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Kill the Spider: Getting Rid of What’s Really Holding You Back Paperback – October 3, 2017
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Carlos Whittaker is an author, blogger, speaker and worship leader. He has been on the leadership team for Catalyst as well as leading worship at many of their events. He regularly speaks at the largest churches all over the country. He and his wife Heather and their children live in Nashville, TN. Carlos blogs at: ragamuffinsoul.com
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I have followed Carlos Whittaker loosely many years, only kind of kept up via Instagram etc. I did not want to read his book (heck I HATE spiders and he put the word in the title!!) and we have some differing opinions on certain things, but on a whole enjoyed past messages. As I was searching Amazon for books to read, the Lord kept bringing this book to mind. I actually could not remember the title, only that it has the word "spider" in it. (Carlos, do you know what scary pictures come up when you search "spiders" on Amazon!! So you have to know the Lord was leading me to this book). Remember I said I had in the past already decided I did not want to read it; I thought it would be another book from an "Internet" Pastor/Musician that tells us how great his life is and how you can be great too.
I was wrong. Soo wrong....
This book grabbed me and I could not put it down. I am still processing and unpacking things mentally/spiritually. I personally would never go to an OnSite 7-day retreat, but I am thankful for Los sharing his experience and journey. My word for 2018 is Wisdom and maybe this is why it was a great book to ring in the new year, may the Lord lead me in wisdom as I clear the cobwebs to find the spiders.
Carlos talks about cleaning cobwebs in our life, "Cobwebs aren't necessarily major moral failings or criminal activity, just something that keeps you in turmoil and distanced from God." But that is not enough, you need to do some cobweb cleaning so you can find the spider to kill. You have to kill the spider, the producer of all the cobwebs.
Carlos explanation on anxiety and depression was spot on for me. He put into words what I could never articulate. I want to copy that paragraph and say ---> this...this puts into words what depression and anxiety feel like for me when I am going through it.
A favorite quote: "Trials reveal foundations; they aren't the ideal time to build them."
This was a great book to read at the beginning of 2018.
*Edit - I just want to add that as I gave a copy of Kill the Spider to a friend today I told her that if I had to get rid of every book I own (aside from the Bible) and only keep ONE book Kill the Spider would be the ONE book I would keep!
First of all, Carlos is a rad storyteller. Thank God because otherwise this book would have joined the heaps of others in the pile of "good intentions" that never got applied. So, he's got that going since it keeps you engaged. You actually DON'T want to put the book down. What?!
But then, it gets better. See, within the stories... are LEGIT challenges. I feel like this book is your own version of therapy to work through. For me, I read it all the way through, highlighted on my Kindle, and now I'll go back and work through the highlights and journal through it. I've NEVER DONE THAT. But he's written it in such a way it feels easy to approach it and work through some big things in your own life.
And lastly, that subject matter. "Killing the Spider" applies to EVERY SINGLE PERSON, whether you're Christian or not. I honestly feel like this book is good for anyone. We all have spiders that are trying to ruin us and we need to stop treating our symptoms and actually killing the cause. We've got to do this for ourselves. We don't HAVE to be our own worst enemies.
I can't recommend this book enough. I'm already in the works of buying it for others who I think could also benefit from reading this.