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This is a book about discovering what we really need. There are a lot of second-best options, but we weren’t made to live a second-best life. Finding what we actually need is different than what we are often offered. There are many books full of opinions, steps and programs. This isn’t one of them. This is about craving the things that matter. Things that don’t just work, This is a book about discovering what we really need. There are a lot of second-best options, but we weren’t made to live a second-best life. Finding what we actually need is different than what we are often offered. There are many books full of opinions, steps and programs. This isn’t one of them. This is about craving the things that matter. Things that don’t just work, but last. In a life that may seem to be all fun and games with an endless supply of balloons, author Maria Goff shows how this life is also lived with intentionality, passionate purpose, and a little planning—all of which make a life rich in legacy. But she had to figure out the help she needed first in order to live the beautiful life God wanted for her and wants for us. Love Lives Here is a collection of stories that include the ways Maria and her husband, Bob, navigated family their way, without clear instructions or a road map. It’s about what they learned to make their lives meaningful and whimsical and how they created a space for their family to grow together while they reached outward.


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This is a book about discovering what we really need. There are a lot of second-best options, but we weren’t made to live a second-best life. Finding what we actually need is different than what we are often offered. There are many books full of opinions, steps and programs. This isn’t one of them. This is about craving the things that matter. Things that don’t just work, This is a book about discovering what we really need. There are a lot of second-best options, but we weren’t made to live a second-best life. Finding what we actually need is different than what we are often offered. There are many books full of opinions, steps and programs. This isn’t one of them. This is about craving the things that matter. Things that don’t just work, but last. In a life that may seem to be all fun and games with an endless supply of balloons, author Maria Goff shows how this life is also lived with intentionality, passionate purpose, and a little planning—all of which make a life rich in legacy. But she had to figure out the help she needed first in order to live the beautiful life God wanted for her and wants for us. Love Lives Here is a collection of stories that include the ways Maria and her husband, Bob, navigated family their way, without clear instructions or a road map. It’s about what they learned to make their lives meaningful and whimsical and how they created a space for their family to grow together while they reached outward.

30 review for Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna LeBaron

    From the first chapter when "Sweet Maria" Goff shares her heart about a significant loss in their lives, to the very last sentence when my eyes were flooded with tears, I felt like I was getting a peek into the heart of Maria Goff, wife of international bestselling author, Bob Goff. Her tender heart and beautiful spirit displayed the glorious splendor of one who has been well-loved. I'm so glad that she opened up her life and shared her inspiring stories with the world. It will be a better place From the first chapter when "Sweet Maria" Goff shares her heart about a significant loss in their lives, to the very last sentence when my eyes were flooded with tears, I felt like I was getting a peek into the heart of Maria Goff, wife of international bestselling author, Bob Goff. Her tender heart and beautiful spirit displayed the glorious splendor of one who has been well-loved. I'm so glad that she opened up her life and shared her inspiring stories with the world. It will be a better place because of her wisdom and authenticity. Bob showed us what Love Does. Maria showed us where Love Lives and my heart beats more soundly and steadily as a result. I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This is my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Initial thoughts: First of all, I kind of just want to spend a weekend with Maria & Bob Goff. Maria is me - quiet and hopeful in a crazy world. From the forward, you know Love Lives Here is going to be something special. In the introduction Maria says, "There’s another version of ourselves that lies somewhere under the surface. It’s the one shaped and scarred by tremendous joy and painful loss. It is equally us, it’s just a different version. This version of ourselves is not one we’re accustomed Initial thoughts: First of all, I kind of just want to spend a weekend with Maria & Bob Goff. Maria is me - quiet and hopeful in a crazy world. From the forward, you know Love Lives Here is going to be something special. In the introduction Maria says, "There’s another version of ourselves that lies somewhere under the surface. It’s the one shaped and scarred by tremendous joy and painful loss. It is equally us, it’s just a different version. This version of ourselves is not one we’re accustomed to letting people see, because it resides in the recesses of our lives. It takes time and energy and moments of deep reflection for us to see this version of ourselves. It’s not the depth that blocks our view; it’s the clutter on the surface that does. It’s our instinct to flee, to escape pain rather than confront it. But it’s in the engagement that we continue to grow." Here's to finding the hidden versions of ourselves and reminding ourselves that we are loved deeply and beyond measure.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Sadler

