Randall Payleitner


Book Review #5: Love Does

Love Does made me believe I was already great friends with the author. Like if I knocked on Bob’s door, he’d invite me in for coffee and we’d talk about the stuff old friends talk about.

The cover, the feel, the title, the fact that Bob put his cell phone number in the back!, and the series of unbelievable yet perfectly plausible stories—all add up to this book setting a new bar for non-fiction page-turning speed.

What a skill to make a reader laugh with you about rolling a Jeep. Or give you courage by sneaking onto a movie set. Or provoke generosity by aiding a stranger’s marriage proposal. Or incite wonder by asking Prime Ministers if you can come to their house.

Thanks, Bob, for telling me, and then showing me, what love could do. I’ll text you.


Pivotal Excerpt:

Ryan’s love was audacious. It was whimsical. It was strategic. Most of all, it was contagious. Watching Ryan lose himself in love reminded me that being “engaged” isn’t just an event that happens when a guy gets on one knee and puts a ring on his true love’s finger. Being engaged is a way of doing life, a way of living and loving. It’s about going to extremes and expressing the bright hope that life offers us, a hope that makes us brave and expels darkness with light. That’s what I want my life to be all about—full of abandon, whimsy, and in love. I want to be engaged to life and with life. (24)


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