On the bookshelf: Love Does by Bob Goff

True confession? Two aspects of my personality have always been at war with each other. One, which gets expressed now and then on the blog, is the free-spirited, neo-hippie girl who would love to ditch the 8-4 and write all day. The other – the one that wins the battle most days – is the one that goes to work (aka a job with steady, if minimal pay) and pays the bills.

To use a sentence formulation similar to those that start each chapter from Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World:

I used to think that being responsible meant there was no room for whimsy in my life, now I know that it’s irresponsible not to follow God into the whimsy.

Whimsical invitations come to us everyday. While reading Love Does, I was pretty sure those invitations came to Bob Goff more than they ever come to me. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe God is providing me with opportunities every day to love extravagantly. Maybe I just need to develop the sense to identify them and seize upon them. Maybe I actually need to do something rather than be trapped by the “ought to” and “should” syndrome.

Each chapter uses stories from Goff’s colorful life to illustrate how his thinking changed by following turning love into action. Goff’s one of those delightfully filterless people who thinks nothing of telling his children to go ahead and write to various heads of state – and take the children to meet those heads of state. Or do this with the books he received from the publisher, hot off the press:

Though it’s easy to rush through and read these inspirational stories in one sitting, it’s probably better to take them one, sweet bite at a time and savor them. Don’t miss the “I used to … but now … ” sentences that start each chapter. Use them as a way to frame your perspective on the day.

And let a little whimsy come your way.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program for providing me with a free copy of this book for review.

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