Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

Love Does Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World Now a New York Times Bestseller As a college student he spent days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with

  • Title: Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
  • Author: Bob Goff
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Now a New York Times Bestseller As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him His graNow a New York Times Bestseller As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him His grades weren t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world s best kept secret Those same friends have long insisted he write a book What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world s most delightfully engaging and winsome people What fuels his impact Love But it s not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings Bob s love takes action Bob believes Love Does.When Love Does, life gets interesting Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life And this is one life you don t want to miss.Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.Endorsements If this book does not make your heart beat faster, book the next flight to Mayo Clinic Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, Chairman, Willow Creek Association Bob Goff is a one man tsunami of grace, a hurricane of love He doesn t just talk about change, he really is change, as Love Does chronicles in such a vivid way Yet, Love Does doesn t leave you feeling like you want to celebrate its author, it awakens a sense deep within that you, too, have an outrageous role to play in God s unfolding story or rescue and repair Louie Giglio, Passion Conferences Passion City Church An interesting and compelling story with Young Life roots that ends with a practical challenge and punch love does and God can use you to do it Denny Rydberg, President, Young Life Every once in a while someone like Bob Goff shows up to remind us that some things matter a lot than others Love Does has a kind of north star effect that will push you to refocus your life and energy on what is most significant It doesn t just invite you to respond with your God given potential, it invites you to become a part of what God can do beyond your potential Reggie Joiner, Founder and CEO of Orange We liked the book a lot Mostly, the balloons on the cover The rest was pretty good too Lots of stories about how God helps us Aedan, Asher and Skye Peterson ages 13, 12 and 9 This may look like a book It s not It is an invitation to enter into the greatest adventure you have ever known your life as it was meant to be lived Hang on Michael Hyatt, Author, Platform Get Noticed in a Noisy World, MichaelHyatt Bob s ability to love people brings contagious hope and inspiration wherever he goes The power of love showcased in this book will surely touch the hearts and souls of many people.

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    1. This was an easy read and what I would describe as "feel good" book. I just couldn't give it that final star because I really feel that it was missing quite a big piece of the pie if you will. Bob Goff talks about his life and his love for Jesus in a great conversational way. Its like you are just sitting there having a cup of tea with him while he describes for you how he feels he is supposed to live like Jesus. His main point being that Jesus does things. He doesn't sit around and talk about t [...]

    2. My dad, who loves me a lot, has been concerned for me since I rejected Christianity about a year and a half ago, and he bought me this book because he wants us to talk about spirituality through it. He says he sees a lot of his own thoughts in its pages, and because I love my dad, I read the book like he asked. I choose to lead with this introduction because I know that some users will have the understandable opinion that a non-Christian should not be reviewing a Christian book. I get that, and [...]

    3. I've had a hard time starting this post. When I requested a review copy of Love Does from BookSneeze, I fully expected to rhapsodize about this book.Like many, I first encountered Bob Goff in the pages of Don Miller's fantastic book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He seemed larger than life, yet the kind of person everyone would want to befriend.In fact, were Goff's path to cross with mine, I'd insist on buying him a drink simply so I could hear more of his stories.I completely understand w [...]

    4. I'd give it a one star review but it's not terribly written. The problem is the content and Mr. Goff should take a chapter out of his own book and keep some things secret. The book has some redemptive chapters however most of it comes across as bragging material about how great Mr. Goff's life is.The sub-title is "Discover a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world." Apparently the words "if you have lots of money and time" were left off.I do not know anyone including myself who has the mon [...]

    5. I enjoyed Love Does -- the stories were entertaining, it's a quick read, and I do think it communicates an important and necessary message. I liked it enough to give it four stars despite the following negatives:1. Bob Goff and Donald Miller are friends and similar writers/thinkers, and I had the same issue with this book as I have with Miller's -- the writing tends to annoy me. I understand that the conversational style is an attempt at being frank and relatable, and to some degree it is, but t [...]

    6. Let me start by saying how much I appreciate Bob Goff and the work he does for the glory of Christ. In fact I think he is even more dynamic and powerful in person than in print. Love Does has the opportunity to motivate you to action, which I believe is Bob’s whole purpose in writing it. He recognizes too many Christians sit and talk about God without doing anything about it. Bob has quite a collection of stories which range from risky to just plain unbelievable. Each story is like a little pr [...]

    7. I feel generous giving this book 3 stars, but hey, I'm a generous guy. There are several inspirational moments and I highlighted a few passages, but there are so many distractions from his message that I couldn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped.Based on his stories, a more accurate title would be _Love & Money Do_. Bob never acknowledges the fact that most of his adventures are possible solely because he has the time and money to do so. Maybe I'm a little jealous, but reading about him takin [...]

