#EmptyShelfChallenge Book Review: Love Does

Books completed since December 27, 2013: 1

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I finished this book (finally) several days ago, and I’m conflicted on this review.

I have seen or heard over a dozen interviews with author Bob Goff, and I think he’s an incredibly genuine, engaging person.  I’d absolutely love to have dinner or a cup of hot chocolate with him.  Especially hot chocolate, as our temperature just crept up to 1F late this morning.

I laughed out loud several times through his widely popular NYT bestseller, Love Does.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a memoir of sorts in which Bob challenges readers to “discover a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world”.  It’s spawned conferences and bible studies (one at my own church), videos and countless great conversations.

It’s an easy read, full of thoughtful stories of Bob’s life.  If anyone has ever lived a life of whimsy and abandon (in a good way!), it’s Bob.  Some of the things he’s done are nothing short of mind-blowing.  His kids have had adventures I’d love to provide my own, so in this sense I finished the book greatly inspired.

But…….

For months, I’ve read so many rave reviews.  People who are inspired to do incredible things.  Phrases like “completely life-changing”.  For me?  Meh.  I wanted it to be.  Perhaps my expectations were too grand?

It’s worth reading.  More accurately, I think Bob is someone worth following in every form possible – social media, upcoming writing, any time you can hear him speak.  For crying out loud, the man is a best-selling author and answers his cell phone every time it rings, if at all possible – the cell phone with the number publicly broadcast in the back of his book.  But I can’t say the book matched my expectations.  Perhaps if I had read it before reading The In-Between?  Not that they’re exclusive… maybe I’ll need to read it again in the future.

I have a feeling I’m in the minority, but hopefully you aren’t hearing me really rip on the book.  I did love so many of the stories, but as someone in my Bible study said, it felt a little like a funnier “Chicken Soup” book.

If you read it, what did you think?  I’m so encouraged by the people who did find life-changing messages in it, that I’d love to hear yours!

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  1. Jim January 3, 2014
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