Sunday, May 08, 2011

Book Review: Stuff Christians Like

Stuff Christians Like

Stuff Christians Like by Jonathan Acuff

I had previously skimmed through Stuff White People Like and loved it. It was sarcasm at its best because it had no qualms about its subject and was full of self-deprecating humor. When I selected Stuff Christians Like, by Jonathan Acuff, I thought it was going to be similar to that. But, it wasn't.

I was expecting honest, real and self-deprecating satire and sarcasm. Therein lies my problem. Although the author sometimes skidded around actual satire-as-a-way-of-criticism humor, he never got within a mile of it. Instead, what he produced was a jumble of mismatched, barely relatable, and preachy STUFF that frankly, most came out of nowhere. The situations are nowhere near common in the Christian community and most seem far-fetched and out of left field.

More often than not, I found myself being preached at, especially by the end. It wasn't Haha "Christians like to have blah blah blah" it was "Christian (insert semi-funny example) and I know my God loves me and is with me." Seriously? Instead of making an honest satire, the underlying subtext was actual moralizing narrative. Among the few things I found funny were: the speeding to the exit before the minister even concludes service (must escape the parking jam!) and being unable to throw out a bible.

It took me a long time to read this book because I felt uncomfortable at the preacher-like narrative. To be honest, the book doesn't seem directed at the public. It seems to be more of an reflection of the author's Christian beliefs. I was expecting a light hearted and easy to read satire. But, the author was too reflective of his own faith to let the humor shine through.

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