I seem to have this funny theme in my life of always running into Bob Goff, but never meeting him. It’s honestly hilarious at this point the number of times we’ve been in the same room. A couple years ago I went to lunch at work, and he was also eating lunch there. This past year, I attended three different conferences in three different states, in which, Bob spoke at all three. So here’s my faithful pledge next time, I’ll say hi.
I was eager to start Everybody Always as I loved Bob’s first book, Love Does in 2015. I also loved Maria (Bob’s wife) Goff’s Love Lives Here. (Read my review here.) I love listening to audiobooks on long drives or while folding laundry, and when I learned Everybody Always was recorded on Audible by Bob himself, I downloaded right away.
This book focuses on “becoming love.” And I love that about Bob Goff. Having crossed paths with him many times, I have been able to see that for him, it’s not about understanding love or having a correct definition of love, it’s about stepping out and becoming. When I heard him speak at the past couple conferences a line he said got under my skin- not because I disagreed, but because I felt so challenged and compelled.
“Go. Go and find the people that creep you out the very most and love them.”
I had just read Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness (review here) challenging me to “move in” because people are “hard to hate close up.” And Bob Goff’s words reminded me of how often I fall short of loving “those people.”
When we draw a bigger circle around us in the world like grace did, God’s loving kindness gives us bigger and newer identities.
I love Bob’s writing style and even have used it as an example at writer’s conferences when some more tenured friends just cannot seem to understand “those Millennials.” (Funny how sometimes we, ourselves, are the ones people have to walk across the line to love.) He tells wild and crazy stories that made me laugh, cry, and have chills all over. Then, he draws connections to the nature and character of God and who He calls us to be packing many heavier punches than I ever thought possible.
Sometimes when we ask God for an answer, He sends us a friend.
Jesus promised to be a voice they could trust. All they had to do was run toward it.
Bob simplifies what we overcomplicate emphasizing the theme that Jesus never gathered people around Him to agree with Him; instead, He gathered people around Him to go and be like Him. Bob challenges believers to love bravely, deeply, and to never overlook our own personal transformation in the process.