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


How much do I want to read more? 9/10

It seems to be like a very nice book. Full of wisdom. To pause and reflect upon.
Yes, we need to stop plotting our plans, we need to surrender, only then the magic happens, one that is way beyond our understanding and far exceed our mental abilities.


“If this book does not make your heart beat faster, book the next flight to Mayo Clinic!”
-- Bill Hybels

“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

FOREWORD - by Donald Miller

Bob Goff has had a greater impact on my life than any person I’ve known.
Bob Goff loves people with a force that is natural, and by natural I mean like nature, like a waterfall or wind or waves on the ocean. He loves effortlessly, as though love packs annually in snow on a mountain, melting and rushing through him in an infinite loop.

I don’t know how to explain Bob’s love except to say it is utterly and delightfully devastating. You simply cannot live the same once you know him.
Bob reminds us that love does things. It writes a letter and gets on a plane. It orders pizza and jumps in a lake. It hugs and prays and cries and sings. Much of what we’ve come to know and believe about love doesn’t ring true once you know this man whose love does.

INTRODUCTION - LOVE DOES

I used to think I needed an office to be a lawyer,
but now I know all I need is an island.

I do all of my best thinking on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland.
While I’m willing to share my table and my pirate ship, truth be known, I only want to share it with people who can dream.

Here’s a strange truth I’ve noticed. Almost everyone knows about Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland, but most people don’t go. Maybe it’s because it’s surrounded by water and you have to take a raft to get there.
Tom Sawyer Island is like most people’s lives, I think: they never get around to crossing over to it.

Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those “we’ll go there next time” deferrals. The sad thing is, for many there is no “next time” because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude toward life rather than a single decision. They need a change of attitude, not more opportunities.

Somewhere in each of us, I believe there’s a desire for a place like Tom Sawyer Island, a place where the stuff of imagination, whimsy, and wonder are easier to live out—not just think about or put off until “next time.”
that lie can be bound up in two words: someone else.

As I sit on my island, it becomes clear that we need to stop plotting the course and instead just land the plane on our plans to make a difference by getting to the “do” part of faith. That’s because love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.


CHAPTER 1 - I’M WITH YOU

I used to want to fix people,
but now I just want to be with them.