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Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World Paperback – April 30, 2012
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'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 --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 --Denny Rydberg, President, Young Life
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 leaders grow their businesses at www.storybrand.com. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.)
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good message for Christians in an age when no one wants to step out and volunteer, too busy on their devices I suppose. Bob tells us to be in relationships... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jack
One of my all time favorite books. So much good wisdom and whimsy in this book! As well as jaw drops, laughs, and adventure.Published 5 days ago by Tyler Zern
My wife read this book and said that she felt like it was a collection of Young Life talks. I would have to agree. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Matthew J. Maples
Bob Goff has lots of stories on the active love of God-and what a refreshing thing to read! This book is pointed, but easily gets us to consider how important each of us are in the... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Brandon G. Foster
Such a sweet and inspirational read. Really makes you want to see the world and life differently! Makes you think!Published 15 days ago by BonnieD
This book was more than I could have imagined. It really showed that being a Christian is about doing and loving others. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kelly L.
I thought this would be a book with a larger theme, but it is only a bunch of little stories without much umphPublished 23 days ago by Jw
Amazing what can happen when people surrender their lives to Jesus! Our book club will have a good time discussing this book. Interesting to see how it will impact others.Published 23 days ago by EdinNorCal