Book Review: Moment Maker By Carlos Whittaker

_240_360_Book.1160.cover“You can live your life or it will live you” sounds like it could be the subtitle of a blockbuster movie. In a way, it is kind of similar. Moment Maker is about living life deliberately. Carlos Whittaker wants you to make the most of each moment.

After reading Charlos Whittaker’s words, you don’t just want to have coffee with him to hear more stories, you want to join his whole family and listen to them tell stories for an entire weekend. It is clear he lives his life with a purpose: he wants to make the most not just of every day, but every moment.

I found this book incredibly interesting. As I was reading, I was laughing out loud at some of the stories. From stories about creating a Taylor Swift music video for his daughter’s birthday party to stories about working as a Disney character at Disneyland, Carlos’ stories are captivating. (Including a story about his first date. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but it includes his best friend hiding in the trunk of his car. Right? You can’t make this kind of stuff up!)

What I liked the best about this book was the connections he made between his experiences and different biblical passages. He makes connections that I probably would not have made. Each of those connections further reveal Carlos’ heart. He has a passion for God and a passion for people. You can tell he genuinely cares about people.

“Quite simply, Created Moments must be created. These are the moments where you put your head down and do the work. Birthdays, anniversaries, reunions are all fun to plan and create, but we also need to consider the in-between–the life that is lived around the big moments. Along the way you will find you living a life filled with opportunities to create moments by yourself, for others, and with God.”

With books like Bob Goff’s Love Does and pretty much everything written by Donald Miller, memoir books with memorable stories is a popular theme among authors. Here is why I believe books like this matter: they don’t just tell about their lives, they inspire all of us to seize opportunities in our lives. This book says we can all be moment makers. We need books like this because if you are anything like me, you’re sometimes scared to say yes to new opportunities. I have often found I regret times I have not said yes to an opportunity, but I don’t regret the opportunities where I say yes and show up.

At only 176 pages, this book is a quick read. I think it is well worth it. It helps remind you to savor life. That’s what living deliberately is all about. Carlos has made it a way of life; we can all learn and be inspired by reading this book.

He writes:

“You see, it’s not the size of ‘together’ that counts. Being a Moment Maker is about way more than checking off your bucket-list items. The experiences on your list should mean something. It isn’t about just doing fun, daring, or forbidden things. It is about living. The experiences you have, the moments you create, should leave a mark on the world and you. They should change everyone who is touched by them for the better.”

You can pre-order the book on Amazon; it releases April 1, 2014. Learn more about the book here:

I received this book free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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