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Monday, April 30, 2012

Book Review: Bob Goff's Love Does

   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 thought 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.

  This is probably one of the most inspirational books I have read in a while. I solely wanted to read it because the foreword was from Donald Miller, and I am a fan of Miller.  Every chapter is very well organized to use an example of love, and relating it back to practicing our faith. I think it is an encouraging read for anyone who is struggling to get motivated, and feel for other people again. 
  There are really memorable stories in this book. Everything from the guy who shown his love to his girlfriend by throwing an elaborate engagement plan to the time Goff was working his first job as a waiter. They range from hilarious to heartwarming.  If nothing else the stories will make you feel like you aren't alone in the good, and bad choice you've made. He provides a human touch that lacks from many inspirational reads. My favorite story above all was the one where Goff persistently tried to get into law school. 
  I don't think Goff is a natural writer though. You can tell he's a lawyer writing a novel. This doesn't hurt the stories though, and I appreciate he acknowledges where his strengths are. He even shares advice given by Donald Miller while he was writing. 
  Initially the cover caught my attention, and then I saw who wrote the foreword. The book stands alone as a good read without all that to catch me though. It is something I would definitely recommend. You can check out Love Does at Amazon
Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was provided by Booksneeze in exchange for a review. 

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