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Stuff Christians Like

Author Jonathan Acuff
Narrator Jonathan Acuff
Runtime 4.4 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher Zondervan
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Release Date May 1, 2010
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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."
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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 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.
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Funny and informative
I started listening this this audio about 6 months ago and put it down after 20 min because it made me so mad.

I gave it another go just recently and glad i did. Now i get it, its supposed to be funny. John has a great delivery, and is sarcastic. One the one hand he's teaching you how not to be as a Christian, on the other hand he's informing you what modern PC-Christians are like in America. The sarcastic wit could convince you to change a few of your ways and ideas and the way you look at worship.

The biggest problem i had was that, in the audio recording, there was not enough lapse in silence between one subject and the next, so he would end talking about one thing, name the topic of something else and start talking about that before you realize he wasn't talking about the previous topic any more.

I recommend this if you are ok with laughing at your faith a little, and willing to make some changes in your life.
Review by / (Posted on 1/27/2014)
Tim Hawkins is Funny, this guy is obnoxious.
If you were to take someone that talks really fast, and really says nothing, that would be this author. I kept on waiting for a point with all of the mindless speaking for 45 minutes. I even tried going to the last chapter to see if there's anything edifying or even funny about the book. I hate to be (according to his definition) judgmental, but he's just not funny, and actually, his mindless diatribe can be quite annoying. Since I didn't get this at CA, but one of their competitors, I really don't remember how much I paid, but even if it was free, I would feel ripped off for the time listening to this, and I'm pretty sure that I know what humor is. Tim Hawkins is funny, Greg Laurie is funny. This guy is obnoxious.
Review by / (Posted on 7/5/2012)
This is for the guys...
This book is hilarious guy-to-guy stuff, I would never let my wife listen to it because she doesn't share my childish sense of humour.

Okay, some parts I insisted that she listen to, like ChainSaw Jesus because he has a point that fear converts quicker than love - and Who Told You That You Were Naked from the more spiritual last section.

John is a liberal Christian and I love how he sarcastically mimics liberals who like to bash conservative Christians like me - who made sure the first thing our kids learned was that Santa Clause is not real!

John Acuff is the John Cleese of Christian Comedy!

He makes fun of us ALL as Christians and the silly things we did in life as we grew, experienced, experimented and perhaps even prayer-blocked a bad prayer that we knew was not in the best interests of the prayee.
Review by / (Posted on 6/9/2012)
If that is what the author thinks that Christians like, either him or me are not a Christian, I`m pretty sure I am.
Review by / (Posted on 6/4/2012)
Satire at it's best!!
I enjoyed this book immensely. He had some great points about Christianity today. Made me really think and laugh. We gave it to a friend and he had pull the car over. Some people will not appreciate his satire.
Review by / (Posted on 5/26/2012)
Shallow and trite. Confuses church attendance with worship. This books unconsciously makes a strong case against mega churches. I hope it is not a typical reflection of American Christianity.
Review by / (Posted on 6/30/2011)
Couldn't finish it
While I like some of the ranting he was doing I found the book to be more discouraging than anything. Unfortunately I couldn't really identify with the author.
Review by / (Posted on 1/6/2011)
Laugh Out Loud Funny
Not many books make me laugh out loud. This one did on many occasions. Don't take it too seriously. OTOH, sometimes humour is the best critique of ourselves, and this sure does that.

