Love Does, A Requirement To The Full Life

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LOVE Does Book Review


I have a book review for you, and I have to be completely honest with you. It is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read.


I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.


The book is Love Does by Bob Goff.


Let me share with you first, how I heard about it…


A FTL (For The Love… do I need to keep spelling this out?) Sister, Stacey, posted on Facebook about how she called the author and talked to him because he put his phone number in the back of the book. It isn’t like he autographed it and wrote it in there just for her…. it is printed in black and white for anyone to call him if they felt the need to talk about any of the ideas that pinged them. What? Who does this?? Apparently Bob Goff does.


I looked the book up on Amazon; it was a NY Times Best Seller, and it was rated 5 Stars with over 1800 reviews. How had I not heard of this book before? I did the only logical thing; I bought it. Because obviously I am a hard sell, and obviously I didn’t already have enough books to read in 2016. Whatever. The same day that my book arrived, (Thank you 2-day Prime) Stacey published a blog post about her phone call with Bob and the book. In her post, Stacey wrote, “The whole premise of the book is encapsulated in loving extravagantly, living life to the fullest and occasionally engaging in a little harmless mischief.” When I read that, I got goosebumps. Even though this was all before my blog launched – my blog was in the making, and I had already prayerfully come to the tagline of “Living the Full Life.” Talk about timing. I was so excited to start reading this book. I took it on our Family Ski Vacation, and I could hardly put it down.


Love Does is Bob’s life story shared in short essay-like chapters. Each chapter is inspiring you to take love beyond your thoughts and your feelings and DO. Why? Because Love Does.


The stories of his life and how he has followed Jesus are proof to us that we need to live like that.


“I think every day God sends us an invitation to live, and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into thinking we haven’t really been invited. But you see, we have been invited – every day, all over again.” {Bob Goff, Love Does}


We might not live life as extravagantly as Bob Goff, but we are all invited to live a life where Love Does!


“I used to think being a believer was enough, but now I know Jesus wants us to participate no matter what condition we are in.” {Bob Goff, Love Does}


Yes! I want to participate. I want to wake up every morning accepting the invitation to live.


Nothing really “pinged” me (in a bad way), and at this point I don’t plan to call Bob, however, if I ever visit Disneyland, I will be sure to visit Tom Sawyer Island, because that is where Bob works from every day. That is his office.


I don’t think living the full life can be done correctly without a lifestyle where Love Does. Are you ready to live a life where Love Does? I would love to hear about how you are doing that!


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2 Responses

  1. Stacey Drake
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    Oh, wow! I’ve had this book on my list for a while. I listen to a podcast run by a couple of his friends and it just sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ruth Campos
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    I love that first quote! Thanks for sharing! I think sometimes we relegate things God has showed us to the past and forget that His words and His promises are fresh bread daily, like His compassions that are “new every morning” (Lam. 3:23)
    Love does for me means serving, which has many faces: serving my family, serving the friend I am discipling, giving to meet a need, giving an encouraging word to boost a believer who is hurting, praying with someone who needs reassurance, treating a friend to a day at the botanical gardens or to a meal or a snack, helping my elderly parents, and then there’s blogging in the hopes of helping as many people as possible to draw near to the God who loves us intimately.

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