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Recently I was captivated by Bob Goff’s book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World. There were so many gems and I truly loved his perspective. I quickly read his wife Maria’s book, Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want, as well, to get her perspective on their life. Both were fascinating and encouraging.
Some of my favorite stories in both books revolve around their relationship with their kids and the adventures they had together as a family.
So when the opportunity to review Bob Goff’s newest book, Love Does for Kids, I jumped at the chance.
Bob writes the book with his daughter, Lindsey Goff Viducich, and I love that! She is an elementary school teacher, so her input certainly helped shape the book to appeal to a younger audience.
The thick hardcover book is sturdy and seems to have been crafted to withstand the sometimes rough treatment books for kids often receive. The size of the book it not much larger than an adult’s hand, making it easier for children to handle.
The book is divided into 46 short stories, each about 5-6 pages long, including a page or two of illustrations to highlight the story.
This first story is entitled Mistakes. The story talks about how we all make mistakes but that the TRUTH is that God can and does use our mistakes to shape us into the wonderful person he’s crafting us into.
Each story starts out with a personal anecdote from Bob, leads into a Biblical story, often highlighting how Jesus sees us and our identity in Him, and then encourages the young person to live in a way that walks out Jesus’ love for us and others.
The illustrations are rich and fun and will keep kids’ attention.
The stories aren’t too long and quickly move from Bob’s story to Jesus’ story and then application.
Each story only takes a few minutes to read. I think this would make a great nightly devotional book for parents to read to and with their kids. It would also function well as a book for older elementary kids or middle school kids to read on their own.
Bob addresses kids directly in the book and there are often questions for kids to think through their answers in the middle of the text. Since the questions are interspersed, it doesn’t feel like “homework” and instead challenges kids to think through important concepts.
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