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Stuff Christians Like

A book by Jonathan Acuff

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A Funny Book with a Serious Purpose

  • Sep 9, 2010
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Stuff Christians Like satirizes some of the beliefs and behaviors of American evangelicals. Jonathan Acuff admits the title pays homage to Christian Lander's Stuff White People Like. Like Lander's book, Acuff's book is smartly written, on-target with its sarcasm, and laugh-out-loud funny.

The book originated with blog posts on [...]. My favorite posts are "Using `Faith Like a Child' As an Escape Pod from Difficult Theological Discussions" (13-15), "Secret Christian Bands" (40-41), "The Seven People You Meet in a Prayer Circle" (53-56), "The Metrosexual Worship Leader" (80-84), "Telling Testimonies that Are Exciting Right Up Until the Moment You Became a Christian" (125-126), "Being Voluntold" (180-181), "Thinking You're Naked" (190-192), and "Trying Harder" (200-203).

Acuff doesn't moralize in this book. He impressively maintains a snarky tone throughout. And yet, a serious point lies under the satire, namely, that some evangelical beliefs and behaviors--the "folk religion" side, so to speak--get in the way of experiencing God's grace and loving others as a result.

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review by . October 29, 2010
A few years ago there was a little blog entitled "Stuff White People Like". That little blog exploded in popularity and the blogger became the author of a book of the same name. One way to measure the popularity of "Stuff White People Like" is to count how many copycat blogs were started as a result. There's probably a "Stuff (fill in the blank) People Like" blog or website for every race, religion, and group on Earth. Many of them are forgettable, but there are …
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After creating his answer to the blog 'Stuff White People Like,' Christian blogger Acuff saw his satirical Web site become a popular Internet destination. His best essays, accompanied by childlike illustrations, comprise this book, which maintains the structure of his short posts. From sexual purity to crock pots to clapping during worship, Acuff uses a standup comedy style to laugh with Christians at their private conventions. Readers will learn the unspoken rules of Christian living, including the (in)appropriate use of God's name to avoid a speeding ticket and obligations to 'think about going into full-time ministry at least once every three years.' Entries such as the diagram of a metrosexual worship leader mimic the truth-telling wit of the Web site ChurchMarketingSucks.com and will appeal most to young Christian hipsters. Sarcasm masks a deeper layer of commentary that exposes hypocrisies and faith flaws, and readers may want to amend these behaviors to avoid becoming the subject of Acuff's newest jokes on his blog. Acuff's ability to point out unbecoming idiosyncrasies while inducing a knee slap is stuff readers will like. (Apr.) -- Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)

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. ...
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ISBN-10: 0310319943
ISBN-13: 978-0310319948
Author: Jonathan Acuff
Genre: Entertainment, Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Zondervan
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