A List Maker's Life: Love Does

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Love Does

Love Wins by Bell
Crazy Love by Chan

These two books have spent months on my bedside table.  The promise that they are full of outside the box thinking and great group study discussion points is intriguing.  Of course, I want to learn more about crazy, winning True love.  Who doesn't?  I've dipped into each of them, skimmed chapters, thought through some portions with highlighter in hand and grappled with how to love BIG.

Then I was sent a copy of Love Does by Bob Goff. I could not put it down.

As I read, I dreamed...
...of sharing whimsy
...of showing love
...of ways to thank the people I see as living secretly incredible lives
...of taking the ideas and facts I've read in those other love{ly} books and DOing something about it.

Now, "that'swhatIstalkingabout!" (an AnneHopeism for you all)

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World is a compilation of stories from  someone who understands love does not just nod its' head and agree when something needs to be done to transform our ordinary world, instead love takes action.  Through his meaningful, whimsical, and sometimes humorous recollections Bob teaches us when Love Does, life gets interesting.

You know the saying, "When one door closes..."  Bob would finish the saying with, "Kick it down!"  He applied this to his personal life by sitting on a bench outside the dean's office for seven days until they finally agreed to let him enroll in law school. Now, his office is a picnic table on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland and some of his favorite clients are children in Uganda's youth prisons.  Intrigued?

Two of my favorite lessons from the book the introduction include:
~You don't need a plan, you just need to be present! (Can I get an AMEN?)
~We need a change of attitude, not more opportunities. (So much for "Well, we would do all of these things if only we had...")

This book is incredible!  Despite being very profound, it is unique and engaging to read. I would confidently say it is the best book I've read. Ever. I really hope you get a chance to read it.  Although, if we ever bump into each other on the side lines of a Little League game, in the waiting room at the pediatricians' office, or watching the Dutch dancers downtown (these are the places I am spending most of my time these days;) you can be sure I will work at least one of Bob Goff's stories into our conversation!

"That's the way love rolls, it multiples!"

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Disclosure: Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson Publishers, Book Sneeze, for allowing me the opportunity to read this book.  They sent me a free copy in exchange for my honest review. I will also note this is the best book I've ever read with the exception of the Bible, which I thought would be understood without being stated specifically above.  Finally, I promise  my blog isn't A List Maker's Life turned Book Review's Life.  When I finish up with some of my blogging commitments I look forward to sharing more about my list-y life and loves! 


  1. You already slipped it into our conversation (and the book sounds really good... I may have to download it)! It was great chatting the other night. Let's do it again soon :)

  2. I would LOVE to borrow this sometime. What do you think?


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