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Every day we have an opportunity to make our lives meaningful, to make them matter. Yet, for so many of us, we let too much of life happen without taking notice.
In Moment Maker, Carlos Whittaker shares moments from his own life that have formed his methodology for living on purpose and with purpose. As you will find in these pages, the beauty of having a moment-making life is that it does not require a big investment in time, energy, or money. It simply requires a commitment to pay attention. All around you there are opportunities to meet a need, to shift your focus, and to begin healing. It is time to become a Moment Maker.
Number of Pages: 224
|Publication Date: 2014|
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How to Make Every Moment of Every Day Count
Every moment of every day, you have a choice to make. You can either let the minutes pass you by or you can claim them for what they are: opportunities to unlock the full depth of lifes potential.
For Carlos Whittaker, renowned blogger, musician and worship leader, and husband and dad, living deliberately is a way of life. Making moments that are significant, memorable, or impactful are a part of how he navigates each day, and it has forever changed the landscape of his story.
In Moment Maker, Carlos explains his methodology for living intentionally and claiming moments that touch the lives of others, whether that be his family, his friends, his colleagues, or total strangers.
Carlos isnt asking anyone to make a big investment in time, energy, or money. He is simply uncovering the investment of attention. You dont have to buy tickets to special events or orchestrate elaborate surprises. You just have to be awareof your surroundings, the people you encounter, the things that interest those important to you, the opportunities that present themselvesand be prepared to seize those moments and see lives changed.
IoanaOradea, RomaniaAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Seize the moment kind of bookJune 27, 2014IoanaOradea, RomaniaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The things Carlos Whittaker talks about in this book are and feel so known. For those familiar with the living in the present mentality, it will sound familiar. What I really like about this book, though, is that it's not a too energized book. I assume that many who read this, or want to read it, aren't that full of energy or ready to make bold statements, to make moments matter. Or maybe it's just me. The author is real. Straight talk. Doable strategy. This guy sure has something to say about making moments count. He rented a deck bus for his 40th birthday and invited his friends to join him on his celebration. He sang a worship song at The White House, in front of President Obama. He knows how to make moments count. Of course, most of us are "simple" people. But, he says, there's always the chance to create, receive, and rescue moments.
The book is divided into three main parts, which are titled just like that: 1. Created Moments, 2. Received Moments, 3. Rescued Moments. Each part deals with a way to deal with the moments and the opportunities that come our way. The mentality is somewhat along the lines of "Seize the moment" rather than "Seize the day".
Each part is presented through the lenses of his personal experiences and also a created, received and rescued moment as seen in the Bible. It's a new way to look at the Bible. Really liked that.
The book is a rather quick read. I enjoyed reading it. I think it's probably the first book I've read on this topic that doesn't put the pressure on you to not miss the moment(s), although this is exactly the message it is written around. It presents a mentality and offers the reader another choice. I like that.
Lady DW5 Stars Out Of 5Become a Moment MakerApril 25, 2014Lady DWQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Moment Maker is a must read! Throughout his book, Carlos Whittaker not only shares personal stories from his moment-making journey that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next, but he teaches us practical ways to apply the lessons he has learned to our own lives. He effectively blends his own unique personality with truths laid out in Scripture to create a book that when applied has the power to be world-changing. The book is a quick, easy read, but it is powerful!
JamesWashington, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Moments are Important. Don't miss them.April 14, 2014JamesWashington, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am really glad that I read this book. So often I watch moments happen around me and fail to jump into them. I think those moments are for others and maybe not for me. Carlos does a great job of being raw and open his stories and how the moments he has jumped into have not only changed him, but helped others.
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."
TheOnlyTwiddleTennesseeAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Or it will live you...April 11, 2014TheOnlyTwiddleTennesseeAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is engaging, entertaining, and enthralling. Through Carlos stories and examples of the lifestyle he introduces us to simply as "Moment Making", we find ourselves poured into his steps and thrown into memory after memory of how he has been challenged to make other people feel seen, important, and loved. The moments that he has shared with us, though some very personal and bright burning failures in his own eyes give the reader a chance to see that even if the moment making isn't exactly one for YOU, it can still impact others, and it can still help redeem that place in your heart that may still be full of shame even years upon years later. We all have that tape reel re-playing and reliving moments in our heads every now and again of where we fell short, or what we should have done differently- and Carlos invites us to grab hold of those moments when they are happening, or even before they happen to accept them, and put yourself out there living your life, not letting it live you.
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!
whimzieHawaiiAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great reminder to make the moments matter.April 8, 2014whimzieHawaiiAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sometimes life is so very daily. We wake up and most days it feels like life is coming at us 150 miles an hour until it's time to turn off the lights and set the alarm so we can get up and do the very same thing the next day. In my quest to get everything done on my To Do list, I forget to stop to think about what in the world I'm really doing.
This book was a perfect opportunity for me to stop and think about the moments that make up the days that make up the years that make up my life and my family's life. This is probably one of those books I need to read once or twice a year just to remind myself that the moments are what matter most.
Moment Maker isn't a super cerebral read. It's a quick read. It feels more like a conversation you'd have with Carlos Whittaker sitting around a table, enjoying a meal, making moments. I appreciated that this book not only stresses the importance of intentional living, it also gives specific, creative examples of how Carlos and his family have and are making moments on a daily basis. I l also love that in every chapter Carlos includes times Jesus was a Moment Maker.
This is a great book to read with friends and family because it's full of stories and ideas you're going to want to discuss with the people in your life.