Where has Bob Goff been hiding and why have I never heard of him? This book interested me not because of who he is but because of who was recommending him. From authors and bloggers to speakers and pastors, I had been hearing that this is a “must read”. So, when opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the opportunity to read this book: Love Does. And boy….does it!
I am eating this book up like a plate full of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. It is delicious in every bite. Every page is witty, fun, touching and so brilliantly written. Bob is a natural story teller. But wait, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here’s what Bob himself says about this book:
“I wrote Love Does to capture some of the stories of hope, joy and whimsy that have helped to shape the way I see Jesus,” says Bob Goff. “What I’ve realized is that I’ve learned a lot more about who He is from what people have done with their faith than I have from what they’ve said about their faith.”
Stories. Yes. So many stories. Each chapter is a story within itself. I want to be in Bob Goff’s family. I want to be one of his friends and watch him in action. But no, Bob is inviting us to join him~maybe not in person~but in practice. Love has been talked about, written about, made into movies and songs. But love isn’t a thing; a commodity. Love shows up in the most practical, simple, unassuming ways. Love works and helps and gives and gives some more. Love does. And what a refreshing way to look at it!
From page 29: “I love those passages in Scripture where Jesus teaches the disciples something , saying, “I want to teach you to think differently about life.” They walked with Him for years, and some of them didn’t learn everything they needed to know until after He’d gone back to Heaven. Yet, even though they were slow to learn , they still referred to themselves as His beloved. Failure is just part of the process, and it’s not just okay; it’s better than okay. God doesn’t want failure to shut us down. God didn’t make it a three-strikes-and-you’re-out sort of thing. It’s more about how God helps us dust ourselves off so that we can swing for the fences again. And all of this without keeping a meticulous record of our screw-ups. “
From page 66: “The next time God asks you to do something that is completely inexplicable, something you’re sure is a prank because it requires a decision or courage that’s way over your pay grade, something that might even save lives, say yes. You never know….”
You will love this book. You will want everyone you know to read it. And you will want to live it. It is an adventure; this life that we have been given to live. And Bob lives like every moment is an adventure waiting for a participant: him. YOU. ME. We are all well-equipped to do whatever it is that God needs and has for us to do in order to show love. Because LOVE DOES.
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