    Love Lives Here, a book about seeing yourself and your circumstances the way God sees them. I've read the first four chapters and have been blessed by the thoughtful words Maria Goff chose for this book. In the first couple of chapters, Maria shares some really tough stories in this book that challenged my own transparency. A sweet read for anyone who has read Bob Goff's Love Does. A peak into the flip side of some of Bob's best stories! I am reading an advanced reader copy from the publisher. Love Lives Here, a book about seeing yourself and your circumstances the way God sees them. I've read the first four chapters and have been blessed by the thoughtful words Maria Goff chose for this book. In the first couple of chapters, Maria shares some really tough stories in this book that challenged my own transparency. A sweet read for anyone who has read Bob Goff's Love Does. A peak into the flip side of some of Bob's best stories! I am reading an advanced reader copy from the publisher.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    Based on the first four chapters I've received from the publisher, I'm finding that Sweet Maria is giving her gregarious Love Does husband, Bob Goff, a run for his money for top writing honors in the family. The author pulls us in through an introduction that explains these vignettes of her life are a reflection of who God made her to be. Immediately deep and soul baring, Maria reveals her heart and human frailty, drawing us in and making us want to get closer. There's a quality of vulnerability Based on the first four chapters I've received from the publisher, I'm finding that Sweet Maria is giving her gregarious Love Does husband, Bob Goff, a run for his money for top writing honors in the family. The author pulls us in through an introduction that explains these vignettes of her life are a reflection of who God made her to be. Immediately deep and soul baring, Maria reveals her heart and human frailty, drawing us in and making us want to get closer. There's a quality of vulnerability that would take years of friendship to reach. Instead of inching in, Love Lives Here starts deep and takes us deeper. While learning about Maria Goff, I'm questioning when I stopped trusting the wind to get me to the other side and settled for life on the surface. As I read the remainder of this book, I expect to be challenged to review my own life in a way that gets me to think about what made me the perfectly imperfect person God would like to use--just as I am--if only I'll have the spark to step out in faith. Can't wait to update this review--and read the rest of the book! UPDATE: I've now finished a copy of this book that I received from the publisher. This is the conclusion to my honest review. The physical style (chapter layout, story types, etc.) is reminiscent of Love Does. Easily readable, I devoured it in two sessions--one when I received the first four chapters and then as I received the remainder. Because of its message, it begs to be read again (and again). Somewhere around chapter 6, I realized that I should've been reading with a highlighter to pull together the meaningful lessons. The book serves as a reminder to live intentionally and not to let yourself be trapped by thinking that you're not enough if you aren't doing things on a grand scale. In short, it's a lesson on how to love well, wherever you are.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Four chapters and I have already cried, laughed, and experienced healing that I never thought possible. Sweet Maria has the natural ability to burry all kinds of nuggets of wisdom in every single paragraph of this book. I have been anticipating Maria sharing her story for the last several years, since I first started “getting to know” both her and Bob. I am in no way disappointed and I cannot wait to dive into the rest of the book. Her words are honest, pure, and therapeutic to my soul. It’s in Four chapters and I have already cried, laughed, and experienced healing that I never thought possible. Sweet Maria has the natural ability to burry all kinds of nuggets of wisdom in every single paragraph of this book. I have been anticipating Maria sharing her story for the last several years, since I first started “getting to know” both her and Bob. I am in no way disappointed and I cannot wait to dive into the rest of the book. Her words are honest, pure, and therapeutic to my soul. It’s in them that I find the freedom to hurt, rejoice, and move on from my pain. This book has the power to heal and transform a generation. Thank you Maria for your honesty, your braveness, and your heart that chases after Jesus. I am inspired by your work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy Jackson

