In which Love, in fact, Does

CONTEST CLOSED: Winners have been contacted. Thanks!

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time on Twitter, you’re likely already familiar with Bob Goff because I pretty much retweet him daily. So there’s that, straight up front.

I “met” Bob Goff in Donald Miller’s most recent book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” (my response here).  And since then, the legend of Mr. Goff continues to grow – my parents went to Catalyst and came home, wanting to tell me all about this guy. But first, I’ll be honest: I was interested to read his eagerly anticipated book “Love Does“, but I was also wary, and a little prone to being turned off. The last thing I need at this point in my life is one more book about how we should DO BIG THINGS for God. Remember my Evangelical Hero Complex? Still trying to starve that thing off, and I was worried that this book would only feed The Complex, make me feel guilty for my life and choices because they aren’t “radical” enough. But it didn’t.

Bob Goff comes across as Every Man, he’s just a guy that keeps saying “Sure, why not?” And when I finished the book, I got the point. The point is not that he has these incredible fantastical stories, the point isn’t the crazy adventures, the point isn’t the sailboat race or the UN diplomats or the Ugandan Restore project or capers or whimsy. The point is that Love does – and therefore, we do, too. Love has legs, Love has arms, Love has a voice, Love has a heart, Love has imagination. Love does.

Love Does” as a book or a collection of stories is engaging, sure. I mean, who doesn’t find Bob utterly fascinating? But I find I’m more fascinated by the fact that this guy is just living his life, like this, without fanfare or blog, without expectation or reimbursement, without a stage or a strategy, without a mission statement or a master plan. He calls it being “secretly incredible” and I know a hundred people like this, in my own life, the ones that won’t get book deals or stage time, but are committed to the wild and wonderful ways of Jesus, into the darkest corners and the mundane daily work of showing up with Love. I’m more fascinated by the fact that the stories span the breadth of a life lived in the ways of Jesus, with fun – remember that concept? FUN! – and passion and a wicked case of stubbornness.

It’s amazing to me how approachable and normal a life like this seems, when Bob is the one telling the stories. He’s self-deprecating, a bit goofy, quirky, and when he tells you the stories that defy imagination, it seems like, maybe, this is the kind of life that awaits all of us when we simply stop being typical and start living like we’re loved, like we’re meant to love.



Speaking of being secretly incredible, someone has approached me anonymously to donate five copies of this book to my readers. No strings attached, they simply want to get Bob’s message into more hands. Isn’t that cool?

Leave a comment on this post with your name and a way to reach you through email.  If you want to Tweet it or Facebook share or otherwise spread the word for this giveaway, that’s great – just leave another comment telling me that you did so and you’ll get another entry.
Contest closes in one week at midnight. I’ll draw a winner using Giveaway pen to Canadian and USA address only.

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138 Responses to In which Love, in fact, Does

  1. C.C. @ I'm On My Way June 21, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    Sounds like a book I’d love to read! cc AT thealmons DOT com

  2. Gregory Jeffers June 21, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    Greg Jeffers


  3. C.C. @ I'm On My Way June 21, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    Tweeted about the giveaway cc AT thealmons DOT com

  4. hopejem June 21, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    Ooh that would be lovely! I love reading about and practicing love! Twitter and Facebook and hopesprayers at gmail dot com.

  5. C.C. @ I'm On My Way June 21, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Posted on FB cc AT thealmons DOT com

  6. from two to one June 21, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    He guest preached at my former church on the East Coast and let me tell you — this man has tremendous energy!  And it’s for Christ! 

  7. from two to one June 21, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    Also retweeted.

  8. from two to one June 21, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    And shared on Facebook :)

  9. lizzykristine June 21, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    I’m always game for an interesting new book. I hadn’t even heard of this one but it sounds engaging!

