Love Does by Bob Goff (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2012) is an amazing read about his incredible life in an ordinary world. It's about what a mischievous youth becomes when he doesn't grow up -- an attorney and Consul for Uganda. His grades and LSAT scores were inadequate for law school admission, so he sat on a bench at the dean's office for ten days (5 days before classes started and continuously for 5 more days after classes started) until the dean let him enroll. This is a book about living life in awesome ways. Have you ever heard of a guy who pursued a girl for three years before getting a first date, or spending 16 days on the ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat? That's Bob Goff!
Goff must have logged a bucket load of 'firsts' -- first suitor to construct an 8'x4' Valentine's card and hand deliver it to a girl he hardly knew, first person to use a sextant to race from California to Hawaii in the Transpac race after reading a manual, first person to escort his three children to multiple world leaders as their guests after the children wrote letters to ask for a visit (ps: the children gave their house key to the leaders and asked them to visit), and much more.
As I read each chapter recounting a new life lesson illustrated by his interesting life experiences, I got so engaged in the new and unusual that I missed the messages. Goss tells his story in a way that life and whimsy and living life are natural and all interconnected. This book kept my attention and one that even triggered my desire to live similarly.
When I finished reading, I now see the message of Goss' life stories as one of living fully, of believing in doing rather than planning, of trusting in a God that doesn't care if we are not perfect. It is about moving forward without the trappings of religion, or doing it all 'right.' It is about engaging in life with all our warts and shortcomings. I even enjoyed re-reading sections because some of the exploits are too amazing to read just once. Want to smile? Read the book Love Does! In a word, Goff would agree that we need to move beyond caring, to doing! That's what Love Does is about.
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