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Own The Moment

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  905 ratings  ·  96 reviews
This engaging and inspirational book by Carl Lentz, the rock star pastor of Hillsong NYC, shows us the way toward a more connected, spiritually-grounded, and fulfilled life.

When you think of a Christian pastor, you probably don’t envision a tattooed thirty-something who wears a motorcycle jacket, listens to hip-hop music, references The Walking Dead and Black Lives Matter
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Published October 31st 2017 by Simon Schuster Audio
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Robert Rich
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nf-religion

I feel bad giving a low rating on this because Hillsong NYC does a lot of great things and I’m sure Carl Lentz is a great pastor, but this book was just not that great. A lot of Christian messages live in the realm of universal positivity and generalities that can apply to many situations, but this was seriously generic platitudes that offered nothing in the grand scheme of things. And a lot of talk about basketball. I get it, you like the game. Lentz also likes to talk about how he’s so not int
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I have no doubt that Carl Lentz is super passionate about Jesus and people. I am also sure that he’s a fantastic pastor, so this review is based purely on his writing and subject matter (as it should be).

First, I’ve never attended a Hillsong church; I don’t live in New York City. Nor am I a fan of the NBA; if I was, I probably would have given the book 5 stars. As it stands though, the book was written as you would imagine a conversation with the author to be. It feels like he’s talking right a
Natalie Hogle
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was SO. GOOD. It was the perfect balance of applicable teaching & touching stories. Carl Lentz is an amazing dude, & he did such a great job with this book! Here’s to owning the moment!🥂
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book and well written. Truly felt like I was having a conversation face to face with Carl, every word you can hear him.
And about the message: on point. This books contains several examples of what christianity really is. Which is love and serve people.
Travis Oakes
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks-read
Listened to this as an audiobook which is read by the author. This book was written more like a talk, which is why it worked nicely as an audiobook. I would recommend this book as it gives you a peak into a pastors life who has famous friends.
Christopher Armstrong
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one of those books where you wish six stars was an option. I was challenged while reading this to change my outlook in many areas.
Emma Ripley
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I find the whole mega-mega-church thing so fascinating, Hillsong is almost this apex of the intersection of Christianity/culture/industry so I thought it would be interesting, which was my motivation to read it. I have nothing against CL as a person, but this book had little substance to it, it honestly read as a bit pandering. He's trendy and charismatic, but I'm afraid he possibly is appropriating social justice movements that he isn't in a position to be invested in.
Justin Flanagan
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Simply put, I think this book is life lessons, and like modern day proverbs from Carl. It was a great easy read with A LOT of truth in it. I enjoyed this book!
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow I read this book recently and loved it. Carl writes beautifully and shares stories that are easily relatable. The person he is overflows from who he is to the pages of the book to the heart of the readers. He makes what it is to be a Christian easily obtainable and inspires you to be that person too. I am going to have to read the book again to let it all soak in.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cool and inspiring book. I mostly liked reading about Carl’s life, his trust in God and the crazy situations he sometimes finds himself in as a “famous” pastor in NYC. It’s a book to read slowly, one chapter at a time, and let the truth of that chapter sink in before moving on. I did think there were many chapters (especially towards the end) where I didn’t really feel inspired. But that is ok.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Stories

The book has some great stories and the author is very likeable, genuine, and humble. It's not hard to see why he's leading a large church.

The book could be stronger, I think, if it had more structure. It's hard to know where it's headed or what the theme is.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK. Where do I even begin?

Carl Lentz has such a real, honest, relatable perspective. This isn’t a book that preaches over you, but speaks on a personal level straight to the heart. From hearing his experiences and stories, you’ll find ways to incorporate powerful lessons into your own life.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Life changing, that’s for sure.

Nate Clark
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was impressed at the beginning. Carl talked about all of his influence and celebrity friends, but he mentioned he didn't want to focus on that and was going to leave out their names. I really appreciated that and he started off the book this way. The beginning had was a great mix of personal experiences, finding Christ and using scripture to back up points and wisdom.

By the middle Carl through that all out the window. He used "best friend" to describe his relationship with a whole entourage of
Amber Mills
You may know Carl Lentz as the (rather famous) lead pastor at Hillsong NYC, but no part of Own the Moment is preachy. He never stands on a soapbox or pushes his beliefs. Instead, he shares how confidence in his beliefs enables him to engage in confrontation done right, or listening to and learning from beliefs different from his own without a) becoming offended or b) abandoning or compromising what he knows to be true.

Confrontation is amazing when done right. Challenging our thinking by discussi
Emil Bredahl
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did not think that this book was very good, which is sad because I have been at Hillsong events several times and I have visited Hillsong churches all over Europe several times, and have high respect for the ministry of the church and the amazing things God has done and is doing in the church. My thoughts on this book is about the book and not Hillsong. In my opinion did the author miss a broader direction through the book, and the huge amount of stories he shared ended up confusing me greatly ...more
Ismael Mercado
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this Book. I'm going to head to Hillsong soon.

*There was one story that really stuck with me. I won't SPOIL it but what I will say is: It made me realize I am not sharing my faith enough.
*This possibly means that my own friends are walking around hurting, holding on to anger and resentment or feeling unfulfilled/empty and are seeking fulfillment in wrong places. GODS Grace is real. It's transformed my life, and trust me the more you know the harder denying it becomes.

Nneka Ngene
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved Carl Lentz and Hillsong for the longest time. Why? They love people first and ask questions (if necessary) later. I've watched Carl in particular and been inspired by his fierce and passionate love for people. Loving people just because, loving them because they deserve to be loved, from the stars to the least. It's incredibly inspiring and challenges me as well.

