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Moment Maker: You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You Paperback – April 1, 2014
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Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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There are so many quotes, underlines and notes I made while reading this book. You all know how highly I think of “Love Does,” (it’s no accident Carlos and Bob Goff are friends). Let me say it USED to be my favorite book. My life manual of sorts. I can honestly say that Moment Maker is now threatening to come out of nowhere and take that top spot. It is incredible. It is life changing. It is what I believe in. It’s how I believe I live this life. It has proven to be so rich at every twist and turn. Here’s what I mean….
The moments we make hold within them the greatest gifts we have in this life, because without them, we miss the point of being here. God put us here to learn how to love each other and to learn how to love him. That comes through living on purpose and with purpose. That comes from connecting, learning, loving, giving, losing, failing and recovering. That comes from creating, receiving, and rescuing. All of that is Moment Making.
It’s better that way….Read more ›
I had never heard of Carlos Whittaker when I chose this book. I was intrigued by the premise and being in a reflective mood as of late, I thought reading about someone's perspectives about the moments of their life would be both hilarious and inspiring.
How glad I am I took the leap.
Whittaker writes like he talks -- a style that I greatly admire -- and paints such captivating pictures with his words, you really feel like you are right in the midst of the story being told. He speaks of Christ without being preachy and talks about his children without falling into "daddy blogger" territory.
We have reached a zenith in our society regarding "seizing the day". We have been inundated with this message for so long that instead of hearing this admonition and being ignited to make a change, the buzz doesn't have spark. Not so for Whittaker. Though I hate to use such cliched terminology, he really does bring a fresh perspective on the idea of living and embracing each moment. This may be due in large part to his systematic approach to "moment making" as much as it has to do with his incredibly colorful family.
Whittaker outlines his ideas behind the "making of a moment" in chapters, outlined by three connected themes: Created Moments, Received Moments and Rescued Moments. I was skeptical of his approach -- the point of "living in the moment" generally begets not adhering to a specific plan -- but was wildly and pleasantly surprised. Without giving too much away, his ideology fits in perfectly with the themes of salvation (again without being too preachy -- a feat in and of itself considering his upbringing and pastoral background) and with life.Read more ›
Moment Maker took me almost a month to finish. Not because it was incredibly long or dense, but because it grew tiresome with each passing chapter.
When I first heard of this book, I admit I was interested. I didn't know much about Carlos, but I thought, great, this is going to be an insightful read from a fresh voice and will really dig deep into what it means to live intentionally. Instead, what I got, is essentially Carlos' hand-picked autobiography of his awesome life as an accomplished musician/worship leader/blogger (you know, things that most readers won't be able to relate to). Carlos recounts his stories and when applicable, weaves in isolated passages from scripture to do really nothing more than say, "See, this is in the Bible!" and "Jesus made moments too!" Great. The ideas presented here are fairly generic and one wouldn't need more than an outline of these principles to understand them.
To be completely fair though, my problems with this book stem from an even bigger problem with what I call "Christian Celebrity". People like Carlos and several other heavy hitters on social media are all coming out with books now about how "humbly blessed" they are and how their vast knowledge of life must be shared with everyone so that they can be humbly blessed too. There is this idea permeating Christian society that we need wholesome "celebrity" figures to look up to and emulate. Especially the successful ones. I don't buy into that. I don't deny that someone can read this and be inspired to want to make the most of their moments here on earth, but for me, that is what the Bible is for.
Disclaimer: I reviewed this book because I wanted to and not because I was getting one for free.
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Not a fan....I've seen him speak personally and i have followed him on social media. Too much of a media hound. Doesn't line up with what he says.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the book and great illustrative stories. It also helped that I'm familiar with Atlanta, so the stories really hit home!Published 5 months ago
This book was great. I like a little more depth to the books I read, and that is the only reason it got four and not five stars. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mika O.
Horrible, self seeking self proclaimed Christian. In no way does his life emulate Jesus. None.
When will people stop buying into this?
I listened to it and this man has a beautiful perspective on life. I'm going to live my life differently now. And make my life more beautiful.Published 10 months ago by ross boone
Starting this book I was worried as I realized how much religion impacted the life of Carlos. I thought the book was going to completely surround religion and that's not the type... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kimberley Tarry