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A Sad Miss for Me
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2018
Faith-based nonfiction is typically one of my favorite genres, and after seeing all of the crazy amazing reviews and ratings this book was getting, I knew I had to snag this one up. Not to mention, this book has a super gorgeous and vibrant cover, which always makes for a great bookshelf addition!
I have to say, though, this book was a real miss for me, as much as it pains me to admit that. I wanted to love it so much, but I just found myself disconnecting from the author more and more as I progressed further in the book. I do want to try another of Mr. Goff’s books before I completely write him off as one of my potential authors to follow, because I feel like this one just didn’t hit the mark for me, but others might.
I know the author surely didn’t mean to present himself in such an off-putting way, but the examples he gave throughout the book of his showing love to others were very hard for a common person to identify with -- from his visits overseas, to his handing out tickets to Disneyland, it was so hard to identify with how he lives life. Was he showcasing what it means to love others, always? -- you bet. I have no doubt that Mr. Goff is a precious soul who consistently wins others over to Christ, and for that I can’t thank him enough, or say enough wonderful things about what his character must be like. For me, though, the chapters were written in such a way that I lost track of the good that Mr. Goff was doing, and instead focused more on how impractical it would be for most people in our society to be able to accomplish such good deeds.