- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (April 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310337976
- ISBN-13: 978-0310337973
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 164 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Carlos Whittaker is an author, 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: carloswhittaker.com
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Some of my favorite quotes from Moment Maker are "Jesus served everyone he encountered. He was all about making the moments with them about them-- showing them they were loved, that they were valued by their Father in heaven."
"When someone feels the true worth of who they are because you stopped what you were doing and made life about them, you can have hit on an essential component of Moment Making."
"Jesus came to do something incredibly special for us. He came to make sure we knew our worth, our value to God."
"It's about making someone feel valued through that moment. Because of the thought you put into it. Because they know they are worth that much."
"That initial act is all that is needed sometimes to induce the little bit of bravery in someone that will set them free."
This book shatters our hiding in that place of inadequacy and doubt and teaches us that no matter where we are in our lives, no matter what kind of Ragamuffin shape we are in, we can have an impact on the lives of others just by making an investment in them with just a moment of our time. Shed your life of insecurity one moment at a time, loving others and setting their hearts free from the bondage of being unseen, unheard, and unknown.
I will very happily recommend this book as I embark on my own journey of Moment Making!
Carlos shows the reader 3 types of moments, created, received, and rescued. In each type of moment Carlos shares stories from his life in which he chose to be present rather than let a moment slip by.
Truthfully much of the book boils down to being present and aware of the people and situations around you. It requires us to dive deep into all that the Creator has made and to work hard to not let our lives be pages turned on a calendar but meaningful beautiful moments.
It's harder than you might think to apply this book, yet somehow also simpler. It takes courage to dive off the board and into the water. That's exactly what Carlos shares with his readers, the beauty in the moment
Story after story tells of times that Carlos jumped into a moment and loved people for who they were and not for who or what he thought they should be. He shows how living out the gospel will not always fit in the mold of what our traditions have made Christianity to be and how loving people means reaching into the moment and taking hold of it.
One of my favorite quotes speaks volumes about who we are as a society, content to let moments happen, and speaks to our need to jump in to moments:
"When we are the moment, the moment become engrained in us. But when we are more concerned with having something to show for it, we miss out on the experience. We may have a photograph of our child's smile when they discover something new, but we didn't get to experience the discovery with them. When we are in the moment, the moment stays with us." (pg. 149)
If you love stories, this book will captivate you. If you love redemption, this book will encourage you. If you want see how loving like Jesus loves really looks, this book will show you.
As you will see Christianity isn't always pretty and taking advantage of a moment will sometimes lead to things you may not normally do. Carlos never asks you to compromise your faith, he simply asks you to take advantage of moments, to show others love, to make a difference in the world.
"Be a moment maker, not a moment taker."