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Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  895 ratings  ·  290 reviews
Overthinking isn't a personality trait. It's the sneakiest form of fear.

It steals time, creativity, and goals. It's the most expensive, least productive thing companies invest in without even knowing it. And it's an epidemic. When New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff changed his life by transforming his overthinking, he wondered if other people might benefit from w
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by Baker Books
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Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jon Acuff has done it again! Every book I think is his best and then the next surpasses the last. I laughed out loud so much reading this book that the cats started suspiciously side eyeing me.

If you are now or ever have been an overthinker grab this book now so when it released you can literally change your life! There is hope, there are ways to control and change it.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure - I’m a Jon Acuff fan and a part of the launch team. I once drove three hours to stand in line to get his book Finish autographed. Fan girl here. But the reason is his humor, straight advice and genuine cheer have helped me in my own life and career. And this newest book Soundtracks is fantastic. It’s full of practical ways to get out of bad habits and negative thinking. It makes me want to shake off the lethargy of the last year and get back at joyfully charging into life. If yo ...more
Caleb Rankin
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It’s fun, funny, easy to digest and loaded with practical solutions to one of the biggest hurdles to success we all face. Our broken personal narrative. Acuff does a masterful job of helping us overcome these obstacles, not by ignoring them (because we know that doesn’t work), but by flipping them on their heads turning a weakness into a strength. Well done!
Update: I read it again on audio:

I had an ARC of this book because I was on the launch team, so I read it months ago (and reviewed it). This week when I finished my previous audio book and had run out of podcasts in my feed I was interested in (so many are released on Tuesdays and I finish them by end of the day on Thursday), I thought “Let’s listen to Jon.”

I’m so glad I did too – the audiobook is short, but inspiring. I need more of this kind of content in my life – stop overthinking things. St
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book with practical, on-the-go advice! Not just your run of the mill positive thinking book...Jon gives you practical tools to change your old negative soundtracks into positive, sustainable ones while adding a good dose of humor throughout the book. A must read for every overthinker!
Rob Brock
My wife and I listened to Jon Acuff's latest on audiobook, and we both enjoyed it. Jon is a very funny guy, and that comes through even more in the audiobook that he reads, frequently inserting extra comments and content for listeners. The basic premise of the book is simple: we will accomplish more in life if we can replace our broken soundtracks (negative self-talk) with new soundtracks (positive self-talk).

In some ways, this premise feels too simplistic, but the author has partnered with a ps
May 13, 2021 rated it liked it
This book is all about giving you the profound and effective way to deal with negative overthinking
It is good,but not extraordinarily good, some good points coupled with personal stories and motivational stories of other people do help in understanding things better.
But again there is not much in the book that kind of make you think like “ vow that is amazing”.
No doubt author has put tremendous effort but I am really skeptical of such a high rating in both amazon and goodreads. Not being judgeme
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you waste time constantly overthinking everything, then this book is a must read. There are so many life changing nuggets in this book. Now, I’m reading it again snd starting the process of re-recording my soundtracks.

This is a quick read and very funny, but thankfully you are given clear ways to change the way you think!

Grateful to have been given a digital copy of Soundtracks and to be a part of the launch team.
Bailey T. Hurley
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
When a book’s ideas immediately start to change your life, then you know it’s GOOD! Acuff tackles our broken soundtracks that keep us from moving foreword in our goals. They are more significant than we ever imagined. And gives us tools to re-record new ones! Saying my New Anthem in the mirror each day and already seeing a shift in my personal productivity, even when things don’t go the way I plan. This is a read for EVERYBODY.
Mica Rae
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love Jon Acuff. He delivers important information with a dose of humor. Soundtracks, like his other works did not disappoint. If you're an over thinker, this book helps you reframe your self talk and rid yourself of your broken soundtracks. A must read! ...more
N. Ray
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Literally Everyone
Shelves: self-help
Soundtracks is one of those books that you need a physical copy of so you can highlight the heck out of it, and store in a nearby, visible location in order to revisit often.
Personally, I can't place enough value on this book, because it's made such a dramatic impact on my life. I have been guilty of overthinking things to the point of quitting before I even start. I have allowed people and the past to dictate how I should think about certain things that have, sadly, crippled me from accomplishi
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If I drank a cup of coffee for every time I heard a friend say, "You're overthinking it," I'd be extremely sleep deprived and shaking uncontrollably. So I could barely contain my excitement when Jon first announced a few years ago that he was "researching overthinking" for his new book. I wondered; "How long will it take Jon to write the book? Will he come to Lancaster to promote it like he did with Do Over? Would he think it's weird to meet him a third time? Could I successfully engage in the t ...more
Greta Heddy
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Overthinking is when what you think gets in the way of what you want.”

