Running Time: 16:03
The first of many episodes that will share great books you should read to improve your mind, heart, business, family and faith. We start with Bob Goff’s Love Does.
— Bob Goff (@bobgoff) May 16, 2012
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Love Does by Bob Goff is whimsical, optimistic, honest, funny, poignant, simple, loving, deep, thoughtful, kind, inspiring, practical and you’re upset when it stops. While I’ve never met Bob Goff I think he’s all of those things too.
How you should read this book:
I read this book wrong for the first few chapters. It should come with instructions that say, “You’re going to be talking to a friend for the next 224 pages so relax, listen well, laugh often and enjoy your time together.” After a chapter of this book you’ll wish Bob Goff was your friend. As you read about his adventures and his theology you will be drawn to him. You’ll wish you had his phone number so you could call him and say, “What’s going on Bob?!” and hear him talk about his latest adventure with his kids, or his friend Don, or a trip to a jail in Africa bring justice to some kids. This isn’t hero worship. Bob Goff isn’t the kind of friend that you live vicariously through. Bob’s the kind of friend that helps you change the world because you want to do stuff after you’re with him. His heart is like a good warranty, it’s transferrable. That comes from being with Jesus.
It’s a conversation
If you want to sit down and get to know Bob, to hear some crazy stories and learn lessons from someone who’s lived ten lives worth of adventure, then open Love Does to any page and start reading. There is freedom in the pages of Love Does. There are stories of Bob helping kids find freedom and there’s freedom in hearing how Bob’s life carries forth the love that Christ modeled. There’s a first page and a last page but don’t let that stop you from opening to any page and reading. Don’t overanalyze this book, just listen well. He’s so humble that you get the feeling people had to talk him into writing this book, people like Gail Hyatt and Don Miller. I’m writing thank you’s to them both.
Love in Greek doesn’t matter
Bob doesn’t tell us the four Greek words for love. Bob does love. Bob talks about how he loves and in doing so helps us realize that we’re capable of the kind of love that matters, love that does. When Jesus was on earth He told stories and then let people decide where they fit into them. He allowed people to live a story of their own using his life as a model but not a roadmap. You don’t have to be a carpenter’s son or even the Son of God to change the world. You can be you and Bob serves as a model for that kind of living and thinking.
Love Does taught me three things:
1. I want to be the kind of friend Bob Goff is.
2. I want to know the Jesus that Bob Goff knows.
3. Love Does are two words will guide the rest of my life.