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- Publisher: Zondervan
- Audible.com Release Date: April 12, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B003F233TA
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"Does the stuff we like, ever get in the way of the God we love?
That's the question Stuff Christians Like is all about."
Jon has leveraged his humor to be used to impact and challenge others for the glory of God. If you read the article he wrote last year on Catalyst's Catablog...you could "hear" his heart. Jon writes as a recovering-preacher's-kid who has come full-circle to call himself and everyone one of us to the flying-carpet about the traditions, legalism, and other nonsense that we add to our faith.
"Stuff Christians Like" succeeds where the blog leaves off. It is a compressed view of what he writes everyday at 4:30 a.m. after his morning devotional and before he leaves for his I.T. job in the cubicle-farm.
I had to pause after reading some of the chapters, because I was still laughing and then at the same time I had to go back and re-read it and found that I was laughing and learning. That's what strikes me about this author-blogger-father-husband is that while he is sarcastic, he is also painfully transparent with us about what some of the struggles look like. Take for instance,
"My friend had broken some sort of church employee, 'Never see the movie Desperado starring Latin sensation Antonio Banderaas covenant' so I immediately threw him under the bus and said, "It's embarrassing, really, seeing pastors behave like this."
This book reminds to stop taking ourselves so seriously, let go of the stuff that we tack-on the our faith, and be real with the God who saves us.
Overall, this is a book both Christians and nonbelievers can enjoy. The author has an excellent sense of humor. I am actually disappointed that I'm finished reading the book.
The style of humour reminded me very much of Inside Timmy's Mind by Timmy Boyle. Short essays on a multitude of subjects designed to make you laugh.
If you are feeling a little jaded with the Christian life and church, or perhaps just need a good chuckle, I highly recommend a dose of Jon Acuff's Stuff Christians Like. It really is the perfect picker-upper.
Jon believes in laughter and that God wants us to laugh. Which I honestly agree with wholeheartedly. For if we cannot laugh at ourselves of all people then there is something terribly wrong.
However, with all of the the humor that Jon throws at you it always has the ability to convict you in many ways.
I would recommend this book as a must read to anyone, Christian or not. I believe it paints a perfect picture of Christianity, which is a group of imperfect people saved by God who continually shows us endless love. The Bible states that we all have sinned, and to be able to constantly know that we have a Savior that has paid the ultimate price for that sin, and all we have to do is repent and accept Him as our Savior to get the reward to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. It cannot get much better than that, but as human beings we always seem to complicate things, and a lot of time all we can do is laugh at ourselves.
As a side note, if you ever get the opportunity to get to go and hear Jon speak definitely take advantage of it. I had the opportunity a while back and it was great.
Reasons You Should Get This Book:
* Relate - There will a lot of stuff Jon talks about in the book that you have don or can relater to in some way.
* Laughter - This book is filled with situations and thoughts that you cannot help but to laugh at.
* Honest - Jon is honest about a lot of things that Christian culture does not talk about.
* Conversation - It gives you countless topics for conversations. It could also be used as a small group book if you dare venture.
* Sketches - The drawings sketches that have been added as visual aids for the book are amazingly funny. I think all of his posted should have sketches with them. It would be great.
* "God will make you rich"
Congratulations to Jon on an awesome book, and new job. May doors continue to open for him.
Then two things are going to happen. First, you're going to feel some conviction. We're all hypocrites in some area or another. Jon's observations have cracked me up on more than one occasion, then the Holy Spirit has used that to bring me to my knees. (More on that in Monday's post.) I've laughed 'til I cried, true, but I've also done more repenting reading this book than I have after every sermon in my whole life, I think. Second, you're going to realize you're not the only one. I have beat myself up over my quiet time lately, thinking I'm the worst quiet time Christian ever. And then I read Jon's awesome quiet time essay. Oh yeah, I laughed, but I also gave a big sigh of relief. I'm not alone in my struggles.
Seriously, buy this book. Today. It's not what I expected it to be. It's a million and one times better.