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This review is from: Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (Paperback)
One of my favorite writers is Don Miller. I've read all of his books and read his blog nearly every day. One day on his blog he had a guest post by Bob Goff, the author of the book Love Does. This particular post was one of the stories from his book, and after reading this one story I knew I just had to read the rest of the book. This is one of the better books I have read in a long time. From the foreword to the epilogue I couldn't stop reading the book. When I put the book down to get something to eat or to get some sleep the stories continued to play over in my mind, and the lessons each story taught me about Jesus and life just grew stronger.
The one story I remember most is when Bob wrecked his Jeep. He wasn't injured in the wreck, despite being thrown from the Jeep and landing on the asphalt, but since he was a lawyer I figured he would sue the old lady who caused the wreck. Instead Bob was more concerned about the other driver than for his own wellbeing, and he forgave the woman. He fixed up the Jeep but kept getting phone calls from the old lady who caused the wreck concerned about him and reluctant to accept his forgiveness. The lesson Bob learned from this experience and shares with the reader is God forgives us of our mistakes but sometimes we still hold onto whatever it is we did, and are reluctant to forgive ourselves. This is the one message I needed to hear since I know I have done a lot of stupid things in my past and probably have hurt a lot of people, and despite God forgiving me, I have a hard time forgiving myself. The other stories in the book taught me a different message, most of which I can relate to, since Bob has lived a pretty typical life, and isn't afraid to share his bad experiences with the good.
About half way through the book he tells about his writing this book and the guidance he received from Don Miller. One bit of advice Don gave him is to avoid using the word that. For the remainder of the book I became aware of every time the word was used. This became a little annoying since he used the word more than he should. The reason I think Don advised him of not using this word is because in most instances it is not necessary and the sentence is fine without it. I've tried to use this same advice and find myself having to write a little differently than I'm used to.
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Initial post: Feb 17, 2013 4:47:03 PM PST
In my reading lately, I find myself having to read many sentences over and over to figure out what is going on - all for lack of a well-placed 'that'. So perhaps this is where this nuisance began!!
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