Book Review – Love Does by Bob Goff

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Ephesians 5:1-2 (emphasis added)

I love when a command to love or obey is paired with the word “walk.” To walk reminds me that we must be active.

Love acts. Love thinks, yes, but it doesn’t stop there. (How many times do I stop there?) Love puts those thoughts into action and serves.

This truth is what Bob Goff shares in his book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in a Ordinary World.

Part memoir and part spiritual discussion, Bob Goff retells amazing stories from his life of seeking Christ through walking in love. Some of these stories are outrageous, almost too crazy to be true. But that’s how radical love can be when it’s acted upon. Within each fantastical, whimsy-filled story, Goff shares a relevant truth about what it means for Christ to love us and for us to love Him.

Most of these stories will capture any reader’s attention. A few analogies retold I couldn’t relate to (like the hunting stories), but Goff reveals lessons applicable to everyone.

Each chapter begins with a “I used to think… but now I know…” quote from Bob, sharing the essential point of the story to follow. I loved this structure and often would go back to read the quote again after reading the chapter to reemphasize what he shared.

As much as I would rather not need it, I want something to shake my heart alive sometimes and points like this book makes help me to resurface from drowning form uncertainties in our lives right now. Bob Goff accomplishes such because he exudes joyful love that comes from the most loving God.

“Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.” – Goff, p. 80

Short chapters filled with action, humor, and discovered truth make this book a quick-moving, interesting read. But after reading it, I don’t want to just sit still and ponder (which is often my go-to state). I really want to act. And not just because Bob Goff inspires me to through his writing. But because God sets the first and best example of loving in action, and I want to follow and walk with Him.

Questions for you: What have you read lately that reminds you of the active nature of love? What about God’s love inspires you to share that love with others?

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