This book makes me want to live a better life. Do you need more of a review than that?!
But really. Love Does by Bob Goff is intriguing, exciting, and challenging. He is an amazing storyteller and uses stories from his life – paralleled with the life God wants us to lead – and inspires you to dream a bigger and better life. But he doesn’t do it in a way that is unrealistic. He encourages readers to take small steps in order to achieve their goals and, of course, by loving, which is the exact way God wants us to live. Loving others as well as ourselves fully is the first step to living a full and satisfying life.
I want to share a full excerpt from the book that I think pretty much sums up the entire thing and a perfect example of how I want to live: fully. I really hope you read this book and are as inspired as I am. (And there’s even a little unexpected surprise at the end.)
I get the invitation ever morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day. Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.
Turning down this invitation comes in lots of flavors. It looks like numbing yourself or distracting yourself or seeing something really beautiful as just normal. It can also look like refusing to forgive or not being grateful or getting wrapped around the axle with fear or envy. I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into thinking we haven’t really been invited. But you see, we have been invited – every day, all over again.