.

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  • York12
  • 15-10-2019

Not your typical pastor

Full disclosure: I attend Hillsong NY. I am a recent NY transplant and I decided to visit this church. The first thing I saw the phrase “Welcome home “. I’ve never met Pastor Lentz but he embodies what his church is: a collection of people still under “construction “ absolutely ecstatic for the grace that God has extended to them. I’ve seen people truly interested in helping people . I’m glad I got to fully “meet “ him in this book - a man who would do anything to reach ONE person . Hillsong is my church - there are people who walk in love and acutely aware of grace there - and Carl Lentz - I’m proud to say is my pastor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-07-2018

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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  • charlie
  • 23-09-2019

Quality

Candid, to the point and thought provoking! Carl Lentz always speaks so well this book is no exception- what a guy!

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  • neil
  • 02-05-2019

so refreshing

Loved this book, very cool voice and easy to listen to. A great modern leader with a fresh style that doesn't compromise on substance or value. Inspiring and challenging without making you feel like a failure. Hope he writes another book at some stage

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  • Benjamin A Whitaker
  • 03-01-2019

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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  • The Bish
  • 01-03-2018

“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
  • 20-02-2018

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
  • 31-01-2018

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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  • Therkj
  • 09-01-2018

Genuine and lovely book

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

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  • Michael
  • 30-12-2017

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
  • 28-11-2017

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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