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Stuff Christians Like

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  7,240 ratings  ·  408 reviews
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 fai ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Zondervan (first published March 5th 2010)
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Chad Bearden
Dec 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
I almost feel like I was tricked into reading "Stuff Christians Like" by Jonathan Acuff. I saw it on a table at Barnes & Noble labeled "Religion", which normally I'd walk right past, but its cover had an amusing diagram of a couple demonstating the 'side hug' manaeuver, so I thought perhaps the volume was more than just empty spiritual drivel. Leafing through it, there were several humerously simple drawings and section headings that seemed more interested in mocking Christians than inspiring th ...more
I was sitting on an hour long bus ride home and thought I'd put this in for a few smiles. Forget smiles, I was laughing out loud almost the entire trip back. People kept giving me funny looks. I tried to keep it in. It burst out anyway. Though this book is starting to feel ever so slightly dated, I was delighted by how dead-on accurate it was.
The story about the boy and the mustard really broke my heart though. I like that Acuff wraps it up on a slightly serious note. It made the overall book l
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you're not familiar with Jon Acuff, he is a wildly popular blogger who has built a reputation out of being able to see what's comical about this crazy business called evangelical Christianity.

Never sarcastic, never bitter, cynical or critical, but playfully and affectionately he pokes fun at all of our little idiosyncracies in dozens of short essays with titles like "Ranking Honeymoon Sex Slightly Higher than the Second Coming of Christ" "Watching R Rated Movies... But Only If They're Violen
Mitch Nichols
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acuff takes a witty and humorous look at Evangelical Christianity in this collection of short vignettes which admittedly will primarily resonate with with those who have grown up in conservative circles. If you are not a fan of satire then this book is definitely not for you. Often Christians feel the freedom to laugh or make jokes at the expense of those not part of their subculture and bristle when the roles are reversed and we are the ones being skewered. In a clever and engaging way Acuff wr ...more
Brian Eshleman
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This guy is a GREAT communicator! He can get real laughs in an ironic sort of way that doesn't reach for them. He can communicate Truth in a way that cuts to the quick before defenses of intellect or tradition have been put in place.
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

I adored this. If you've ever gone to church regularly (particularly in the past 15 years), you will get a lot of the jokes. The second half is far more sober, more sermon-ish, but Acuff writes well.
Douglas Wilson
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: satire
Most of this book was pretty funny. Some of it was lame. Parts of it were magnificent. Hence the trouble with the number of stars.
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh my lord this book was funny. Being raised in church, this is basically one big inside joke for Christians. Satire & witty sarcasm are my favorite types of humor & are definitely something you don't see too much in Christian literature. Jon Acuff is hilarious & this book was like every weird thing Christians do but no one has addressed them until now. Some of the funnier parts of this book: when that ever uncomfortable moment comes when the pastor asks you to join hands in prayer with those be ...more
Tim P
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wish this book was called "Stuff Evangelical Christians Like" or "Stuff really intense life consuming Christians like" because it's not very relatable for anyone else. I have nothing but respect for the way those people live their lives but I guess I didn't think this book would be so specific. It's not really what stuff Christians like. It's what Christian stuff Christians like. This was partially my fault for not checking this out here beforehand but it was an impulse buy. I consider ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is based on the popular blog which I'd seen a few times but don't follow, so I don't know how much is new content just for the book. Loosely arranged into themes, there's an array of short articles ranging from the absurd to very thought-provoking, some gently satirical and some deliberately humorous. You may not identify with all of them, nor may you agree with his slant, but I found it a refreshing book for sporadic reading, and was somewhat relieved that other people have the same proble ...more
David Sarkies
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to David by: A girl named Lisa
Shelves: christian
A satrical look at the quirks of Christians
16 January 2013

I thought I had already written a commentary on this book but when I checked Goodreads, and also the file where I keep a backup of all my commentaries (it is about 762 pages long) I couldn't find it. Anyway, this was one of those books that was being passed around the small group, and in turn the church, by one of the girls that seemed to always get her hands on some interesting things. I remember flicking through it at small group (okay
May 04, 2010 rated it liked it
As the son of a one-time preacher man, this was a read that made a thousand memories flood back into view. I think I appreciated that. I chuckled fairly frequently, laughed a couple times, got sad a few times, and tore through this read on a plane ride.

bits that nailed me:

+ using "faith like a child" as an escape pod from difficult theological discussions
+ judging fundamentalists for being judgmental
+ hating on megachurches
+ saying someone is going to have a bigger house in heaven than you
+ find
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok

This is one of those books that readers will either love or hate – there’s very little middle ground on this one. Jonathan Acuff grew up the son of a pastor and has the inside track on “stuff” that happens in churches. His approach in Stuff Christians Like is pretty edgy and I’m guessing that the more conservative reader may not appreciate his style.

Although I didn’t find this book “side-splitting” hilarious, the author does make several good points in this book. One of myfavorites was Christia
Jennifer AlLee
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
There aren't many books that make me laugh out loud. The problem with Stuff Christians Like is that it had me laughing so much, it threw me out of stealth reading mode. My teenage son quickly realized he was missing out on the fun. From then on, it was a battle to see who'd pick up the book first and get to say, "Oh, you've got to hear this."

