He Answered the Phone

Bob Goff Love Does

I cannot recommend this read highly enough.

I’ve really been enjoying the weather these past few days. My younger son and I have been lying out in the sun while the dog gets muddy in the creek. I’ve been reading Bob Goff’s wonderful tome Love Does to him. It has mud splatters all of the pages now from the dog racing around wildly from the joy of being free to play in the creek.

I saw that Goff had put his number in the back of the book with an invitation to call him if anyone wanted to talk about ideas. I took him up on it.

I told my son, who was laying on the ground toying with a piece of grass, “I wonder what will happen if I call this number?”

No way did I ever think he was going to answer the phone. I thought perhaps there’d be an answering machine with a friendly invitation to leave a message about the idea I liked the best. Something like that. But no, he answered. One the first ring, no less, with a jolly, “Hello, this is Bob!”

So I asked him about his Bible Doing groups. He told me how the idea was to spend less time agreeing with what Jesus said and more time doing it. I agreed. He told me that his group had been together for a few years and that they didn’t spend a whole lot of time talking about doing things, but went and actually did stuff.

When the call ended, I was all excited. I told my son, “I just talked to the author of this awesome book!” Keep in mind that for a writer, getting to chat with a New York Times bestselling author is a bit like a normal person getting hang out with Brad Pitt for a while.

My kid just looked at me and kinda rolled his eyes.

I’m excited though. A few other people are on board with this idea, and instead of meeting at my house on Mondays, we’re going to meet at Java Jacks at 6:30. Maybe we’ll move it to living rooms after people are comfortable with one another.

I can’t wait to see how Jesus will pour out of our lives.

4 Thoughts.

  1. Wow. We have SO much to catch up on. Sorry to hear some of your pains. I’m praying for you. But I’m woefully behind on news. Email me your contact details please. =)

  2. That is great!

    You know, people say “we should hang out sometime”. And sometimes I do take them up on the offer. I have not called a best selling author before, but I know some popular bloggers do actively respond to emails and Facebook interactions with people they don’t really know.

    Speaking of randomly calling, I have called 1-800-Mix-A-Lot. You know, the phone number from the song “Baby Got Back”. And I got this recording that says something along the line of “Are you lonely? Call this number 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx” It might have been a singles hotline or something.

    I am glad to hear you are taking action and putting something together!

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