An Interview with Bob Goff [Video]

Bob Goff is one of the most amazing men I have ever met. I don’t think I know anyone else who is as adventurous as he is. I certainly don’t know anyone who is a better storyteller.

I first read about Bob in Don Miller’s delightful book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Shortly after that, Don introduced me to him. Then, I had the privilege of spending a few days with Bob and his wife, Maria, at their beautiful home in British Columbia.

Several months later, Don sent me the manuscript for Bob’s new book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World. Though I rarely read books from first time authors, I devoured this one. I read it from start to finish in one sitting.

What is the book about? It’s really a series of paradigm shifts disguised as stories. These stories are assembled to prove one thesis: Love is not merely about thoughts and feelings. it is about taking action. Or, as the title of his books says, love does.

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Bob about his book. I asked him the following questions:

  • I know you are doing something special with the royalties for this book. Can you tell us about that?
  • How did you get into law school? (This is one of my favorite stories ever.)
  • You used to think that Jesus was a guy in a robe who was mad at everyone. When did that change for you?
  • Can you elaborate on the difference between knowing and doing?
  • How do you get done everything you do? It sometimes seems like there are three of you!
  • What do you say to the person who says, “Bob Goff is an exception; I don’t have those resources or creativity?”

Love Does is pure inspiration. If you listen to Bob talk about it in this brief interview, you’ll get a little flavor of what to expect in the book.

I gave away 50 copies of Love Does. To qualify, my readers had to comment below. You can find the list of winners here.
Question: Why do you want a copy of Bob’s new book? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • Laura Dallas

    I would like a copy. I just attended the Wild Goose Festival and am feeling more inspired than ever to put my faith into practice, but I just don’t know where or how to start. I am a poor manager of my personal time.

  • Donna Cooper

    I want to, I NEED TO, give this book to my Pastor!  I’d love to give one to every person in my church.  Truly  one of the best books I’ve ever read.  This is my Facebook post today:  “I am about halfway through this book, and I am convinced that it is one
    of the most bestest books ever penned. Seriously. YOU HAVE JUST GOT TO
    READ IT!! It will inspire you! It will make you laugh! It will make
    you wonder! It will make your jaw drop
    with unbelief! It will make you laugh out loud (even in a public
    place)! It will make you want to keep reading! It will make you sad
    with the thought that this book will have a last page! (But my guess is
    you’ll keep writing more pages after you read it) Because that is what
    LOVE DOES.” Plus, today is my birthday (really!) so what a cool gift, right? 

  • Lidia Sentosa

    Hi, Michael…
    I’m attracted by your words : paradigm shift because I’m in the process of writing about paradigm shift in the 21st century. I still don’t find a suitable story to quote in my e-book. Hope I can find one in “love Does”.
    Btw, my e-book will be given free as a gift for my readers and will never for sale purposes. I’ll send you one when it’s done (if you don’t mind).


  • Jake Denning

    I would highly envy a copy of Bob’s book. I went to the first Storyline conference that Donald Miller ran in Portland, OR, and Bob literally flew out to say hello to all of us and help Don move furniture…and then off he goes back home. WOW!

    I really would like to read Love Does, but at this current season, I don’t have the budget to buy books right now. I’ve heard great things about this book, and I’d like to read it for myself.


  • CathyS

    Actually, I couldn’t wait for a free copy of Bob’s book. I just went out and bought the audio book for my Kindle ASAP … and I was not disappointed. Thanks, Bob Goff!

  • Michael McClure

    Fabulous interview Michael – thanks. I’d love to receive a copy of Love Does partly because you endorse it. But also because I was meeting with a leadership team last night and we were having trouble finding the ‘connective tissue’ for an project we’re working on. When I heard that interview it just became so obvious what we were missing…”whimsy”. That one thing alone will give such power to our idea and I’m grateful for that. So if the rest of the book is anything like this few minutes in the interview then this is one I want on my shelf.

  • noelk

    Very interesting interview – knowing vs loving and the idea of “with us.”  Can’t wait to read


    I want a copy to practically live out the love revolution. Thank you for sharing.

  • Laurie Barker Copeland

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE Bob!!!!  (As a writer, I know I’m not supposed to use so many exclamation points, but Bob deserves them!!) A Million Miles in a Thousand Years became my favorite book of the year, and I bought a copy for every member of my extended family.  Bob was the main reason I loved it so.  While reading the book, I posted a status on my facebook page, “I want to be like Bob”, knowing those who attended my college aged book club would get it and agree.  They did.  Bob is an inspiration to all.  And yes, I want his book, and I STILL want to be like Bob.  :) 

  • Jwhite

    I am a writer and I’m always studying the craft of writing and looking for books of inspiration to make me a better Christian and and better writer.

  • Nick Palkowski

    I believe strongly and speak on the topic of taking action and feel that love must be the foundation of an influential leader.

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