    If you, like me, love Bob Goff's writing style, his unapologetic whimsy, and the way he calls his wife, "Sweet Maria" then you'll love the experience of reading this first book from his beloved. At times during the read, it feels like Bob was sitting beside Mrs. Goff as she scribed her story, and it makes me wonder if they often speak in the mirrored rhythms and vernacular because her book feels incredibly complimentary to Mr. Goff's "Love Does". Just imagine conversations around their dinner ta If you, like me, love Bob Goff's writing style, his unapologetic whimsy, and the way he calls his wife, "Sweet Maria" then you'll love the experience of reading this first book from his beloved. At times during the read, it feels like Bob was sitting beside Mrs. Goff as she scribed her story, and it makes me wonder if they often speak in the mirrored rhythms and vernacular because her book feels incredibly complimentary to Mr. Goff's "Love Does". Just imagine conversations around their dinner table! However, where Bob stories are filled with energetic epiphanies that swirl around to "ahas," Maria's "gotcha" moments are a bit quieter, dare I even say deeper, and so incredibly profound. Her introduction sets up the chapters that follow in a meandering, anecdotal fashion that allows the reader the moments needed to pause and consider the many layers she draws out of a story. Frequent references to Biblical heroes round out her personal stories and, again, Maria sprinkles in spiritual application the way Bob must handle actual sprinkles...heavily and with delight. The chapters I've read so far are not overly "churchy" and instead feel very sincere, personal, and perhaps even a bit tentative. I appreciate that in her writing...her lack of boast and her willingness to open up about painful life-events in order that we might also embrace her heart's take-aways from its lessons. This is a partial review of Love Lives Here, having been given the first four chapters through an early-read launch program. This appetizer has left me yearning for the full course!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I am reviewing this based on receiving the first 4 chapters from the publisher. I met Bob Goff on a cruise many years ago. After reading his book Love Does I could see how much in love he was with his sweet Maria. Therefore given the opportunity to read her book, I jumped on it. I love the sweet stories Maria tells and how they relate to our heart toward Jesus. Maria has a way of making you feel like you are just sitting down to a cup of coffee with her and having a chat. Her words have a way of I am reviewing this based on receiving the first 4 chapters from the publisher. I met Bob Goff on a cruise many years ago. After reading his book Love Does I could see how much in love he was with his sweet Maria. Therefore given the opportunity to read her book, I jumped on it. I love the sweet stories Maria tells and how they relate to our heart toward Jesus. Maria has a way of making you feel like you are just sitting down to a cup of coffee with her and having a chat. Her words have a way of reaching the dry places in your soul and helping you to fill them with Jesus. I understand why Bob calls her sweet Maria and can't wait to read more from this author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Finally,an author acknowledging the painful yet beautiful part of living and doing love! Maria picks up where her husband Bob leaves us hanging as she acknowledges the beauty and grace that exist as love and loss go hand in hand. The honesty of the messy reality of following Jesus in a life of love pairs well with Bob's excitement and exuberance in Love Does, but this book in itself is a gift. It reminds us that the process of loving shapes us in the best ways even when they are painful. I have Finally,an author acknowledging the painful yet beautiful part of living and doing love! Maria picks up where her husband Bob leaves us hanging as she acknowledges the beauty and grace that exist as love and loss go hand in hand. The honesty of the messy reality of following Jesus in a life of love pairs well with Bob's excitement and exuberance in Love Does, but this book in itself is a gift. It reminds us that the process of loving shapes us in the best ways even when they are painful. I have read the first four chapters provided to me by the publisher and I cannot wait to read more and give this book to others. It's comforting, challenging, inspiring and lacks pretension and overspirituality of so many Christian books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    After hearing her husband Bob Goff speak about his love for "Sweet Maria" and the excitement he had as he talked about their life I was so happy to read her book. Her writing style is comfortable. Like a conversation she might be having with you. I've only read the first few chapters (after receiving an advancement of these first chapters) but I cannot wait to finish the book. After hearing her husband Bob Goff speak about his love for "Sweet Maria" and the excitement he had as he talked about their life I was so happy to read her book. Her writing style is comfortable. Like a conversation she might be having with you. I've only read the first few chapters (after receiving an advancement of these first chapters) but I cannot wait to finish the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Krystina

    Love Lives Here is a wonderful book of "Sweet Maria" Goff's life stories. She does a wonderful job making her personal life stories into lessons about loss, love, and personal growth. What she takes away from these situations is presented in such a way that you can relate and find a way to take a lesson away for yourself. If you're someone who cries easily (like for TV commercials per se) I'd have a tissue ready. Between the amazingly sweet forward from her husband to her introduction, it's enoug Love Lives Here is a wonderful book of "Sweet Maria" Goff's life stories. She does a wonderful job making her personal life stories into lessons about loss, love, and personal growth. What she takes away from these situations is presented in such a way that you can relate and find a way to take a lesson away for yourself. If you're someone who cries easily (like for TV commercials per se) I'd have a tissue ready. Between the amazingly sweet forward from her husband to her introduction, it's enough to make a person tear up. As the book continues she takes you through stories from her life. Some stories are ones most of us have been through ourselves. Some are definitely unique to her and her family. Somehow we can all learn from the stories regardless. While there are moments this book feels more like it's written with a formula and less like a novel, it's still an excellent book overall and I've already purchased a second copy to start passing around to friends and coworkers. Please note: I have received an advanced copy from the publisher, but the opinions written here are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin Salters

