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Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

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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 gra
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 12th 2012 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2012)
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Penny Lyon Bob is not your "normal" fellow, to be sure, but I believe what he wrote. Crazy stories of a crazy life. He's not a pastor, nor a preacher, but he…moreBob is not your "normal" fellow, to be sure, but I believe what he wrote. Crazy stories of a crazy life. He's not a pastor, nor a preacher, but he does encourage you to live a life reflective of Jesus' love. He's not selling anything, not calling you to repentance, but encouraging you to be brave enough to engage in Life, throw caution to the wind, and be authentic in offering love towards others.
I loved the book- the chapter where a random stranger asks for an intrusive favor and keeps upping the ante was incredible (Ryan was the kid's name, I believe)... I recommend it.(less)
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Cinnamon Wolfe
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an easy read and what I would describe as "feel good" book. I just couldn't give it that final star because I really feel that it was missing quite a big piece of the pie if you will.

Bob Goff talks about his life and his love for Jesus in a great conversational way. Its like you are just sitting there having a cup of tea with him while he describes for you how he feels he is supposed to live like Jesus. His main point being that Jesus does things. He doesn't sit around and talk about t
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Kurt
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christians who want to love actively
Recommended to Kurt by: My dad
My dad, who loves me a lot, has been concerned for me since I rejected Christianity about a year and a half ago, and he bought me this book because he wants us to talk about spirituality through it. He says he sees a lot of his own thoughts in its pages, and because I love my dad, I read the book like he asked. I choose to lead with this introduction because I know that some Goodreads users will have the understandable opinion that a non-Christian should not be reviewing a Christian book. I get ...more
Leigh Kramer
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've had a hard time starting this post. When I requested a review copy of Love Does from BookSneeze, I fully expected to rhapsodize about this book.

Like many, I first encountered Bob Goff in the pages of Don Miller's fantastic book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He seemed larger than life, yet the kind of person everyone would want to befriend.

In fact, were Goff's path to cross with mine, I'd insist on buying him a drink simply so I could hear more of his stories.

I completely understand w
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Andrew
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'd give it a one star review but it's not terribly written. The problem is the content and Mr. Goff should take a chapter out of his own book and keep some things secret. The book has some redemptive chapters however most of it comes across as bragging material about how great Mr. Goff's life is.

The sub-title is "Discover a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world." Apparently the words "if you have lots of money and time" were left off.

I do not know anyone including myself who has the mon
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Jacqueline
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Love Does -- the stories were entertaining, it's a quick read, and I do think it communicates an important and necessary message. I liked it enough to give it four stars despite the following negatives:

1. Bob Goff and Donald Miller are friends and similar writers/thinkers, and I had the same issue with this book as I have with Miller's -- the writing tends to annoy me. I understand that the conversational style is an attempt at being frank and relatable, and to some degree it is, but t
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Chris
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying how much I appreciate Bob Goff and the work he does for the glory of Christ. In fact I think he is even more dynamic and powerful in person than in print. Love Does has the opportunity to motivate you to action, which I believe is Bob’s whole purpose in writing it. He recognizes too many Christians sit and talk about God without doing anything about it. Bob has quite a collection of stories which range from risky to just plain unbelievable. Each story is like a little prov ...more
Amy George
Aug 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
I would never have finished this book if a friend hadn't specifically given it to me to read. I complained all the way through it and was thoroughly annoyed.

Overall, I agree with the premise - Christians need to stop talking about loving people and tangibly be there for them. However, the entire book comes across as a "look what I did" with stretching comparisons to a vague concept of Jesus' life. There are no Scripture references and I often complained out loud - "How is anyone supposed to know
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Matt
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I feel generous giving this book 3 stars, but hey, I'm a generous guy. There are several inspirational moments and I highlighted a few passages, but there are so many distractions from his message that I couldn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped.

Based on his stories, a more accurate title would be _Love & Money Do_. Bob never acknowledges the fact that most of his adventures are possible solely because he has the time and money to do so. Maybe I'm a little jealous, but reading about him takin
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Christy
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book by an equally great man. I was a little less than half way though this book when I met Bob Goff. He seemed to be chatting it up with some old friends in the lobby of a conference my husband and I attended. We nervously lingered and I clutched my book, hoping for a signature. "Hey guys!!!" he exclaimed, as though he'd ran into some more old friends, grabbing us both in a big hug. "I'm reading your fantastic book and I was hoping you'd sign it if you have a second," I said. "I have all ...more
Anna Kristina
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, non-fiction
I almost expected to feel like I should do wild and crazy things after reading this book. Instead, I finished with a strong motivation to do more within the life I am currently living: to love people better through action, to do the things God created me to do (which are completely different than what Bob was created to do) and let go of the rest, to not worry about "the rules" and instead love people the way God does.

