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.

  • C.C. @ I’m On My Way

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

  • Gregory Jeffers

    Greg Jeffers


  • C.C. @ I’m On My Way

    Tweeted about the giveaway cc AT thealmons DOT com

  • hopejem

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

  • C.C. @ I’m On My Way

    Posted on FB cc AT thealmons DOT com

  • from two to one

    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! 

  • from two to one

    Also retweeted.

  • from two to one

    And shared on Facebook :)

  • lizzykristine

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

  • Amy Nabors (@amykiane)

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

  • Kristen

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

  • Jenn

    It’s on my list for sure!

  • Becca

    Becca Stone –

  • Stephanie

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

  • Q.’ Jeffers

    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.’

  • Melanie Curry

    I’d love this

  • Q.’ Jeffers

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

  • Sara R

    That sounds like a great book.

  • Fieldguidesandfairytales

    I’d love a copy! 

  • Kathleen Froess

    Sounds wonderful!

  • Kalyn

    I’ve really been wanting to read this book!

  • Ripvanpickering

    Mallory Pickering

  • Katherine Hickey

    Katherine Hickey, 

  • Lisa Pippus

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

  • Elizabeth Lehman

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

  • D.L. Mayfield

    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. 

  • Anne J

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

  • Momschool2004

    love it………

  • Lindsey

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

  • Mama Bean

    Please to be entered for the contest thanking muchly :)

  • Andrea

    Definitely would like this book! 

  • Anna

    Thanks for the giveaway! 

    akladd94 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Andrea

    Also tweeted! :)

  • madamspeaker

    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!

  • Justin

    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

  • Suzanne

    Suzanne Slagell –

  • the Sooz

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

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Hooray for giveaways!

  • CBourns

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

  • Kimberly

    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!!

  • jaclyn s.

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

  • Kelly Irene

    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.

  • wendy

    Yes please… sounds good!

  • Nikki

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

  • Janelle – The Opinionated Mama

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

  • Remy Tongol

    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-

  • Linden

    Linden Abston

  • Zuda Gay Pease

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

  • Tiffany Norris

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

  • Kelly
  • Amanda Pavlik

    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


  • KathleenBasi

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Sarah

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

  • Lindsay

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

  • Karen Kauffman

    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!

  • Katie Forte

    I’ve been wanting to read this book!

  • Amyshcohee

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

  • Chelsie

    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

  • dorothea78

    I would LOVE to read this book!

  • Susan

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

  • Wendi McCallum

    Sounds so great! I would love to read this.

  • Ashley Mann

    Sounds really great.

  • emilyreal

    I’d love to read it.

  • Kaybelle

    Sounds awesome. I’d love to read it.

  • Kelseybek

    Ooh Ooh Sounds intriguing! 

  • Theresaalicependant

    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

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

  • Addie Zierman

    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.

  • Deckled Edges

    Sounds wonderful!  decklededgesblog at gmail dot com

  • timjnx

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

  • timjnx

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

  • Julie

    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!

  • Evie Vetsch

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

  • jmverm

    would love to read this! Thank you.

  • Brittaney

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

  • Rose Atkinson

    Count me in your random draw  — @RoseAtk:twitter

  • lmmckay

    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. 

  • amesnd

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

  • the Blah Blah Blahger

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

  • Lucy

    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! 

  • pastordt

    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.)

  • Sarah Cooper

    Thank you to the kind benefactors! :)

  • Kesha

    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!

  • Vicki

    Sounds like a book I need to read! email:

  • Betty Randall

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


  • Tara

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

  • Tara

    I also tweeted about this givewawat. tara_22

  • pamhogeweide

    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!!!

  • Kelly J Youngblood

    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.

  • Anastasia Borisyuk

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

  • Dixie Hill

    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!”

  • amy

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

  • Swimmernurse

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

  • CarolH

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


  • Jeff Bickley

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

  • Shelbey

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

  • michelle

    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.

  • Erik Pasco

    sign me up: erikpasco aaaat gmail dot com

  • JennCallingHome

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

  • Heather M.

    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. 

  • suzannah {the smitten word}

    this is on my to-read list for sure. 

  • Cynthia

    I must read this book!

  • Dre

    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… :) 

  • Dre

    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… :) 

  • Dre

    and i’ve tweeted 😉 

  • Dre

    and i’ve tweeted 😉 

  • Jenn LeBow

    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. :)

    • Jenn LeBow

       hobwas at yahoo dot com

      • Jenn LeBow

         Tweeted & Pinned!  :)

  • Cat

    Interesting! catwise11 at gmail dot com

  • Meg Augustine

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

  • Shay Hudson

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


  • pml

    Yes please I’d love to read it.

  • Carolvinson

    Would love to read this!

  • Tbdunkerley

    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! 

  • Tara

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

  • Lyndsey

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

  • Rebekah Ruth

    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!

  • Candace

    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

  • Katy-Anne

    I would like to read this. 

    katyanne85 (at) gmail dot com

  • Shannon Stoltzfus

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

  • Sharon

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

  • Robin

    Robin Zastrow

    amishrabbit at gmail dot com

  • Tweetrachel

    Im dying to read this book. Yay
    Rachel Tweet

  • Amanda Williams

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

  • Amanda Williams

    Twitterededed about the giveaway goodness @life_edited. :)

  • Jenn

    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!

  • JennaDeWitt

    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

  • Jennifer Cook

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

  • Janegardner33

    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

  • Megan

    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

  • Karenwatt

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

  • Stephanie

    “Secretly Incredible.” I like that.

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

  • rachieannie

    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!


  • Crystal

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

  • Faith Bilyeu

    Would love this. Thanks, Sarah.