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Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  27,130 ratings  ·  2,794 reviews
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What happens when we give away love like we're made of it?

In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Thomas Nelson
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Erin Beall
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: church-study
1.5 stars. A real disappointment. While I agree with his sentiment, the entire point is in the title/first chapter, which then gets repeated over and over and over through loosely organized stories.

The main reason I didn't connect, though, was because of the squarely white upperclass male perspective. From start to finish, Goff throws in casual mentions of extraordinary spending-- buying six homes in ten years, hopping a plane to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Does he think this is a universal experience
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Luke Hillier
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity
I need to start off with a disclaimer. I think this is a really important book with a powerful message...and I also think it has some problematic elements. However, I'm struggling to even feel permission to voice the latter because 1. it feels defensive and like I totally missed his point, especially since he harped so much against having opinions and 2. Bob Goff has done some incredible, inspiring things in his life and all my accomplishments and contributions to humanity frankly pale in compar ...more
Molly
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing the first five chapters of the book that I received from the publisher.

I first "met" Bob when I read Love Does and because I loved that book, when I found out about his new book I was dying to get my hands on a copy of it. While reading the first five chapters, I have laughed and cried - sometimes within just a few sentences. Bob has a way with words - his sentences may be short and simple, but they go so much deeper than the surface. In "Everybody, Always" Bob keeps Christianity
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Selena
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of Everybody Always by Bob Goff from Bookish First for my honest review.

What a beautiful and delightful book to read in a world so full of chaos. This book is about how to live life with love always. It opens your heart and makes you realize that you need to love everyone not just the ones who are easy to love. This is a great reminder for everyone to realize that love is simple and doesn't need to ever be complicated. Bob Goff shows us to love the people that frustrate us
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Melinda Greenzalis
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is very Bob Goff - he makes things simple but not easy. Uncomplicated ideas that make you think. It (like Love Does) makes you see the possibilities not the road blocks.
Laurel Starkey
I feel like the Grinch, but Bob came across as quite egoistic — buying houses and moving “sweet Marie” without discussing it with her, controlling what news his kids hear, holding “office hours” in Disney Land so his students have to pay MORE money just to ask questions they have about his course. He tells these stories in a folksy voice that embodies the best of Mr Rogers crossed with Wilfred Brimley advertising Quaker Oats. (I have the audible version)

He’s always up for adventure and I really
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abigailscupoftea
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“Every time I wonder who I should love and for how long I should love them, God continues to whisper to me: Everybody, always.”

I can wholeheartedly say that this is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
I am so deeply moved by the stories held within these chapters. This was humbling, eye-opening, and a reminder to take more chances, to have more patience, and to give more grace.
Love can absolutely move mountains. And God delights in the impossible.

Thank you to my mom and dad for recommending
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Brienne Coughlin
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, where to start. I’ve had preview access to the first five chapters and this book has hit me like a brick. In Love Does, I cry every time I read (and yes, I’ve read it a lot) two stories: the one about Don Valencia and VIA Starbucks coffee, and the one where Bob and his friends sail to Hawaii. Those come quite late in the book, so I’m prepared and ready for a hard-hit to the feels. This one, however, hit me in chapter three. FIRST THING. But in such a good way. I can’t wait to keep reading an ...more
Lisa
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The long-awaited follow-up to Love Does, this book by Goff continues to put on display the extravagant love of God. Somehow Goff manages to be both whimsical and serious. What I read from him makes me want to live out the faith I say I believe.

Reading what Bob writes makes me believe anything is possible because he is crazy enough to believe that living our lives for Jesus has a real impact on people right now. (He has the stories to back that up!)

I wanted to underline the whole book. And becau
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Melissa
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars, no doubt. This book challenged me, convicted me, inspired me, and deeply impacted me. It changed my life and the way I look at and love those around me. You will not regret reading this book!! I guarantee it will change your heart, molding and shaping it to soften and become more like Christ's. Bob Goff has a message in his heart that I feel Jesus is wanting us to apply to our lives. I am so grateful for Bob writing his story because it surely has changed mine. He is absolutely inspi ...more
Kelly Martin
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have a feeling that this book, each chapter, maybe even every paragraph will constantly challenge it's readers to think about love in a new way. It's pure honesty strikes me in a way that many other books have not done. Bob invites his readers into a series of adventure weaving through separate parts of his life story on how to love everybody, always. I am excited to read the rest of this book when it comes out next month.

I received an advanced reader copy containing the first five chapters i
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Afton Carnegy
Jun 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
Had to read this for book club, otherwise I'd never pick a book like this up (I am in no way religious). The stories he told about all these wonderful people he's come across in his life were great and I enjoyed them a lot, but the whole religious side of the book just made me cringe. It felt like he repeated the same thing over and over again in every chapter. Not my kind of book. ...more
Rushaunda Diaz
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Michayla (WaitingfortheSecondStar)
Thank you to Nelson Books and Bookish for providing me with an ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review.

In Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People, Bob Goff talks about exactly that: the practice of showing Christ-like love to everyone we meet, particularly those we find most difficult. Using anecdotes from his own life experiences as illustrations, Goff reveals simple insights about Jesus, love, faith, and living more like Christ. This is an
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Victoria Bunce
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: christian, family, self-reflection
Shelves: reviewed
Walkie-Talkies, Home Improvement, & Faith - Oh, My!

