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What If Love Is the Point?

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I went into reading this book with an expectation that I was going to hear about God and learn a little more about Carlos and Alexa’s lives, what I got out of it was much more than I could have hoped. They did an excellent job of seamlessly weaving God and their faith into stories about their trials and triumphs. I felt like I was in a room with them while they told me their story. There were moments I laughed, cried, and even verbally said "WOW". 

Before even finishing the book, I was already telling my friends and family how amazing it was and the fresh perspective I gained following each chapter. I know this will continue to be a book that I reread through different seasons of my life and I’m already itching to lead a book study with their discussion questions. It looks like Christmas presents will be easy this year.  😊
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First of all, I just want to thank Carlos and Alexa and the launch team for providing me with an advanced copy of this book before it was published.

After reading this book, I realized what a lot of people say is correct: social media is NOT real life. On social media, Carlos and Alexa definitely look like they have their lives together: happily married with three kids, doing what they love as their jobs, living on a beautiful island in a nice house, having strong, close friendships and family relationships, etc. When Carlos and Alexa started to talk about their stories, it really felt like they were having a one-on-one chat with me about my struggles: Alexa wanted to be seen and heard, and Carlos wanted to give up on God after a pipe burst. Celebrities are really just like us! But what’s different about Carlos and Alexa from a lot of other celebrities is how they handle their struggles, which is through their faith. At the beginning of my journey with God, I always wondered how Carlos and Alexa are able to live such perfect lives. As I continued to grow stronger in faith each day with the help of my wonderful church (and from reading this book), I figured out the answer: the PenaVegas’ lives aren’t actually perfect, but they seem perfect because they know God loves them and they can rely on God for guidance.

I read most of this book on a particularly stressful international trip where I would often be so focused in the moment that I would forget God is still there. Eventually, whenever I was able to be in a quiet place, I would remind myself that God loves me. Once I calmed my mind, I would read a chapter or two, reminding me that God can help me with all the stress and struggles I was going through. In fact, after seeing all the times Carlos and Alexa were able to solve problems by stepping aside and asking God for help, before I even finished the book, I started to pray short, quick prayers for something happening at the moment, as opposed to putting everything in my daily prayer before bed.

This book is a must-read for everyone: teens, young adults, parents, grandparents, etc. If you are going through a difficult time in life, I highly recommend this book, whether you’re Christian or not.
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I started this book in the airport and read it the whole way home. Such an easy read. I really enjoyed how it went back and forth and told their story of love but also about their testimony of Christ. It was funny and so realistic. Very relatable.
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I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was well written with a clear distinction between each voice. I loved learning about Carlos and Alexa each got their start in the Hollywood industry, the impact God has had on their lives as individuals and as a couple, and how they came to be the PenaVegas we know and love today. I highly recommend the book to anyone, not just fans of their past work in television, music, and movies. After reading this book, I was able to come away encouraged, inspired, and with some practical tips for my own walk as a Christian. I already pre-ordered a signed copy, and can't wait to read it all over again. I know it's a book I can pick up again when I'm feeling like I need to be encouraged and reminded that love is really the point. If you could use that reminder yourself sometimes, I highly recommend you pick up a copy.  ❤️
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Carlos and Alexa PenaVega have grown up in the spotlight. From starring in Big Time Rush and Spy Kids to becoming social media influences and vloggers, their careers have been full of incredible opportunities and life-changing moments; but there is one thing that makes the PenaVegas stand out — their faith!

Carlos Pena is a natural performer. With his family’s full support, he went to Hollywood to pursue acting, auditioning for roles until he was cast in the global sensation television show and boyband Big Time Rush! Yet, despite the fame and money, Carlos still felt empty. Struggling to dig himself out of a dark hole, Carlos opened his ears to the Good News of Jesus, and in just one week, his life changed forever!

Alexa Vega, best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in Spy Kids, has had an epic career. As she transformed from a child star to an adult, the world has watched how her faith has shifted her acting roles and lifestyle. It was no easy transition, though. Battling an eating disorder and healing from divorce, Alexa has had her fair share of pitfalls; nevertheless, through God’s grace and strength, she was able to stand again!

Passionate about their love of Jesus and spreading the Gospel, Carlos and Alexa PenaVega are not shy about proclaiming their faith. In their first memoir, What if Love is the Point: Living for Jesus in a Self-Consumed World, Carlos and Alexa take fans through the significant moments of their lives that revealed God’s truth and brought them to where they are today. Written with candor and heart, their message is simple: the point of this life is love… specifically, God’s love!

