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Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World Paperback – April 30, 2012
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|Love Does||Everybody Always||Love Does for Kids||Live in Grace, Walk in Love||Dream Big|
|Check out all of the books in Bob's library!||The first book Bob Goff wrote, this whimsical and inspiring collection of stories was a runaway bestseller.||The follow-up to Love Does (technically the third book, since the second was stolen out of his car), this book tackles how to love difficult people.||Beautifully illustrated, this children's book takes the stories from Love Does and delivers them in a child-friendly manner.||This 365-day journey will inspire you to step out in confidence, offer grace to yourself and others, and become love.||Coming Soon! This is an inspiring and practical way to achieve your dreams! Available June 23rd, 2020!|
'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 author of the New York Times bestselling Love Does and Everybody, Always as well as the bestselling Love Does for Kids. He is the Honorary Consul to the Republic of Uganda, an attorney, and the founder of Love Does—a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq, and Somalia. He's a lover of balloons, cake pops, and helping people pursue their big dreams. Bob's greatest ambitions in life are to love others, do stuff, and, most importantly, to hold hands with his wife, Sweet Maria Goff, and spend time with their amazing kids. For more, check out BobGoff.com and LoveDoes.org.
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The book is a winding, somewhat random memoir of Bob Goff's life. I love how we can see God's story in our story but most of the time this book seems like the opposite - Goff forcing his story into God's story. It seems that every dumb thing that Bob has done was God's perfect plan for him and none of it was just his own sinful or immature approach to a problem that God redeemed. I hope the book gets better and if it does I'll update this review.
As an aside, I now have the word "whimsy" attacking me regularly. Goff doesn't seem to be able to go more than a page or two without using it and now it's in my head like a bad 90's pop music song that won't go away.
I am not necessarily an avid reader unless a book is good. I couldn't put this book down, though. My friends think that I have "destroyed" this book because I have written all over it and underlined basically the whole book. It has inspired me to live a purpose driven life. Too often I live in fear of chasing after my dreams, but Love Does helps combat that by pushing you to run towards an abundant life of love and break free from an ordinary life.
I Personally enjoyed that theme of the book because there have been Christians in my life when I was growing up as a child who made God look as if he wants you to be a bored, fearful, and a shut in to the world.
So it is an encouraging book to embrace God's joyous plan for us to live out.
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It maybe simply written with real practical examples but such simplicity belies the profound truths upon which love in action relies.
A life of love is not about thinking, planning our even reading a book... it's about doing.
I found the earlier chapters more enjoyable though as the stories felt a little forced towards the end, and some of the messages felt like they were tagged on in hindsight.
Despite this, not a bad read overall. Easy to read and uplifting - what more can you ask for?