Friday, June 24, 2011

[Book Review] "Quitter" by Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff used to be a serial quitter. Of jobs, that is. Now, he's found his dream job of writing books and speaking at conferences and events while working for Dave Ramsey. Acuff has even written a book about it. While this seems to be a trend of people getting their dream job making lots of money and then writing a book about it, Acuff is not really part of this trend, it seems. You might better know Acuff as that guy who wrote the hilariously funny Stuff Christians Like and writes In Quitter, Acuff details how he went from working eight different jobs in eight years to working his dream job of writing and speaking. There's a lot to like in this book with Acuff's witty writing style and humor. With a book about quitting your job, Acuff does not tell you to quit your day job, yet. What he does do is give you an outline of how to go from your day job to your dream job while working and liking your day job.  While the book is informative and fun to read (I read it in less than a week), I think that a lot of people will never be there with moving to a dream job. While a Christian, this book is not a Christian book. I don't believe that God ever wants us to be dissatisfied with the work we do, yet it was unclear where Acuff stands on this issue, because he talks about being dissatisfied with jobs, until now.

What's funny is that I've read Dave Ramsey's The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness and was not all that impressed, especially since we were already doing most of what Ramsey told us we should be doing. Though, this is the book that Acuff says helped him to be able to afford getting his dream job, and maybe it did help him and his wife get their finances straight. Overall, the book was informative and helpful. I have degrees in theology and missions which I don't believe I am effectively using right now, but would like to. This is why, in the middle of this reading of this book, I started in order to share my knowledge of how to share the Gospel with Muslims with Christians. Will it ever do well? Who knows, but I am partially inspired by Acuff in this venture. In all, I'd recommend this book if you really do have something that you'd like to be doing and you're sort of stuck in a rut of the day in and day out of a daily grind of a job. God calls us to be satisfied in Him, first and foremost, but sometimes it's hard when the cares of this world take over.

We must look to Christ first to be satisfied in Him. He might have bigger plans for us, just as he had bigger plans for Acuff. God made it clear that we should move to Columbia to pursue my Master's degree. He has yet to make it clear where we should go from here, but I do know this, He always has a plan for our lives. The first and foremost of that plan includes our satisfaction in Him. The rest will follow. Even if you are not satisfied with your job, you can be satisfied in Christ. If God leads you to your dream job, he will make it clear what steps you should follow. Maybe this book will help.