  10. Amy Nabors (@amykiane) June 21, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    I’ve been hearing lots of great things about his book. email: amykiane at gmail

  11. Kristen June 21, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    I love your Evangelical Hero complex. Makes me smile. Because I get it. And this book sounds awesome. 
    Kristen: jandkmcgee AT gmail DOT com

  12. Jenn June 21, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    It’s on my list for sure!

  13. Becca June 21, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    Becca Stone –

  14. Stephanie June 21, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    learning about this as life unfolds! love to hear from those with more experience and wisdom :)

  15. Q.' Jeffers June 21, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    I’m always on the look out for a good book. Especially one that “does” something….like impact my occasionally apathetic and weary heart. Q.’

  16. Melanie Curry June 21, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    I’d love this

  17. Q.' Jeffers June 21, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    I did it! I shared you! Love you, Poet. Q.’

  18. Sara R June 21, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    That sounds like a great book.

  19. Fieldguidesandfairytales June 21, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    I’d love a copy! 

  20. Kathleen Froess June 21, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    Sounds wonderful!

  21. Kalyn June 21, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    I’ve really been wanting to read this book!

  22. Ripvanpickering June 21, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    Mallory Pickering

  23. Katherine Hickey June 21, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Katherine Hickey, 

  24. Lisa Pippus June 21, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    I’d absolutely love to read it ;)
    lisafromcanada AT gmail DOT com

  25. Elizabeth Lehman June 21, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    i don’t know bob, but have donald miller’s book on my list.  if you recommend it, it must be good!  

  26. D.L. Mayfield June 21, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    i heard him at storyline, and he was great. what was even better was that my dad had heard him at catalst and e-mailed bob about possibly having coffee when he was in portland. during one of the breaks during storyline i saw bob goff give my dad (a lovely, rather beat-up pastor) the hugest bear hug in the lobby. i couldn’t stop crying, just thinking about how much people like my dad need more hugs in their life. 

  27. Anne J June 21, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    Sounds like a book I need to read…Would love to win!

  28. Momschool2004 June 21, 2012 at 2:27 am #

    love it………

  29. Lindsey June 21, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    Sounds intriguing!  I would love to read it.  lindseyanna AT hotmail DOT com

  30. Mama Bean June 21, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Please to be entered for the contest thanking muchly :)

  31. Andrea June 21, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Definitely would like this book! 

  32. Anna June 21, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway! 

    akladd94 (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. Andrea June 21, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    Also tweeted! :)

  34. madamspeaker June 21, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    I have been wanting to read this since it came out.  Looking forward to the opportunity more now that you have reviewed it so well.  Love this!

  35. Justin June 21, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    As a missionary in Thailand I’d love to be entered.  I know it’d be a bit more expensive to ship, but it be more valued as English books are few and far between here.  Here’s to hoping…  Justin justingravitt at

  36. Suzanne June 21, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    Suzanne Slagell –

  37. the Sooz June 21, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    The Sooz really would like this book.  You have my digits:)

  38. Lindsey Stefan June 21, 2012 at 3:40 am #

    Hooray for giveaways!

  39. CBourns June 21, 2012 at 3:44 am #

    I need this message. Thank you for your voice and transparency, Sarah.

  40. Kimberly June 21, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    a friend of mine just shared with me Bob’s talk at her church in DC…so incredible and convicting!! his book is on my Amazon wish list right now!!

  41. jaclyn s. June 21, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    Sounds like an interesting book full of so many interesting lessons! my email is: jas10n @ 

  42. Kelly Irene June 21, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    Sounds like a book I need to be reading right now! Thanks for your thoughts on it and the reminder to live and to love.

  43. wendy June 21, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    Yes please… sounds good!

  44. Nikki June 21, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    Oh I would love to be considered for this book!!

  45. Janelle - The Opinionated Mama June 21, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    This sounds right my ally! I’d love to read it!

