I love reading, reviewing, and writing but, it seems like I dropped the ball, yet again. The reviewing part of the ball, that is. You can always catch me reading (because that is the easy part), just not writing and posting the reviews. I have no idea why; oh yes, I do. Sewing and quilting, quilting and sewing, and quilting some more is what has taken up my time. I spent months getting ready for Christmas, and now I shall review the books I have been reading. There will be times that you get more than one review, and others that there will be just one. Let’s see how this goes.
Everybody, Always by Bob Goff
New York Times Bestseller!
What happens when we give away love like we’re made of it?
In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.
Driven by Bob’s trademark storytelling, Everybody, Always reveals the lessons Bob learned–often the hard way–about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. Everybody, Always reveals how we can do the same.
Can you guess how many I purchased? Three copies! I would have bought more, but I think other people started doing the same thing so there weren’t anymore at the store. But that is okay!
As soon as I read this book I felt like everyone needed to read it. I knew that I wanted my grandma to read it, and I have several friends that I felt would like to read it. I also know how I can be when someone recommends a book to me. I always have good intentions, but half the time I forget the title. So, I decided to just hand people this book.
This was my first Bob Goff book. He is such an amazing storyteller. I found myself laughing, and “aww”ing through the whole book. He shares many stories of many adventures he has taken, and by adventures I mean meeting people, teaching people, etc. There is Carol (who might be my favorite), the limo driver, Walter, jails/prison socks, crop drops, crocodiles, and witch doctors. Yes, real witch doctors.
I think Bob Goff might have more humdrum days if he didn’t have eyes to see those in need and the opportunities to help. He has encouraged and inspired me to try to have eyes to see, and the courage to step up and love Everybody, Always.
Loving everybody, always is a hard thing to do. I can think of at least two people off the top of my head that I have a hard time loving. I am working on it. Trying to take a few of the quotes from this book, and apply them to my life.
Some Quotes I Liked
“I want people to see you and me and feel like they’ve just met everyone in heaven.”Bob Goff
“Loving people means caring without an agenda.”Bob Goff
“Grace never seems fair until you need some.”Bob Goff
“What a shame it would be if we were waiting for God to say something while He’s been waiting on us to do something.”Bob Goff
These are just a few of the quotes that I need to put on my mirror and read every day.
I accept this challenge to love everybody, always. Do you?
Quick bit about the cover. I heard Bob on a podcast last year sometime talking about the dots on the cover of his book. I was amazed to learn that those colorful dots are not just regular dots. Those are fingerprints. Fingerprints of each of the witch doctors in the school at that time. How cool is that?