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

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

by Bob Goff, Donald Miller
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Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff

Now a New York Times Bestseller!

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 thoughts 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.

Endorsements:

“If this book does not make your heart beat faster, book the next flight to Mayo Clinic!” --Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, Chairman, Willow Creek Association

“Bob Goff is a one-man tsunami of grace, a hurricane of love.  He doesn't just talk about change, he really is change, as Love Does chronicles in such a vivid way. Yet, Love Does doesn't leave you feeling like you want to celebrate its author, it awakens a sense deep within that you, too, have an outrageous role to play in God's unfolding story or rescue and repair.” --Louie Giglio, Passion Conferences/Passion City Church

“An interesting and compelling story (with Young Life roots) that ends with a practical challenge and punch:  ‘love does’ and God can use you to do it!” --Denny Rydberg, President, Young Life

“Every once in a while someone like Bob Goff shows up to remind us that some things matter a lot more than others.  Love Does has a kind of ‘north star’ effect that will push you to refocus your life and energy on what is most significant. It doesn't just invite you to respond with your God-given potential, it invites you to become a part of what God can do beyond your potential.” --Reggie Joiner, Founder and CEO of Orange

“We liked the book a lot. Mostly, the balloons on the cover. The rest was pretty good too. Lots of stories about how God helps us.” --Aedan, Asher and Skye Peterson ages 13, 12 and 9

“This may look like a book. It’s not. It is an invitation to enter into the greatest adventure you have ever known—your life as it was meant to be lived. Hang on!” --Michael Hyatt,  Author, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, MichaelHyatt.com

“Bob’s ability to love people brings contagious hope and inspiration wherever he goes. The power of love showcased in this book will surely touch the hearts and souls of many people. Read Love Does and find a friend in one the world’s best hidden secrets, a person who shows how love can create connection and make a difference—even across oceans.” --George Tsereteli, Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia (former Russian Republic)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400203765
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2012
Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 18,328
File size: 591 KB

About the Author

Bob Goff is the founder of Love Does, a nonprofit organization that operates schools and pursues justice for children in conflict areas such as Uganda, Somalia, Iraq, and other countries. Bob is a lawyer and serves as the honorary consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States. He is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University and lives in San Diego with Sweet Maria, their kids, and extended family.