    This review is based on advance preview excerpts of LLH that I received from the publisher and only includes the first four chapters. I first met Bob Goff at Catalyst West in 2011 and was introduced through his storytelling to Sweet Maria Goff. I'm sure I'm not the only one who, after meeting Bob, has thought, "I can only imagine who he must be married to!" Suffice to say, when I heard that Sweet Maria was writing a book of her own, I was immediately thrilled and have been excitedly awaiting its This review is based on advance preview excerpts of LLH that I received from the publisher and only includes the first four chapters. I first met Bob Goff at Catalyst West in 2011 and was introduced through his storytelling to Sweet Maria Goff. I'm sure I'm not the only one who, after meeting Bob, has thought, "I can only imagine who he must be married to!" Suffice to say, when I heard that Sweet Maria was writing a book of her own, I was immediately thrilled and have been excitedly awaiting its release. There's a reason Sweet Maria has the name, "Sweet" Maria, and those qualities of her are on display as soon as you begin the Introduction of LLH. There is a tenderness and gentleness to her spirit that are expressed in prose, and that is captivating and pulls you in to each chapter. Similar to Bob's NYT Bestseller Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, LLH is a compilation of vignettes that brings us into the Goff Family and shows us how love, and specifically God's love, impacts and empowers our lives. While I have only been able to read the first four chapters so far, what I've read has already challenged my thoughts and (as I assume both Bob and Sweet Maria pray for) my actions–both how I love others but also how I let love be the foundation for my life. I highly recommend LLH to any and everyone–Christian or non-Christian–and guarantee this is a book I will be wearing out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zq

    I received the first four chapters of this book, and I have loved it so far! Goff writes anecdotally and connects with the heart of humanity--the desire for love. She reminds her audience that love is not unattainable and that we do not need to be perfect to be perfectly loved! What a wonderful read this is.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Noel Burke

    This is a tough book to review. There were several good things about it, and if this book were not labeled as a "Christian book" then I would have likely added more stars. The author clearly went through hard times growing up and it's touching that she shared her story. I also want to point out that her families focus on loving others puts many Christians to shame. I really appreciated that. As for why I gave two stars, I found the theology behind the story troubling. The understanding of Script This is a tough book to review. There were several good things about it, and if this book were not labeled as a "Christian book" then I would have likely added more stars. The author clearly went through hard times growing up and it's touching that she shared her story. I also want to point out that her families focus on loving others puts many Christians to shame. I really appreciated that. As for why I gave two stars, I found the theology behind the story troubling. The understanding of Scripture at times seemed to be spot on, while other times there were some pretty bad interpretations (hence my lower rating). For example, in chapter 3 the author states that the Gospel is analogous to a light getting switched off in your life, we cannot turn it back on, but Jesus helps us turn it back on. While I can appreciate the author trying to share the hope of Christ with others, this analogy does not lead people to the real Gospel. Instead she paints a picture of semi-Pelagianism (A heresy from history past). If I were to use the same light switch analogy to explain the Gospel I would do it this way: The person has never been able to turn that light switch on because they have never been able to pull the switch themselves in addition to the light switch being broken too. Jesus doesn't help me turn the switch back on, He turns it on for me. I trust and have faith that he can turn the light switch on for me, but it is Jesus doing the work. My faith is in His finished work, not Jesus giving me greater power to do it myself. When you attempt to present the Gospel in your book, it is extremely important that you get it right. After all, the message of the Gospel is indeed what leads people to the truth. There were a few other things that I found troubling too. I felt like much of the philosophy of life held by the author in this book was more worldly and secular-therapeutic rather than focused on Christ. It was as if they gave themselves the Christian label, but they viewed things in a very secular way. It's hard to put my finger on this theme throughout the book but I noticed it very clearly. An example was in Chapter 11 when the author asked the reader to find a picture of their 8 year old self and begin to talk to it. Seriously have a conversation with this picture and pretend to talk to 8 year old self and your current self. This kind of strange secular therapeutic approach to life is what I am referring to and it's throughout the book. Chapter 9, the author asked if God wondered about things such as beginning to count when we "ran away" for a time or veered from Him as if God wondered how long it would take for us to come back to Him. That simply isn't true. God is sovereign and there is nothing He does not know. There is no wondering in God. It's a false characteristic to place on God. Again, if this book would have been labeled as more of a biography of Maria Goff and happened to have some of her philosophy on life then I would have rated it higher. When you label something Christian, thus tied to my Lord and Savior, as defined by the Scriptures, you better get it right.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natacia

