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Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want Paperback – March 7, 2017
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Shelley Giglio, Chief Strategist, sixstepsrecords and Co-founder, Passion Conferences/Passion City Church
"Grace is a contagious force we all crave and Maria contains so much grace it floods you from just a short time with her. May these pages overwhelm you with God’s love, and hope that Maria knows so well."
Jennie Allen, Founder of IF: Gathering and Author of Nothing to Prove
"I’ve had the chance to visit many places over the years. Finding the purpose behind the places I go always intrigues me. I’ve been to Maria’s home and I know it’s purpose. It’s simply a place where love lives. You’re going to enjoy reading a little more in these pages about how we can each make the places where we live, places where love lives too."
Jeremy Cowart, Photographer and Founder of the Purpose Hotel
"Maria and her words are a gift to every one searching for love, meaning and a place to belong. My life is brighter and my heart is bigger because of what I experienced on these pages. I cried. I smiled. I felt loved. It's an absolutely incredible book!"
Mike Foster, author of People of the Second Chance: A Guide To Bringing Life-Saving Love To The World
"What a gift to read Love Lives Here and find within it a friend who is as authentic and inviting as Maria Goff. Through her earnest telling of the stories of her life, she provides greater meaning to all our lives. We were thrilled to read this book." Donald Miller (bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz and Scary Close) with Betsy Miller
"In a moment in my life when I was desperately looking for direction, God used my friendship with Maria to rekindle in me a long-held vision for hospitality that I'd allowed to be obscured by far less important things. This beautiful book will do that same sacred work for so many people. Maria is an example to me--the kind of mother I aspire to be, the kind of gatherer of people I aspire to be. I'm so very thankful for this lovely book, and the heart and wisdom written on every page.”
Shauna Niequist, NYT bestselling author of Present Over Perfect and Savor
"Through every page, I loved discovering the powerful, mighty woman who's gentle voice and warm heart belies her strength. Maria opens the door of her heart to reveal life is found in rubble, in broken dreams, in oozing hot lava, and--most importantly--love is found in the places we least expect it. With every chapter I felt like welcomed into her home, invited to sit, and pull up a chair to listen to how to love, live, and act towards others. Not only did I walk away wanting a friend like Maria, I wanted to grow up and BE Maria Goff."
Bianca Juarez Olthoff, bestselling author of Play With Fire
"This book is the hug you didn't know you've always needed. Maria's words of hope, purpose and vulnerability ring true in the deepest parts of my soul, inspiring me to live and love better."
Ryan O’Neal, author of Sleeping At Last
"Maria has cultivated a beautiful heart and home where the Lord dwells richly. Love Lives Here shows us how we can experience amazing joy from the inside out. This book will change you and your family."
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"Maria Goff is the wise, gracious, and witty mentor you always wanted. With hospitality and vulnerability, she invites you to sit in the coziest chair of her home, warm cup in hand, as she tells you her stories. And in the telling, you hear anew your own stories and God's stories too."
Katherine and Jay Wolf co-authors and co-founders of Hope Heals
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The outlook on life, the lessons taught, the WAY the lessons are taught.... Everything is just wonderful and amazing and makes me want to live my life more fully and be totally engaged and not hold back. There was so, so much I could relate to with this book. Mrs. Goff is the quiet, behind-the-scenes, steadfast anchor that is necessary for their family to accomplish so much. Seeing life from her perspective was so refreshing.
She talks about how God gives each of us a different place in the world - a different way to live - and when we try and compare ourselves to others or live a life that wasn't intended for us, then we will be stressed out. I can relate to that so much! I look at others who are changing the world in magnificent ways, and my own life seems paltry. But! In reality, when I live life the way God has called me to, then He will bless what I do, no matter how small it seems. Nothing else in the world could be more important than being right where God has me.
Mrs. Goff talks about trust, and rebuilding, and knowing that no matter what goes on, we can count on God to make our lives beautiful when we are surrendered to Him. It's not always easy or fun or exciting, but it's always worth it.
"Love Lives Here" is a perfect blend of funny, serious, and downright hard. She doesn't make light of life, she doesn't gloss over hard things, and yet she talks about them in such a way that the book always lends the feeling of hope to the reader. It was beautiful. There were multiple times that I laughed out loud, there were times I wanted to cry, there were times I wanted to hug the book.
Mrs. Goff's extreme honesty in the book was so special to read and made me feel like I personally know her. I could relate to her in so many ways, and I'm very thankful that she choose to write the book and share herself with so many people.
I've already bought several more copies for gifts, and look forward to reading this book again before long. I highly recommend it, and am giving it 5 out of 5 stars.