Funnily enough, I can't get into his blog.
Review by / (Posted on 12/30/2010)
Musings of a cynical idealist.
Review of “Stuff Christians Like” by Jonathan Acuff and narrated by Jonathan Acuff

Reviewed: 5 Stars (of 5)

Simply hilarious. Imagine a series of vignettes which properly belong in a stand-up comedy act, all making fun of the Americanisms, consumerisms and a host of other “-isms” that have invaded the church. Only a pastor’s kid could pull this off. This book is designed to tell both those in the Church and out, that sometimes Christians just do outlandish, ridiculous and funny things and we need to learn to laugh at ourselves when we do. At times outrageously cynical, Acuff also has a higher aim in sight. He skewers the sanctimonious, but never the holy. Interspersed with the amusing observations are some serious and touching accounts that bring you back to reality. In the opinion of my teenage kids, Acuff hits the perfect note of combining idealism and cynicism — no simple feat! I concur. This book as perfectly narrated by the author in a manner that no one else could. This book is an “I’ve got to come up for air” book. You know, when you have listened to a theologically deep book and need some relief? This one is it. However, you are warned: If you are easily offended, give this one a pass.

A special thanks to the folks at christianaudio Reviewers Program for the advance copy for review through the christianaudio Reviewers Program.
Review by / (Posted on 12/3/2010)
Funny, but too light-hearted.
This book is a laugh and a half. No lie. I enjoyed the humor that this book has to offer, but oftentimes Acuff makes light of mega-church shenanigans which, I believe, are the symptoms of deeper theological problems. However, Acuff does well in making sure we Christians don't take ourselves too seriously, and this I appreciated.
Review by / (Posted on 11/27/2010)
I just finished listening to "Respectable...
I just finished listening to "Respectable Sins Confronting the Sins We Tolerate" by Jerry Bridges (also from and I cannot finish the first file of "Stuff Christians Like." I think anyone that thinks "Stuff Christians Like" is a good book, should listen to "Respectable Sins" and then reconsider their thoughts regarding "Stuff Christians Like".

Review by / (Posted on 9/21/2010)
so i just finished reading/listening to...
so i just finished reading/listening to the first works of jonathan acuff, advertising copywriter turned blogger and now regular writer of books. (or just book at the moment, i’m sure more will follow) and i think before i jump into what i thought about the book/audiobook i want to preface with a little about me, because why not really?

when it comes to reading i have much more in common with doug, the lovable talking k9 from the animated jewel ‘up’ and less in common with, someone who can pay attention to what they are reading. (i couldn’t think of a good example so sue me) [please don't sue me] i’ve got no problem reading the books (hom skooln reely werkt fer mi) it’s just when i’m done reading a page i tend to have no idea what it said.

so my silver bullet to help me concentrate on what i’m reading is i’ve discovered the audiobook. ok ok i know this isn’t ground breaking technology we’re talking about here. (for groundbreaking technology i hear there’s a new iphone coming or some nonsense like that) sure it costs extra to buy basically two versions of the book (that’s 1 for the paper version and 1 for the audio version if you’re counting along at home) but it’s usually only around $5 to $10 for the audiobook and if i’m already spending upwards of $20 for the book wouldn’t you pay the extra 5 bucks to understand/remember what you’ve read? see i’m smart.

with that in mind this is a review of both the book and the audiobook, at the same time… so really you’re getting two reviews for the price of one… what a deal!!!

so ‘stuff christians like’ by jonathan acuff, published by zondervan (yeah i know, they publish the Bible and stuff) and read by mr. acuff himself, (on the audiobook, he doesn’t actually come to your house to read you his book, but i bet if you asked nice enough he might) can accurately be described by the title that was pitched and then rejected ‘stuff christians like: what c.s. lewis would have wrote if he were 40% more sarcastic and 100% less dead.’ except i think i would have changed it around to maybe 90% more sarcastic.

this book (which it really isn’t a book as much as a bunch of short essays taken from his blog, which is a ‘rip off for Jesus’ of the semi-famous, semi-best seller book and blog stuff white people like) was written with jon’s (i’ve been listening to him read me the book for the last couple hours, i feel like we should be on a first name basis) tongue so far in his cheek that i’m a little worried that it’s going to burst out of his face. i am in no way shape or form. in fact i loved it. from his satirical observations on everything from mega churches, the metro-sexuality of our worship leaders, thinking about the lost finale more than the second coming of Christ, to holding your church’s tech team to a slightly higher standard than steve jobs and apple. nobody’s safe from the satirical eye of jon acuff.