I’ve been excited to read this memoir since it was first announced in November 2021. Yet, I’m not going to lie; I was hoping for a few more in-depth details — BTR (the band’s reaction to Carlos’ faith and their reunion), movie roles (more highlights and other specific memories), and the reason Alexa stopped singing! Nevertheless, as I read on, I realized that the goal of this book was not to reveal all the juicy details of their lives but to encourage readers about God’s love through life events that showcased His provision and blessings. And they succeeded.

After feeling in a rut and losing my joy, Carlos and Alexa’s words were the inspiration I needed to bring my focus back to the Lord. The final chapter, especially, awakened my soul and restored the peace I’d been missing.

The PenaVega are a team! Even when they competed against one another on Dancing with the Stars and Alexa was told that she and Carlos could not win, they remained a united front! They are role models to me and millions worldwide of what godly marriage, family, and life look like. Whether you’ve been a fan of the PenaVegas since the early 2000s, or need a reminder of God’s goodness, What if Love is the Point is a fabulous testimony of God’s unfailing love.

*Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher, for providing me with a pre-release copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own!*
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I LOVED this book, it was honest, raw and captivating. As huge Carlos and Alexa fans, it filled in a lot of gaps for me after watching their vlogs and television content over the years. Everyone can learn something from this book, it doesn't matter if you are religious or not!
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Deeply personal and emotionally written.  I am in amazement how Carlos and Alexa not only found God but prioritized their faith in all aspects of their life, all while keeping a foot in Hollywood.  Their approach and extreme commitment to raising kids who love Jesus shows the depth of their beliefs.  Readers will not only learn about their spiritual paths, but also how they evolved as humans who make mistakes and can change their lives and relationships for the better.
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I had so many feelings while reading this book. First off, I loved how opened and honest Carlos and Alexa were about their journey in finding Christ. It was relatable and I loved that. I loved that we got to see those in the limelight aren’t as happy as they appear. It just goes to show that everyone can put on a mask when they need too. Second off, I loved seeing the authors desire to share what makes them so happy in life. I feel like a lot of people in Hollywood wouldn’t do that. 

This book is definitely a change in pace from what I normally read and I loved it. Despite some hardships the authors go through, this book is a makes you feel happy book. Did it make me stop and reevaluate a few things I do? Absolutely. A good book in my opinion leaves you wanting to do better and that’s exactly what happened here. 

The book switches off from Carlos’s and Alexa’s narration and I think that was a great idea. It helps with the pacing of the book(quick read). It allows you to get both sides of their journey without feeling repetitive. 

These thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks NetGalley and What If Love Is The Point Launch team for the ARC.
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With our daughter wanting to be in the industry this was a must read for me from the time I saw it being released. 

The first pages talk of the disappointment that comes from no. But, also how when pushed, good things can still come. And when one door closes God opens another. Even when we may not know Him, He’s working for our greater good. The story starts before Carlos and Alexa met. You get the opportunity to get to know them individually. 

It’s so interesting how these two lives were interwoven before they even truly knew one another. 

And we all need an Andrew in our lives!!! One word answer to it all…Jesus. 

I love how Carlos and Alexa’s walk with God were so different. Because no two walks are the same; but, from immediate changes or slow dimmer switch changes they were still both on fire for Jesus. Their truth of how faith can come with its up and downs. 

Isn’t it funny when we tell God no…His plans play out for us anyway. 

Being honest and raw. Such a humbling testimony of two people. Sharing their peeks and their valleys. Praying through it all. A wonderfully written story of two people falling in love and keeping their faith in an industry that will test it. 

We’ve all been told Not to judge a book by its cover. “From the outside, my life at twenty-three looks pretty good. The inside, though, told another story.”

Life changes and hands us it’s fair share of disappointments, and these two share how they work through it all and what works for them…Love. Love is the point.
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This is a wonderful book. I am a big fan of both of them. I did not want the book to stop. They put so much heart in this book. Thank you for letting me be one of the 1st to read it. I loved it. 😍📚
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Carlos and Alexa PenaVega's story is about grace, love and being overcomers through Jesus.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed their story and how quickly read through it.  It's genuine, loving, funny and honest.  They discuss their lives starting as child actors through some of their struggles,  marriage and kids. I'm sure everyone believes that their lives are perfect and they have no challenges because they are famous but they are real people just like us.

I believe their God will use their story to reach people who would typically never go to church or left it after their childhood.  Their story reflects Jesus in a powerful way.  I highly recommend this book.
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I had the privilege of reading this book before it publicly launched. Beautifully put together; An inspiring story of Alexa and Carlos PenaVega and their walks in Faith and their growing relationships with Jesus.
As a young wife and mom to 3 young kids (I grew up in church and have had a relationship with God from early adolescence, my husband had been to church as a child but his relationship didn't start to mature until early adulthood.), this book truly resonated with me. I also enjoyed their glimpse into raising their children as young desciples. I have adopted their nightly routine (minus song, I can't carry a tune) to do with my three girls at bedtime.
This book truly was an amazing reminder to keep your eyes and heart turned to Jesus and spread His love. An encouraging and inspiring book that I enjoyed reading and will definitely read again!
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First things first, this book was absolutely amazing! Thank you Alexa and Carlos for taking time to sharing such a beautiful and inspiring story!  Once I started reading, “What if Love is the Point?” I did not want to put it down! 

