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 of the negative reviews said they couldn’t relate to his expensive adventures. They felt that the book made you feel less of a Christian if you didn’t have money to spend on epic enterprises. I don’t have a problem with rich people, because I want to be one myself.
I have another friend who went to IF:Gathering just to hear Bob Goff speak. She is a total fan of the guy. I needed to read the book for myself and see which side of the fence I fell.
After reading Love Does I am a Bob Goff fan.
I didn’t find his grand adventures off putting. The stories were my favorite part of the book. In the book, Bob Goff, meets an Ugandan Ambassador. I met Rwandan and Ugandan Ambassadors in our travels in Berlin. Of course, I wasn’t asked to work with the country like Goff. I liked hearing about how he walked onto a movie set. I did the same thing with my family in our travels. I don’t think officing on Tom Sawyer’s island at Disneyland is too far fetched an idea. If I lived close to Disneyland I would get a season pass too! I just wonder about the wi-fi speeds of a fictional island.
Each chapter tells about a life experience and then spells out “this is what that story told me about God.” My only critique is that I wish the book was more of a memoir than a teaching on faith. I enjoyed the showing part of the book more than the telling part.
The book is simple and easy to read. The tone of the book may seem dumbed down or patronizing to some readers. I grow tired of Christian books on faith with nebulous, allegorical teaching. I like how Goff told you what he believes and what is learning in a clear and direct manner.
One part of the book that has stuck with me is how Goff and his wife called his lawyer work “fundraising” for his ministry to free people from injustice. I feel that way about my husband’s work. We want my husband’s work to be the fundraising catalyst for our trips.
A book that moves me to action is a good book.
Here at home the book moved me to action. I have a friend who is homebound after a surgery. I felt like the Lord told me to text her some encouragement. I then asked if my kids and I could bring her lunch and hang out a bit. The lunch wasn’t planned, but it worked out. My son was in VBS that week and learned that “God has the power to heal!” He had the opportunity to pray for healing. I think everyone was blessed by the visit.
Now my challenge is to continue doing acts of love and not worry about who knows what I’m doing. Like the book, I just want to do things and be awesome.
If you are already interested in learning more about Bob Goff and being encouraged to live life differently then I recommend this book. However, if you are looking for a deep, theological book then this book may not be your cup of tea. It’s a quick and fun read that will hopefully move you to step out in faith.