Interview w/ best-selling author: Bob Goff

Bob Goff is the New York Times Best Selling Author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India and Somalia. Choosing to live audaciously, Bob connects to audiences in a powerfully inspirational, yet down to earth manner. He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School where he teaches Nonprofit Law, and Point Loma Nazarene University, where he teaches Business Law. 

We were able to catch Bob on his cell (which he published in his book) and ask him a few questions to get to know him better.

VRM: What’s your favorite thing about public speaking?

BOB: I tell stories like Jesus did. He talked about sheep and wheat and everyone knew what he was talking about. And I always look at whoever is in the fourth row but it always seems like there’s someone sitting in that row who doesn’t want to be there. I tell stories to that person with the intent to connect, hoping they get something out of it. I’ll stick around afterwards with the hope that a shared story connected.

VRM: You wrote in your book, “I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.” How can we walk a healthy balance so people get the help they need, but aren’t enabled to remain in a broken situation?

BOB: The first thing that comes to mind, is the power we have to speak things into being. We don’t pause long enough to stop and tell people what we see in them. Take a 6” mirror up to people and ask them to tell you what they see. They’ll start seeing things in themselves what you see in them. Jesus called Peter a rock, not a wuss for denying him. If the path doesn’t lead you to the poor, you’re not following Jesus.

VRM: So that’s the mark of a Jesus follower?

BOB: Just give love away, instead of being stingy. It all evaporates when you’re stingy. Be extravagant and take time with people. The more available I am, the more humble I am. Bottom line: love everybody always.

VRM: Even attorneys?

BOB: [Laughs] Start with people you don’t understand. Learn their name. God makes people, people make issues, but people aren’t issues. 

Join on Tuesday, May 12th when Bob joins VRM at the Visalia Fox Theatre.  Enjoy appetizers and desserts from local restaurants before an inspirational evening with Best Selling Author Bob Goff.  


Ryan Stillwater

Ryan is a longtime Visalian — a graduate of Redwood High School and Fresno Pacific University with a bachelors degree in Christian Ministries. Intrigued by the partnership between the Visalia Rescue Mission and the City of Visalia, Ryan began putting his vision on paper as VRM's Oval Venue Coordinator in August 2013, and has sparked the interest of many throughout the community. Ryan and his wife Amy (a Mt. Whitney High School graduate) have been married for seven years and have three amazing kids — ages 6, 4, and 4.