 I have always been a huge fan of Alexa’s since she stared in Spy Kids and of Carlos’ since Big Time Rush. To be honest I do not have a strong relationship with God.  Though, I do have a strong relationship with my belief in spirit.  With that being said, reading about the different life experiences both Alexa and Carlos had and how their relationship with God helped guide them in the direction to be the best version of themselves was beautifully written and you could relate with the different experiences on some level.  Reading about Carlos and Alexa’s love for each other and how it continues to grow is so beautiful and inspiring.  In the words written you can feel the passion and respect they have for one another. 

“The world was seeing us as the strong team that we were.  We were one and we were proud to be one.”

“I don’t know how he could have assessed the situation in the blink of an eye, but that man’s strong embrace was exactly what I needed.  As were the laughter and tears.”

I also enjoyed reading this book because we are receiving two different viewpoints on how Alex and Carlos individually, as a couple, and as a family grew and continue to grow within their faith and relationship with God.

“And the surprise that I’d discover, that may not be a surprise for you, was that in letting go, I received so much more than I could have imagined.”
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This book was phenomenal! Alexa and Carlos really opened up my eyes in realizing that I need to give more to God and talk to him more. I love how they separated the chapters which each one is telling their story. They go through their younger years into their adult years and even discuss the challenges each faced. It was refreshing to know and understand that they are faithful but in some cases it took certain situations to help them get to where they are today. God truly has been there in the moments that they least expected, and that is something I can honestly relate too. But although they discuss their faith and God's love, you don't have to be a Christian to read it. It's a book that can be read by anyone and will teach anyone life long lessons.
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This was a fantastic dual memoir that made religion feel accessible even to non-Christians. I loved getting to know more about the backgrounds of both authors and also learning how they apply their Christianity to every day situations. I really hope they write more books together, this one went by too fast!
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We all know celebrities have entire lives we may never see. it is part of the draw for paparazzi's right?
We become attached to their characters and we assume their everyday behavior is right on par with how they are on our TV screens.  But we all know that isn't the case! The true person, the celebrity, is usually not anything like their character and many times we are surprised to see behind the scenes.
With Alexa and Carlos, they have had multiple characters to follow and many times I thought, "there is no way that is how they really act." But to my surprise they are a fully themselves on their social media pages. Never embarrassed to show their family and answer some off the wall questions. 
Now insert their new book, and WOW!! Their entire life story is an open book, literally.
Hearing from Carlos about striving for years to just be turned down multiple times. Alexa talking about her mom's connections. How they both found themselves in situations that they could never have been imagined just to find that God was waiting on the other side.
Reading the ups and downs in a way you could see in your mind. Reading time and time again they both made terrible decisions but always found their way back. 
This book makes you question your own past, look at your current behaviors from a new perspective and run toward the future with a new outlook!!
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This book is like a refreshing glass of ice water while hiking on a hot, sunny day. The vulnerability of both Carlos and Alexa helps to highlight the rest and peace available to us through Jesus even in the midst of our hard things. The bravery they showed by telling us such intimate stories of their struggles is astounding. They have allowed God into their stories and are now allowing Him to use them in even deeper ways in the lives of anyone who reads this book. As you read you can feel the comfort and security that they have grown to know in Christ. I am encouraged, I feel a renewed desire for deeper relationship with Him, and a fire in me ready to burst out in love for the people around me. Most of all I am thankful for the PenaVega’s willingness to let us all into their lives so that we can grow and know the Lord just as they have.  They are right, love is the point.  I highly recommend this book.
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I had the opportunity to be apart of the launch team for “What if Love is the Point” and this is what I gotta say about the book. This is one of the best books I have read!! It was really amazing and I loved it so much!! If there was an option I would definitely give the book 10 stars but there’s not, so I’m giving it 5 stars!! I have known Carlos from Big time rush, Alexa from the spy kids Movies and them both from their Hallmark  Movie ”Love at sea” And  when I learned that they were lovers of god like me, I got excited! I loved the different stories Carlos and Alexa told about how god has been part of their lives!!! And it has really Helped me in ways!! I do want to thank Carlos and Alexa because before I read the book I wasn’t really being active as much on Sundays with my church! But Alexa and Carlos have really gave me the motivation to try to be more active on Sundays with my church! So thank you Carlos and Alexa. With reading this book I felt really connected to what they were sharing!! And I got to learn more about them as a couple and individuals!!! This book will definitely be one I will want to read over and over and I know you will love this book as much as I did!!