  46. Remy Tongol June 21, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Just shared this post on twitter :) It’s great! But will be in the US in August though. Can this giveaway still work for me? If it does, here’s my email add-

  47. Linden June 21, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Linden Abston

  48. Zuda Gay Pease June 21, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    I would love to read this book.  gpease(at)adams(dot)net

  49. Tiffany Norris June 21, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Sounds like a good one! I’m tiffanydavisnorris at yahoo.

  50. Kelly June 21, 2012 at 10:18 am #


  51. Amanda Pavlik June 21, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Oooooh, I’ve been so eager to read his book as well. Your review makes that desire even stronger! 

    Amanda Pavlik
    pavlik.amanda@gmail:disqus .com


  52. KathleenBasi June 21, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    That sounds like a book that’s right up my alley. Count me in!

  53. Melissa June 21, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    This book is on my list! It’d be great to get it free :)))

  54. Sarah June 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Sounds like a really good book. 
    sjyleroy at yahoo dot com

  55. Lindsay June 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I’d love this book…been wanting to read it for a while. :) lindsay.tweedle (at) gmail (dot) com

  56. Karen Kauffman June 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    I’ve just started reading your blog… linked from the Big Mama Blog.  I’d love to read the book… never heard of the author… it sounds like my kind of book.  Thanks for the inspiring words this morning!

  57. Katie Forte June 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to read this book!

  58. Amyshcohee June 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    This is very generous of your anonymous donor!  amyshcohee AT gmail DOT com

  59. Chelsie June 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Donald Miller is one of my favorites and I’ve been interested in reading Bob’s book for a while. Thank you for the opportunity!
    chelsjoy at hotmail dot com

  60. dorothea78 June 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    I would LOVE to read this book!

  61. Susan June 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I recently checked our library to see if they had this book, but no luck. I would love a copy!

  62. Wendi McCallum June 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Sounds so great! I would love to read this.

  63. Ashley Mann June 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Sounds really great.

  64. emilyreal June 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I’d love to read it.

  65. Kaybelle June 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Sounds awesome. I’d love to read it.

  66. Kelseybek June 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Ooh Ooh Sounds intriguing! 

  67. Theresaalicependant June 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    I remember him from Donald Miller’s book. That was one of many stories that gave me new courage to live after some soul-crushing disappointments. Sounds like Bob has more good stories.

    Theresa Musante

    TheresaAlicePendant at

    • Theresaalicependant June 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

       LOL still getting used to my married name. It’s actually Theresa Pendant now.

  68. Addie Zierman June 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Love this: “Love has an imagination.” It seems so obvious, but I’d never thought about it that way. Would love a copy of the book! addiezierman at gmail.

  69. Deckled Edges June 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Sounds wonderful!  decklededgesblog at gmail dot com

  70. timjnx June 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Sounds interesting! I’ve tweeted and FB shared your page! tim at jinkerson dot co dot uk

  71. timjnx June 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Oh, and I’ed it and google+’ed it. So many social networks!

  72. Julie June 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Interesting review. I like how you are not wanting to get a complex because I get that feeling. It would be neat to read this. Thanks for the chance!

  73. Evie Vetsch June 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Sounds like a book I’d love to read too.  barefootcanadian AT

  74. jmverm June 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    would love to read this! Thank you.

  75. Brittaney June 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Ooh, I would love to read this book. I could use a compassionate challenge. You have my email.

  76. Rose Atkinson June 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Count me in your random draw  — @RoseAtk:twitter

  77. lmmckay June 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Hi Sarah, Please add me to the list – lisamckaywriting (at) gmail (dot) com. Hope you’re well. Loved your post the other day about your conversation with Anne. 

  78. amesnd June 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Love is my word of the year. Thefamilysnead at Yahoo dot com

  79. the Blah Blah Blahger June 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Hmmmmm…this has given me a lot to think about. I need to grab this book!

  80. Lucy June 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Hi!  I’m Lucy, my email is lpleticha monkeytail g mail dot com and I’d love to read this book!  I just put it on my queue but thanks for a chance to win a copy! 

