Live a life of adventure!: My review of "Love Does' By Bob Goff


As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren't good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.

Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world's best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it's not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob's love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don't want to miss.


Love Does is a book that pulses with promise, a book that reminds us that serving Jesus is not a boring life filled with nothing but rules, but a grand adventure of stepping out to change the world in Christ's name. The stories are absolutely engaging, stories that will leave you inspired and also laughing! I absolutely howled at some of the memories Bob shares, such as his first night serving as a waiter (I won't spoil the story by sharing details, but you simply have to read it!). Bob Goff writes with refreshing honesty, and his words will no doubt serve to make readers uncomfortable at times as they threaten to push us out of our comfort zones. Bob urges us to "leave all of the comparisons and all of the trappings and all of the pretending of religion", stating that "for me, it's Jesus plus nothing". The book can be read all at once, or enjoyed over many sittings as you take time to be entertained by the stories but also to mull over the message. I love the final challenge the author leaves us with, where he reminds us that we are a part of God's plan for the whole world, and to take the next step in following Jesus by putting love into action. Now THAT is a message worth repeating!

I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson.


Bob is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Restore International, a non-profit organization which was established to address the atrocities and injustices committed against children. With a passion and vision for finding audacious ways to restore justice to children and the poorest of the poor, Restore’s mission is to make a difference on behalf of those who do not otherwise have a voice.

With a team of dedicated people, Restore International has pursued justice for the needy. They have worked with Uganda’s judiciary in bringing to trial over 200 cases, including cases involving children who were languishing in jail without trial. In 2007, the Restore Academy was started.  It is a school in the war-torn region of Gulu, with a current enrollment of 220 students.

In India, Restore has investigated and intervened to relieve minor girls from a life of forced prostitution, leading to the identification and arrest of over 50 perpetrators. Bob’s inspiration has been fueled by the friendships he has developed with others around the world who desire to pursue strategic ways to help people in need.

Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt, and is admitted to practice in California and in Washington, where his firm is located. Additionally, he serves as the Hon. Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States.  He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, California, where he teaches Non-profit Law, as well Point Nazarene University in San Diego, where he teaches Business Law.


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