Hmmm. I do that. I thought everyone did that.

I was right.

I thought it was just how my brain worked. There's nothing I can do to change.

I was wrong.

Jon Acuff has done it again. His book, Do Over, helped me find a new job in the career I had been out of for 15 years, and to continue to grow in that new/old career.

His book, Finish, has been helping me, a chronic goal setter and starter, to reach the finish line in several of th
Nick Minerva
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s funny how intentional we can be about a lot of different things. Intentional with our time, intentional with what we watch, intentional with what we eat. We are intentional about being intentional. But oftentimes we aren’t intentional about what goes on inside our heads. We just assume if a thought is in our mind it must be true. My brain loves me and wants what’s best for me, so it works to make sure that Philippians 4:8 is the soundtrack of my life. Right? Wrong. 

Actually, our brains can
Brandon Wallace
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jon Acuff has done it again! Over the years I have enjoyed several of Jon’s books including “Do Over” and “Finished”. Each time he brings in fresh ideas of on how to move forward and get things done.

The content in “Soundtracks” is full of wisdom and easy tools to use to help you stop overthinking and start taking action. Not only does he speak from his personal experiences but he actually did the research into how people overthink with the help of Mike Peasley, PhD. He also shares several testim
Rachel P
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read/listened to. Hilarious and helpful, inspiring and challenging, worth every penny and every minute. (If you read no further, just go buy the book.)

Many who try to help with this topic either tell you to "just stop" (as if we could and just refuse??) or make you feel like a horrible person for this "stupid, self-destructive thing you do" (which really just sends you into further downward spirals of overthinking). Jon Acuff isn't like that. He is humble in sh
David Cline
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve enjoyed hearing Jon speak live at events before, so I already know what a gifted and humorous communicator he is, and this book certainly does not disappoint! But I’ll admit this is my third Acuff book purchase, but I didn’t start Start and never finished Finish, so this is the first I read cover to cover, and couldn’t put it down!

It’s almost as if Jon is telling my story from the future, with exactly the encouragement I needed in this season of life! I started a business and outlined a bo
Jessica Smith
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I never really slowed down enough to think about my thoughts. Soundtracks has changed my life in less than a month more than any other "self-help" book I've read - and I've read dozens. This book is different, in the best way.

My biggest takeaway was a simple and profound statement, "don't fight it, flip it." Instead of beating myself up for having negative thoughts, I'm learning to have a new "playlist" or anthem. Making a "Best Boss" and "Worst Boss" list really hit home. I have
Cheryl Ann
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I became a Jon Acuff fan after reading his book “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done.” I used to have a chronic problem with finishing tasks and projects, so I figured that book would help. I was surprised in the best possible way when Finish turned out to be about how perfectionism is at the root of all we leave unfinished and what we can do to turn that around. It was a very funny quick read that literally changed my life. I read it thinking “How does this guy know me so well??”

So when I le
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
 A self-help book that is actually helpful? 
Do you have goals in life but talk yourself right out of them? 
Do you allow a conversation to replay over and over in your mind?
Jon Acuff says he can help solve this problem. 
Honestly, at some points while reading I found myself saying, “This is too simple, even too silly, it can’t work.”  But Acuff’s stats and personal experience is undeniable.  I have been putting the advice into practice since I cracked open this book; not only for myself but also f
Belinda Franco
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been following Jon Acuff since his blog "Stuff Christians like" and read his book "Finish" so of course I needed to read his latest book, "Soundtracks" and become part of the launch team. I was completely floored by this book. I highlighted so many nuggets and even took notes on my phone so I could easily refer back to. I have not done that with any other book! The truths that Jon throws in this book had me really dissecting the overthinking in my life. I never really considered myself an ...more
Giorgos Tselios
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences

1. Soundtracks is funny, relatable, and, above all, important.
2. Jon's entertaining attitude and storytelling make this book memorable.
3. A very-much-needed book about an issue that seems to plague everyone.

