Sometimes you read a book and it changes your life. The Giver by Lois Lowery did that for me. And so did Loves Does by Bob Goff. When I unwrapped this book on my birthday last June (thanks, Mom and Dad!) I needed it. But I let it sit in our junk room, which we lovingly call our "Reading Room" because one day it might be used for just that, for six months. Then around Christmas I picked it up and cracked it open. I REALLY needed it then. I had just finished my full-time job of five years and was feeling a little lost and lethargic and honestly not very strong in my faith.
Here's a warning: This book will inspire you to get moving and DO something. Goff is a lawyer and a Christian and truly lives his life in a secretly incredible way. Just and example: Driving home from church one night, an older woman failed to stop at a stop sign and ran into the side of his car. He sent her flowers. Talk about forgiveness. And after 9/11, Goff and his wife took his kids on a trip around the world to meet leaders of other countries and learn about what they were hoping for. Talk about taking action.
Goff writes in a really conversational way and shares dozens of amazing stories from his lifetime. All relate back to the idea that "love does," and when it does it makes life meaningful and it makes faith very real. Plus, you'll wonder what you've been doing with your life and be inspired to say YES at the next possible chance. Not kidding ... since starting this book I've already been inspired to say yes twice. I'm excited to let love take action in other areas of my life and stop making excuses for why I can't.
My only regret? I wish I had read it sooner. 5 out of 5 stars, for sure.