i really believe that a book such as this needs to have a warning label on it bigger than the book itself. there’s already a cult like following starting up due to this book. (examples here with someone requiring readers to understand the historical context the book was written in, or here the book is turned into a new prosperity gospel, here the book is used as someone who is running for president on a platform that does not bear repeating, and here the chapter on missionary dating is used to found a missionary dating sight that claim if you fill out a quick form you’ll be unequally yoked in no time.) [just so you know each of those pages are fake and was just some viral advertising used by jon's blog]

but what i am talking about is that if the casual christian reader were to glance over any one of the more than 207 pages of the book, (there are 208 pages) they would easily be offended. starting from the very first line.

if you buy this book, God will make you rich.

the book is broken up into essays on prayer, the Bible, church, God, whitnessing, as well as 5 other categories and if you grew up around the american church i assume that you will can relate to the psalty references, small prayer group etiquette, and proper technique for lifting ones hands during worship, you’ll probably get a good chuckle of really how weird we christians can tend to be. if you grew-up without such an upbringing you’ll probably find jon as the heart and face of irreverence. although jon usually ends up poking more fun at himself then he does christians as a whole if one doesn’t understand that this is satire than i’m sure offence would be taken and pitchforks & torches would be gathered.

one of the benefits of having the audiobook as well (besides the wicked sweet auto-tuned version of his deep v-neck essay) was that jon went a little off script and explained some things he wrote about in his book. it was cool to get a little more insight of the aftermath of booty-God-booty as well as the fact that the “friend” he refers to through most of the book is actually his dad who is a pastor.

having read jon’s blog for some time, one thing that i really felt was missing from this book was more from jon’s wednesday segment ‘serious wednesdays.’ this is the part of the show where ‘most’ of the sarcasim gets set aside for something that jon and God are dealing with. the last segment of the book entitled ‘saturday night cryfest.’ (refering to the mountain top experience of the last night of a church retreat or summer camp) but it seems more tacked on and is nothing compared to how jon can describe God’s love.

jon does what any good humorist does, use satire and humor to bring someone somewhere else, like the over $60,000 the community centered around his blog raised to build two schools in vietnam. he has this way of removing all of the ‘stuff’ that seems to cloud our view of faith and really draws attention to the unbelievable love of God and how he would like to have a ‘stuff’ free relationship with us.

so if jon’s website has you up in arms the book will probably do more of the same but you could always just pick up a copy to become rich.

you can pick up stuff christians like here in paperback and here in audiobook form for $9.35 and $13.99 respectively.
Review by / (Posted on 7/21/2010)
Don't download/buy if you can't seriously...
Don't download/buy if you can't seriously laugh at yourself.

Now that the warning is out of the way....

Man, this is a surprisingly fresh take on Christian culture. Don't be mislead; this is not the work of a trained literary giant. It's just the random thoughts like butterflies in a jar of a truly God inspired writer.

Take some of the thoughts he presents, and look for them. If one can take the humor used here and apply it in order to avoid the same situations that come between us and God, then maybe, just maybe, we are bettered by the satire presented here.

