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on June 7, 2014
Our women's Bible study group decided to use this study guide as a basis for our summer study. Several of us had read the book and enjoyed it. We are generally disappointed. The author's presentations on the video seem to be geared to 14 year-old boys - playing expensive jokes on friends, fart stories, etc. The guide itself does lend itself to some interesting discussions once we get past the silliness, so we are continuing the study without the video. We are hanging in there and trying to see how we can "grow" using this study guide. We thought that since the book and workbook were paired, the workbook would generally follow the book, which it does not.
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on March 29, 2014
Love Does, subtitled “Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World,” is based on Bob Goff’s New York Times best-selling book, Love Does.

“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. Their dreams become one of those ‘we’ll go there next time’ … The sad thing is, for many there is no ‘next time’… love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.”

This DVD, and the sold-separately study guide, features five 10-12 minute video sessions with Bob Goff, and the content in the guide will lead you and your group through session-by-session discussion topics and encourage individual reflection between sessions. We enjoyed both.

Each session begins with an engaging “Introduction” found in the study guide. The “Welcome and Checking In” provides questions to further introduce the session topic and can help increase communication among small group members. “Hearing The Word” includes a Scripture passage and a couple reflection questions. “Watch The Video” is followed by “Group Discussion” including First Impressions and Community Reflections (which can be used with or without a small group). The next section emphasizing application entitled “Putting Love Into Action” is clearly the essence of “Love Does.

Here are a couple highlights.

I’m with You – “Love is not just a bunch of stuff we agree with. Love does.” On the other hand, God’s love is not expecting us to always be busy or give up all our fun, but quitting stuff can be a really freeing thing when we “quit the right stuff.”

Free to Fail – God’s grace offers, and Love Does reminds us, “We are no longer defined by our failures. We are defined by Christ.”

Audacious Love – “Are we missing that the God of the universe is nuts about us?”

Be Not Afraid – Too often we are caught in the trap of fear. “Be not afraid” is a phrase repeated by God to people who need to lean on God and God’s power. Take risks for and with God.

Follow Me – Jesus invites us, “Follow me.” Too often we hear the invitation and see Jesus waving us over and simply stay at a distance waving, “Hi!”

Conclusion:

Bob Goff is friendly engaging, enthusiastic – some might find him a little too chipper – but he’s insightful and a wonderful storyteller.

I wholeheartedly recommend this DVD and Study Guide for small group and personal use.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the booklookbloggers.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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on May 12, 2014
Love Does is an incredible book - I love how Bob Goff sweeps the reader into his world of whimsy and makes you want to create your own. Love does shows the reader that loving actions make life more fun and full. If you want inspiration, if you want closure to some hurts, if you want new ideas on how to make life matter, this is the book for you!
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on July 22, 2014
This book is written by an amazing man.He makes you feel the Joy of God In Doing not by sitting there but by action .Nothing is to big a project just put your listening ears on ,put your palms up and ask God what He wants you to do than do it.I would love to meet this man for you can feel his love for God,and his faith in us that we like Jesus apostles can do what ever God wants us to do.Thankyou for writing this book .
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on March 6, 2014
All: Bob Goff is a man for all seasons. His passion for God and love of people is infectious and humorous!!
Paul deMontesquiou, Esq./Broker
Charlotte, NC
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on February 21, 2014
Very easy and quick! Amazing book! This is a very well written book and will challenge your life! Read it
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on October 15, 2015
Nicely written, an easy read with tons of practical lessons that apply to everyday life. Bob Goff has a remarkable gift that helps himhelp tell stories to which we can all relate. His "I used to think" introduction to each chapter guides the reader through personal reflection. His follow through gently and often humorously demonstrates the fallacy in commonly held beliefs. Highly recommended!
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on June 23, 2014
Bob Goff is a delight. He is so approachable and makes spontaneity in his daily life seem effortless. This books is being taught at Sequim Community Church at the Adult Sunday Seminars this summer in hopes that his joy of life will be passed on to others.
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on November 7, 2014
You will enjoy this book. I describe it as a collection of modern day parables from the life of Bob Goff, attorney, Jesus follower, and by his own description, HELPER. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be inspired and challenged. Highly recommend.
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on November 19, 2014
The book really made me stop and consider things to do to advance the love of God here among people I encounter. He had many stories and anecdotes to illustrate his points. He gave us some meaningful activities to get started doing something loving.
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