🎨 Impressions

Jon's Soundtracks is one of those books that you read and think that the author is speaking directly to you. Aside from that, it's full of funny and everyday stories that not only make the message more memorable, they also make everything relatable. Also,
Jennifer Lebo
PULLING THE PLUG ON THE PINBALL MACHINE Pinging and dinging and flashing lights, oh my! Not sure the Scarecrow would've asked for a brain if he knew the exhaustion of an overthinking one. I think the re-wiring of mine really began in earnest after my husband's unexpected death, as friends surrounded me and taught me how to do for myself. Along came Jon Acuff, with truckloads of content demonstrating that thoughts lead to actions which produce results. I'd already experienced some of that as I re ...more
Wayne Stonestreet
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw the title of Jon Acuff’s new book, Soundtracks, I was a little confused. My mind never jumps to music when I think of Jon. Other than an occasional song reference or an Instagram post of his walk-up music, he never mentions music all that much. I had it all wrong.

Jon is a writer, speaker and comedian who understands people and in Soundtracks he has written a perfect symphony around changing the broken soundtracks most of us succumb to daily. I say, “us” because I’m pretty sure
Chuck & Robin Pitts
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard the overview of this book was for over thinkers, and being a Jon fan, I knew this book would change my world by rocking it. And I was right. I thought the premise of new soundtracks seemed pretty touchy-feely. Could I actually believe positive soundtracks just by stating them, repeating them? It seemed unlikely until it was revealed in this book that that is exactly what I had been doing all my life - just with negative soundtracks. The idea is to replace the negative soundtra ...more
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jon Acuff has done it again! Four years after the publication of his book “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done”, New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff is back with a great new book: “Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking.”

“You’ve got a soundtrack for every person in your life, but you also have one for everything you have to do. Your responsibilities as a parent, spouse, and employee are crawling with soundtracks.” Like favorite songs we recall to mind over and over, our
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Had I not read so many powerful psychology and self-help books in the past 2-3 years, I'm sure I'd wholeheartedly give this a full 5 stars. It's very good; I'm just not sure it's as powerful as The Practice: Shipping Creative Work, The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, or even Acuff's own Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done. But it's a simple premise: use your tendency to overthink and transform it into an ...more
Jessica Powell
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Normally, reviews take me a very long time to write. I spend days mulling over the perfect words to describe the reading experience I just completed, second-guessing myself at least 37.5 times before I finally hit submit. There’s a reason I often just go with a star rating and bypass the review-writing trauma altogether.

But after finishing Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking, I’ve been cured and am now able to write as many reviews as I want with no stress or overthinking whatso
Chris Ulrich
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw that Jon was going to write a book about overthinking, I knew it was one I had to read. The only problem is that when it came to preordering, I left the book in my cart for over a week before finally purchasing it. Why? You guessed it, I had to think about it for longer than some people think about buying a house. This is such a ridiculous statement but it’s 100% true and I do that with way too many things in my life. I go to rent a car that I know I need, leave it in the cart f ...more
Melanie Glinsmann
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Jon Acuff for some time, and Soundtracks stands up as one of his best yet. So many of us struggle with overthinking. Whether that’s analyzing a decision, dealing with family issues, or accomplishing goals, overthinking holds us back. Negative soundtracks – the thoughts we tell ourselves based on past experiences or what others have told us – force us to question our abilities and even our worth. In Soundtracks, Acuff outlines how you can learn to turn down the dial on these ...more
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Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of six books, including his most recent Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller, "Finish: Give yourself the gift of done."

Published in more than a dozen languages, his work is both critically acclaimed and adored by readers. After reading "Do Over," marketing legend Seth Godin wrote in his endorsement, "This is the best career book ever written. I'm not

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