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So the first half of 2020 has been crazy, unsettling and, to be quite frank, really disappointing. But the story doesn’t end here. The new Dream Big by Bob Goff releases on June 23rd. And this is the message he has for the world – “know what you want, why you want it, and what you’re going to do about it.” Step aside COVID-19, there are a great many dreams and miracles about to manifest!
Why should you dream big with Bob Goff?
I first discovered Bob Goff during an interview on the Glenn Beck radio program. As part of the launch of his second book, Everybody Always, he was sharing one of the most incredible stories I had ever heard.
A lawyer, Bob won a landmark case in Uganda convicting a witch doctor of kidnapping and mutilating a child as part of a ritual sacrifice. The details of the story are very sensitive and difficult, but if you want to hear more of this story, you can watch Bob’s interview on 100 Huntley Street here.
What struck me was how this man who had literally looked evil in the face could have such a light hearted and joyful nature. But that is Bob.
In the book, he describes some of the highs and lows he has experienced while pursuing his lofty ambitions.
We’ve brought leaders together in countries riddled with conflict only to have our meetings raided. I’ve been detained, held in jail, and even kicked out of a country for freeing children held in brothels. We’ve started schools in war zones that completely failed and other schools that shouldn’t have worked but did.
I consider Bob Goff to be an inspiring and fascinating person to learn from. So when I read his tweet that people could apply to join the launch team for his new book, I wasted no time to put my obscure and unqualified name in. (To this day, I’m still not sure how I made the cut!)
In Dream Big, Bob Goff raises the right questions.
I initially started taking notes for the benefit of this review, but jotted down mostly personal thoughts instead. Because Dream Big draws you into the deeply personal and introspective.
How amazing would it be to understand why we do things? This book, along with the reflection questions at the end, will help you do just that.
Who are you? Where are you? What do you want?
The gentle but firm promptings in this book guide us towards understanding the answer to these three questions and more.
Explore the utility of your experiences, debunk the excuses you are weaponizing against your own success, and examine how you can minimize the clutter in your headspace.
How does Dream Big actually help you achieve your ambitions?
Where you are today is simply the harbour from which your ship is about to sail. Cut loose the lines. The horizon is where you’re heading because it’s where your ambitions reside.
Imagine that you are embarking on an expedition.
Consider this book as the roadmap gifted to you by a seasoned explorer.
Bob isn’t blazing the trail for you, because it’s your journey to tread. But, he is equipping you with the steps, resources and all of the encouragement you need to succeed.
In Dream Big, Bob Goff lays out how to prepare, determine your goals, examine the possibilities, launch and land.
Where dreaming big meets infinite grace.
Take a look at what Jesus had on His list of ambitions and lift a few onto yours.
How much time have we wasted by misreading cues?
Have we been misinterpreting the Holy Spirit?
Are we being invited into something and not responding?
Bob asks us to examine a lot of the hard things. His questions cut clear through all the meaningless excess to the things that matter.
What have we filled our life with?
Have we left room for Jesus?
Have we cultivated a life that allows us to live purposefully while staying in obedience to what God has asked us to do?
I appreciate that Dream Big by Bob Goff examines the prospect of ambitions from a lens of grace.
What decisions do we make, or what goals do we pursue, in light of the unmerited favour we have received?
It’s time to dream big!
I’m a meat-and-potatoes guy when it comes to faith. I don’t see ladybugs landing on my nose as a message from God. I’m confident if God had a message for me and I missed it, He knows where I live and would send an elephant to land on me next time.
Don’t let Bob’s whimsical sense of humour fool you; the truth in this book is powerful.
He challenges us (like in his other books) to navigate the world fuelled with the love of Jesus. It’s counterintuitive to what most of us know and were taught.
So even though the chapters aren’t overly long and are written with a light-hearted style, you cannot rush this book. If you do, you will miss out on a treasure trove of gems!
I already know that I am certainly going to read Dream Big by Bob Goff again. I want to take my time to savour each chapter like a cup of coffee, so I can go deeper with the included reflection questions; as I haven’t been in therapy for years, it should be good!
For me, I’m grateful to have this valuable guide for the road to ambition that points back to Jesus at every turn.
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