What makes Stuff Christians Like so funny is the honesty of it. Anybody who's been in church for awhile can relate to these short entries with titles like D
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nothing appeals to me more than a good laugh, and Stuff Christians Like fit the bill perfectly. The sarcastic humour I love, with an oddly encouraging and uplifting twist. Perfect for Christians who don't take themselves too seriously ... or perhaps for those who do.

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 jus
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Over all a really good book. Some of it made me laugh, much of it made me grin, and sometimes it made me think. This is witty, sarcastic, goofy, and the occasional good-hearted kick in the pants we all need from time to time. Just like any nation has its stereotypes, so does the kingdom of God. Sometimes they're just silly and harmless. Other times it might be good for us to reflect on what needs changing. In any case, this is a great book for accomplishing any or all of the above.
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: personal-copy
For the most part, this was just an okay read. It started out funny, but then some of the sarcasm was just not my cup of tea. I really liked the last chapter, though, probably because it took on a more serious vibe.
Megan Dixon
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good light-hearted book to break up some of the others I’ve been reading. I started this book & finished it in less than 24 hours because I liked it so much. I don’t know if it’s because of my having grown up in the church, or that I appreciate sarcasm & wit appropriately used in poking fun, but I spent most of the 203 pages laughing uncontrollably. No book has ever tickled me so much. ...more
I found Jon Acuff to be very funny and spot-on when it came to his satirical look at modern Christian culture. Although I have been familiar with Acuff's blog,, for years, I have never been a regular reader of the blog. In fact, every entry in this book was new to me. The true hilarity in this books happens when the reader comes across an essay that covers a topic that is familiar to their own life. This relatability happened to me many times while reading this book. I th ...more
Marsha Altman
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't know why this book is so popular. It does look clever from the title and cover and it intrigued me, but it's really for the Evangelical set. I enjoyed it as an anthropological exercise and it was kind of funny, but I couldn't relate to it.

This guy lives in a very, very small and ignorant world where most people are not Christian even though they live in the United States. In the South. Specifically Georgia. In a small or medium-sized town. He talks constantly about explaing to others tha
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Everyone appreciates and utilizes inside jokes. Inside jokes appeal to us because of their immediate connection; the humor is built upon a shared experience. This book is essentially a collection of inside jokes for Christians. Similar to the site "Stuff White People Like", this book is a series of observations and snarky remarks about the things Christians say and do that don't make any sense (some examples: praying for a "hedge of protection", the seven kinds of people you meet in a prayer cir ...more
Shalor T.
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
I'll admit it- I recognized several of the bits in this book from my own personal experiences or from watching some of my friends. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that several of the "What Christians Like" bits in this book tend to stretch to several different religious beliefs. I've seen more than one person that isn't a Christian do several of the things in this book.

The book collects several different blogs by Jonathan Acuff, all of which deal with things that Christians like. The subject m
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I laughed and laughed at many of the essays in Stuff Christians Like. Anyone familiar with evangelicalism, whether a member of the movement or not, will find this book amusing and worth flipping through, much like the popular website it originated from.

I first discovered the SCL blog when it was brand new, and have checked in periodically to read the true and hilarious insights that Acuff provides on evangelical Christianity, a subculture ripe for the mocking. Evangelicals are famous for ripping
Sleepless Dreamer
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok

As a Jew, I'm very familiar with Jewish humor and I love it. Following a lot of Muslim meme pages (yes, that is a thing) has given me somewhat of an insight to Muslim humor. So when I realized I have no idea about Christian humor, I thought I'd give this book a chance.

I sincerely hope this isn't a representation of Christian humor because it just isn't funny. It's not funny in any way. I started skimming on page 150 after I just couldn't take it anymore.

I don't have anything else to say
Stephanie Joy
This satirical book had me rolling from page one.. as a Christian who was raised in the church (pastor's kid), in the south, in a town that is the home of a prominent Christian university... well.. this was just like one big inside joke for those who have lived through and seen the reason for many of the stereotypes that are placed on American Christians today. I was laughing through the entire book.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
this guy has definitely grown up in church
smart author
comfortable humor
satire upon painful satire
funny story: popped this in to listen with some teenagers on a road trip. First chapter: stuff christians like: "Ranking honeymoon sex slightly higher than the second coming of Christ" welp. maybe we just listen to music
I literally laughed out loud several times in this book.
very enjoyable
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A super quick, funny read, complete with pictures. I think I got most of the jokes so I feel fully integrated into the Christian subculture, for better or worse. I really like Jon Acuff, whom I was introduced to by Dave Ramsey. He's a great speaker, too. I'll probably pick up his other books, although they are more business oriented.
J.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The author is a mainstream, contemporary Christian and the book is too funny. I laughed out loud several times, especially the part about men crying in church.

Update: Second listen, still chuckled repeatedly.
"I think the uber-popular Christian prayer request for a "hedge of protection" is in the bible, but I'm not sure. It sounds like something David would have written in the book of Psalms. He's very poetic and our most Bono-like writer."
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love the book--Jon Acuff boldly goes where few Christians have gone before; making fun of ourselves. There were 4-5 times I found myself reading this out loud to my wife (who follows Jon on twitter). If you want a good belly laugh read this book.
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