Books in Review: Love Does
I don’t know if I will ever forget meeting Bob Goff in person. I had just finished hearing him speak at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, IL on December 4th last year. He was engaging speaker in so many ways, but the primary thing I observed from his sermon was that he was a fantastic story teller. Story telling is one of his spiritual gifts, and that is definitely showcased in this book. Although his stories were not necessarily connected, each story illustrated at powerful point and it drew you in what he was saying. It was amusing to see how he laughed at his stories, showing that he was living a joyful life to the fullest. Afterwards, I knew I wanted to meet him and get him to autograph my book. I jumped in line before it got too long and waited my turn. When it was finally my turn, he gave a warm greeting with a big hug, for he hugs everyone he meets. Although I could see that he was a joyful person while he was speaking, when I was standing next to him, his joy was contagious. He had the kind of joy that I’m sure has made other non-believers look at him and say, “I want what he has.” He signed my book, “Dear Bethel, Love God, do stuff. B Goff.” Our meeting was brief, but he left an impression on me that has lasted even since
Although it has taken me until now to read and review his book, the impressions I got from meeting Bob have only gotten stronger after reading his written words. I can now understand why this book has become so influential among so many of my peers. I have noted many people saying this book is a game-changer, and I would agree with that sentiment. If you don’t believe me, then I recommend you check it out for yourself ~ Bethel
Bob Goff’s book, Love Does, is no ordinary book, especially what many would expect of a “Christian book.” Some might consider it his autobiography, because it is full of stories from his life. From these stories, it’s easy to tell that this man has lived no ordinary life. He doesn’t respond to many of the difficulties of life in the same way that most people would. He found joy and resolve in many impossible situations and he never gave up on something that mattered to him. He came to learn many lessons through his own adventures as well as the adventures of other people in his life. Although the stories within each chapter are separate from each other, there is definitely a cohesiveness to the overarching themes of the book. Through it all, you come to the conclusion of the books title: Love Does. The kind of love that Jesus spoke of is one that leads to action, and one that gives us the ability to live our lives in the joy of His Spirit. Goff doesn’t give specific Scripture references and just explain what the Bible says. Instead on just having a Bible study, he encourages a “Bible doing,” learning what the Bible says, figuring out how it applies to your life, and then just doing it without hesitation. The examples he gives of how it has panned out in his own life are inspiring and challenging, but are also amusing and fun. His sincerity and transparency comes through on every page, drawing into the secretly incredibly life that comes with turning love into action. I would summarize the book the way Bob did when he autographed my book: Love God, do stuff.
You will definitely be drawn into this charming book when you take the time to read it and take it to heart. The message in this book is something that every person that wants to live life to the fullest needs to hear. I would recommend it to anyone – young or old, teen or adult, Christian or atheist. This book is available pretty much everywhere, so get your copy today!
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Lion's Eyes Reviews is a blog dedicated to reviews of Christian books, most of which are non-fiction, but may also occasionally review movies and musicals. It will also feature the work Bethel does to help launch and promote the works of Christian authors.
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Bethel Grove is a Christian young woman who loves to read and write, eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blizzards, and disciple teen girls as a youth leader. What started as a hobby of writing book reviews and doing deep biblical studies eventually led her down the path of self-publishing and helping other Christian authors launch their books. She hopes to someday be a vocational youth minister and well-known author.
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