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Thanks to everyone who has been reading Love Does. Because of you, we’ve been able to build a school in Uganda and get on the NYT Best Sellers List! Check out this video for a special thanks from Bob Goff, and a surprise ending. No one makes a splash quite like Bob!
11 Apr 2012
Love Does is now on the New York Times Best Sellers List!
Love Does shares powerful stories coupled with eye-opening truths and empowers anyone who longs for a better world and a richer faith.
You don’t need another Christian message or a self-help book. You need to have your paradigms about the world shifted into truth. That’s exactly what you get in Love Does. Have you ever noticed that the real change in your life-the growth that sticks and becomes a part of you-never happens with a program or the sheer grit of your best efforts? It happens over time, like a glacier slowly carving valleys through the mountains.
In this book of compelling stories coupled with eye-opening truths, author Bob Goff shows you a new way to live, a way that’s drenched with the whimsy of God’s love and the spontaneity of following where he leads when he says “Go!” In this book, you learn what it looks like to be secretly incredible and advance God’s kingdom everywhere you are and wherever you’re going.
For anyone who’s wanted to change the world but thought they needed money, a committee, and permission to get started, Love Does shows what can happen when you decide to do instead of plan, act instead of strategize, and fiercely, invisibly fight for the possibility God has gifted you to uniquely see.
Looking to buy Love Does? Click here.
30 Dec 2011
This is my last in a series of three posts.
I’ve been talking about a group of people who made something, literally out of nothing, in Northern Uganda. What they started out with was an empty field and some dirt; what they’re going to end up with soon is a school for 250 high school students. These are kids from IDP camps, kids who were child soldiers or in other ways were affected by Uganda’s twenty plus year civil war. The folks building this school didn’t surround themselves with rolls of plans or a bunch of meetings, they surrounded themselves with a community of people and a big idea. They sent me a video a few weeks ago while they were still stacking bricks to show the progress.
When they started, I got a call and they said they had just made the first brick out of what they had – dirt, and they were putting put it in place. This morning I got an email from these same guys. Sixty thousand bricks later, they told me that the buildings which were in process in the video had all been completed, they had just put the last brick in place today and the buildings were ready to start putting roofs on. It reminds me of the people who followed Jesus. He took what they brought to Him, even if seemed like an impossible idea, a community of friends and some dirt. And somehow He multipled it into something better; something more useful; something which would serve others. And the hope created and then left over in the process, could fill a dozen baskets.
29 Dec 2011
I told you yesterday about a group of people who got an idea to build a school in the bush in Northern Uganda. A couple of them packed up their things, moved to an empty field in Africa and just started building. That’s it. They just started. And they were so busy thinking about all of the possibilities, they forgot about all of the obstacles.
Jesus talked a lot about just starting too. He said that if we just started, it could change everything. And a couple people took Him up on it. He also said that if they just started, they’d risk being misunderstood. He told His friends that people would even think they were crazy for living thier lives this way – but like the disciples, these guys packed up their things and went with Him into this adventure. They didn’t have a plan or a committee or even tools; just a big idea about a big God. God, who came as a kid, who said He loves kids and said we’d learn a lot from kids too, if we’d just make time and a place for them in our lives. This group of people decided to make time and a place for 250 kids. Look at what’s happening.
What seems impossible to you, that you’re ready to start?
28 Dec 2011
I was pretty proud of myself when I made a picture frame once. The reason I was so proud is that I had to overcome so many obstacles to build it. First, it took me a while to find just the right wood. Then I went to the store and bought an expensive circular saw to make a couple mitered cuts. Then I had to buy some expensive wood glue and then even more expensive clamps to hold the pieces I cut together. After a couple days and a whole bunch of money, I stood with a pile of tools behind me holding the crooked frame I’d built.
Let me tell you about a couple guys who moved from San Diego and from the Pacific Northwest to Gulu, Uganda this year and are building an entire school campus – out of dirt! They figured out, with my law partner and some friends in Gig Harbor, how to compress the clay in the dirt, with a little cement, into blocks and are making state of the art buildings out in the bush – with nothing. You won’t believe what these guys are doing to build a school for the 250 kids and 30 teachers at the Restore Academy in Northern Uganda.
It reminds me of the creation story in Genesis, but it’s even cooler in a way, because I know these guys. They’re just like me and you, actually. And they had a lot of questions, probably like the disciples did. They asked me what construction materials we had to work with and I told them – “dirt”. They asked if there was water and I told them there wasn’t – so they dug a well with freinds at Water4. They asked how much money they had to spend and I told them – “not much”. They asked how many trained construction people they would have to help them out and I told them – “none”. Then they asked who would train the workers if they could find some and I said – “you”. So they asked when they had to finish the school construction by and I told them – “February 2012″.
They looked at each other, looked back at me, crossed their arms at the same time and said with one voice ….
You’ve got to see what these secretly incredible guys from the Restore Academy in Uganda have done. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as I’ve tried to follow Jesus, it’s that the poeple that do, often don’t know what an obstacle is anymore.
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