    If you ever read "Love Does" by Bob Goff, you find the same breathe of fresh air with his wife's book, "Love Lives Here." Personally, I have struggled with love. Finding it, earning it, being told I was doing it properly and being told to truly love God I better be better than the person I am now. There is part in the very beginning of chapter one she wrote on page 8, "We keep scorched pieces from our biggest failures and incorporate them into our lives as we rebuild ourselves." It speaks so much If you ever read "Love Does" by Bob Goff, you find the same breathe of fresh air with his wife's book, "Love Lives Here." Personally, I have struggled with love. Finding it, earning it, being told I was doing it properly and being told to truly love God I better be better than the person I am now. There is part in the very beginning of chapter one she wrote on page 8, "We keep scorched pieces from our biggest failures and incorporate them into our lives as we rebuild ourselves." It speaks so much truth, how often when God comes into our life we want to hold on old bitter parts of ourselves, the broken pieces, the fake truths, the painful moments and we try to use them in the building materials of our life when Christ is trying to make us start new and start fresh? But over all, I love reading how Sweet Maria opens her life and her home. Its not just a story about someone's life they had lived with a few moral lessons to learn from. But she is actually sharing her life and walk with Jesus right now. You become part of her circle of friends and family and you are loved there. There is no earning. There is no searching. It is just loved.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Authentic. Sweet Maria writes in a way that makes me feel like I'm sitting down with a friend, with a good cup of coffee, discussing life. It's not always neat and tidy but even in the hard there is good. There is LOVE. Beautifully written! I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This is my honest review. Authentic. Sweet Maria writes in a way that makes me feel like I'm sitting down with a friend, with a good cup of coffee, discussing life. It's not always neat and tidy but even in the hard there is good. There is LOVE. Beautifully written! I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This is my honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beth Gates

    Maria Goff uses circumstances and situations in her own life to illustrate what loving God, loving each other and loving ourselves really looks like. If you have ever wanted to love bigger or better - this book is the perfect inspiration. I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Great book! I only gave it 4 stars because I loved her husbands Love Does book better. Maria and Bob Goff are amazing people and have truly loved others in their life. I loved her quote from her friend "Time does not heal all things, just ask an infected tooth. Time plus doing the right thing heals what hurts". Great book! I only gave it 4 stars because I loved her husbands Love Does book better. Maria and Bob Goff are amazing people and have truly loved others in their life. I loved her quote from her friend "Time does not heal all things, just ask an infected tooth. Time plus doing the right thing heals what hurts".

