love does by bob goff.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Well, I apologize if I didn't grab your attention with this title. I took off the words, "book review". I feel like that made it extra boring.

As I've mentioned when discussing other nonfiction books like here and here, sometimes these kinds of books can be boring. Well, not boring. But kind of.

You grab a book, thinking, "wow, I'm feeling empowered, let me enrich my well being through the reading of this book!!" and then you read one or two chapters, underlining quotes, tweeting them. Perhaps an instagram. But then you set the book on your nightstand and three months later you're like "oh yeah I forgot this book!".

So when I find a keeper, I'm eager to talk about it! I heard about Bob Goff's "Love Does" through the same things I just poked fun at. This book was all over twitter and instagram so I ordered it to find out for myself.

This book just details stories of things that have happened in Bob's life. Each chapter talks about a situation and how he learned from and about Jesus through it. It's basically a solid coffee date with Bob Goff. I was hooked. His writing is super upbeat and easy to read. Seriously. I finished the book in two one hour sittings. I read it Harry Potter style, where you're so hooked you just keep turning pages and reading ferociously.

Each story is painted so well that you laugh and smile as you read, but you are also getting those solid thinker quotes that really challenge you! And the thing is, his stories are REALLY good. He talks about sailing from LA to Hawaii, and how he let all his kids write letters to foreign leaders asking if they could come see them and how they went all over the world and met all these foreign leaders. The man is so fun and happy that he literally puts his phone number in the end of the book, "just in case he can do anything for you". Loved this book. If you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts! If not, check it out! :)

“I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.” 

 “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 we can swing for the fences again. And all of this without keeping a meticulous record of our screw-ups.” 

“But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence. It's a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright.”  

"I especially see evidence of God in other people's lives. What's beautiful about them looks an awful lot like God to me."

ps, in case I hadn't convinced you, please view this picture of Bob Goff. He's so jolly!!

1 comment:

  1. duuuuudeeee. I just want his phone number to call him. XD

    on a serious note, this book looks really interesting. definitely want to read!


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