Love Does Book Review

“Love God. Love people. Do something” That is the action call on Bob Goff’s life and his NY Times best selling book, “Love Does” is a soul stirring collection of stories about what happens when God’s love kicks down the doors of our stubborn hearts. Some of those stories seem beyond the reach of folks like you and I. For example, as the front man for Restore International, Bob has successfully prosecuted witch doctors in Uganda for kidnapping and child endangerment. But the underlying theme of his book, and his compassion for life, is that we can discover a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world.

Love walks the walk before the talking even gets started. The foothold Bob proposes is our connection with each other is a loose wire of God’s connection to the world and plugging into even the simplest acts of service allows for tremendous translucent transformation. He calls it Divine Whimsy; totally impractical ideas of a God larger than our imagination, or experience, pushing us to sail, wet faced and wind blown, into the sea of doubt about our significance.

“Love Does” is not another book that will ‘ change your life’ as much as an encouraging manual for recognizing the lives around us as part of our own. Jesus is waiting for us to join in, to put the ‘do’ back into ‘do-gooder’, to live the Good News, not just debate it behind closed church doors.

The money from every purchase of “Love Does” through Restore International goes straight into the field to rescue children from trafficking in India, Somalia, and Uganda. But I issue this caveat, when you place your order, go ahead and get two or more copies as “Love Does” is not the kind of book that just lays on a shelf. Like the balloons on the cover, loaned copies of “Love Does” tend to lift our eyes to the wings and winds of a dream we share by sharing our story.

Will Schmit

Will Schmit is a volunteer outreach prison minister for Lifehouse Church in McKinleyville Ca. He is the author of Head Lines A Sixty Day Guide to Personal Psalmistry and Jesus Inside A Prison Minister's Memoir and Training Manual both available at Amazon Books and The website also includes poetry, ministry updates, and music downloads from Bring To Glory a CD of spoken word with coffee house jazz.

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