June 14, 2012

LOVE DOES: DISCOVER A SECRETLY INCREDIBLE LIFE IN AN ORDINARY WORLD is just about the most life-affirming book i’ve ever read. it’s wonderful. it is the feel-good read of the summer. also, the cover reminds me of the film Up, which i love.

reading LOVE DOES, you’ll smile. you will laugh out loud. you may cry. you’ll look at love and life differently after reading this book.

the author is Bob Goff. he’s a man with his hands in a lot. he teaches. he writes. he’s a lawyer. he founded Restore International, a non-profit that fights injustices committed against children in India and Uganda.

in the foreword for LOVE DOES , Donald Miller, author of the excellent Blue Like Jazz and Searching for God Knows What, says “Bob Goff has had a greater impact on my life than any person I’ve known.”

if you read this book, Bob Goff will have an impact on your life.

this is what good books and good writing does to us: it impacts us. it leaves a mark. good books and good writing leaves an impression on our hearts, minds, and souls.

LOVE DOES is part autobiography, part philosophy. it’s part religion, part real-life. LOVE DOES is a great read.

love acts, love does. love does things for others.

“love lifts us up where we belong.” “all you need is love.” “love is a many-splendored thing.”

love does.

Bob Goff is a character. more than that, though, he has character. it shines through in his stories, his writing, and his love.

LOVE DOES is an excellent book. read it.

and more importantly, make sure our love does…

for more information about Bob Goff, LOVE DOES, and the work Bob is involved in, check out his website, Bob is on Twitter as well, @bobgoff.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson.”


Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: LUKE

June 11, 2012

David Lyle Jeffrey is a professor of literature and humanities at Baylor University and professor emeritus of English literature at the University of Ottawa. he has written several books and his latest is Luke from the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series.

each edition in the series contains the wonderful “Series Preface” that sets the stage for the entire series and the text that follows. a statement on the back cover of Luke is helpful as well. it reads…

“The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret scripture creedally for the twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other orthodox Christians did for their times and places. Luke, like each commentary in the series, is designed to serve the church and demonstrate the continuing influence and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.”

Jeffrey’s contribution to the series is excellent. Luke is well-written and a delight to read. Jeffrey is a poet of theological reflection and a scholar of Biblical studies.

The Gospel According to Luke contains some of Christ’s most beautiful stories and statements. in Luke, Jeffrey brings them to life and offers wonderful insight and commentary for the Church right here, right now.

my personal favourite chapter in Luke is 15. for too long, though, we’ve simply called these stories “The Parable of the Lost…” Jeffrey calls them “Parables of Redemption.” i love that. these parables are more about something being found, being redeemed, than being lost.

Luke is a wonderful book for theological reflection on the Biblical text of Luke.

i highly recommend it.

for more information on Luke, other editions of Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, and other great books from BrazosPress, see

“Book has been provided courtesy of BrazosPress and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from BrazosPress, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.