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

Bob Goff , Miller Donald Miller
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May 1 2012

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 werent 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 worlds 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 its not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bobs 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 dont want to miss.

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bobs life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.

Endorsements:

“If this book does not make your heart beat faster, book thenext flight to Mayo Clinic!” --Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow CreekCommunity Church, Chairman, Willow Creek Association

“Bob Goff is a one-man tsunami of grace, a hurricane oflove.  He doesnt just talk about change, he really is change, as LoveDoes chronicles in such a vivid way. Yet, LoveDoes doesnt leave you feeling like you want to celebrate its author, itawakens a sense deep within that you, too, have an outrageous role to play inGods unfolding story or rescue and repair.” --Louie Giglio, PassionConferences/Passion City Church

“An interesting and compelling story (with Young Life roots)that ends with a practical challenge and punch:  ‘love does’ and God canuse you to do it!” --Denny Rydberg, President, Young Life

“Every once in a while someone like Bob Goff shows up toremind us that some things matter a lot more than others.  Love Does has akind of ‘north star’ effect that will push you to refocus your life and energyon what is most significant. It doesnt just invite you to respond with yourGod-given potential, it invites you to become a part of what God can do beyondyour 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 toenter into the greatest adventure you have ever known—your life as it was meantto 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 andinspiration wherever he goes. The power of love showcased in this book willsurely touch the hearts and souls of many people. Read Love Does and find afriend in one the world’s best hidden secrets, a person who shows how love cancreate connection and make a difference—even across oceans.” --GeorgeTsereteli, Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia (former RussianRepublic)

“There are some nasty rumors out there about treasure.Mostly thats its buried and needs discovering. Or has to be mined. Or canonly be located with a map and a big X. Not so, says the life of Bob Goff.Living from the center of your heart doesnt have to be complicated or elusive.Love just wakes up in the morning and gets busy loving. The treasure is sittingright there next to the pancakes. About 5 pag


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About the Author

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 a speaker, founder of The Mentoring Project, and author of A Million Miles in a Thousand YearsBlue Like Jazz, Searching for God Knows What, Through Painted Deserts, and Father Fiction. He lives in Nashvlle, TN.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and challenging Aug. 29 2012
Format:Paperback
Bob Goff has been someone i always wanted to hear more from. i was first introduced to him through incredible stories passed along by Donald Miller. from hangouts at his getaway place in BC, to hosting a neighborhood parade just because that started small and has now turned into a yearly event, i figured this was one of those people who you’d love to just sit and listen to his stories. luckily, he wrote “Love Does”, which is jam packed with incredible stories that make me want to live a better life. The theme of the book is that love moves beyond thoughts and feelings into actions. he beautifully shares what it looks like to live a life filled with love and adventure. each chapter is packed with valuable insight. highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a book that is easy to read, but also challenges you to live life more fully. 5/5 on the blair-o-meter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read Sept. 20 2012
By Dr. Rob
Format:Paperback
This is an amazing book to read. Bob's life is one that is not only enjoyable to enter into, the writing style of this book allows you to live it with him, with laughter and joy. There are many refreshing chapters that help the reader to think through what life is all about and are encouraging to the reader to relax, try new things that are out of the box and live a full life.

The books huge strength is in its easy readability, and in its ability to help the reader to "discover a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world"

It is not written to be a theologically sound book, and at times Bob criticizes others (usually in conservative circles) and their motives in what I would term unfair ways.

That being said, it was fun to read, and helped me consider how I can live more fully, and love more openly.

Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now at your favourite bookseller
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5.0 out of 5 stars SandRa Lee July 5 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Read it on my phone and now want to buy a hard copy so that I can share it with others
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great definition of Love April 17 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Bob Goff does not write about complex theology or missions strategies but gives one of the best definitions of love I have read about.

Bob makes it clear that love is not something that can be talked about but that is done. Each chapter is a different story clearly showing that love, by definition, is something that we do. And that there are not many rules on what and how to do love. This book gets you inspired to just start doing stuff and see what can happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so inspiring March 11 2014
By B.Proud
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It took the Bible principals to a whole new level - 'doing' instead of just learning. This book is life changing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars very refreshing read Nov. 10 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love Does was a great, anecdotal book filled with inspiring stories and great ideas for living life to the fullest. John 10:10 says that Jesus came to give us a life to the fullest and this book really paints a great picture of what this could look like! Not a scholarly book or a challenging read, nothing really new or revolutionary, but I recommend this book for someone who needs a breath of fresh air and a simple explanation of some very really truth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Challenge! Oct. 29 2013
By Kerrie
Format:Paperback
As soon as I read the title I knew I needed to read this book. "Love Does" is exactly what Christ calls us to, isn't it? Bob Goff does a great job of drawing us in as he shares stories from his own life and relates them to the adventure of seeking after God and living a life of intentional mission. If you are wondering if there is more to life than what you are experiencing now, this book will open up a new world of adventure and opportunity. Why not take a chance? Bob's stories will inspire you, challenge you and open your eyes to the adventure God is offering you.

Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Whimsy in a Must-Read Novel June 26 2013
Format:Paperback
I decided to buy Love Does simply because Bob Goff's Tweets inspired me. I had no idea what the book would be when I picked it up to read it. I was hooked by the end of the prologue. When I finished reading it I wanted to be Bob Goff. I wanted to live a life like his, full of spirit and whimsy.

This book inspired me to take a step out of my comfort zone, to be whimsical, and spread love like I'm made of it (which you'd think would be easier being that I am made of it).

This book is a must-read for everyone of all ages. Bob is a wonderful guy doing great things and he'll inspire you to do the same.
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