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Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Kindle Edition]

Bob Goff , Donald Miller
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Now a New York Times Bestseller!

As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren't good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll. 

Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world's best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it's not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob's love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don't want to miss.

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob's life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.


“If this book does not make your heart beat faster, book the next flight to Mayo Clinic!” --Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, Chairman, Willow Creek Association

“Bob Goff is a one-man tsunami of grace, a hurricane of love.  He doesn't just talk about change, he really is change, as Love Does chronicles in such a vivid way. Yet, Love Does doesn't leave you feeling like you want to celebrate its author, it awakens a sense deep within that you, too, have an outrageous role to play in God's unfolding story or rescue and repair.” --Louie Giglio, Passion Conferences/Passion City Church

“An interesting and compelling story (with Young Life roots) that ends with a practical challenge and punch:  ‘love does’ and God can use you to do it!” --Denny Rydberg, President, Young Life

“Every once in a while someone like Bob Goff shows up to remind us that some things matter a lot more than others.  Love Does has a kind of ‘north star’ effect that will push you to refocus your life and energy on what is most significant. It doesn't just invite you to respond with your God-given potential, it invites you to become a part of what God can do beyond your potential.” --Reggie Joiner, Founder and CEO of Orange

“We liked the book a lot. Mostly, the balloons on the cover. The rest was pretty good too. Lots of stories about how God helps us.” --Aedan, Asher and Skye Peterson ages 13, 12 and 9

“This may look like a book. It’s not. It is an invitation to enter into the greatest adventure you have ever known—your life as it was meant to be lived. Hang on!” --Michael Hyatt,  Author, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,

“Bob’s ability to love people brings contagious hope and inspiration wherever he goes. The power of love showcased in this book will surely touch the hearts and souls of many people. Read Love Does and find a friend in one the world’s best hidden secrets, a person who shows how love can create connection and make a difference—even across oceans.” --George Tsereteli, Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia (former Russian Republic)

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About the Author

Bob Goff is the founder of Restore International, a non-profit fighting injustices committed against children in Uganda and India. Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt, and he serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States. He is adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Bob lives in San Diego with Sweet Maria and their beloved poodle.

Donald Miller is the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He helps people live a better story at and helps leaders grow their businesses at He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.


Product Details

  • File Size: 605 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078FA8HU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh, original and challenging message April 12, 2012
Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget, according to Bob Goff in this book. God chooses ordinary people like us to make a difference by getting to the "do" part of faith. Love doesn't just keep thinking about it or planning for it. Love does.

The book describes the extraordinary whimsical adventures that the author has lived, all as a result of saying "yes" to opportunities. After failing to get into law school, he camped every day outside the dean's office until the dean let him in. When saying "yes" to what he thought was a friend's prank, he found himself appointed as honorary consul for Uganda. After 9/11 he encouraged his children to write to world leaders, and they were invited to go and visit several of them. He joined some friends in a small boat for the Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. In Uganda, he arranged for hundreds of young prisoners who were being held without trial to have their cases heard and be freed.

The book is full of funny and entertaining stories, but more than that, it issues a challenge to the reader: Every morning when you wake up you get the invitation to live a life of complete engagement, a life where love does. It is an invitation to participate fully in this amazing life for one more day, and yet it is an invitation which most people turn down. How are you going to respond?

I have read a lot of great Christian books which contain interesting stories and good advice on ways of following Jesus more closely, but I cannot remember any that grabbed my imagination and presented a fresh and original challenge as forcefully as this one. This is simply an outstanding book, and I highly recommend it, particularly for young adults. (An electronic copy was provided to me by BookSneeze for review purposes.)
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86 of 94 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Does, But Cash Helps October 14, 2012
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Love Does is a memoir of sorts, stories and vignettes from the life of author Bob Goff. Goff is an extraordinary man, full of whimsy and heart. Some of the stories made me laugh out loud, others made me tear up. The premise of the book is that love does, love is about action. And I believe that to be true and an encouraging message.

What is a little troubling about the book is that doing for Goff often costs more than time and energy. It costs money, and lots of it. I really struggled with the lack of acknowledging that 99.9% of Christians worldwide could not live as Bob does because they could never spend as Bob does. I have noticed that evangelicalism lately is all about living lives of service and doing amazing things, and I worry that might marginalize those for whom taking a year off to "minister" just isn't financially possible. If you struggle with contentment, this book might not be for you.

Another concern was the lack of connection to a local church and the skepticism towards typical Christianity. A lot of this is a good thing -- I love the idea of a "Bible Doing" group rather than a Bible Study -- but the sum of it felt like a lone ranger, individualistic faith rather than the true and deep community of faith that I believe to be the most biblical model.

I enjoyed this book, but it made me want wads of cash so I could do the sorts of things Bob does. And that's not really the point. I'd love to see someone live an extraordinary, whimsical life of sacrificial love on a budget of $50,000 a year or less. I'd read that book in a heartbeat. Goff's stories are really interesting and the profits are going to Restore International, so if you are intrigued, I'd say go ahead and read it.
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200 of 225 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected to like it more July 25, 2012
I've had a hard time starting this post. When I requested a review copy of Love Does from BookSneeze, I fully expected to rhapsodize about this book.

Like many, I first encountered Bob Goff in the pages of Don Miller's fantastic book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He seemed larger than life, yet the kind of person everyone would want to befriend.

In fact, were Goff's path to cross with mine, I'd insist on buying him a drink simply so I could hear more of his stories.

I completely understand why so many people are singing the book's praises. Goff's life is naturally inspiring. I was completely mystified when I started the book and did not immediately join in on the chorus.

This is not to say I disliked the book. (This is also to say I respect what Goff has accomplished in writing a book and especially his decision to donate the proceeds to Uganda. I try to be mindful of the effort it takes to write a book whenever there is criticism to bestow.)

Love Does consists of 30 short chapters, each containing a story of some antic or experience and followed by a spiritual truth of sorts. At their best, they're contemporary parables. This does not always come across as intended.

Bob believes our lives should be fueled by love. An active love. This is a great model for us to have. Some of his stories better reveal this than others. For instance, were my car hit by an elderly lady to the point where I was ejected through the roof, I doubt I would walk over to her and thank her for hitting me and then consider it a cool story. But this is how Bob reacts and the elderly lady has quite a response. Love in action.

On the other hand, Bob also considers sticking his friend with a $400 room service bill to be a prank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Great book. Great product and fast delivery.
Published 1 day ago by James H. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Love isn’t a warm feeling. Love isn’t a good idea. Love does.
You will love to read this book. It’s basically a collection of short stories from Bob Goff’s life and the predicaments he gets into or the amazing things he has been able to do. Read more
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"I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Terry Cleve
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is wonderful and delightfully funny
This book is wonderful and delightfully funny. Bob Goff uses his life experiences to teach us lessons in a unique way. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I dont understand why it's such a hit.,,
Published 6 days ago by julie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read in a long time
One of the best books I have read in a long time. As I average 1 book every 2 weeks (I travel a lot), this is one of the few books that I bought for stockings this Christmas, and... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Nate's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, greatly inspiring
I loved this read, especially after hearing Bob speak a month ago in person. The book reads like he speaks, full of stories, and energy.... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kenneth G. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this. Inspiring and challenging…makes you think...
Everyone should read this. Inspiring and challenging…makes you think, laugh and contemplate…cry and hope
Published 8 days ago by Lisa K
5.0 out of 5 stars Love ABSOLUTELY does!!
A wonderfully written book by an amazing man. This IS what is meant by being the hands and feet of Jesus in God's world. Bob.. Read more
Published 10 days ago by bluesman99026
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