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Who is Bob Goff?

April 1st, 2014 Posted in CHRI
love_does_1My sister returns from the Leadership Summit: “Ashley you have to find out who Bob Goff is, he’s the coolest”.  A friend tells me, “You must read Love Does by Bob Goff, I read it twice in one week”! Another friend shares, “Guys, guess who just called me?  Bob Goff! He’s seriously my hero.”  Okay, now I really do need to find out who this Bob Goff character is.Last month I had the opportunity to take a mini-break from the never ending Ottawa winter and head down to sunny Barbados with my friend, Amy.  We took in the waves, sunshine and local flying-fish sandwiches.  In the shade of my blue umbrella I picked up the book that so many had told me about “Love Does” by Bob Goff. My mind was pushed to ponder, wonder and dream.  Bob Goff does not simply live life he LOVES life.  He actively chooses to see the good in others & fights for others to LOVE life with him.  He believes God is relational, that God works through us and is eager to partner with us to accomplish big and small moments in our lives.bob_goff“Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget… [We need to] just land the plane on our plans to make a difference by getting to the “do” part of faith. That’s because love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.”Bob Goff shares simple, yet not at all simple stories from his adventure filled life.  The stories will inspire you, challenge you but most of all they will lift you to believe life can still be full of excitement and wonder!

Bob doesn’t over-spiritualize life, he does do things as a gimmick rather he encourages us to be open to every opportunity, to not over think every moment but to seize and simply go. This may sound like an ordinary Christian book but there is nothing ordinary about Bob Goff.  Nothing typical about the man who allowed his 3 children to take a year off of elementary school to travel the globe to meet with World Leaders simply to ask the leaders what they secretly, truly hope for.  Or the man who every morning, gets up before his wife, sneaks into their garden to find a fresh rose, and leaves it for her somewhere as a surprise.  Or the man who schedules important meetings at Disneyland, and when possible, chauffeur associates in the sidecar of his old-fashioned motorcycle. what is a cloud . It’s why he’s made spontaneous snow angels with diplomats who’ve forgotten how to laugh and sent flowers to the lady who totaled his jeep. expired domains It’s the reason he helped sneak a dying friend out of the hospital in a seaplane—tubes and all—to surprise the grieving family at their favorite retreat.  Nothing is simple or ordinary about Bob Goff.

According to Goff, the ultimate purpose is to “leak Jesus”—and to do it without getting caught up in receiving the credit or wondering who noticed. “He’s the one really making things happen, anyway.”

And about that phone call my friend received, Bob promises to be approachable & available to everyone who encounters his work.  In order to stay true to his word, he’s published his cell number at the end of the book. You could be his next call!

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ashleyBy Ashley Elliott

Ashley Elliott is a passionate activist in the fight against human trafficking.  She loves to share stories from her travels, with a goal of helping shed light on the issue of modern day slavery.  She is most often found, iPhone in hand, connecting with the world via social media.  Ashley is the Promotions Coordinator at Family Radio CHRI in Ottawa, Canada.  Follow Ashley @ashleylelliott

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