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Love Lives Here

Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want
Narrated by: Maria Goff
Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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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, 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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Thank you for Sharing your Beautiful Heart

You truly are ‘Sweet Maria.’ Thank you so much for your honesty and integrity in sharing your story. You are an inspiration and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to you.

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Wonderful and humble

Great to hear Marie’s perspective on the life of the Goff’s. Sensitive and subtle comparison to Bobs colourful and bodacious stories. Some absolutely lovely one liners and the chapter on gardening was beautiful!

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  • D. Niki Barton
  • 24-03-2017

What a joy to finally meet "Sweet Maria"!

This is a work about true transparency and following God,not the world.I LOVED it! Our family read LOVE DOES by Bob Goff and I have seen Bob at speaking engagements. After learning quite a good deal about "Sweet Maria", it was wonderful to hear her tell God's story of their lives in her words. I admire and respect the Goff family and pray for them often.

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  • Nicole J Donatelli
  • 05-06-2017

Brave and beautiful testimony

I decided to listen to this book shortly after I listened to the book Love Does by Bob Goff. I loved hearing from what I knew must be the beautiful and special woman who has been married to Bob for all of these years. This book does not disappoint. I so enjoyed hearing some of the same stories from Sweet Maria's perspective. The artful incorporation of stories from throughout her life provide a brave and heartfelt testimony of the power of love, and how to use love to overcome life's inevitable challenges and difficulties. I felt like I could really connect and relate to the story teller on multiple levels and that she was speaking life and truth into some of the challenges I am currently facing. It was so inspirational. I am forever grateful that this book was written and narrated by the author. I will be recommending it to my friends and many of the friends I have yet to meet.

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  • Melissa
  • 31-10-2018

I don’t “do emotion” very well

Emotions are covered in vulnerability. Ugh! Why do emotion when logic can keep you safe and find a pathway to problem solving. Of course I know this is flawed thinking but it’s really how I think most of the time. This is not a book I would have bought for myself. It was a gift. Good thing it came from someone I have a great dream of respect and admiration or I may have dismissed it completely. This was not an easy read. So many other topics I’d rather be studying; politics, investments and business are much more safe. If you can relate to any of this you may need to read this book. After all, this life is so temporary and love is perhaps the only thing we can take into the next life.

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  • Tamara Shope
  • 15-03-2017

Tenderness and welcome

I don't think I've thought much about what "welcome" really means. Sweet Maria Goff embodies the notion, and every word in this book is proof. "Love Lives Here" is an invitation into relationship and community. It is a loving description of how the Goffs intentionally create safe spaces, warmth, and whimsy -- even in the most trying and painful of circumstances.
"Love Lives Here" works as both memoir and guidebook. The author models that intentionality by weaving memory with lessons learned. She explains her way forward. She doesn't simply arrive at conclusions, she shows her work.
While I have a printed copy of the book (supplied by the publisher), I chose to spend an Audible credit to listen to Maria tell her own story in her own voice. I am so glad that I did. Her speaks my voice is as warm and tender as the words she writes.

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  • Allison
  • 04-10-2018

Sweet Maria nailed it!

What an excellent book and a great guide for keeping the family in tact when the world pulls us apart. She is obviously the steady to Bob’s creative adventures and the perfect other half to their innovative partnership. She uses her great pain for good and her transparent heart is incredible. I can’t wait to put what I learned in action. Thanks for writing!!

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  • V. Williams
  • 20-08-2018

Sweet Maria has the perfect name: Sweet Maria

Sweet Maria is the perfect name for this sweet lady. This was an easy read where you can easily see Sweet Maria's gentle soul. This book was a great compliment to her husband' "Love Does" and "Everybody Always" books. Sweet Maria tells stories and lessons from her life with an open transparent heart. I like that. It is very clear to see her love for Jesus and how He is at the center of all she does. She will inspire you to be the be the best of who God created you to be and to not compare yourself to others. I truly enjoyed Sweet Maria's book. A must read for young women with a family! “Jesus never had a problem with the people who had a lot of questions. He was concerned with the ones who thought they had all the answers.” "When we are ourselves, it gives others the freedom to be who they are too." "Hospitality is always a matter of the heart. It's not a condition of our home."

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  • Melissa Donaldson Photography
  • 30-04-2018

Goff family

I love both Maria and Bob’s books. They have helped me to look inside myself and make some positive changes. Very inspiring!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-04-2017

love the Goffs!

I only know Bob and Maria through their books but already love them. They encourage me to love more and to live more.

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  • LT
  • 28-03-2017

Loved this

I loved Maria's honesty and her willingness to invite us into her life, with all its joy and vulnerability. As a young mom, she touched on all the things I want to provide for my children as they grow. Thank you.

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  • Diane
  • 20-03-2017

Great book!

I loved this book! Maria Goff is down to earth & someone I can identify with! I always love when the author reads their own work - It feels & sounds more personal. I would highly recommend this book!

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  • faithbaby
  • 06-05-2017

Refreshing and releasing!

Loved this book, the insight into a simple intentional live, stirs up the need to live unashamedly enjoying the things and people we love.
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Maria Goff I wish I could sit with you drinking coffee and eating cake and hear more of your thoughts.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-2018

Thought provoking and life changing

Maria is a very humble person and through her honest writing she has really shown me.how its OK to grieve, to start again, to say I'm. Struggling. Thank you for your honest and encouragement.

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  • Bernice
  • 09-04-2019

Many Pearls of Wisdom.

I bought this book as I am a huge fan of Bob Goff (Maria's husband.) I have just read both his books (Love Does and Everybody Always) and have been buying them for friends. He is an amazing individual and so I wanted the perspective of his wife who he refers to as Sweet Maria, as so much of his books are about fearlessly taking jaw-dropping risks and doing extraordinary things all over the world. As expected Maria Goff is the quieter one. This book tells some of the same stories that are relayed in Bob Goff's books, but there is a different perspective. Like Bob's books this one is based on their extraordinary life, but there was nothing in here that I thought was 'off the wall'. There were however scary bits. (No spoilers) It was full of pearls of wisdom, narrated by the author and easy to listen to. I would recommend this book. I think it is uplifting and thought-provoking.