But PLEASE don't write a bad review if you are disappointed because it's not a serious how to manual. It's not intended to be that.
Review by / (Posted on 5/28/2010)
I love love love this book!...
I love love love this book! I laughed out loud so many times. I recommend it to all my Christian friends. Acuff is like the Christian Seinfeld. A+
Review by / (Posted on 5/11/2010)
Really great book. I'm glad...
Really great book. I'm glad it was recommeded this for free. It definitely was 100% funny and challenged my Christian walk on so many different levels. Funny and gives you a lot to think about! Great job.
Review by / (Posted on 4/29/2010)
I really *really* like this book...
I really *really* like this book a lot. Not taking ourselves too seriously is, I believe, key to having a good relationship with Christ as well as having a good relationship with others.
Many of the foibles Jonathan pokes at are peculiar to American Christians, but that does not diminish the fun. So, lighten up, this book has a low conviction level. You should probably leave the eagle at home, though.
Review by / (Posted on 4/27/2010)
I totally agree with Michael...this book...
I totally agree with Michael...this book is ridiculous if you want to truly have a deep relationship with Jesus; and that's why God placed us on this earth. Yes, I like to laugh and joke around but most of this stuff was not that kind of joking. No wonder they're giving this away for free!! If you want to read a book that isn't about making the money and was given by God then read "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. That is the type of book we should all be listening to day after day.
Review by / (Posted on 4/22/2010)
John forces you to look at...
John forces you to look at your Christian acts and thoughts in a completely different light.

The book is not even 30 minutes in and he throws you a challenge about living your life fully in service to God, not as a part-time service. John famously calls this "Boudy, God, Booty". Signifying that we don't live our lives fully for God.

You must read/listen to this book with the understanding that it is satire. You're probably not going to get some world changing insight from the book, but it will make you laugh at how we as Cristians do certain things.

Part ten of the book is the most powerful presentation of the gospel I have ever heard.

John does an outstanding job of reading his own book and his side comments make the book that much more entertaining. More narrators need to follow his lead in this, especially if they are also the author of the book.

This book also provides areas for opening discussions with other Christians about what we do and how we act toward others, and also with church leadership.
Review by / (Posted on 4/19/2010)
Listen to it and stop taking...
Listen to it and stop taking yourself so seriously. It's a fun listen.
Review by / (Posted on 4/13/2010)
I will admit I was a...
I will admit I was a bit skeptical when I downloaded this. I was afraid that it was going to be a total Chrisitan bashing. I haven't finished it yet, but I have been laughing so hard!!! If you are offended, maybe you shouldn't take yourself so seriously. This is a tongue-in-cheek look at what Christians do/say/act! If we can't laugh at ourselves...
Review by / (Posted on 4/12/2010)
I am enjoying this book....
I am enjoying this book. Overall, I think it's an excellent indictment of Christian culture using humor to get past the walls of defense and get Christians to pause and reflect. Several times I have found myself laughing, then turning around to reflect on something the laughter and the Spirit brought up in my heart. Will it offend some? Yes. Does it treat lightly many of the cultural, religious, churchy tenets that some take more seriously than God's word? Absolutely. Will it challenge you to see yourself in some of parts and maybe ask you reflect? Hopefully. I think it might even make an opening for the non-churched to peer in and say, "Wow. Some of them do see what I see. Maybe I can find a place in Christ's body after all."
Review by / (Posted on 4/12/2010)
Last month, the free book was...
Last month, the free book was The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This month it's Stuff Christians Like by Jonathan Acuff. What a contrast. I just listened to the sample and that told me all that I need to know about this book.... We live in a time when Christians are considered strange and somewhat of an embarrassment by our culture. We do need to be able to laugh at ourselves sometimes but to make light of the things that make Christ a laughing stock to millions of people is nothing more than an indictment of the sub-culture that Christians have created for themselves. These are not things to laugh about, these are the reasons that many people will not darken the doorway of a church and the reason that many Christians are treated like intellectual lightweights. Cheap Grace indeed.
Review by / (Posted on 4/7/2010)
Against my better judgement, I...
Against my better judgement, I began downloading this in a fit of low blood sugar. I will not even finish and am so glad it was free. If you like feeling a little better than everyone else, love sarcasm, and can tolerate the derogatory sexual slang "suck" you may just love this book.

I am under 40, and still baffled by the fast paced reading and flippant attitude.

Harsh, sarcastic, low brow, I can't stand it!

Sad, Zondervan, sad.

I am literally a bit sick to my stomach.
Review by / (Posted on 4/5/2010)