  81. pastordt June 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Love, love this review, Sarah. And I don’t need a freebie – I’ll order it. Two, in fact – one for each of our Kindles here in this house. Sounds like a perfect next read. (I went to Storyline two weeks ago and heard about Bob – even saw a picture or two – what a guy, what a life.)

  82. Sarah Cooper June 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Thank you to the kind benefactors! :)

  83. Kesha June 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Outstanding review, Sarah! I was also wary of the book because I’m so tired of trying to be awesome “for Jesus” and not measuring up. So as another weary soul, this book was a crystal river of encouragement. I told my husband every story after each chapter I read, and it moved his heart, too. It even improved our marriage, which was going through a rocky period, so that was an unexpected bonus! I’ve already purchased the book for others. I don’t need to be entered into the giveaway–everybody should take the opportunity to read this wonderful book!

  84. Vicki June 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Sounds like a book I need to read! email:

  85. Betty Randall June 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Another book to add to my must-read list :)


  86. Tara June 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    I would love to read this book.  tarachatham(at)gmail(dot)com.

  87. Tara June 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    I also tweeted about this givewawat. tara_22

  88. pamhogeweide June 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Evangelical Hero complex. I am so going to have to quote you!

    thanks for getting his book on my radar. will add it to my wish pile. i am a huge, huge fan of reclaiming a meaningful, rich life in the obscurity of the ordinary daily grind. I nearly published a book on this but went another direction instead. it still pulses within me and perhaps in the future i’ll write it. love hearing what others have to say on purposeful living in the here and right now and small and random. We are each living our best life Now for now is all we have!!!

  89. Kelly J Youngblood June 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    I keep hearing that name…probably from your retweets!  Would love to win a copy.  You can email me at kellyjyoungblood at gmail dot com.

  90. Anastasia Borisyuk June 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Would love to read it :) anastasia at eco-babyz dot com

  91. Dixie Hill June 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    I love outreach in all it’s forms and want to read this book!!  “Love Does” should be the new cry of volunteers that want to spread the Gospel and love for Jesus, and all those made in His image..and remember that “nothing is impossible with God!”

  92. amy June 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    would love to have a copy of this book! Amy Schamehorn amyreuban@gmail:disqus .com

  93. Swimmernurse June 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    sarah @
    posted to my facebook pagereading this left me really encouraged today.

  94. CarolH June 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    It would be very nice to win and get the opportunity to read Love Does.


  95. Jeff Bickley June 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    I would love an opportunity to read the book.  Jeff Bickley,   

  96. Shelbey June 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    I’ve been dying to read this book! Shelbey- shelbey02atyahoodotcom

  97. michelle June 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    I’ve had my eye on that book for a while now.  If I don’t win it I’m just going to have to buck up and buy it. :)  Thanks for the post.

  98. Erik Pasco June 22, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    sign me up: erikpasco aaaat gmail dot com

  99. JennCallingHome June 22, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    Sounds intriguing. Count me in….  boise baked at yahoo dot com

  100. Heather M. June 22, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    Sarah, I just recently found your blog and have been devouring your posts since. Thank you for writing and being honest and sharing your heart. I have been SO blessed reading your words. 

  101. suzannah {the smitten word} June 22, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    this is on my to-read list for sure. 

  102. Cynthia June 22, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    I must read this book!

  103. Dre June 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Wow that’s crazy awesome! sounds like a good book. I started a new bible study last night, and one of the girls had that on the coffee table… :) 

  104. Dre June 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Wow that’s crazy awesome! sounds like a good book. I started a new bible study last night, and one of the girls had that on the coffee table… :) 

  105. Dre June 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    and i’ve tweeted ;) 

  106. Dre June 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    and i’ve tweeted ;) 

  107. Jenn LeBow June 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Okay, okay, I give in!  I keep hearing about this book and trying to turn away from it in my head because if it’s a trend I don’t want to get swept up in it, but all these people I like online love it and yes, okay, now I really do want to read it. :)

  108. Cat June 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Interesting! catwise11 at gmail dot com

  109. Meg Augustine June 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Well this just sounds lovely.  megaugustine(at)gmail(dot)com 

  110. Shay Hudson June 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    I also “met” Bob in Donald Miller’s book. Looking forward to reading his book whether I win the giveaway or not!


