Friday, July 23, 2010

Stuff Christians Like by Jonathan Acuff


Using the same humor and honesty that galvanized more than a million online readers from more than 200 countries, blogger Jonathan Acuff brings his insightful take on Christianity to the book world with Stuff Christians Like. From prayer shot blocks to Metro worship leaders, no stone is left unturned in this hilarious look at faith.
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 is your field guide to all things Christian. In it 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.

My review:

I ran onto Jonathan Acuff's blog,, a while back, and visit it often. He has a unique way of looking at things, and also a very unique sense of humor.

I was happy to get his book, named after his website/blog, Stuff Christians Like, to review. What did I think of the book? I loved it. I don't agree with him on everything, but he takes a humorous look at the way Christians act. From things such as the "after church sprint" to complaining about your problems in front of missionaries, he not only makes the reader smile and laugh out loud, but also gets a message across in a non-preachy way.

The book is full of randomness - he bounces from one subject to the next from one paragraph to the next, but it works for him and for the book. This is one of those books that you take your time with. Take it with you on your visits to your "reading room". (And if you don't get why that is in quotes, you need to get out more).

Anyway, I highly recommend this book. It is amusing, yet causes you to examine your motives and actions, which is probably what the author is trying to do.

About the author:

For the last ten years, Jonathan Acuff has written advertising for clients ranging from the Home Depot to Chick-fil-A. In addition to his many day jobs, he also writes a blog called He and his wife live with their two daughters outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

Stuff Christians Like is avaiable from Zondervan Publishing.

Thanks to Zondervan for the review copy.