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Today's advertising media often tries to convince you of what you should want. But what do you really need? Author Maria Goff invites readers to step out of accepting opinions, steps, programs, and second-best options and into discovering a life rich in legacy—a life lived with intentionality, passionate purpose, and a little planning.
Goff's Love Lives Here forwards a collection of stories that not only demonstrate a craving for lasting things that matter, but also includes the copious ways Maria and her husband, Bob, have navigated family their own way—without clear instructions or a road map—to embrace the beautiful, meaningful life God wanted for her and wants for all of us. Goff's stories inspire readers to explore and embrace God's intended purpose for living so that they, too, might create space to grow and live a life of love in action.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.56 (inches)|
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Donald Miller (bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz and Scary Close) with Betsy Miller
Jennie Allen, Founder of IF: Gathering and Author of Nothing to Prove
"Maria has cultivated a beautiful heart and home where the Lord dwells richly. Love Lives Here shows us how we can experience amazing joy from the inside out. This book will change you and your family."
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"Love Lives Here is every bit as warm and kind as youd expect from an author known to most of the world as Sweet Maria. But its warmth does not diminish the truth it poignantly and consistently delivers. Reading like a memoir and a lesson book, this collection of vignettes does not stop at being a window into Sweet Maria Goffs life, but rather, its an invitation to step right into her life. If you love the feeling of gaining a new best friend, read this book. If youd ever wondered how a life some may consider quiet can incrementally impact the world, read this book."
—Shelley Giglio, Chief Strategist, sixstepsrecords and Co-founder, Passion Conferences/Passion City Church
"Through every page, I loved discovering the powerful, mighty woman whose gentle voice and warm heart belies her strength."
—Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Chief Storyteller for A21 and best-selling author of Play With Fire
"What a gift to read Love Lives Here and find within it a friend who is as authentic and inviting as Maria Goff. Through her earnest telling of the stories of her life, she provides greater meaning to all our lives. We were thrilled to read this book."
—Donald Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz and Scary Close, with Betsy Miller
"Grace is a contagious force we all crave and Maria contains so much grace it floods you from just a short time with her. May these pages overwhelm you with Gods love and hope that Maria knows so well."
—Jennie Allen, Founder of IF: Gathering and Author of Nothing to Prove
"You're going to enjoy reading a little more in these pages about how we can each make the places where we live, places where love lives too."
—Jeremy Cowart, Photographer, and Founder of the Purpose Hotel
"Maria Goff is the wise, gracious, and witty mentor you always wanted. With hospitality and vulnerability, she invites you to sit in the coziest chair of her home, warm cup in hand, as she tells you her stories. And in the telling, you hear anew your own stories and God's stories too."
—Katherine and Jay Wolf, co-authors & co-founders of Hope Heals
"This book is the hug you didn't know you've always needed. Maria's words of hope, purpose and vulnerability ring true in the deepest parts of my soul, inspiring me to live and love better."
—Ryan ONeal, author of Sleeping At Last
"In a moment in my life when I was desperately looking for direction, God used my friendship with Maria to rekindle in me a long-held vision for hospitality that I'd allowed to be obscured by far less important things. This beautiful book will do that same sacred work for so many people."
—Shauna Niequist, New York Times bestselling author of Present Over Perfect and Savor
"Maria and her words are a gift to everyone searching for love, meaning and a place to belong. My life is brighter and my heart is bigger because of what I experienced on these pages. I cried. I smiled. I felt loved. It's an absolutely incredible book!"
—Mike Foster, author of People of the Second Chance: A Guide To Bringing Life-Saving Love To The World
CGSMOM5 Stars Out Of 5Book ReviewMay 23, 2017CGSMOMQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bob & Maria Goff are known across the world by one word: Love. They have created an inspiring & Christ commanded legacy sewn across the globe by pressing into others & sharing their lives by living out the 2nd most important command, "Love your neighbor."
