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Q&A WITH JON ACUFF In early June, Promise Keepers Canada president Kirk Giles sat down with writer and speaker Jon Acuff, author of such popular titles as Stuff Christians Like and Everything You Need to Get Unstuck at Work. While much of their conversation centered on the topic of work and purpose, we also had a chance to ask him for some opinions on funny topics pertaining to Christians and music, including some of the stranger incidents he’s ever witnessed. For the full conversation, visit PromiseKeepers.ca/av/ or check out the PK@Home podcast on iTunes.

JON, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US ON THE PODCAST, REALLY APPRECIATE HAVING YOU. Yeah, thanks for having me on, Kirk. JON, MANY OF OUR LISTENERS ARE GOING TO RECOGNIZE YOU FROM YOUR BLOG, WHICH ALSO BECAME YOUR FIRST BOOK, “STUFF CHRISTIANS LIKE.” HOW DID YOU TRANSITION FROM WRITING ABOUT CRAZY THINGS IN THE CHRISTIAN SUB-CULTURE TO WRITING A BOOK ABOUT CAREERS AND WORK? Well, I had a lot of career and work experience. I’m probably like a lot of your listeners; it kills me right now that there are 22-year-old life

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coaches on the Internet. If you’re 22 and you write a marriage book, and I can still smell sunscreen on you from your honeymoon, I don’t want to read your thoughts on marriage. I honestly don’t—you are not an expert. And so what happened is that, I spent 16 years in corporate America, working at big jobs, small jobs, medium-sized jobs and along the way I got really fascinated with the purpose side of work. You’re going to spend 40 to 50 years working and it’s 40 to 60 hours of your week. And so I really started to think about, “How does it become meaningful? How does it matter? How do you do something that you’re engaged in?”

And so that’s how it happened. And I had a great experience where I got to work at a dream job and so I wrote a book about, “How do you not quit the wrong way?” and it was called Quitter. And that was my first kind of foray. But really, it was a fascination and a curiosity with “How do you enjoy what you’re doing and do it well?” SO, WHEN DECIDE TO MAKE A JUMP TO WRITING FULL-TIME LIKE THAT, IT’S OBVIOUSLY EXCITING, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT RISKY AND SCARY…HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT THAT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO? THAT IT WAS THE RIGHT TIME AND THE RIGHT ROLE AND THE RIGHT PURPOSE FOR YOU IN

SEVEN - Issue 43 (July/August 2015)  
SEVEN - Issue 43 (July/August 2015)  

Music. We’re surrounded by it, entertained by it, inspired by it, moved by it. But what lies beneath can often be equally as compelling as t...