Love Does~Book Review

With so much talk about love this month, I thought this was the perfect book to share for the month of February! Valentine’s Day is all about hearts, candies and roses, but Bob Goff explores a love that is much different, so today I am sharing a review of his book Love Does.

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Briefing of the Book 📚
  • Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
  • By Bob Goff
  • Non-fiction
  • Published by Thomas Nelson (c) 2012
Reasons for Reading 🕶
  • My first encounter with Bob Goff was through an article about him and his wife, Maria, in the Focus on the Family magazine. Around the same time I saw a book recommendation for his second book, Everybody, Always, which I decided to read. Since I liked his message, I bought Niah the Love Does for Kids book for Christmas, and it was so good that it prompted me to want to read this adult version of Love Does as well. I listened to this book using Audible.
Favored Fragments ❤
  • “Whatever you decide, just know that either way I am with you, Bob.” Randy had been with me and I could tell that he was with me in spirit as much as with his presence. He was committed to me and he believed in me. I wasn’t a project, I was his friend. I wondered if maybe all Christians operated this way. I didn’t think so because most of them I had met until that time were kind of wimpy and seemed to have more opinions about what or who they were against than what the were for.” (00:15:25)
  • “I learned that faith isn’t about knowing all the right stuff, or obeying a list of rules. It’s something more. Something more costly because it involved being present and making a sacrifice.” (00:18:00)
  • “God’s grace comes in all shapes, sizes and circumstances as God continues to unfold something magnificent in me.” (00:38:22)
  • “That’s what I want my life to be all about: full of abandon, whimsy, and in love. I want to be engaged in life and with life.” (00:50:56)
  • “I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” (00:52:02)
  • “I used to think God guided us by opening and closing doors, but now I know sometimes God wants us to kick some doors down.” (01:01:11)
  • “My life had not been shattered into many pieces by a mass of tragedy, but it consisted of as many disorganized pieces as it would of if it had been. I simply decided that I wasn’t going to let the residual rocks and small pieces of gravel get in the way of me getting served up and used. It has always seemed to me that broken things, just like broken people, get used more. It’s probably because God has more pieces to work with.” (01:32:06)
  • “I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say ‘yes’.” (01:33:25)
  • “I used to think religion tasted horrible, but now I know I was just eating the fake stuff.” (02:24:38)
  • “I used to think life could be shared with anyone, but now I know choosing the right people is pretty important.” (02:53:15)
  • “What I know now is that our infinite value, the original master work that we are, is placed in us because God is the master artist, not us. The best we could muster ourselves would be a fake. God invites us to be new creations, original art, and to live into a life of engagement.” (03:50:45)
  • “God searches for us no matter what dark places we’re in and what door we’re behind. He hears our impossible audacious prayers for ourselves and others, and He delights in forgiving us and then answering those prayers by letting us return home to Him.” (04:42:07)
  • “When people ask me what it looks like to follow Jesus, I usually say that following Him looks like dealing with all the issues everyone else does: disappointments, tremendous joy, uncertainty, the whole bit; and having your mind change all the time as you learn how Jesus would have dealt with things.”(05:17:33)
Summary and Surprises (Spoiler Alert!) ✋🏽🛑🤐
  • Love Does shares life experiences of author, Bob Goff, in a light and amusing way, sprinkled with humor and surrounded by truths about love. Bob shares his perspective of what being a Christian is really about, namely sharing and spreading God’s love to others.
  • Bob begins each chapter with an antidote of what he used to believe, countered by what he now believes after his life experiences have gained him wisdom and practice. He uses actual stories of his childhood, adolescence and adulthood to string together what he believes about life, relationships, religion, and God himself.
  • Bob’s stories are refreshingly honest and open about his life choices and mind-sets during different stages in life. As a Christian, sometimes I feel like we can’t talk about our lives before we met Christ because we were living in such sinful circumstances. But Bob leads me to believe that those experiences, even the ones before meeting Jesus, are valuable and have meaning. Our missteps and mistakes are oftentimes what leads us into the loving arms of our Savior, and forgetting where we once were or how far we have come, is refusing to accept the life-altering experience that an encounter with Jesus can bring to a life.
  • I like that Bob unapologetically expresses his prior assumptions of Jesus and God and Christians. I think those opinions ring true to many people who get following Jesus confused with religion and rules. There is a difference, and Bob shows how love trumps rules, not by breaking rules so much as by loving through barriers.
  • Bob talks a lot about whimsy in this book, so I looked up the definition. Whimsy means playfully quaint or fanciful behavior; attractively unusual or old-fashioned; over-imaginative and unrealistic. This describes many of Bob’s adventures so well, but even though they are unrealistic and unusual and over-imaginative, he still manages to pull them off and makes living life look completely different than compared to traditional standards. Bob, don’t worry, you’ve got whimsy covered.
  •  I was challenged by Love Does to live fully in the moment, trusting in God for His provision and to let go of expectations and to think outside the box a little. I think we become so hard wired by our culture, upbringing, environment, and experiences to expect things to work a certain way, when really…God is the God of impossibilities and works just outside of the normal and expected in many ways.
  • Love Does did a great job of helping me remember the roots of my faith—God’s great love—and how I should live and relate to others because of it instead of getting caught up in rules.
Recommendation after Reading 👍
  • 👍 Love Does deserves a thumbs up! It was an easy read and lived up to the expectations I had after reading Bob’s other books.
  • I especially enjoyed listening to the book with Audible with Bob Goff reading it to me himself. It was nice to hear Bob’s story from his own voice, because I believe it better displays the authors message and emotion, and as a bonus Bob’s husky voice exuded peace and patience.
  • The book was laid out well with shorter chapters, averaging 10-12 minutes, which were a good length so that I could pop in my earbuds and listen to a chapter during a commute to therapy, or while folding laundry.
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