Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

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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.
Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob's life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.


“If this book does not make your heart beat faster, book the next flight to Mayo Clinic!” –Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, Chairman, Willow Creek Association
“Bob Goff is a one-man tsunami of grace, a hurricane of love. He doesn't just talk about change, he really is change, as Love Does chronicles in such a vivid way. Yet, Love Does doesn't leave you feeling like you want to celebrate its author, it awakens a sense deep within that you, too, have an outrageous role to play in God's unfolding story or rescue and repair.” –Louie Giglio, Passion Conferences/Passion City Church
“An interesting and compelling story (with Young Life roots) that ends with a practical challenge and punch: ‘love does’ and God can use you to do it!” –Denny Rydberg, President, Young Life
“Every once in a while someone like Bob Goff shows up to remind us that some things matter a lot more than others. Love Does has a kind of ‘north star’ effect that will push you to refocus your life and energy on what is most significant. It doesn't just invite you to respond with your God-given potential, it invites you to become a part of what God can do beyond your potential.” –Reggie Joiner, Founder and CEO of Orange
“We liked the book a lot. Mostly, the balloons on the cover. The rest was pretty good too. Lots of stories about how God helps us.” –Aedan, Asher and Skye Peterson ages 13, 12 and 9
“This may look like a book. It’s not. It is an invitation to enter into the greatest adventure you have ever known—your life as it was meant to be lived. Hang on!” –Michael Hyatt, Author, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,
“Bob’s ability to love people brings contagious hope and inspiration wherever he goes. The power of love showcased in this book will surely touch the hearts and souls of many people. Read Love Does and find a friend in one the world’s best hidden secrets, a person who shows how love can create connection and make a difference—even across oceans.” –George Tsereteli, Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia (former Russian Republic)
“There are some nasty rumors out there about treasure. Mostly that's it's buried and needs discovering. Or has to be mined. Or can only be located with a map and a big X. Not so, says the life of Bob Goff. Living from the center of your heart doesn't have to be complicated or elusive. Love just wakes up in the morning and gets busy loving. The treasure is sitting right there next to the pancakes. About 5 pages in, I knew my life and I were gonna have words.” –Nicole Nordeman, Mother and Musician

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Later Printing Used edition (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400203759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400203758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

What I took away from the book was the desire to live more like Jesus in how I love others

 on January 22, 2018
By Janine Doyle
I read this book as soon as it came out, having heard about it through “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” by Donald Miller. Bob spoke at a church in our area shortly after his book launch. He is larger than life in the book and in person! What I took away from the book was the desire to live more like Jesus in how I love others. I can’t recommend this book enough! You might not be able to fly to India in the middle of the night with your children, but there is no end to the hurting right where you are. For me, the point of the book was to relentlessly pursue loving others, just as Jesus relentlessly pursues loving each of us.

Must Read and Life Changing!!

 on January 21, 2018
By Carol L
Being allowed into the inner world of Bob Goff’s life and family as well as his philosophy for living is such a life changing experience! If you have ever needed a kickstart for how to lean in and just start DOING in life, then this is your book! I have learned so much about how to love others they way they were meant to be loved! Bob Goff’s writing style will grab you from the first chapter and have you turning pages as fast as you can!

bite-sized inspiration

 on April 19, 2014
By Matthew J. O. Scott
This is not a theological tome. In fact, Bob’s pretty much against that sort of thing. One of his memorable lines in the book is about wanting to be part of a “Bible doing” group rather than a “Bible study” group. He’s the kind of guy that just likes to do stuff, with great love (thus the book title).

Ever wonder if Love makes you crazy? Love Does!

 on July 20, 2014
By Amazon Customer
I can’t really do this book justice in a review. Bob very clearly executes in relating what his title simply states: Love Does. He draws the reader into life, love and adventure, sharing incredible & whimsical, yet simple stories. Many times, as I read Love Does, my wife and kids would ask me why I was laughing or crying as I read & many times, I found myself reading them chapters of Bob’s great adventures in response. My reading has turned in to wonderful discussions with my family and has inspired us to pursue some new capers of our own.

Easy Positive Read

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 3, 2015
By Erika H
This book was an easy and nice read. It’s basically a collection of personal stories and how the author feels it relates to his spirituality. I like the overall premise and I would recommend it to someone who wants a light, positive read. I don’t think this book will transform your life as some reviews might lead you to believe, but the stories offer nice lessons you can consciously try to apply to your own life.

Inspirational and impactful

 on September 27, 2017
By Mary
If you want to live and love more deeply and fully, this is the book for you. This book is what Christianity is truly about…loving and letting God love through you. I’m already putting into practice the ideas he gives here. Christianity isn’t meant to be studied. It’s meant to be lived. Who can we do life with right here right? Love Does is the way to go!

Insightful and Inspiring

 on May 10, 2017
By Dr. D.
This book is full of insights, epiphanies, inspiration, and great stories! You just can’t go wrong with this book. You’ll find something in this book that inspires you!!

Attitude is everything – Look up!

 on June 6, 2015
…Attitude is everything… You say you can’t walk on water or move mountains?


One person found this helpful.
 on June 15, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Once you pick up Love Does, you can’t put it down. His stories are inspiring and entertaining. Many times I found myself laughing out loud. But more importantly, Love Does reminds us that faith isn’t still. When we show up to life with Jesus, big things happen.

So good!

 on May 10, 2017
By ceezee
this author is so funny, and at the same time so challenging. He made me take a look at what love looks like in my own life. Highly recommend.

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