This book was fantastic. it's a dive into his life as he shares story after story of what it means to be the hands and feet
Tyler Wright
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Truly amazing from beginning to end. The author writes out ever step and challenge all humans face and how we should take our time to evaluate and adjust to these changes. To not be a tunnel vision thinker but to be sympathetic and compassionate to help others with whatever challenges their facing. The book really shows Jesus loves for us all and how we can use god to overcome some of the worlds most challenging moments. This is a great read for anyone who is looking to make changes in their lif ...more
Paige Gordon
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m pretty sure Carl just became one of my new hero’s. His stories are awesome and his dedication to following Jesus in all areas of his life is inspiring. He is someone who doesn’t just talk the talk of Owning the Moment but who actually tries (and fails at times) to walk the walk every single day of his life. If you need a book to inspire you to step up the way you are living life in the “normal” everyday of life, this one is definitely worth reading!

Favorite Quote: “Choosing to follow Jesus
Sean Doherty
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve followed Carl for years now as he has pastored Hillsong NYC, so naturally when I saw his book I grabbed it. I honestly really enjoyed my time in this book. I appreciated that his writing style is very raw unpolished. Carl makes it very clear in the beginning of the book that he wrote this and it wasn’t some sort of ghost writer.

This book was somewhat of a memoir and also a hope for the future. While reading it just felt like I was having a conversation with him, which made his rants about s
Jene Barranco
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on Audible and so glad I did. His voice, accent, speed, and delivery brought it to the present moment. The examples from his life make his points relatable and down to earth. Love like Jesus, love your enemies, love the broken, love the needy, love the addicts, love the love in your moment. Use rational and discerning thoughts and actions concerning our culture. He covered so much ground but brought the common thread all the way to end. He’s making a difference ...more
Kelly Staten
Very little substance here. I don’t know much about Carl Lentz, but this just seemed like another “feel good Christianity” book by a TV preacher. He talks a lot about culture at the end and I found it to be kind of contradicting to how he presents himself as a hip pastor to the millennial crowd. Throw in a little SJW politics that he shouldn’t be commenting on from the pulpit and things just get murkier.

Not to mention, there’s no scripture quoted and salvation is only mentioned in passing at th
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book until the chapter on Black Lives Matter...that chapter dragged for me a bit. I know Carl Lentz was standing up for his friends....but to me the book took on a different tone at that chapter, but overall, I give this book five stars as I felt changed after reading it. I felt bolder as a person and felt a renewed sense of diving into what I already know to do, but have been timid to do it. Thank you Carl Lentz for taking the time and effort to write this book. It was refreshing in ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I got to listen to this.
My next thing would be, I need to listen to audio books consistently, because when I come back to them there's such a disconnect and I'm just like... How did this book go again?
However, if I had read it, I feel like I might have been somewhat disappointed with what I paid for in comparison to it's sales blurbs.

Here, it just sounded like you're listening to Carl share with you. Or you're tuning into a podcast.

As it's his first book, I do agree with him when he sa
Ayesha Hawkins
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you watch or listen to Hillsong New York you will want to hear Pastor Carl Lentz on our culture and our impact. He is the narrator of the audio book, but he is reading that information not preaching it. If you have ever heard him preach it is full of energy and very dynamic. This book is read at a slower pace but his wit and slight sarcasm still shines through. The chapters on fame and culture were two of my favorite. However, there was also commentary on the negative side of church culture. ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone needs to read this book. It doesn't matter your religion (or lack of), your political views or anything else. Simple truths that are so profound, it's almost embarrassing that I didn't catch on sooner. If you only read one self help/spiritual/motivational book this year, make it this one. It's a fast read but some things are so profound that I found myself re-reading passages to make sure I had read it correctly and that I wasn't missing anything. Who doesn't love a confident but humble ...more
Sharon Bradley
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thank you for being the difference!
One of my favorite in the book, Lies: God gives toughest battles to his strong people.

I’m from a little town called Coushatta. This is located in Louisiana. I have struggled with many things in life. That I couldn’t understand why. But, I have always bushed it off by saying “God gives tough battles to his strong people”. I guess I’m strong enough to handle it. Lol

Wow it’s amazing how we grow up hearing things and attach them in our spirit and it’s all
Stephan Brusche
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love him or hate him, after reading this I do believe he is genuine and very serious in what he does. This book is full of catchy one liners that make you think. And yes, he might be name dropping here and there but it's not without purpose. I enjoyed listing to him read his own book (he does it slowly, so you can easily crank the speed up). After reading this book I get the felling I understand him better and know where he is coming from and what his mission is. I could recommend this book to e ...more
Bhuti Mbele
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

It reminds us that so many rules people have put on us and we think they are norm when they aren’t. Own the moment encourages you to live with no regrets a good life. Love when you expect nothing back. Don’t always have an agenda behind doing something good, do it because it’s good and be careful of non existent cultures that have been put on us by people. God is our ultimate creator. Rather die and find out there is no God than die find out there is one. At least you would have made a d
Lindsey Gumz
Lentz does provide a disclaimer near the beginning of his book, noting that he edited it himself and this fact may make the flow a little off. I was glad for the warning and attempted to power through his half stream-of consciousness, half conversational writing but eventually gave up about halfway through. He does make some good points, though the delivery is a bit bumpy at times and didn't keep my attention enough to finish the entire work. I'm sure some people could find some inspiration and ...more
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Carl Lentz pastors Hillsong Church NYC, a thriving Christian congregation with locations in Manhattan and New Jersey. Born the youngest of four in Williamsburg, Virginia, he was raised in a Christian household but struggled to connect with the local church concept and religion in general. At age twenty, he discovered his calling and enrolled in the Hillsong College in Australia, where the Hillsong ...more
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