It was so interesting to me as I read Love Lives Here to notice the similarities to her husband’s writing style. Like Bob Goff, her husband, you are drawn into her stories as you relate to her love for her family and the Lord. By relating to her stories, I don’t mean I have had the same experiences as she has but I related to the questions and concerns she faced in her children growing up and difficult family circumstances. Maria was honest in how she responds to those situations. After reading both Maria and Bob’s books, I would love to be able to have dinner with them. They truly seem like two of the most fascinating people with fascinating stories to tell. One of the things that I underlined in this book was “Jesus is more interested in who we are becoming that who we were.” His grace is new every day!
Maria Goff the author of `Love Lives Here` likens our life to the char that is left after a lodge burns down. She suggests having a memorial service for things lost and remember the beauty of it all. Life can be painful. It’s what we do with that pain that determines the outcome.
Maria says, “taking that first step is the hardest.” But once you do you just take one step after another out of the pain. Jesus is our confidence in taking one step at a time.
I could certainly relate to Maria. In school, I was the one that got the bad grades. I simply couldn’t understand what was being taught so I gave up. As a parent, I compared my family to every other family. I had my kids in all types of sports, of which they did not excel at. Now I wish our family would have spent that time going camping.
This author describes her life so the reader feels they know her and can relate. She could be their next door neighbor. I recommend this book to young couples. After reading Maria’s book I would like to reread her husband’s book, `Love Does`.
Disclaimer: “I was provided a free copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.”