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Sometimes, we fall in love on mission trips even though we know we’ll break up when we get back. Sometimes, you have to shot block a friend’s prayer because she’s asking God to bless an obviously bad dating relationship. Sometimes, you think, “I wish I had a t-shirt that said ‘I direct deposit my tithe’ so people wouldn’t judge me.” Sometimes, the stuff that comes with faith is funny. This is that stuff. Jonathan Acuff’s Stuff Christians Like Ebook is your field guide to all things Christian. You’ll learn the culinary magic of the crock-pot. Think you’ve got a Metro worship leader—use Acuff’s checklist. Want to avoid a prayer handholding faux pas? Acuff has you covered. Like a satirical grenade, Acuff brings us the humor and honesty that galvanized more than a million online readers from more than 200 countries in a new portable version. Welcome to the funny side of faith.
Yes, the popular blog-turned-paperback Stuff Christians Like is a direct rip-off of the even more popular blog-turned-paperback Stuff White People Like. And yes, one of the things Christians like is making their own versions of “secular” intellectual property. Acuff’s is not the first book of insider evangelical observational humor (see Patricia Klein, Joel Kilpatrick, Matthew Paul Turner), but his background as a trend hunter at an advertising company makes it sharper than most. It’s also far more accurate sociology than all the sour-faced “explaining evangelicalism” books that came out after Bush’s reelection. (Christianity Today) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B00371V9TA
- Publisher : Zondervan (March 3 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 2855 KB
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 202 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #503,030 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #72 in Religious Humour (Kindle Store)
- #228 in Religious Humour (Books)
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This book certainly wins my (completely arbitrary and made up) award for Best Introduction Ever:
If you buy this book, God will make you rich.
I was going to say, "If you read this book," but I'm pretty sure people who get it at the library won't receive the same amount of awesomeness as the people who buy it.
Acuff is the right mix of laugh out loud funny and poignant insight. As someone that appreciates and enjoys satire but finds most Christian satire as savouring strongly of bitterness (my love), I appreciate that Jon is funny without being hurtful, poking fun at the stuff while holding love for the people that do it. It's gentle, dorky humour about the things we all know we do.
Small essays on topics ranging from church to love to the Bible and even, the youth camp "Saturday Night Cryfest" (as the wife of a former youth pastor, um, YES), Acuff gives me the sense that he is laughing with us, not at us.
My personal favourites:
* Using "Faith Like a Child" as an escape pod from difficult theological discussions.
* Watching R-rated movies but only if they are violent.
* Judging fundamentalists for being judgmental
* Hating on mega churches
* Using "Let me pray about it" as a euphemism for "no"
* Falling in love on a mission trip
* The metro sexual worship leader
* Fearing your church will do something wacky the time you invite a friend
* Wishing you had an easy job, like one at church
* Side hugs
To be honest, on Jon Acuff's blog, my favourite posts are almost always what he refers to as his "Serious Wednesday" posts. They are worth subscribing to his blog for, my friends.
Verdict: If you have spent any amount of time around evangelical Christians, you'll laugh, you'll groan, you'll cry, you'll feel like someone read your mail. However, it is definitely a sub-culture book for us evangelicals.
Reading through his book, is like someone has been in my head for all 28 years of my life, writing down everything I thought, experienced and have pondered about Christianity. Its really kind of a surreal experience that only a small subset of people will get. This book isnt for everyone, but for those who it is for, will laugh, cry and say to themselves, yup Jon you nailed that. Cause you know what? Ive Booty, God, Bootyd before, Ive had the internal conversation about how do I break up with my small group, and Ive used the words Missional Postmodern Relevance in a sentence before. In the end though, the best part of Jons satire is that he usually ends it with a nugget of truth. Like in an OHenry bar, where the comedy is the chocolaty goodness but you know you just bought the bar because of the nugget on the inside. I continue to read Jon because hes funny, but mainly because he lands on some truth that I needed to hear or be reaffirmed of.
I recommend you read his blog, don't skip serious Wednesday, and support the guy by picking up his book. Its only $10 and makes perfect reading material for those moments when you need to not take yourself so seriously and have a good laugh.
My fiance's brother picked it up and couldn't stop laughing. He read through the entire book in the course of a day, reading out parts that struck him as particularly amusing. My future father-in-law was frequently in stitches (he is generally an even-tempered man). And a group of his friends were over one morning and the book was passed around, laughed over and eagerly discussed.
It pokes fun at the little quirks Christian culture has and it gives us permission to laugh at ourselves. It helps us to stop taking ourselves so seriously and, wonderfully, points out the ways our thoughts aren't true. Jon Acuff does a great job of mixing humor and sincerity, and, on his blog especially, continues to point to God's great love.
I've already thought of several people I know who would love this book. I definitely recommend it.