6 Reasons Why I “Hate” @jonacuff & a giveaway

randomlychad  —  July 20, 2011 — 32 Comments

Goodmornoonevening! Nice of you to drop by! I know what you’re here for: you want the “hate,” right?

Well, I aim to bring it. This week’s “victim” is none other than Mr. Stuff Christians Like himself, Jon Acuff.

Jon is like a much younger, cooler, hipper version of myself. Actually, who am I kidding? I’ve never been cool (I mean have you seen that picture over there on the right? Go ahead, look–I’ll wait). How cool can I be with a schnoz like that? Maybe I should follow in Jon’s footsteps and get me some rhinoplasty?* What do you think?) 😉

Anywho, without further ado, here then are the six reasons I “hate” @jonacuff:

1) If you’re Christian, and a blogger, there’s no escaping the man–he’s everywhere on the Internet! Since launching Stuff Christians Like three years ago, the man has really blown up! Must be all that delicious Gordo’s Queso Dip he’s always eating! 😉 (Which I can’t even get in Arizona! I “hate” that!). No? What about:

2) Jon is a published author; having written the hilariously satirical Stuff Christians Like, which–like Jon–is full of cheese… No, wait, I mean “win.” Definitely full of win. And maybe just a little cheese, too (“metrosexual worship leader,” anyone?). No, you say you don’t “hate” him for that? Well, there’s always:

3) He has also written a “gift book” about how to get out of debt by big game hunting on the African savannah (not Georgia, which I guess Jon has lived in, Africa Africa–you know: home to that great 80s band, and little dog, Toto). This book–like Bill Murray’s character in What About Bob?–has something to with taking “baby steps” as you get your gazelle hunting business off the ground. Or something. You can get your copy here. Wait, you say–you liked that book… Well:

4) The man wrote, and published, a third book–in a year’s time! (He was, in fact, so busy you know, writing, that he declined my interview request this past December. I kinda do hate him for that! Kidding!) Anyway, this book is called, wait for it, Quitter, and tells the amazing story of how Jon left the suffocating security of his 9-to-5 with AutoTrader.com to follow his dream of becoming a rodeo clown in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s not Henry James, but it’s gripping! You should read it!

And as if that’s not enough:

5) As if having one wildly successful blog on which to clown around wasn’t enough, Jon started another one in support of his rodeo career! And that one, like Will Smith in Hitch, is blowing up, too!

Who does this Jon guy think he is, anyway? I mean, two blogs? Next thing you know, he’ll be president. Of the United Rodeo Clowns 101! 😉 And I would really “hate” that!

6) Ok, I lied: I don’t really have a sixth reason to “hate” Jon, because truth be told, he’s “good people.” Back in the ’80s they called musician Steve Taylor the “Clown Prince of Christianity,” and in my mind Jon has more than gotten a double portion of that mantle. Not only that, but he’s transcended it as well with Quitter. In fact, he’s putting on a Quitter Conference for those of us who are ready to close the gaps between our day jobs and our dream jobs. One of my blogging heroes, Bryan Allain, is going to be there. And so is the creator of Dream Year, Ben Arment.

(Wish I could go. Those of you that do make it: steal some conference materials for me, will you? Kidding! Enjoy! I expect I full bloggity rundown).

If you’ve made it this far, thanks! Because I believe so strongly in Jon’s message, I’m giving away a copy of his latest book, Quitter. (Winner to be determined by Random.Org).

In order to qualify, you must do three things:

1) Leave a comment; tell me why you “hate” Jon, too;

2) Tweet (or post on your Facebook wall) the following: “@randomlychad is giving away a copy of Jon Acuff’s (@jonacuff) #Quitter book http://randomlychad.com”

3) Subscribe to my blog by clicking on my “big-nosed” picture there on the right; then follow the links therein to subscribe with your reader of choice.

*Note: Jon had corrective surgery following a skateboarding accident; I was born with my schnoz. And I don’t foresee any cosmetic procedures in my future. But these droopy eyelids are a drag! Thanks for reading!




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  • jmonsewicz

    I "hate" Jon because his funny posts are well, funny, and when it comes to his more serious ones, well, he seems to know his stuff well. I "hate" him because he's thought-provoking, amusing, and knows where to hit me where I need to be hit.

    • Me, too, man--Jon hits me where I live too uncomfortably often. I “hate” that! 😉

  • i hate him because I like my job.. but I'm afraid if I read this.. i'll be convinced to quit it

    • Me, too! Scary when one is (like me) in one's 40s! 😉

  • Esther

    I “hate” Jon Acuff because he created the Jesus JUKE!

    • I hear you! Totally Love the Jesus Juke!

      • How would Jesus feel, knowing that we're all joking about hating one of his beloved children? Hatred is a sin as bad as murder. 😛

        hehehe. Jesus juke.

  • I "hate" Jon because he makes it look so easy.

    • He does, doesn't he? I wish I was suave & self-assured.

  • marcos

    i 'hate' jon because the QUITTER conference is in Nashville and not Miami. Can somebody who is going there please ask him to bring down south…

    • I'd be with you on that “hate” if you said “Southwest,” as in Phoenix. (But it would be fun to visit Miami). 😉

      • Tess

        Phoenix would be good… Orange County would be better

  • I "hate" Chad because he thinks up the deep, yet amusing stuff before I do.

    • Hey! No fair! You were supposed to “hate” on Jon!(At times, my wife joins you in that “hate”). 😉

  • The reason I “hate” Jon is because he always seems to write his blog entries about me. They always make me uncomfortable.

    • You, too! That guy hits me where I live! I "hate" that! 😉

  • Tess

    I 'hate' Jon cuz he makes me laugh out loud, wakes up my sleeping babes.

    • Yeah--that's a good one! Never wake a sleeping baby--not for anyreason. Not even Jon Acuff. 😉

  • Mari

    I “hate” Jon because just yesterday I was going to quit my day job… then I remembered he wrote this Quitter book. So before I quit, I’ve decided to read Quitter first.

    • Very first chapter addresses that: \”Don\’t Quit Your Day Job.\” It\’s a great book!

  • kgoosie

    I "hate" Jon because he doesn't sugar coat things.

    • True dat--even when he's throwing down & bein' funny, the truth shines through.

  • Jon Accuff has a great head of hair. I don't. I hate his hair.

    • I'm with you on that, man! My own hair looks like the Donald's (hair) leapt off, mated with Bill Gates's (hair), and deposited the mutant offspring on my head!Plus, Jon has perfected that wry, sardonic smile that goes so well with his hair! ;-)Thanks for reading!

  • I hate Jon coz he has me laughing like an idiot at work. (er, no, I don't work with him. I read his posts at work. and re-read.. and re-read ) I really do hate him for that!

    • I hear you! He gets me laughing, too! Sometimes, my sides hurt. I “hate” that!

  • I hate Jon Acuff because he inspires me to work hard and suck up all my fears of writing and get the job done.

    • True dat--he does indeed.

  • The following time I learn a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I imply, I know it was my option to learn, but I actually thought youd have one thing interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you would fix when you werent too busy in search of attention.

    • Your comment too funny to not approve. Oh, and English--learn it. 😉