Most of us want to love well. We were created for it. Love & the joy rooted within the beauty of this emotion, all fruit of the Spirit, provides a universal connection no matter where we roam. The things God has placed inside that give example to His Spirit can never be taken from us & I think that design, that connection with humanity, is the most fascinating thing our Creator left for us to share.
In the book by Maria Goff, Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need In A World Telling You What You Want, the author unwraps the story of her own life & journey. Writing a book of honest reflection instead of another manual of information or steps & instructions on how to live a more meaningful life, she provides a lens to view how she pressed forward, whether it was easy or difficult. It's a book written in honesty & provides the reader with an example of lives well lived through fully loving.
If you are anything like me, as a reader & human, you enjoy hearing stories of truth & relatability. Life shared transparently opens windows & doors that welcome many of us home. Knowing others have ran ahead of us allows us all to know we aren't alone & we will overcome whatever we face.
What Maria & her husband do well is make a home for others through their care; by laying slabs of love & welcoming those who know them into a permanent house of friendship. It's evident in the words spoken by those who share life with the Goff's, they practice what Christ instructed. In a world & sadly a Christian community that so often absorbs success, fame, promotion, & exclusivity, it's refreshing to see people whose lives rotate around bringing a piece of Kingdom down to create pieces of holy space for others, no matter where they trod or what country God leads them to serve.
I hope you'll read this book if you too are searching for something in example of unselfish love & outpouring. Described: Love Lives Here is a collection of stories that include the ways Maria & Bob navigated family their way, without clear instructions or a road map. It's meant to inspire you to think about how to create a space to grow while loving others.
About the Author: Maria Goff has made a career out of loving family, serving her neighbors, turning houses into homes. She & husband Bob, have journeyed to Uganda, Nepal & Iraq to start schools for marginalized children. They have 3 adult children & live in San Diego where they dream of fun & adventures yet to be had with their growing family.
Hollyn (The Ed-venturous Homeschooler)5 Stars Out Of 5MeaningfulApril 3, 2017Hollyn (The Ed-venturous Homeschooler)Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Every mother should be reading this book! With the busy and chaotic nature of our current family culture, Maria Goff reminds us that our most treasured gifts are the ones sitting at our table and living next door! This is a guide of sorts about how to be more present with those you love on a daily basis and why it's important. If you are not hooked in the first few chapters hang on tight because it just keeps getting better! I have already gifted it to three other people!
Andy5 Stars Out Of 5Love Lives Here - Blissfully SimpleApril 2, 2017AndyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I want to start this review with a statement that I believe will help those who've struggled to read more than a few chapters. Maria is not her husband, she is her own person. Most of us were intrigued by her book because we have read her husband's book, Love Does. But as I read Love Lives Here I realized that she is a hero to her family - the environment she creates within her home, and the intentionality that she delivers to her neighbors are priceless. Most of the time it's not about the grand adventures or the amount of risk we are willing to take, it's about knowing who you are and creating an environment where others feel safe; Maria has done just that.
AmyE5 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully writtenMarch 30, 2017AmyEQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Maria Goff's book Love Lives Here has just become my new manual on "how to do life". With kindness and an abundance of love, she gently shares how God has shaped her life and led her to create a warm, inviting place for everyone to come home to. Warmth, grace, hope and love spill out from these pages. This book will be one that I recommend to many and reread time and again.
Note: While I was sent an advance reader copy in return for my review, it was my joy and privilege to be included in this book launch.
cmharper4 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational ReadMarch 29, 2017cmharperQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Maria Goff has written a beautiful book about loving people well in fellowship with God and His plan for one's life. Using vignettes from her own life story, Goff shares spiritual truths that she has learned over the years. By the time I finished reading the book, I found myself wishing that I could be one of her close friends or neighbors because she clearly creates an environment of love and acceptance and radiates it to those around her. The only reason I don't give this five stars is that some of the anecdotes seem to be left up in the air without resolution or an answer; that is minor, though, in the overall message of the book. This is an easy yet thought-provoking read, and I'm sure I'll find myself pondering over some of the concepts discussed in this book over the coming weeks and months.