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About the Author

Carlos Whittaker is a renowned musician, worship leader, blogger, and communicator. He has been the worship leader for Andy Stanley’s Buckhead Church in Atlanta and is on the leadership team for Catalyst, as well as leading worship at many of their events. He currently attends and leads worship at CrosspointChurch. He, his wife, Heather, and their children live in Nashville. www.RagamuffinSoul.com --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kyliegirl on April 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This was not one of my better picks. The concept - making the most of every day, noticing things, finding meaning - is great. And the author brings great enthusiasm to the project. But he comes off like a narcissistic little kid, making everything about himself and his need for attention - he has fascinating friends, does exciting Christian celebrity things, and is the world's funnest husband and dad (I'll give him props for this last one - his family has a birthday tradition that involves following a giant ball of string that sounds great). But even scenes about helping out with disaster relief somehow become about him and his needs rather than anyone else. It bugged me how much credit he takes for creating his moment-making life. It seems like the suggestion here is that readers would all be happier if we were just more like him.
Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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My guess is that many of you have probably heard of Carlos Whitaker by now. He’s led worship in churches across the US. He’s had youtube videos of his wild family adventures (Moments) go viral. His blog is what my blog would love to be one day if it ever grows up. He has squeezed about every ounce out of life that you can. He has done this through a 100% commitment to moment making. Now he opens up his life and the life of his family and gives us all a glimpse into moment making too. If you think “he must be rich to do all of these things,” he’s not.

In fact, the stacked bank account can actually stifle our creativity when becoming Moment Makers

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Necessity is the mother of invention

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….
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"You can live your life or it will live you"

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.
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Take a moment to read THIS, before you make a moment to read the book.

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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