We’ve all been in a place where we’re living on auto-pilot just trying to survive, or where we’re so focused on our plans and schedules that we miss out on some of the best spontaneous moments life has to offer. Moment Maker is a book that I am confident will change your perspective on life and help you to live each moment better than before, because life doesn’t have to be boring.
The author, Carlos Whittaker, has learned that life is so much more enjoyable and memorable when moments are created instead of just waiting for life to happen. He uses personal examples from his life to show how easy it really is to change our mentality about the “interruptions” in our lives, as well as taking advantage of opportunities to make memorable moments. In each chapter, Carlos brings us back to the example Jesus gave us of how to live an abundant life, and I really loved that.
One of my favorite real-life examples of this being lived out in Carlos’ life is this video.
From the book description:
We live in a world where we’re constantly on the lookout for the next “BIG” thing but sometimes the most amazing stories are the spontaneous adventures we experience on our life detour…This book is for people who are tired; the ones waiting for better moments to come along…When you say “yes” to being a “Moment Maker,” the possibilities are endless…Life doesn’t have to be boring or the same or ordinary, it can be EXTRAORDINARY. We can take every opportunity to make the best moment with what we have right in front of us, all we have to do is say “yes.”
A recent example in my own life of making the most of every moment: while we were in Guatemala, we had an unexpected two-hour “wait” at a gas station while we waited for the roads to open. We could have chosen to be upset and stressed out because our plans were being ruined; instead, we jumped rope, played games, took pictures, and laughed a lot. It became an awesome day all because we chose to make it awesome.
As my husband and I begin this new adventure of parenting in just a few months, there are so many quotes and lessons from this book that we want to embrace and remember so that we can make the most of each day with our children. I never want to feel trapped or bored while raising my children as a stay-at-home mom, and I never want to be caught up in the comparison game – something Carlos highlights in the book. Within even the first two chapters, I had already taken pictures of several quotes that I didn’t want to forget:
There’s so much more that I could say, but then you wouldn’t have to read it 🙂 This book is certainly worth your time and I’d encourage you to check it out. We’re only given a few short years to live on this earth – let’s make the most of each and every moment instead of letting life pass us by! Let’s create moments, receive moments, and rescue moments together 🙂
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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The video you linked to was posted by a page that I follow on Facebook. I watched it…and wow!…then realized that it was the same guy who wrote this book (which I had scrolled past more than one). I hurried back to your page. Perhaps God wants me to read this book…