I read Love Does a couple years ago and very quickly fell in love with Bob’s writing style. I was pleasantly surprised to discover Maria employs the same style, sharing a story and example and tying it to a deeply profound truth that resonates deeper than you realize in the moment.
Since reading Love Does, I’ve found myself telling the stories Bob shared in lessons I teach and conversations I have. I have already found myself doing the same with Maria’s stories and examples of Love Lives Here.
I think the best way to explain Maria’s focus of “Finding what you need in a world telling you what you want” is in a metaphor she uses. Bob is known for bringing balloons to events all over the world. He is a big, audacious, whimsical personality that I was shocked to find also works as an attorney. Maria shared that whenever they go places Bob brings balloons and she brings string. Maria does not similarly share of huge, crazy adventures. Instead, she shares of loving her neighbors, friends, and family really well. Maria talks about crafting a home where everyone who enters senses and feels the home and safety she has found in Christ.
“His plan from the beginning of time was that love wouldn’t be traded among the noises in our lives; it would be understood in the places of peace. Sometimes when we’re asking Him for an answer, He sends a friend.”
Over the first few pages I found myself writing hearts all over the margins, underlining, and writing the phrase “DON’T SKIP THIS” before the foreword and introduction.
“Faith doesn’t eliminate fears in my life; it lets me know I had someone I could bring them to.”
Maria also offers great insight into walking into your own story and scars in order to truly love people well.
“What I’m learning is that the good news of our faith isn’t found in avoiding the pain, but in living through the loss, walking through the ashes, and stacking back up what we know could burn down again.”
“Preparing soil that someone can grow in is hard work, but it’s not all the work. Preparing your own soil is where the most important tilling is done.”
As I read this book, I quickly began making a list of person after person to give this book to that I love in my life. So if you’re reading this, go ahead and click here to purchase Love Lives Here.