Love Lives Here – Book Review {Where I talk about an amazing new book I just read}

Last year I started reviewing all the books I read. I post those reviews on Goodreads, and sometimes on Amazon, but I rarely post them on Noveltea unless they’re for books I received to review them.

This weekend I set aside to catch up on some reading – Friday through Sunday I read two books, plus about a half of another book and a third of another. And I found a gem. I wasn’t surprised at all when that one book turned out to be a five-star wonder, because I’ve read a book by this author’s husband and am fantastically inspired and delighted by their outlook on life.

So, I’m posting my review so y’all can read it, too. As you will soon be able to tell, I’m a lot less formal with my reviews that I write for Goodreads compared to the reviews I write because I’ve agreed to write them.

If you want to check out the books, you can find them on Amazon:

Love Does 

Love Lives Here

And, here’s my book review for Love Lives Here:

AHHHH! This book. This author. The people behind the book. Where do I even start? I read Bob Goff’s book, “Love Does” around two years ago and found it to be incredible. “Love Lives Here” is written by his wife, so of course I bought it the day it came out. It arrived in the mail yesterday, and within twenty-four hours of starting it, I had finished reading it.

The outlook on life, the lessons taught, the WAY the lessons are taught…. Everything is just wonderful and amazing and makes me want to live my life more fully and be totally engaged and not hold back. There was so, so much I could relate to with this book. Mrs. Goff is the quiet, behind-the-scenes, steadfast anchor that is necessary for their family to accomplish so much. Seeing life from her perspective was so refreshing.

She talks about how God gives each of us a different place in the world – a different way to live – and when we try and compare ourselves to others or live a life that wasn’t intended for us, then we will be stressed out. I can relate to that so much! I look at others who are changing the world in magnificent ways, and my own life seems paltry. But! In reality, when I live life the way God has called me to, then He will bless what I do, no matter how small it seems. Nothing else in the world could be more important than being right where God has me.

Mrs. Goff talks about trust, and rebuilding, and knowing that no matter what goes on, we can count on God to make our lives beautiful when we are surrendered to Him. It’s not always easy or fun or exciting, but it’s always worth it.

“Love Lives Here” is a perfect blend of funny, serious, and downright hard. She doesn’t make light of life, she doesn’t gloss over hard things, and yet she talks about them in such a way that the book always lends the feeling of hope to the reader. It was beautiful. There were multiple times that I laughed out loud, there were times I wanted to cry, there were times I wanted to hug the book.

Mrs. Goff’s extreme honesty in the book was so special to read and made me feel like I personally know her. I could relate to her in so many ways, and I’m very thankful that she choose to write the book and share herself with so many people.

I’ve already bought several more copies for gifts, and look forward to reading this book again before long. I highly recommend it, and am giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

Control Girl – Book Review – Five Stars!

By:  Shannon Popkin

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First Person • Non-Fiction • One Point of View • 207 Pages



About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don’t match your version of perfect. Tension, anger, fear, anxiety–it all begins with a heart that craves control. When your perspective of how life should go replaces God’s, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts.

Thankfully, there is a better way.

Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and
about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve’s desire to know instead of trust, Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future, each of these women’s stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.

Learn how you too can lay down this burden of trying to control everything and find rest in surrendering to the One who truly is in control.

Why I Choose this Book:


Looking back, I’m not quite sure what my motive was with choosing this book. In reality, I think it must have been a nudge from God, because it turns out that this book was just what I needed at this time in my life.

What I Thought about this Book:

If you would have asked me if I had issues with wanting to be in control, I probably would have said no, or at least not really. Reading Control Girl was rather eye-opening to me, because I realized that I like to be in control of stuff a lot more than I realized. Most of the time it’s little things – like it bothers me when I make a meal and people arrive late and the food gets cold. I’m also that way with bigger areas, too, sometimes. And, the more I’m that way with little things, the more likely I’ll be that way with big things, and that’s a problem.

Control Girl reminded me over and over again how God really does have everything under control. The book went through the lives of seven different women in the Bible (all from Genesis, actually), and talked about how they were basically control freaks. Instead of trusting and resting in God to do what was best, they took matters into their own hands and epically messed up what was supposed to be beautiful.

It was such a good reminder for me to fully trust in God instead of trying to push my own agenda. It’s not always easy, but reading the book was very helpful in remembering that even when it’s not easy, it’s still way better than what will happen if I become controlling and try and get things figured out on my own.

The author did a fantastic job of balancing Biblical accounts, thoughts, and personal stories. I have a very hard time reading impersonal books, and this book felt nice and personal – nearly like I got to be friends with the author. So yay. (Also cue happiness for my first five-star read of the year!)

Control Girl was written for wives and mothers, and, as a single girl (with no kids), I can still say that it was extremely helpful. In fact, I would recommend it for single girls – why wait until you’re married to work through any issues you have with being controlling?



This book wasn’t written for kids, obviously, but I would probably recommend it to all girls ages seventeen and up.

It’s not a long book, but it takes a bit of time to get through, because there are lots of scripture passages to read as you go through the book. (And please, make sure you do read the correlating scripture because it will make the book so much more effective.)


I’m giving Control Girl 5 out of 5 stars, and 10 out of 10.

*I received this book from Litfuse