Thursday, June 21, 2012
To begin with, I have to admit that I had never heard of Bob Goff before. The only reason I requested this book was because the foreword was by Donald Miller. I've read Don's books and totally loved them. So, I figured, if he would write a foreword for Bob Goff, then Bob must be a pretty cool writer too. And I was right. Bob's book is so honest and real and truly shocking, in a whimsical, unexpected kind of way. I laughed out loud a lot, and I almost cried a few times. This is the first book I am going to shamelessly and proudly give away to a friend. The same friend who introduced me to Donald Miller.
To live a life that is truly motivated by the simple act of doing things out of love... without spending time agonizing over what others would think, about whether or not you can afford it or will be successful because of it, is to live totally at the mercy of God's grace and provision. Most of us can't fathom it. I certainly can't. Or couldn't... until I finished this book.
After reading some of Bob's experiences and stories of others who have touched his life by their desire to just do something purely out of love and the goal of being used by God, I want to step out more. To live more lovingly and openly. I can't ride a skateboard to work or open up an "office" in Disneyland, but I could easily be more willing to help someone who needs help, to give more of myself and my time to further God's kingdom.
At the very end, Bob Goff leaves a phone number, just in case one of his readers wants to call him up. I haven't tested it to be sure, but when I do, I'll be sure to update this blog post. In the meantime, I am going to subscribe to Bob Goff's blog. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs motivation, a pick-me-up, or just a reminder that we serve a God who is greater than any human situation or problem. Isn't it time we start living like we believe that?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Booksneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Photo Courtesy of Amazon.com. I don't think you can really click and look inside...