    8. Great book by an equally great man. I was a little less than half way though this book when I met Bob Goff. He seemed to be chatting it up with some old friends in the lobby of a conference my husband and I attended. We nervously lingered and I clutched my book, hoping for a signature. "Hey guys!!!" he exclaimed, as though he'd ran into some more old friends, grabbing us both in a big hug. "I'm reading your fantastic book and I was hoping you'd sign it if you have a second," I said. "I have all [...]

    9. I would never have finished this book if a friend hadn't specifically given it to me to read. I complained all the way through it and was thoroughly annoyed.Overall, I agree with the premise - Christians need to stop talking about loving people and tangibly be there for them. However, the entire book comes across as a "look what I did" with stretching comparisons to a vague concept of Jesus' life. There are no Scripture references and I often complained out loud - "How is anyone supposed to know [...]

    10. I almost expected to feel like I should do wild and crazy things after reading this book. Instead, I finished with a strong motivation to do more within the life I am currently living: to love people better through action, to do the things God created me to do (which are completely different than what Bob was created to do) and let go of the rest, to not worry about "the rules" and instead love people the way God does.Also, Bob wasn't kidding about being available. Ian and I called him, just to [...]

    11. Welp, I was given an inscribed copy of this book by the author. So I read it. I think Bob is a good guy. I *really* appreciate that all the proceeds of the book are coming back here to Gulu. It's just that I think a better subtitle for the book would be, "Pick an Anicdote, They all Lead to Jesus - No Matter How Far I Have to Stretch I'll Find a Way." So much eye rolling took place while reading, I had a very hard time paying attention to the message. Which in and of itself is nice - love is abou [...]

    12. If you’ve been around this blog any time at all, you probably know a few things about me. First, I review a lot of books. Second, I have given more than a few of them 4 or 5 out of 5′s. Lastly, “Quiet Strength” by Tony Dungy has spent an unbelievable amount of time at the top of my favorite all-time books. As a matter of fact, I think it’s undefeated. A lot of books have run past my eyes but Coach Dungy remained strong with very little challenge. Until this week…Mr. Dungy…you are n [...]

    13. No mistake, Bob Goff does lead an incredible life. And while I love his thesis of love not just being, but actually doing, it's clear that Bob makes a lot of money. He uses this money to help kids in Uganda and India, but also to fly across the country for the sake of a practical joke. I don't know, some parts just rubbed me the wrong way, along with the rampant over-use of the words "whimsy" and "caper." I would highly recommend some cherry-picked chapters, though. And I love this part like cra [...]

    14. Overall: I read this book in one day of travel from Austin, TX to Orange County, CA, so it took about 4 hours or reading. If you know me at all, then you know that I don't read books straight through very often. That speaks volumes in itself. The book is great! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for good stories and a great example of how to show Christ in your life through loving others.I was given this book as a Christmas gift because my Mother-in-Law sat next to Bob Goff on a flight from [...]

    15. I admit it. I am tired of arguing, debating, and spending so much of my time researching just to find an answer to another of life’s dilemmas. From family life to the weekly sermons, I find myself on a constant “rat race” to find answers, truth, and sometimes a way around it all–just finishing a doctoral program probably doesn’t help this mindset. I have found over time, academia and religion have a way of taking the fun and reality out of reading. Books become resources, articles hold [...]

    16. Goff is one of the more popular Christian speakers, and this book is loved by all of the younger, hipper Christians (especially those that belong to missional churches) – so I know I’m going to receive flak over my review. This book absolutely infuriated me. Goff shares anecdotes from his life, and uses these anecdotes to make a point about God/Jesus and faith. In the initial chapter, for example, Goff related a story about him deciding to leave high school as a junior and moving to Yosemite [...]

    17. I've heard that Bob Goff is a great and inspirational speaker, and I can certainly believe that, but this book is a compilation of everything I hate about American Christian Culture. The obsession with manliness and "guy things." Lame jokes and forced metaphors. Reducing people to simplistic stereotypes (the phrase "bad guys" is used repeatedly throughout). Bizarre sweeping assumptions about people who aren't upper-middle-class white men. The fact that some version of the phrase "rode hard and p [...]

    18. I probably would have read through to the end of this book if I'd had time before it had to go back to the library. Since I did not finish it, I will not address the worldview and philosophy of "Love Does," which, insofar as I read, seemed partly right but somewhat out of perspective. I will say that this is a very engaging book, written with sparkling humor and wit. Also, it is undeniable that the author has had, to say the least, an extraordinary life.Why, then, the one-star rating? In my opin [...]

