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Luv is a Verb (52 Weeks of Book Challenge Week Fourteen)

I hate recycling blog post titles (read the original here), but when a good one works for more than one application? Well, I'm going to try to not beat myself up about it too much.

Also, there might have been a song that inspired the original post title. Watch the video, if you dare. Otherwise, feel free to scroll down to the review.

Love Does: Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
Bob Goff, 2012, Thomas Nelson

Love Does is a collection of stories from the life of the author, Bob Goff. The stories within the book center around a single idea - that love is not passive. It lives, it moves, it breathes, it... well, it does. 

Why I Read It:
Well, this was another one of the half a dozen or so books I downloaded before I went to Kenya back in the fall with the intention of reading on the plane. I should know better by now.

Probably not going to be a surprise to read the words, "I loved it."  Because, overall, I did love it. The stories were written in clear, understandable language. I felt like I was sitting across the table in a coffee shop or in the middle of an auditorium at some points, listening to a man tell stories about his life with a lot of humility and (yes) a lot of love. His call to action - to love, to not hesitate to act - is not difficult to catch, but also not written in a way that makes you cringe every time you come across it by the end.

The only complaint I have feels a little bit like I'm nitpicking, but sometimes things are just that good. While I can't at the moment cite them, there were a few stories where I got the point well before the end of the chapter and had a harder time motivating myself to read through to the next chapter.  A few out of more than twenty stories, though, is not much to worry about in my book.

It's easy to sit back and watch life go by, to reason that there will probably be another opportunity later. That's not always true. Sometimes that opportunity to stop, to choose to say yes and let love be an action rather than an object doesn't come again. I know there have been some opportunities I've had, people I would never have known or come to love if I had passed them by. Maybe it's time to trying saying yes a little more often.

52 Weeks of Books Challenge? What is that? What book is Cat reviewing next week?


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