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fayelle

    At first I thought this was just going to be a collection of nice anecdotes to make us feel warm and fuzzy. It is so much more than that. The examples and stories are lovely, but they're also real, personal, vulnerable, and challenging. Goff writes in such a comfortable way, so very full of love. She writes as a good friend would to encourage and edify our lives by sharing the details of her own. I am surprised at how much I have read new ways to be challenged without feeling lectured to. So muc At first I thought this was just going to be a collection of nice anecdotes to make us feel warm and fuzzy. It is so much more than that. The examples and stories are lovely, but they're also real, personal, vulnerable, and challenging. Goff writes in such a comfortable way, so very full of love. She writes as a good friend would to encourage and edify our lives by sharing the details of her own. I am surprised at how much I have read new ways to be challenged without feeling lectured to. So much love lives with her, indeed, and there is much freedom in her stories from her life - freedom to accept love from Christ as we are, freedom to trust and let go - knowing Christ is completely dependable. And then freedom to pour out love on others - because love lives here with me too, no matter how messy my life gets! I received an Advanced Readers Copy from the publisher. This is an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I was curious about Sweet Maria after reading and watching her man, Bob, wondering what she would be like to have joined her life to such a passionate, energetic, goofy guy. Well, it seems to me after finishing the first four chapters, that she shares the joy and humor, but brings to the party wisdom that frames the depth and meaning of her life, and her readers will be encouraged and inspired by her insights. I don't know much about reviewing books, but this is what I would want to know: What is I was curious about Sweet Maria after reading and watching her man, Bob, wondering what she would be like to have joined her life to such a passionate, energetic, goofy guy. Well, it seems to me after finishing the first four chapters, that she shares the joy and humor, but brings to the party wisdom that frames the depth and meaning of her life, and her readers will be encouraged and inspired by her insights. I don't know much about reviewing books, but this is what I would want to know: What is this book about? Maria, a work in progress, who has continually found her way to who she is, through varied experiences. Although much of her life is unlike mine, I related to her story because of the way she presents it. What is she like? Vulnerable, authentic and wise. She delivers wisdom born of her varied experiences that affirms and encourages in the way a trusted friend does. She describes her "Board of directors" as people she has trusted to guide her throughout her life, and her voice in this book reflects someone I would want on my "board". Hearing her perspective on some of the antics her husband Bob shared in his book (Love Does) was interesting and fun. I think I appreciated her book more because I have already read Love Does, and wonder if readers who haven't would like it as much. I am unsure whether men would like the book as much, since I'm not one. Someone else will have to write about that! I received a copy of this book from he publisher; this review is my honest personal opinion

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nikolaj Andersen

    An easy read but also somewhat shallow with few real takeaways for me. The book is packed with observations-turned-points a la "I saw a winding road. I guess that's how our lives often unfold, twisting and turning rather than in a straight line from A to B." They quickly become tiring. It's a shame really, since on multiple occasions the author opens up some really tough personal issues, particularly in one of the final chapters. The treatment of these remains artificially jolly, as if the author An easy read but also somewhat shallow with few real takeaways for me. The book is packed with observations-turned-points a la "I saw a winding road. I guess that's how our lives often unfold, twisting and turning rather than in a straight line from A to B." They quickly become tiring. It's a shame really, since on multiple occasions the author opens up some really tough personal issues, particularly in one of the final chapters. The treatment of these remains artificially jolly, as if the author is reluctant (or unable) to engage with her own pain, without cracking a joke to relieve the tension. As a fervent 'underliner' in books, I guess it is revealing that my copy of Love Lives Here looks almost new after being read. The book does deserve three stars, since it was an easy and pleasant read with a few memorable moments.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Newingham

    I love the Goffs. I love how they love. I just couldn't love Sweet Maria's book. I felt as though she believed every single aspect of life was an analogy. I can't get on board with that. She's sweet and her stories were good. I just couldn't take all the analogies!! I love the Goffs. I love how they love. I just couldn't love Sweet Maria's book. I felt as though she believed every single aspect of life was an analogy. I can't get on board with that. She's sweet and her stories were good. I just couldn't take all the analogies!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Bergethon

    Love Lives Here is full of relatable stories that are summed up with nuggets of wisdom to carry with you throughout your day. It was hard to choose what to highlight as I read because it is all THAT good! I look forward to Maria's next book and will be rereading this one again. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy from the publisher, but that in no way affected my review. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends! Love Lives Here is full of relatable stories that are summed up with nuggets of wisdom to carry with you throughout your day. It was hard to choose what to highlight as I read because it is all THAT good! I look forward to Maria's next book and will be rereading this one again. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy from the publisher, but that in no way affected my review. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elke

    I received the first four chapters in pdf format to review. From the preface by Sweet Maria's Bob you will be hooked on this encouraging 'sequel', if you will, to Love Does. Maria gives more glimpses inside the Goff family's incredible life of giving love to all those that they meet. The snapshots that are written about in Love Lives Here are very real, raw, encouraging and full of hope. I love highlighting in a good book and I can hardly wait until my preordered copy arrives to go back and highl I received the first four chapters in pdf format to review. From the preface by Sweet Maria's Bob you will be hooked on this encouraging 'sequel', if you will, to Love Does. Maria gives more glimpses inside the Goff family's incredible life of giving love to all those that they meet. The snapshots that are written about in Love Lives Here are very real, raw, encouraging and full of hope. I love highlighting in a good book and I can hardly wait until my preordered copy arrives to go back and highlight my most favorite parts to share with others. From learning about simplicity in our lives, to not living life on the surface, to having breakthroughs in life, to trusting God and so much more you will not want to put it down. A timely read for this crazy world that we live in. There are so many parts I'd love to share with you but I'll just say this...you won't be disappointed in this book...how could you be...it's about LOVE!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I received this book from B&H Publishing Group for review. I appreciate Maria's depth of perspective. She tackles underlying issues common to all of us with love and grace and encourages us to do the same, in whatever unique-to-us way that may be. I received this book from B&H Publishing Group for review. I appreciate Maria's depth of perspective. She tackles underlying issues common to all of us with love and grace and encourages us to do the same, in whatever unique-to-us way that may be.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jill Davidson