    19. In 31 short chapters, Goff narrates various personal experiences to illustrate spiritual platitudes. His premise is that God’s love is real, active and whimsical and our love for God and one another must be the same. In tone, humor, word choice and even the terms he found it necessary to explain, this had the feel of an inspirational speaker addressing a middle school youth group. Although simplistic, I did not find his message offensive, but I did find the delivery of that message condescendi [...]

    20. Some people add whimsy to their lives by making up songs when they're happy. Others put birds on things. If you're the author of Love Does, you need a lot of money, plenty of free time and even more privilege in order to live a lovely, whimsical life.I wanted to like Love Does, really I did. I read about the concept and got really excited to hear about injecting whimsy and more love into my life. All of the reviews glowed and gushed with admiration for Bob Goff and his "whimsical" way of going t [...]

    21. Love Does is a fun book. It’s a fun book because it’s very human, and you get to hear all the crazy things that humans do. In fact, the whole book is a series of anec­dotes about one human — author Bob Goff. He recounts the usu­ally hilar­i­ous, often unortho­dox, and fre­quently shock­ing events of his life, and extrap­o­lates spir­i­tual life lessons there­from. The book’s power lies in its quotable one-liners, heart-tugging tales of love, and poignant insights into human n [...]

    22. I hate it when people recommend a book and don't tell me that it's a Jesus/God book! I read all the stories which were OK and then skipped the part after each story that talks about religious implications. I consider myself a Christian but like to know before I start a book that it leans in the preachy direction.

    23. Let me start off by saying Bob Goff seems like an incredible, admirable guy. His story is inspiring and fun; he offers great insights into living out Christ's calling in a broken world. I especially appreciated his take on uptight religiosity; many Christians who sling Bible verses at each other with little grace could take a page out of his book. And there are many people for whom this book will be extraordinarily helpful, who should read it prescriptively. My problem with the book is not anyth [...]

    24. A review I wrote atamanda The first time I saw Bob Goff was at IF:Gathering right before he left the theater in a cupcake food truck. The next day he was interviewed at the conference with his wife, Maria. I don’t remember what they said in the interview, but it made me curious about this lawyer guy and his smiling wife.A few weeks after the conference his book Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World was on sale for $1.99. The reviews on are mixed. Most of the nega [...]

    25. It's not fair of me to critique a book like this — one with a theme (that love isn't about a feeling or a choice of words but about DOING and SHOWING how you mean it) I wholeheartedly support. And yet, I'm going to.Because even though I'm still glad I read it (and I'm glad my purchase of it supports Bob's international non-profit, Restore International) at times, I wasn't always glad to BE reading it. My issue with "Love Does" was this: Overall, Bob Goff's stories were hit or miss. There were [...]

    26. A sweet treat of a non-fiction book full of bite-sized bits of wisdom, humor and heart. Goff lives his faith in a refreshing, bold series of deeds…the ‘does’ in love. I especially enjoyed his tales about being a dad, husband and friend. It’s the kind of book that leaves one with the desire to live a little more bravely, try a little harder, love a little more. A splash of sunshine.

    27. Every once in a while you read a book that enthralls so much you wish everyone in the world would read it. I figured I would like Love Does but didn't expect it to instantly be one of my favorite works of nonfiction ever. Bob Goff is a special guy. I doubt you'll be able to read this book without wondering where someone like him comes from or how anybody could see the world in such a unique way. I literally want to drive across the country and meet him. The crazy thing is, if I called and said I [...]

    28. I don't understand this book. This book is weird, yo. It reads like narcissistic personality disorder.Here's the - I can't even, I don't even have paragraphs or a substantial review for this. My issue with this book is too basic and too simple. It doesn't need them. It's this:Whimsical people don't have to tell everyone how whimsical they are.Especially not multiple times, in the first paragraph.You can change the verb "whimsical" to whatever verb you like. Funny. Loving. Kind. Whatever. What No [...]

    29. I really enjoyed this book. It was a immensely fun read.It was significantly light on theology, to be sure (there was at least one chapter I borderline disagreed with, and a couple that made me slightly question), but his examples challenged me, and I have a feeling I will be thinking about his whimsy for quite some time.I'd be interested to hear my father's thoughts on this. One of the formative concepts of my life is his life message: Do. Be. Know. (Great explanation of the concept here: knowb [...]

    30. This book took me a while to get through, half way it felt like I was reading similar things from chapter to chapter. I finally picked it back up to finish yesterday. Goff has a wonderful message he shares through the book. At times it is hard to relate to how he loves others/shows the love of Jesus to others as he has more means than most. But to leave it at that, would be to miss the point of the book. We all can show Jesus' love through tangible ways.

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