Also, Bob wasn't kidding about being available. Ian and I called him, just to
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Morgan
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Welp, I was given an inscribed copy of this book by the author. So I read it. I think Bob is a good guy. I *really* appreciate that all the proceeds of the book are coming back here to Gulu. It's just that I think a better subtitle for the book would be, "Pick an Anicdote, They all Lead to Jesus - No Matter How Far I Have to Stretch I'll Find a Way."
So much eye rolling took place while reading, I had a very hard time paying attention to the message. Which in and of itself is nice - love is abou
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Aaron Conrad
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve been around this blog any time at all, you probably know a few things about me. First, I review a lot of books. Second, I have given more than a few of them 4 or 5 out of 5′s. Lastly, “Quiet Strength” by Tony Dungy has spent an unbelievable amount of time at the top of my favorite all-time books. As a matter of fact, I think it’s undefeated. A lot of books have run past my eyes but Coach Dungy remained strong with very little challenge. Until this week…

Mr. Dungy…you are now number two.
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Tung
Jul 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Goff is one of the more popular Christian speakers, and this book is loved by all of the younger, hipper Christians (especially those that belong to missional churches) – so I know I’m going to receive flak over my review. This book absolutely infuriated me. Goff shares anecdotes from his life, and uses these anecdotes to make a point about God/Jesus and faith. In the initial chapter, for example, Goff related a story about him deciding to leave high school as a junior and moving to Yosemite. Wh ...more
Betsy
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
No mistake, Bob Goff does lead an incredible life. And while I love his thesis of love not just being, but actually doing, it's clear that Bob makes a lot of money. He uses this money to help kids in Uganda and India, but also to fly across the country for the sake of a practical joke. I don't know, some parts just rubbed me the wrong way, along with the rampant over-use of the words "whimsy" and "caper." I would highly recommend some cherry-picked chapters, though. And I love this part like cra ...more
Eric Moote
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Overall: I read this book in one day of travel from Austin, TX to Orange County, CA, so it took about 4 hours or reading. If you know me at all, then you know that I don't read books straight through very often. That speaks volumes in itself. The book is great! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for good stories and a great example of how to show Christ in your life through loving others.

I was given this book as a Christmas gift because my Mother-in-Law sat next to Bob Goff on a flight from
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Susan Arnout Smith
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet treat of a non-fiction book full of bite-sized bits of wisdom, humor and heart. Goff lives his faith in a refreshing, bold series of deeds…the ‘does’ in love. I especially enjoyed his tales about being a dad, husband and friend. It’s the kind of book that leaves one with the desire to live a little more bravely, try a little harder, love a little more. A splash of sunshine.
Krissy Delovely
Mar 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Some people add whimsy to their lives by making up songs when they're happy. Others put birds on things. If you're the author of Love Does, you need a lot of money, plenty of free time and even more privilege in order to live a lovely, whimsical life.

I wanted to like Love Does, really I did. I read about the concept and got really excited to hear about injecting whimsy and more love into my life. All of the reviews glowed and gushed with admiration for Bob Goff and his "whimsical" way of going t
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Bob Henry
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I admit it. I am tired of arguing, debating, and spending so much of my time researching just to find an answer to another of life’s dilemmas. From family life to the weekly sermons, I find myself on a constant “rat race” to find answers, truth, and sometimes a way around it all–just finishing a doctoral program probably doesn’t help this mindset.

