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

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

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By (author) Bob Goff, Foreword by Donald Miller

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  • Publisher: Nelson Books an imprint of Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 23mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Nashville
  • ISBN 10: 1400203759
  • ISBN 13: 9781400203758
  • Sales rank: 6,803

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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)

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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 with Sweet Maria and their beloved poodle. Donald Miller is the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He helps people live a better story at www.creatingyourlifeplan.com and helps leaders grow their businesses at www.storybrand.com. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.

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By R James 26 Oct 2012 5

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!