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Stuff Christians Like

A book by Jonathan Acuff

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  • Oct 29, 2010
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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 a few that stand above the rest. One of these is "Stuff Christians Like," a blog written by Jonathan Acuff. Acuff's blog was so successful that, like the author of "Stuff White People Like," he got himself a book deal.

Beginning in the introduction of STUFF CHRISTIANS LIKE, Acuff pulls no comedic punches in exposing the hilarious, sometimes nonsensical, and usually unspoken "rules" of being an evangelical Christian who attends a mega-church while living in post-modern America (try saying that five times fast). In the introduction to the book alone, Acuff covers such topics as why you should buy the book, "Ranking Honeymoon Sex Slightly Higher Than the Second Coming of Christ", "Keeping Christ in Christmas", God booty, "Using ‘Faith Like a Child' As an Escape Pod from Difficult Theological Discussions", and discussing that there are a lot of Christians who probably won't like, let alone buy STUFF CHRISTIANS LIKE because they're "Not Being Funny for the Lord".

Excluding the introduction, there are ten chapters in STUFF CHRISTIANS LIKE and a tongue-in cheek conclusion. The chapters in the book include ones on such basics as prayer, love, church, God, witnessing, and the Bible as well as a few more "significant" chapters such as "Missional Postmodern Relevance."

Acuff often diffuses some of the somewhat controversial topics that he covers in the book by writing about himself. He writes about his own faults, failures, and foibles. Most of the time he does this in a humorous manner, satirizing the modern American evangelical mega-church Christianity he belongs. However, there are some essays in STUFF CHRISTIANS LIKE that are incredibly serious, such as "Trying Harder." As enjoyable as the humor in the rest of the book is, it is these more somber pieces where Acuff really shines as a writer. They are the true jewels scattered among the faux gems in the gift shop of a tourist trap vacation locale; at first glance they look the same as the others, but a discerning eye can tell the difference.

I really enjoyed reading STUFF CHRISTIANS LIKE. It's a very funny book that anyone who has grown-up, lived in, or spent some time in the Christian "sub-culture" can relate. There are some essays that only those who have been a part of a mega-church will be able to relate, while there are others that only those with some kind of background in evangelical churches will connect. However, I think most Christians who have a sense of humor will enjoy the book. Those who don't will probably detest it. My only complaint is that the book is about 90% humor and only 10% seriousness. I found the serious essays to be profound and the most memorable. I hope Acuff puts together a future book that is more tempered between comedy and gravitas.

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review by . September 09, 2010
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), …
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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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