Thursday, May 17, 2012

Love Does by Bob Goff

I have heard Bob Goff speak twice at the annual Jubilee conference in Pittsburgh. When I received news that he was writing his stories into book form I was excited. In his book of stories about what it means to love sacrificially,  Goff attempts to capture the energy which normally characterizes his speaking engagements. While that is an almost impossible task, Love Does is still an energizing, moving, and compelling read. If you read this book you have not fully experienced the love of the man who is Bob Goff. You simply must meet him (and in the back of the book he does provide you with his phone number!).

There are 31 stories in Love Does. With each you learn a little about Bob and the crazy way in which he lives his life. The majority of what is learned, however, is just how much of an impact loving others can have. Some may have an issue with this book because it is not very preachy. Sometimes we enjoy books where we discuss love and then there is an "altar call" at the end of the chapter along with a prayer in italics to pray for instant transformation. Love Does is a refreshing break from this formula. The stories found in these pages point to Christ and His contagious love. I strongly encourage anyone, Christian or not, to read this book. The beautiful "whimsy"(as he calls it) of a life lived in submission to Christ's love is truly remarkable (and also hilarious at times).

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