  111. pml June 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Yes please I’d love to read it.

  112. Carolvinson June 23, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    Would love to read this!

  113. Tbdunkerley June 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I couldn’t agree with you more Sarah…This man has a fantastic gift of tell stories and being able to spread the gospel all at the same time. I LOVE THIS BOOK! 

  114. Tara June 24, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    I’ve seen/heard many recommendations. Would love to read it! You can reach me at tarastepp06(at)aol(dot)com.

  115. Lyndsey June 24, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    oh, i’d love a book! lyndseygraves at yahoo dot com

  116. Rebekah Ruth June 24, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    I keep hearing about this book and now I’m really excited to read it. Thank you, Sarah, for your “prolific blogging.” I love hearing your thoughts which remind me a little bit of poetry that doesn’t rhyme. You can reach me at  I am tweeting this blog post as well!

  117. Candace June 24, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    I read about Bob Goff in Donald Miller’s book too, and have since been intrigued by his story! I’d love to read his book!
    cladd at

  118. Katy-Anne June 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I would like to read this. 

    katyanne85 (at) gmail dot com

  119. Shannon Stoltzfus June 25, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    I’d love this book as well.  But either way thanks for sharing your and his voice.  - Shannon

  120. Sharon June 25, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Just stumbled across your blog.  You write beautifully!  This book looks great! Sharon

  121. Robin June 25, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Robin Zastrow

    amishrabbit at gmail dot com

  122. Tweetrachel June 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Im dying to read this book. Yay
    Rachel Tweet

  123. Amanda Williams June 27, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Yes please. Been dying to read it. 
    lifeeditedblog at gmail dot com

  124. Amanda Williams June 27, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Twitterededed about the giveaway goodness @life_edited. :)

  125. Jenn June 27, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    This one is on my Chapters wish list. I’ve heard great things about it from a few people now. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  126. JennaDeWitt June 27, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Book PR = yet another thing you are talented at, Sarah. Geez. haha
    (of course, I RT him almost daily too so I suppose I should read his book anyway…)

    Name: Jenna DeWitt
    Email: jennadewitt@gmail:disqus .com

  127. Jennifer Cook June 27, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Gotta love a book that “does” less for the sake of impacting more…

  128. Janegardner33 June 27, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Have been reading your blog posts for a month, maybe more…always a bright spot in my day and in my spirit– to live free. Would love to win a copy of Bob Goff’s book to learn more about enjoying the journey! Congrats on your book deal. This fellow sister and writer can only imagine your joy…”in which change the world with symbols on paper or screen.” May our God annoint and strengthen you to find and speak truth and love. janegardner3

  129. Megan June 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Oh, I so want to read this.  It’s so easy to feel down that I’m blogless, anonymous, simple, but I want to be inspired to just love more and be incredible right here and now!  Thanks, Sarah!  meganjenk at gmail

  130. Karenwatt June 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Would love to win this book and will share on Facebook.

  131. Stephanie June 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    “Secretly Incredible.” I like that.

    Also: I just read Bob Goff’s bio. Awesome. I’m going to follow him on twitter post-haste. 

  132. rachieannie June 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I’ve heard so much about this book, probably mostly from you :-) I would LOVE to get a copy, as yes, it seems that our faith only matters if it’s done on a stage. Or it seems like everyone is getting a stage, except me. Sigh. There is more to life than stagework!


  133. Crystal June 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I read it too and LOVED it. Enjoyed your observations.

  134. Faith Bilyeu July 2, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Would love this. Thanks, Sarah.

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