All the stars...all the feels..and here's why:

I wasn't sure what to expect from EVERYBODY, ALWAYS as I didn't read the first NYT best selling book by Bob Goff. However, the title and the book cover intrigued me, so I decided to read an excerpt on BookishFirst. Then, yay! I was lucky enough to win a copy of the actual book for my honest review. Thank you to BookishFirst, the publisher, and the author.

WOW. Just WOW. The day this book came in the
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Kate
Dec 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read this book because I really need some help figuring out how to do a better job loving some difficult people in my life. Most of this book is not actually about loving difficult people. There are a couple of small stories about loving prisoners and loving witch doctors, but no real tips about how to love toxic people who are part of your every day life.

Also, while Bob Goff seems like a really exuberant guy, his life circumstances are incredibly different than the average person’s and his an
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Emily
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I loved the message of this book, because that is also how I want to love my life, and it was a nice quick read in the morning for 10-20 minutes before kids woke up...however, Bob’s tone can get a little over the top corny for me at times, which I don’t begrudge him, it just made the book a little less appealing to me personally (the Disney love baffles me).

The most major complaint I have is that at least three times in the book he uses the term “hookers” instead of a kinder, more PC term like
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April Noel
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bob's writing is so wonderful. He seems like he could be a best friend to everyone. He doesn't just admonish us to go out and love everyone-he gives examples and shows us how to go out and put it into practice with even our most difficult neighbors!
I am reviewing the first five chapters of the book that I received from the publisher.
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Brian Eshleman
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He writes like I want to write when I grow up: succinct everyday illustration pivoting directly to easy-to-grasp yet penetrating Scriptural point. His chapters are short and beaded together to give an overall narrative effect. There is engaging and gracious, and then there is the author who, I kid you not, puts his cell phone number in the back of the book.
Donna
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book....and I don't think I could have read this at a better time with all of the craziness of the COVID-19 restrictions in place. This was the perfect book for my day.

I have a daughter who has been stuck in Peru for the last two weeks. And the Peruvian government won't let her leave until they lift the quarantine. However, other countries have been allowed to swoop in and cart their citizens off...anyways, what I'm getting at is this, it has been stressful and I'm ge
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Juliet Campbell
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am rating this book based on the first five chapter that were sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
This book follows in the same footsteps of Bob’s first book, Love does. It gives us details of events in his life and he uses those stories to illustrate a point. In his first book, Bob used his crazy cool stories to illustrate one point or message, love does. This book is no different, the stories are centred on loving people. In the first five chapters, in my opinion, the message was “E
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Holly Reynolds
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ouch, this book stepped on my toes in a big way. I pray that in 2020 I can show Jesus to everyone I come in contact with.
Mike
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I met Bob Goff in his first book - Love Does. “Met” him is proper, because the book is full of personal stories. Stories that make you laugh out loud - the kind that catch you off guard and coffee shoots out of your mouth and nose. Stories that make you cry - the kind that creep up on you even when you know they are coming and you stop reading and blink because your eyes are filled with tears. Stories that make you change - because they are compelling and easily personalized.

Now Bob has written
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Krista
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021
I did have a few take-aways from this book, but there were a lot of eye-rolling parts too. I just didn't trust the author, who used a ton of hyperbole in his writing. I also felt that while his anecdotes were quite interesting, they weren't very relatable to the average person. ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
This follow up to Bob Goff's New York Times bestseller "Love Does" is inspiring. "Everybody Always" is absolutely packed full of memorable quotes and irresistible life challenges. Truly an unforgettable book!

Goff's basic challenge is as simple as it is seemingly impossible—love everybody, always. He suggests that we start by loving creepy people. What?! He suggests that we make friends 3 minutes at a time.

What if we really did try loving people in 30 second increments, as he suggests? What i
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
Sep 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
I decided to give this book a try, be good, humble my sweet self, and read this book like all my “nice” evangelical friends who read this type of books. I can’t but often wonder why evangelical authors can’t be real, why do we have to pretend to be loving everybody and letting them in, even when we feel threatened? Why the preachy tone in this genre of books that reeks of self righteousness? Can’t I be honest and be true to my feelings without being looked down on in evangelical circles? It does ...more
Caleb
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The two things I really took away from Everybody Always are 1. Love those who are unloved/unlovable (people who are different, hard and irritating, haters, enemies, etc)... basically all the people we try to push out of our lives, these are the people God is calling us to love. 2. See people based on their progress and as on a journey, rather than as arrived / stuck. Celebrate every victory and call out and celebrate all the good you see in them.
Sarah Swann
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this! I started reading and then put it down for some reason and it took me a long time to pick it back up. But I’m glad I did. I didn’t necessarily feel that I learned anything new, but I did appreciate the way these lessons were presented. I like how the author admitted his own weaknesses and took his real-life experiences and other people’s stories to represent Biblical lessons. It was good.
Rebecca
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bob (or is it God?) does it again! God’s love oozes out of the pages as Bob delivers one of his favorite messages—love!

I received the first five chapters for review from the publisher.
Katrina Stevenson
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book has a great message, but I felt like I was reading chapter after chapter of inspirational Instagram captions for Christian's selfies. Over and over and over for 228 pages. ...more
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Bob Goff is the founder of Restore International, a non-profit fighting injustices committed against children in Uganda and India. Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt, and he serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States. He is adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Bob lives in San Diego ...more

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