Today’s 31 Days to Impact post is written by my amazing and loving son, Andy. I am honored and blessed that he introduced me to the book and author he is reviewing for us today.
I can’t wait to feast on it as soon as I get a little breathing room in my schedule. So, I appreciate the life ring Andy agreeing to write this post for me. He really gets what it means to do love.
My mom is very busy writing and doing the plethora of things that a mom does, and did not have time to read Love Does. What she lacks in time, she has excess of in creativity and invited me to review the book for her. After all, I was the one who introduced her—and the whole family, and my friends, and many AU faculty members—to Bob Goff.
In mid-August I figured that I would have time to read one more book before school started. I decided that it would be Bob Goff’s Love Does, which I learned about while reading The Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomineck.
After reading the first two chapters I realized I made a mistake. Love Does, although fast paced, is not a book to be read in one fell swoop. This book was the kind that deserved a savory, slow read.
I made an about-face and decided to read one chapter at a time reflect on it, and then read the next chapter. So, I’m still making my way through the book, but every time I read it I close the book amazed, inspired, challenged, and excited.
Each chapter of Love Does starts with a story from Bob Goff’s life and wraps up by connecting the story to Jesus and faith. Ultimately, everything revolves back to Bob’s motto:
He invites us to join him on an extraordinary journey in which we leak Jesus, love people in whimsical ways, and experience God personally.
One of the important themes Bob writes about is how we have separated loving people and serving others into exclusive categories like “ministry” and “missions.” I was fortunate to hear him speak at Catalyst Atlanta in October where he said,
Instead of calling it ministry, why don’t we call it Tuesday. ~Bob Goff
He’s right. Jesus invited us to live life to the fullest. We don’t need to categorize or separate our ministry into something professional or unique, instead we just have to love God and do stuff every day.
I shared the book with InterVarsity at AU’s leadership team. We have been reading through it and discussing it together.
My friend Erin, who I mentioned when my mom interviewed me a few weeks ago, was reflecting on the book and realized that it seems like Goff gets a great idea and then goes for it. She wants to live a life like that, where she says “yes” to the creative and sometimes crazy ideas she has.
That conversation meant a lot to me because I want to live like that, too. I want to say yes to God.
What I love about Love Does is that it inspires me to love my family, friends, and Kayle—my amazing girlfriend—in grand and meaningful ways. I’ve noticed that my perception of what is too big or out of reach has gotten much smaller as I read.
Finally, I love the way Bob Goff sees everything as a way God speaks to us.
I love the outdoors. I experience and see God’s power, creativity, and personality in creation. Bob sees it the same way; he observes how a beautiful mountain near his cabin is like a gigantic valentine card from God.
I recommend Love Does to anyone. Literally, anyone!
It will captivate you, and you’ll want to tell everyone the stories about Bob Goff’s life, but I believe that after reading it you’ll be willing to have some adventures of your own to tell!
What do you think about this idea of loving God and doing stuff? Leave a comment. We can’t wait to hear from you.