I have found over time, academia and religion have a way of taking the fun and reality out of reading. Books become resources, articles hold keys to g
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Jessica
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: Gina
I've heard that Bob Goff is a great and inspirational speaker, and I can certainly believe that, but this book is a compilation of everything I hate about American Christian Culture. The obsession with manliness and "guy things." Lame jokes and forced metaphors. Reducing people to simplistic stereotypes (the phrase "bad guys" is used repeatedly throughout). Bizarre sweeping assumptions about people who aren't upper-middle-class white men. The fact that some version of the phrase "rode hard and p ...more
Jason McIntire
Jan 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I probably would have read through to the end of this book if I'd had time before it had to go back to the library. Since I did not finish it, I will not address the worldview and philosophy of "Love Does," which, insofar as I read, seemed partly right but somewhat out of perspective. I will say that this is a very engaging book, written with sparkling humor and wit. Also, it is undeniable that the author has had, to say the least, an extraordinary life.

Why, then, the one-star rating? In my opin
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Irene
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
In 31 short chapters, Goff narrates various personal experiences to illustrate spiritual platitudes. His premise is that God’s love is real, active and whimsical and our love for God and one another must be the same. In tone, humor, word choice and even the terms he found it necessary to explain, this had the feel of an inspirational speaker addressing a middle school youth group. Although simplistic, I did not find his message offensive, but I did find the delivery of that message condescending ...more
Carol Bushard
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I hate it when people recommend a book and don't tell me that it's a Jesus/God book! I read all the stories which were OK and then skipped the part after each story that talks about religious implications. I consider myself a Christian but like to know before I start a book that it leans in the preachy direction.
Daniel Threlfall
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Love Does is a fun book. It’s a fun book because it’s very human, and you get to hear all the crazy things that humans do. In fact, the whole book is a series of anecdotes about one human — author Bob Goff. He recounts the usually hilarious, often unorthodox, and frequently shocking events of his life, and extrapolates spiritual life lessons therefrom. The book’s power lies in its quotable one-liners, heart-tugging tales of love, and poignant insights into human nature. I found myself laughing o ...more
Heather Caliri
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Let me start off by saying Bob Goff seems like an incredible, admirable guy. His story is inspiring and fun; he offers great insights into living out Christ's calling in a broken world. I especially appreciated his take on uptight religiosity; many Christians who sling Bible verses at each other with little grace could take a page out of his book.
And there are many people for whom this book will be extraordinarily helpful, who should read it prescriptively.
My problem with the book is not anyth
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Roseanna White
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't often find the time to read non-fiction, but I LOVED this book. It's written in a funny, engaging style...but it's the message that really got me. That we're to live a life, live a faith, that's fully engaged. And his examples--wow. This was one of those rare books that got me immediately thinking about what small things I can change in my life to make a big difference. I already bought EVERYBODY, ALWAYS and can't wait to dive in!
Reagan
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good book with a good message. Perfect thing to read in the car on the way to North Dakota for my first college class; making me think that maybe I’m not too crazy!
Amanda Espinoza
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A review I wrote at amanda.so

The first time I saw Bob Goff was at IF:Gathering right before he left the theater in a cupcake food truck. The next day he was interviewed at the conference with his wife, Maria. I don’t remember what they said in the interview, but it made me curious about this lawyer guy and his smiling wife.

A few weeks after the conference his book Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World was on sale for $1.99. The reviews on Goodreads are mixed. Most
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Gail
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
It's not fair of me to critique a book like this — one with a theme (that love isn't about a feeling or a choice of words but about DOING and SHOWING how you mean it) I wholeheartedly support. And yet, I'm going to.

Because even though I'm still glad I read it (and I'm glad my purchase of it supports Bob's international non-profit, Restore International) at times, I wasn't always glad to BE reading it.

My issue with "Love Does" was this: Overall, Bob Goff's stories were hit or miss. There were 31
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Clay Morgan
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you read a book that enthralls so much you wish everyone in the world would read it. I figured I would like Love Does but didn't expect it to instantly be one of my favorite works of nonfiction ever.

Bob Goff is a special guy. I doubt you'll be able to read this book without wondering where someone like him comes from or how anybody could see the world in such a unique way. I literally want to drive across the country and meet him. The crazy thing is, if I called and said I
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Sarah Hyatt
Mar 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giving-up
I don't understand this book. This book is weird, yo. It reads like narcissistic personality disorder.

Here's the - I can't even, I don't even have paragraphs or a substantial review for this. My issue with this book is too basic and too simple. It doesn't need them. It's this:

Whimsical people don't have to tell everyone how whimsical they are.

Especially not multiple times, in the first paragraph.

You can change the verb "whimsical" to whatever verb you like. Funny. Loving. Kind. Whatever. What
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