Books like Love Does are a real treasure to me for the inspiration they provide and the kick in the pants that I desperately need to get moving. For those looking for a book with a heavy theological discussion, I wouldn’t recommend it because Goff’s goal is not to be a theologian. Instead he wants his readers to act rather than just think about acting. Here’s a quote that I think captures the essence of his message.
I don’t think anyone aims to be typical, really. Most people even vow to themselves some time in high school or college not to be typical. But still, they just kind of loop back to it somehow. Like the circular rails of a train at an amusement park, the scripts we know offer a brand of security, of predictability, of safety for us. But the problem is, they only take us where we’ve already been. They loop us back to places where everyone can easily go, not necessarily where we were made to go. Living a different kind of life takes some guts and grit and a new way of seeing things.
It isn’t a new message, to be honest. How many times have you heard that worthwhile things take lots of hard work and aren’t easy to achieve? I think I’ve heard that a few thousand times in my life, yet I can resonate with “scripts” that “loop us back to places where everyone can easily go, not necessarily where we were made to go.” For all the times I’ve heard that message I have never really taken it to heart.
So, if that’s you, I’d recommend you read Love Does because it will reinforce that push to color outside of the lines that we must embrace to avoid mediocrity.