What I’m Reading Wednesday

Love Does.

Simply put, love does.

I strayed from my 2014 goal to read solely from my personal bookcase this year. With The Justice Conference coming up next month, my friend Blaire loaned me a couple of books she recommended, including “Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World” by Bob Goff.

Prepare to laugh, cry and be inspired by Goff’s personal — and sometimes outrageous — stories of faith and love. In his first book Goff shares his stories like he’s having a conversation with the reader over a cup of coffee.

As I read “Love Does” I couldn’t help but think I’ve heard some of the stories before. Then I realized Donald Miller writes of Goff’s family in “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.”

Goff is the perfect example of loving as an action. Rather than just talking of injustice, Goff pursues it. The lawyer is the honorary consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States and is the founder of Restore International — a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda and India.

I appreciate Goff’s transparency as he shared his stories of failure, but of course with a twist of humor. I was personally inspired by his statement if a door closes, sometimes God wants us to kick the door down.

Goff also shared many stories of friends who loved as an action. When Starbucks launched its breakthrough VIA-ready brew coffee, I was working at Starbucks as a barista. It was hammered in our heads to sell, sell, sell to make store goals of a new product. It’s a shame Starbucks didn’t share with its partners the incredible story behind the product’s inventor, to put a face on the man who saw a need and created it.

But I won’t spoil the story for you.

There is so much to take away from “Love Does” you might as well avoid taking notes and just re-read the book again and again.

This year’s Justice Conference is in Los Angeles. And while Blaire and I would love nothing more than to be able to travel for the third-straight year to the conference, we registered for a simulcast at a semi-local church.


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