    This book by the beautiful "Sweet Maria Goff" is a breath of fresh air for weary souls. Anyone who is a fan of the Goff's (who isn't?!) will absolutely love this glimpse into the better half of Bob. Maria gives many snapshots into her life by way of transparency, vulnerability, bravery and love to show us that she had to go beneath the surface of her life to find the reflections of Jesus shining through instead of the yuck she was seeing. She shares in a way for you to see her heart, both the go This book by the beautiful "Sweet Maria Goff" is a breath of fresh air for weary souls. Anyone who is a fan of the Goff's (who isn't?!) will absolutely love this glimpse into the better half of Bob. Maria gives many snapshots into her life by way of transparency, vulnerability, bravery and love to show us that she had to go beneath the surface of her life to find the reflections of Jesus shining through instead of the yuck she was seeing. She shares in a way for you to see her heart, both the good and not so good. She writes with honesty, a warm genuineness and wisdom. The last few chapters spoke deeply to me. Hearing about our need to get rid of things, to dig deep through hard things to heal, how she set the tone for creating space and love in their home when they walked in. I especially loved hearing the kids share their hearts. Just precious. There are so many things I enjoyed all the way through. But my way to sum it all up is that truly, love lived on each and every page. That is a success in and of itself. Congrats and Blessings, Maria Goff. You ministered to my heart in profound ways. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. I am blessed because of it. 💕 Wish I could hug you! This review was done from an advanced reader copy from the publisher.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Howe

