About The Book

Carlos Whittaker spent decades trying to end his harmful habits and figure out and why he felt so unworthy of his blessings. After attending therapy sessions twice-a- month for two years, he reluctantly signed up for an intensive seven-day experiential-therapy retreat – no cell phones or visitors allowed.

Much to his surprise, the retreat sessions brought him break-through moments of clarity, exposing the deep-rooted issue of the damaging patterns.

In his new book, Kill the Spider: Getting Rid of What’s Really Holding You Back (on sale October 3, 2017) Whittaker shows readers why it’s not enough to try and stop sinning. He teaches that ending addicting and destructive behavior comes from treating the issue, not just the symptoms. “You can’t just clear away the cobwebs,” says Whittaker. “You have to find the spider—the source of the issue—and take it out.” Whittaker vulnerably opens-up about the cobwebs in his life –severe anxiety ending his employment and impeding his ability to leave home, approval addiction and artificial intimacy which almost stole his family away, feeling like a fraud at the height of a successful music career with the biggest worship label in the world singing in front of 40,000 people – to vividly illustrate the four steps readers must take to kill their own spiders.

With his hilarious tone and passion-filled wisdom, Whittaker helps readers find practical solutions to the struggles that hold them back, while guiding them to find their identity in Christ.

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About The Author

Carlos Whittaker

Carlos Whittaker is a renowned musician, blogger, speaker, and author of Kill the Spider and Moment Maker. He has been the worship leader for Andy Stanley’s Buckhead Church in Atlanta and on the leadership team for Catalyst. He currently attends The Belonging in Nashville. He and his wife Heather and their three children live in Nashville, Tenn. To learn more about Whittaker, visit www.CarlosWhittaker.com.


“In a world obsessed with outward appearances and dealing with the symptom, not the cause, it’s wildly refreshing to see Los dip far below the surface to address the real spiders, that cause the real pain in our very real lives.”

Jon Acuff
New York Times Bestselling Author of Finish

“One of the hardest things to do is look at yourself honestly. And to do so without self-criticism, but with the passionate desire to improve your lives for the sake of others is even harder. Carlos Whittaker is a fitting guide for the journey. He will take you to the hard place and turn the light on. Nonsense living in the dark when a little light can create a more healthy, enjoyable life.”

Don Miller

Carlos Whittaker has created a vehicle for all of us to better understand the aspects of our lives that prevent us from being free to grow and love without limitation. Kill The Spider is a masterpiece! I could not put it down. You won’t be able to either.

Scott Hamilton

I really wish Carlos had not written this book, I wish he had written a book called Eat the Gumdrop or Ride the Unicorn, but he had the audacity to write Kill the Spider. This is not just a book, it’s a declaration of independence. Now that he’s faced his demons the rest of us have no excuse to face ours. You need this, it won’t feel good but you need it.

Levi Lusko
Best-Selling Author of Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance


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