Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
by Bob Goff
Filled with inspirational stories and anecdotes, this book is fun, entertaining, thought provoking, and inspiring.
This is #54 in my 2018 reading list.
My favorite quote.
“I used to be afraid at failing at what matters, now I am afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” – Bob Goff
The Book in Three Sentences
- Love takes action; our love and our actions are more important than studying, head knowledge, or trying to conform with social expectations.
- Focus your life on loving people and being like Jesus instead of being religious.
- Take bold actions in every area of life.
Chapter 1: I’m with you
I used to want to fix people but now I just want to be with them.
Chapter 2: Sniper fire
I used to think I had to act a certain way to follow God, but now I know God doesn’t want us to be typical.
Chapter 3: The Rear View Mirror
I used the think I could shape the circumstances around me, but now I know Jesus uses circumstances to shape me.
Chapter 4: Ryan in Love
I used the think being loved was the greatest thing to think about, but now I know love is never satisfied just thinking about it.
Chapter 5: The Reach
I used to be afraid of failing at something that really matters, but now I am more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.
Chapter 6: Go Buy Your Books
I used the think God guided us by opening and closing doors, but now I know God wants us to kick some doors down.
Chapter 7: Sweet Maria
I used the think Jesus motivated us with ultimatums, but now I know Jesus pursues us in love.
Chapter 8: Wedding Cake
I used to think being a believer was enough, but now I know Jesus wants us to participate no matter what condition we are in.
Chapter 9: Just Say Yes
I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.
Chapter 10: The Interview
I used to think I had to be someone important to accomplish things, but now I know Jesus uses ordinary people more.
Chapter 11: There’s More Room
I used to think I needed an invitation to get into most placed, but now I know I am already invited.
Chapter 12: Wow, What a Hit!
I used to think the words spoken about us describe who we are, but now I know they shape who we are.
Chapter 13: Bigger and Better
I used to think I needed to sacrifice for God, but now I know faith is like a game of bigger and better.
Chapter 14: A New Kind of Diet
I used to think religion tasted horrible, but now I know I was just eating the fake stuff.
Chapter 15: By Invitation Only
I used to think words were all the same, but now I know there are some words I shouldn’t use.
Chapter 16: Hunting Grizzlies
I used to think I had missed the mark and God was mad about it, but now I know missing the mark is a stupid analogy.
Chapter 17: Corner Store Economics
I used to think rules were made by someone else, but now I know we get to make some of our own.
Chapter 18: Catching a Ride
I used to think life could be shared with anyone, but now I know choosing the right people is important.
Chapter 19: Jeepology
I used to think the best teachers wore tweed jackets and smoked pipes, but now I know they flip over and leak.
Chapter 20: Ten Year Old Adventures
I used to think I’d know more about God if I read the Bible a lot, but now I know I can do something with God and learn more.
Chapter 21: Hearing Aid
I used to think God wouldn’t talk to me, but now I know I am just selective in what I choose to hear.
Chapter 22: The Puppeteer
I used to be afraid that if I were authentic I might take a hit, but now I think being real means I will take a hit.
Chapter 23: Friends, Welcome Home
I used to think following God required a lot of navigation, but now I know all I need is a line and a circle.
Chapter 24: Lose the Cape
I used to think I should talk about everything, but now I know it is better to keep some things a secret.
Chapter 25: God is Good
I used to think God was good some of the time, but now I know He is good all the time.
Chapter 26: Jailbreak
I used to think there were some prisons you couldn’t escape, but now I know there is no place I can go where God can’t rescue us.
Organizations have programs people have friends. Friends Trump programs every time.
Chapter 27: The Story
I used to think I needed to record stories, but now I know I just need to engage them.
[Personal project the author is working on. I love this!]
Bob Goff is working on a project where he writes down everything he can remember from his entire life. Not writing just facts like what he ate, but things that shaped him, all of the words or phrases that have pinged him, all the stories that have happened in his life.
Chapter 28: Skin in the Game
I used to think I needed to pick sides, but now I know it is better to pick a fight.
Chapter 29: Memorizing Jesus
I used to think I could learn about Jesus by studying Him, but now I know Jesus doesn’t want stalkers.
Chapter 30: Palms Up
I used to think clenched fists would help me fight better, but now I know they make me weaker.
The position of our bodies is linked to our heart. Try sitting with your palms up compared with how you feel with your fists clenched.
We should all be palms up.
Chapter 31: Two Bunk John
I used to think that taking a risk would reduce the number of friends I have, but now I know that love draws more people in.
Calls to Action
My primary call to action in this book is to take bold actions in every area of life.
Hope you enjoyed this and got value from my notes.
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