    AHHHH! This book. This author. The people behind the book. Where do I even start? I read Bob Goff's book, "Love Does" around two years ago and found it to be incredible. "Love Lives Here" is written by his wife, so of course I bought it the day it came out. It arrived in the mail yesterday, and within twenty-four hours of starting it, I had finished reading it. The outlook on life, the lessons taught, the WAY the lessons are taught.... Everything is just wonderful and amazing and makes me want t AHHHH! This book. This author. The people behind the book. Where do I even start? I read Bob Goff's book, "Love Does" around two years ago and found it to be incredible. "Love Lives Here" is written by his wife, so of course I bought it the day it came out. It arrived in the mail yesterday, and within twenty-four hours of starting it, I had finished reading it. The outlook on life, the lessons taught, the WAY the lessons are taught.... Everything is just wonderful and amazing and makes me want to live my life more fully and be totally engaged and not hold back. There was so, so much I could relate to with this book. Mrs. Goff is the quiet, behind-the-scenes, steadfast anchor that is necessary for their family to accomplish so much. Seeing life from her perspective was so refreshing. She talks about how God gives each of us a different place in the world - a different way to live - and when we try and compare ourselves to others or live a life that wasn't intended for us, then we will be stressed out. I can relate to that so much! I look at others who are changing the world in magnificent ways, and my own life seems paltry. But! In reality, when I live life the way God has called me to, then He will bless what I do, no matter how small it seems. Nothing else in the world could be more important than being right where God has me. Mrs. Goff talks about trust, and rebuilding, and knowing that no matter what goes on, we can count on God to make our lives beautiful when we are surrendered to Him. It's not always easy or fun or exciting, but it's always worth it. "Love Lives Here" is a perfect blend of funny, serious, and downright hard. She doesn't make light of life, she doesn't gloss over hard things, and yet she talks about them in such a way that the book always lends the feeling of hope to the reader. It was beautiful. There were multiple times that I laughed out loud, there were times I wanted to cry, there were times I wanted to hug the book. Mrs. Goff's extreme honesty in the book was so special to read and made me feel like I personally know her. I could relate to her in so many ways, and I'm very thankful that she choose to write the book and share herself with so many people. I've already bought several more copies for gifts, and look forward to reading this book again before long. I highly recommend it, and am giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I would recommend this book and Love Does to any one, any day! Absolutely incredible books! This one in particular was beautifully written. I immensely enjoyed it. Please take the time to read this book- you won't regret it! I would recommend this book and Love Does to any one, any day! Absolutely incredible books! This one in particular was beautifully written. I immensely enjoyed it. Please take the time to read this book- you won't regret it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Maria Goff has written a lovely book about what she's learned in life amd given some great examples as how they relate to the Bible.  Some favorite chapters are titled "Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper", "A Neighbor's Love" and "Fear Not".  I know I, as well as many others, need to do better at giving grace. This paragraph gives me something to hang my hat on as I contemplate just that. "Don't shrink back when honest words of correction are needed, but find a way to express  those words laced wi Maria Goff has written a lovely book about what she's learned in life amd given some great examples as how they relate to the Bible.  Some favorite chapters are titled "Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper", "A Neighbor's Love" and "Fear Not".  I know I, as well as many others, need to do better at giving grace. This paragraph gives me something to hang my hat on as I contemplate just that. "Don't shrink back when honest words of correction are needed, but find a way to express  those words laced with love and grace. Remind yourself constantly that every act of extravagant grace is a declaration of immense love". I want Love to Live Here, too. I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Maria Goff is her own individual. We learn quickly that Maria follows the will of God in every area of her life. She shares many stories from her life, not in any particular order, all the while showing us where Jesus was the entire time along the way in this journey called life. She shows us in detail how to have grace and trust and love in relationships. To be true to ourselves. She shows us how it's ok to let others be exactly who and where they are in their walk with God. This book has been Maria Goff is her own individual. We learn quickly that Maria follows the will of God in every area of her life. She shares many stories from her life, not in any particular order, all the while showing us where Jesus was the entire time along the way in this journey called life. She shows us in detail how to have grace and trust and love in relationships. To be true to ourselves. She shows us how it's ok to let others be exactly who and where they are in their walk with God. This book has been thought provoking for me..I keeping reading sections over that have stirred something inside of me to question if I am where I belong in my walk. While I'm happy with my life is it the most fulfilling and useful? Am I where God wants me be? This book emits overwhelming peace. Grab a blanket, a cup of tea and big comfy chair on the front porch on a breezy sunny day like I did and let Maria wrap you in Love as she invites you into her home. I received an advanced reader copy for my review

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    Maria Goff's genuine care and sincerity is apparent and clear throughout this book. Her perspective is decidedly Christian, but I think it's important to make the distinction that this is a book where her faith beliefs are not used to push or argue that the reader has a certain faith position, but to explain who she is as she honestly talks about her joys, pain, struggles, and how she's lived a life experiencing and advocating for loving people as deeply as possible. The book is written simply a Maria Goff's genuine care and sincerity is apparent and clear throughout this book. Her perspective is decidedly Christian, but I think it's important to make the distinction that this is a book where her faith beliefs are not used to push or argue that the reader has a certain faith position, but to explain who she is as she honestly talks about her joys, pain, struggles, and how she's lived a life experiencing and advocating for loving people as deeply as possible. The book is written simply and is approachable, but it's not trite. It's steeped with the type of age-old wisdom you gain from a lifetime of highs and lows, the experiences that can only shape a person with stories and relatability toward others. Maria recounts stories of her life, knowledge she's gained, lessons she's learned, the things all of us have experienced, and she shares how she's survived and thrived through those and what she's learned. My grandma was the most influential person I've known, her love and wisdom from life being stories that I still gravitate to because I knew that they were out of a place of deep love. She didn't have to try to convince me of all of the facts, correct beliefs, or theology from a religious standpoint; she just loved people, advocated for everyone she met, and treated people as their best potential self from the start. Her stories may have been different if she wrote her own book, but I have to believe that the core message of selfless love would have been much the same as Maria's. The message and heart of this book grabbed me and held me. It's a message that a person can't hear often enough in a world where we could always use a reminder of how deeply we're loved and our capacity to love others. On the message alone, this is a 5 star book in my opinion. Some of the transitions in the writing felt a little disjointed and out of place, which took a little bit away from the easy, conversational flow. I would still highly recommend this book and will give it to others as a gift. Full disclosure: I was provided an advance copy of this book from the publisher and agreed to provide my honest review.

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