I first heard about Bob Goff while reading A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Here was a man who didn’t just think about doing stuff; he actually did it – loving others and living life to the full. So when I heard he wrote a book, I was intrigued.
In Love Does, Goff shares stories from his life and the paradigm shifts he’s made along the way. There were parts that made me laugh and parts that almost made me cry.
It’s a friendly read in style, length, and tone. I liked the examples of putting love into action and was personally challenged and inspired by many of them.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Secretly incredible people just DO things.”
“Friendship creates a whole new economy.”
“God decided to have us intersect history, not at just any time, but at this time.”
“You don’t need to know everything when you’re with someone you trust.”
“Words spoken by kind people have the ability to endure in our lives.”
“When we get our security from Christ, we no longer have to look for it in the world, and that’s a pretty good trade.”
“Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.”
A few of the chapters on discerning God’s will and hearing his voice did seem pretty two-dimensional to me. Jesus didn’t leave us as orphans to do our best based on a set of principles – he left us his Spirit to fill us, transform us, and guide us.
But overall, I really enjoyed this book and have immense respect for anyone who walks the talk the way Goff does. His ready-fire-aim approach to loving others beats the ready-aim-but-never-actually-pull-the-trigger technique so common today.
I’m glad I picked it up.