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Love Does: You Can Be Secretly Incredible 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
You know what? I really liked this book. It was a fun compilation of whimsical and fascinating stories by a man who is saved by the grace of Yeshua. The way this man sees life and walks through it is remarkable. From stories of proposals, purchases, children, slavery, prisons, guns, Disneyland, and other seemingly unconnected places, the overall theme of love prevails. Goff is not incredibly theological and doesn't really even quote Scripture that much (he more often talks about what Yeshua did while not referencing specific verses). I love (no pun intended) the theme of a love that goes out and actually does stuff. At times, one could feel insignificant when compared to a man who goes around pursuing justice for children in Uganda--a man who frees child prisoners and sets up schools in poor places. However, what I like best about this book is that Goff never comes off as ostentatious or a braggart. Will we all be social activists who live their life like Goff? Of course not. But what one does learn from this book is that everyone can DO something, no matter how small; and that Yahweh loves us all the same. It doesn't matter if someone DOES more than someone else. What matters is that we all DO something. Also, all proceeds of this book go to charity. Since each chapter is a separate life story, one can leave this book for a while and come back to it later...not missing a beat.
JennaBenton More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of 'Bob Goff' stories for a while and whenever anyone would mention one, it made me want to jump in my car, drive down to San Diego and knock on his door. I would hug sweet Maria and tell them both I think they're awesome. And they might offer me some ice cream and a rest on their back porch. We would tell stories and make a crazy plan for the next chapter of my life. And then I would get to drive home and tell the world I'm friends with the Goffs. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I wanted to read the stories as Bob tells them in his own words. This book is a compilation of stories: audacious, whimsical, incredible stories. Love Does is easy to read and is not crowded with fancy words or self importance. It simply gives you a glimpse at a life that holds nothing back. The chapters are short enough that you can pick it up when you're needing a good read, or you can just devour it all at once like I did. Either way, it's worth it. The most surprising thing about this book? Instead of walking away thinking what a great guy Bob Goff is, I walked away thinking that maybe I can live this way too. Maybe I'm just ordinary enough, just secretly incredible enough to DO things. And maybe instead of getting in my car to go stalk Bob Goff and sweet Maria, I'll just look for ways to outrageously go 'off-road' with the way I love. So I bought 3 more copies to give away. And I stocked my freezer with ice cream, with the plan of inviting some people over to sit on my back porch. Yeah. It's that good. Click "Buy".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey guys. One of my favourite parts of being part of the booksneeze programme is getting to find kind of the yet - to - be - discovered literary gems. In Bob Goff’s ‘Love Does,’ I’ve found such a gem. Before I go on, though, I need to let you know that I did, in fact, receive this book for free from the Thomas Nelson publisher through their booksneeze blogging programme in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation to give this book a positive review. Everything that you are about to read is completely, 100% my own thoughts. Anyway, so I’ve been noticing more and more biographies coming through booksneeze recently. The thing is with most of these biographies, however, is that most of them are of celebrities. Or at least people that I’ve heard of. Before this book, though, I had never heard of Bob Goff. But when I read the summation of the book on the review page, I was intrigued. This guy seemed like he had it going on. So I ordered the book and wasn’t disappointed. This book is funny, thought-provoking, and completely enjoyable to read. I love it, and it does a fantastic job of showing how a person can live putting love into action. I give this book five out of five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes me want to "do," not just dream. I read this book for the first time from the library. When i was done, i bought it to read again.
r_james More than 1 year ago
In Love Does, Bob Goff describes a way of following Jesus that is fun, creative, and authentic. Bob empowers average folks to step out and do extraordinary things for the sake of love. And more than just describe it or prescribe it - Bob does it. He gives real life examples of what it looks like to practice christianity with whimsy. Bob opens the book with a story of his Young Life leader encouraging him and going along with him on the adventure of life. He goes on to tell stories of saying "yes" to Jesus' invitation of living life to the fullest. This philosophy has taken him all over the world as he pursues loving God and loving other people. It is embarrassing that Bob's life looks so different from the typical christian because his faith and trust take him to places we should be. His faith in action is inspiring and he manages to tell his stories in a way that invite us in, to go on our own adventures. His tales of whimsy encourage the reader to take chances on opportunities in faith - not knowing if it will come out the way they hope, but worth the risk. One of the adventures this has led Bob to is Charlie. First, Bob received a phone call from his friend Doug claiming to be Ugandan Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi. Doug says that he wants him to counsel him and Bob says jokingly, "Sure, does someone owe you money or something?" Bob leaves that conversation thinking his buddy had a pretty good accent but he wasn't fooling anybody. Weeks later Bob gets another phone call from Doug posing as the Ugandan Prime Minister and this time he wants to meet Bob in New York. Bob says "sure, why not!" and schedules a time to meet his buddy at the airport and is expecting a sign saying something like "gotcha, dinner's on me" or something. Bob arrives and is greeted by Apolo Nsibambi - the actual Prime Minister of Uganda! He is stunned and then the Prime Minister clarifies that he wanted Bob to be the Consul for Uganda, not to just counsel him. Bob sees the opportunity this is for accomplishing stuff that Jesus would love so he says yes. As Consul, Bob finds out about witch doctors who mutilate and kill children for rituals where they bury their body parts within a structure for supposed magical benefits. Bob is the first to ever prosecute one of these witch doctors and has the opportunity to take down the biggest baddest for the premiere. A boy has been mutilated and left for dead. But he has survived, Bob calls him Charlie. Charlie is rescued, stands trial, and even has corrective surgery for his mutilation. The witch doctor is convicted and sitting on death row. Bob spreads the word to the other witch doctors that the killing will end or they will all end up like the one on death row. Bob also cares for and loves Charlie: making him the king of parades, setting him to flight with 1000 balloons, and taking him to meet the president. This is what Bob means by "Love Does". This is the love of Christ lived out by his followers. Since reading the book I sent Bob a facebook message and thanked him for the book. He actually responded quite quickly and proceeded to encourage me in my own endeavors and relationship with Christ. See this review and others like it at booked and convicted. [update] I got to hear Bob speak at a convention in San Diego as well as a little church plant here in San Jose and it was pretty sweet to hear what he has been up to. Just this week he was flying back to Uganda to help facilitate the witch doctor speaking to all of the death row inmates because he has since asked Christ for forgiveness and committed his life to him. He will be sharing how witch craft has gotten him to this point and how Jesus frees him from sin. So legit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a fun quick read that is very inspirational. Take action and live life to the fullest. Highly recommended for all to read.
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This book is an extremely accessible read, and whilst he is a Christian it could be read by just about anyone - the point of the book isn't to show theological doctrine, but rather a life that's been changed by love and is really rather remarkable.
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By far one of the best books I have ever read. Bob writes with such an authetic heart through simply telling stories. This book was sweetly given to me and before I had even finished it I had already bought two more copies and given them away. The book holds such a simple message that has such power: love met with action changes lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a book that you will keep coming back to. It is easy to listen to (or read) and the author is so down to earth. I make Love really seem effortless and you can't help but spread it around!
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Need a boost? Here it is!
fotocj More than 1 year ago
Bob Goff is my kind of people!!!! I absolutely love this inspiring & funny book!!!! A must read!!!
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What I have read I love I actually had the previledge of hearing Mr Goff speak at my church Canyon Ridge Christian Church what a great inspiration to follow I tell you if we all shared the love what a great world it would be I am actually going to purchase this book for some of my family members.