As I started typing this up I was actually at a church lesson at my bishops house and I would like to share this message someone shared  at the end of the lesson which is, 

“God  is our father, we are his children and he will help us make the right decisions”

This really stuck out to me and I hope it will stick out to you too and I wanted to share this because I feel like it sums up parts of what Alexa and Carlos shares.
 
Once again this was an amazing book and I know you’ll love it as much as I did.

God is love, Love is the point.
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This book didn't take me long to read, not because it was easy reading, but because it was that good!  I was picking it up every time I had a spare minute.  It was refreshing to read both author's points of view, thank you for keeping us informed in the chapter titles who was speaking!  Alexa and Carlos were real with the good and the bad that has brought them to where they are now.  My biggest takeaway was the phrase "reliably present" in reference to their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Yes, He was reliably present even when Lex and Los were not looking for Him, but when they chose to seek Him, now they can sense His presence through every part of their lives.  Is everything perfect for the two of them? Certainly not, and neither is it for us, but He will give us peace through all of it.  Definitely a book I will be sharing with friends and family.  Side note:  not just a book for young couples and families, all ages can enjoy and learn from the PenaVega's. Love is the point - in all relationships and all areas of our lives.
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Inspirational. That is the one word that I would use to describe this AMAZING book! No matter what you are needing guidance on in your life right now, you will find it, along with understanding, connection, and encouragement, along with many other things, right here in this book.

If you are looking for encouragement to dive into a deeper relationship with God, then look no further. Hearing Carlos talk about the struggles of using drugs and trying to find peace in objects that left him feeling empty, to hearing Alexa talk about her eating disorder that stemmed from being a woman in the industry and how that plagued her for so long, and then hearing their stories of how once they found God they were delivered from it all, and seeing how it impacted their lives for the better, will make you DESIRE to dive deeper into the Bible and grow your relationship with God more than ever before! Through the thick and the thin they talk about how God was with them through it all and how even at the darkest times they still knew he was there because 'It's not like God makes bad things happen to you. That's not what he does.'(WILITP? Book) Hearing all the great and amazing ways God has worked into their lives once they made room for Him will inspire you to want to reach out to Him too to accept His love that he has waiting for you just as they did and I trust them when they say that you won't regret it.

If you are looking for encouragement to get married with God's blessings, then look no further. The story of Carlos and Alexa's marriage is one for the ages in the Christian community. They started out their marriage in learning and growing in their faith in God together and it has only made them stronger. 'For us, marriage was that place where each of us was becoming the best version of ourselves, with the help of God and each other, and we welcomed the opportunity to witness the goodness of the gift God offers..'(WILITP? Book) They also talk about how so many people and things nowadays try to put a Godly marriage down, when in fact it is the most wonderful kind of marriage! Hearing them talk about how their relationship has thrived and grown with God at the center makes me want to try to implement that more into my marriage (which is not even a full month in yet!), so that we can continue to grow stronger as a couple, continue to push each other to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be, and to make sure that we are always each other's best friend and confidant, along with God, to keep our marriage, and ourselves, happily fulfilled. I can see that if my spouse and I dive deeper into our faith, that our marriage will only benefit!

If you are looking for encouragement to have kids and start a family, then look no further. Reading about how having children affected Carlos and Alexa's relationship made me feel a little less nervous than I originally was about having kids of my own because they talk about how, through God, it is a blessing that we are able to have children and raise them in a way that represents how He 'raises' us in our faith and following of Him. In this book Carlos and Alexa talk about how being a parent has 'taught Lex and I more about God than we could have imagined.....And when they choose to do wrong? When they choose to sin? When they mess up? Yeah, it's frustrating. And we let them know, plainly, that it's wrong. But we never stop loving them with our whole hearts. And when they turn to us and say, "I'm sorry, that was wrong," we are eager to answer, "Forgiven. Now that you know that, let's move forward." Because of our kids we get these glimpses into Gods heart for Los and Lex.'(WILITP? Book) The ways in which they talk about raising their children and how God plays a huge roll in it makes His connection to us even more understandable because we love our children unconditionally like God loves us and so we should raise them up as he has raised us up.

Point being, if you are looking for a book that will inspire you in more ways than one when it comes to your personal and/or professional life, or even just some advice on how to strengthen your relationship with God or how to handle family matters, the best advice that you will get, that is TRULY heartfelt and sincere with your best interest in mind, go no further without reading this AMAZING book! 100% RECOMMENDED!!!
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