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Publisher's 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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By Jenae W on 11-03-17

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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By Anonymous User on 11-15-17

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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By The Bish on 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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By Anonymous User on 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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By Anonymous User on 11-15-17

Adventure

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

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By Anonymous User on 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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