- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: B&H Books (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433648911
- ISBN-13: 978-1433648915
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
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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."
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Maria, in her book, describes Bob as a pedal to the floor type of guy. He's always on the move and constantly reaching out to people. Maria makes no mistake that she is not Bob Goff, and as a fellow introvert, I'm glad she is not. Maria takes us on a journey, not of action, but of presence. Which I guess is obvious, considering the titles.
Her book begins with heartbreak and has a vast amount of ups and downs in it. Though you believe it is just a collection of stories, each chapter is a puzzle piece, to be digested and invested in before you see how it fits into place. In her book, Maria has the talent to be vulnerable, even if the story is just a sentence long. She has a way of opening herself up, and the amount of thought she's put into each area of her life, make you want to do things just like her, but still her sweet voice can be heard in your head and seen in the text saying, "Just be you."
As I finished this book, I realised I didn't take notes or underline. No post-it notes were used. I just was captivated by her writing, her stories, and her wisdom. Though, I'm sure my second read through will be littered with Post-its and notes throughout the book.
"Love Does" made me feel like I had so much more to accomplish in life to be wonderful like Bob. Maria reminded me that I am not Bob, and I'm not Maria, though I want to be a lot like her. She reminded me to find value in what I did. She reminded me to be vulnerable and seek out a "board of directors" for my life. She reminded me the importance of fun. She reminded me of the life that happens around the table. She reminded me of the power of just having a hunch.
I bought this book at LifeWay yesterday(2/28), and I'm glad I did as I'm sure this book will be one that I keep coming back to over and over again. We could all use the voice of Maria to appreciate who we are a little bit more.
The book is written simply and is approachable, but it's not trite. It's steeped with the type of age-old wisdom you gain from a lifetime of highs and lows, the experiences that can only shape a person with stories and relatability toward others. Maria recounts stories of her life, knowledge she's gained, lessons she's learned, the things all of us have experienced, and she shares how she's survived and thrived through those and what she's learned. My grandma was the most influential person I've known, her love and wisdom from life being stories that I still gravitate to because I knew that they were out of a place of deep love. She didn't have to try to convince me of all of the facts, correct beliefs, or theology from a religious standpoint; she just loved people, advocated for everyone she met, and treated people as their best potential self from the start. Her stories may have been different if she wrote her own book, but I have to believe that the core message of selfless love would have been much the same as Maria's.
The message and heart of this book grabbed me and held me. It's a message that a person can't hear often enough in a world where we could always use a reminder of how deeply we're loved and our capacity to love others.
On the message alone, this is a 5 star book in my opinion. Some of the transitions in the writing felt a little disjointed and out of place, which took a little bit away from the easy, conversational flow. I would still highly recommend this book and will give it to others as a gift.
Full disclosure: I was provided an advance copy of this book from the publisher and agreed to provide my honest review.
Overall, I most enjoyed how "real" Maria was in sharing her stories in Love Lives Here. Some stories are happy and some are not, but they are all part of what make up Maria's life, who she is, and how she shares love with those around her as she serves God daily from a place of quiet steadfastness, often at home. One of the points that struck me most in her writing was how we all have value (stay at home moms too!) and we do not have to all be alike. She and Bob are very different in personalities but she shares how they both minister to those around them but they do it differently. She shares how they both add value to their marriage and to others. What an important message we all need in our world today with so many voices around us! Maria is a wife and mom who makes a difference in what she does each day. She gave me hope as I follow in her shoes living the life of a wife and mom, a life that is no less important than my husband's life even though they do not look entirely the same.
I would encourage you to read Maria's book, Love Lives Here, and think about how your own life is meaningful and how you relate to others around you. I think you will then be encouraged to love on those all around you.
I received Love Lives Here by Maria Goff from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.