How complicated is Christianity? At times religious people can make it seem distant and hard to understand, but Jesus said that unless we come as little children, we can’t enter the kingdom of God. So if you want to read a book that is a breath of fresh air, check out Love Does by Bob Goff.
Bob was drawn to Christianity by people who lived out their faith in unpretentious ways. A high school friend told Bob about Jesus after they had gotten into a BB gun fight that left a pellet in Bob. They had fun together and his friend’s faith seemed very real.
Later Bob decided to drop out of high school. When he told his youth leader, that man decided to go camping with Bob for several days. He didn’t lecture Bob – he just was with him. Bob got his head back on straight and returned to school, and was forever impacted by this young newlywed man who simply walked alongside him.
Deep within his heart, Bob realized that love is all about doing, not just talking. In chapter after chapter he tells stories about living out faith with a joy that is absolutely contagious. He eventually became a lawyer (against all odds), and began a ministry in Uganda to free young people from sex trafficking and severe injustice.
I am challenged, because Bob Goff lives out his faith in practical ways that are very convicting. I believe in planning and strategy, but sometimes we waste time talking when we could get to work, love the people we are with, and put feet to our faith. If you read this book, be prepared to laugh a lot and probably find yourself saying, I wish my faith was more like Bob’s!