Immerse yourself in the wild and whimsical life of Bob Goff. A lawyer by day, missionary by night, Bob will impart you with wisdom beyond compare. Love Does by Bob Goff is not quite like any book I have ever read. It is nonfiction, but never dull. Bob talks about actions that speak louder than words, and his book is full of stories that prove just how much love can do.
Bob is the founder of Restore International, which works in Uganda, India, Iraq, Somalia, and Nepal. Restore International’s mission is to change a few lives for the better through fighting for freedom and human rights, and working to improve educational opportunities. Many of Bob’s stories are set in one of these countries, and some of the situations he has been in are truly amazing. On one trip to India, Bob and his three children rescued some children that were being trafficked and held hostage in a shed in the bush. Through his organization, he also started a school in Uganda. This school started out with only a couple students, but it has since expanded from a day school to a boarding school with over 400 students. When Bob sees a need, he doesn’t think ‘somebody should do something about that’. Instead, he thinks about himself, and what he can do to make a difference in that situation. And whether that be carrying a bucket of water bottles down Main Street and handing them out to people who look thirsty, or rescuing children in India, Bob strives to make a difference wherever he goes.
I also had the privilege of meeting this spunky and enthusiastic author a few weeks ago. I found him to be very engaging and inspiring. He told stories from his life and his book, and afterwards, to my great surprise, he agreed to go out for frozen yogurt with us! He was very down to earth, and he invited us all to come to Uganda with him. Then again, I suspect he does that to everyone. The following passage sums up the book pretty well: “Being engaged is a way of doing life, a way of living and loving. It’s about going to extremes and expressing the bright hope that life offers us, a hope that makes us brave and expels darkness with light. That’s what I want my life to be all about – full of abandon, whimsy, and in love.” If you would like to get more involved with Restore International, please visit http://restoreinternational.org.
The target audience for this book is really adults, but in my opinion, mature kids (probably ages 12 and up) who want to be inspired to live a more meaningful life would enjoy this book. My personal favorite part of the book is when Bob talks about encouraging his kids to write letters to world leaders. These letters turn into trips to visit those leaders in their own home countries, resulting in amazing adventures for the Goff family.