- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (April 17, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780718078133
- ISBN-13: 978-0718078133
- ASIN: 0718078136
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 854 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People Paperback – April 17, 2018
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Bob Goff is the founder of Love Does, a nonprofit organization that operates schools and pursues justice for children in conflict areas such as Uganda, Somalia, and Iraq. Bob is a lawyer and serves as the honorary consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States. He is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University and lives in San Diego with Sweet Maria, their kids, and extended family.
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Several years ago I read Love Does by Bob Goff and I was simply blown away by Bob’s energy and enthusiasm. Sometime later I was able to hear Bob speak at a student leadership conference and I was just in awe of him.
Why do I find Bob Goff so fascinating? Because he lives life with such passion and zeal. His love seems so authentic. He is not just putting words on the page or speaking goodwill to the masses. He is capturing life at its fullest and throwing it back to us.
I am very cynical person. I typically view Christian authors as opportunistic over authentic, but with Bob, I see genuine love for all.
Everybody, Always is a perfect follow up to Love Does. The book is full of amazing stories and beautiful calls for action. This book is a great challenge for a guy like me, who can become numb and disillusioned with the world.
I highly recommend this work to everyone. And, of course, here are some amazing quotes:
“Love isn’t something we fall into; love is someone we become.”
“Loving people means caring without an agenda.”
“What a shame it would be if we were waiting for God to say something while He’s been waiting on us to do something.”
“Most of us don’t need more instructions; we simply need someone who believes in us.”
“We don’t need to be the hero in everyone’s story. Jesus already landed that part.”
“Grace never seems fair until you need some.”
I read Bob’s first book, “Love Does,” a few years ago. It is lovely and wonderful. “Everybody Always” is even more so.
We’re attempting to navigate this seemingly polarized world of scary events, differing opinions, and difficult people. It’s hard, but this new book is going to bring such a light to the readers, and those the readers choose to love.
I’m not overstating it when I say that while reading his books I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and I’m learning to love better.
You’re going to love reading Bob’s experiences and nuggets of wisdom.
The first few chapters already had me laughing to myself silly and then within the few minutes, reaching out for the tissue box. Anyone who reads what Bob writes would agree that he has a way to "hook" you into his world and experience what he went through - with so little words and yet in a deep and profound manner.
Bob manages to convince me that no matter who we meet, they are fighting a battle you know nothing about (as the quote goes) and because of that, we are to love everybody, always. Especially those who you disagree with. And that's the main crux of Jesus' ministry. He taught us to love the sinner, not the sin - always!
For now, I am soaking in the first several chapters of the book (that I received from the publisher), and I must tell you my highlighter has almost run dry. It might have been easier to highlight the things that didn’t move me or make me think. Oh well, live and learn, right?
Aside from being chock full of tweetable quotes, Bob’s book is tender and powerful. He is a master storyteller, and I still shake my head at some of the situations he’s been in or the crazy things he’s done. I have to mention here that his wife, Sweet Maria, has likely achieved sainthood in heaven. Just sayin. And yet, as I scroll through the pages of his never-dull life, I can’t help but think of the people in my own life and wonder how I can love them better while being dead serious about being silly and fun.
I didn’t for a moment feel guilty about the stuff I haven’t done or the mistakes I often thought disqualified me from life. Instead, I felt inspired and hopeful. We are called to love Everybody, Always and Bob breaks it down so it’s doable, no matter the circumstance. This book will make you a better person if you let it and that, in turn, will make the world a better place.
I’m not Christian, or religious at all, so as you can imagine, I don’t read a lot of books about Jesus. (Like almost only Love Does.) There’s a lot of Jesus in this book. And a lot of religious teachings. Yet even for someone like me, the messages are beautiful and resonant and I agree with all of them. I just don’t use the same words or imagery. And I didn’t feel wrong for being different. Whoever you are, you can feel the love coming through in this book. For you and for everybody, always.
And Bob Goff should win an Oscar or Pulitzer or whatever you get for storytelling. But that part of the award is for the life you had to live to have the stories to tell.