Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck–Jon Acuff


Title: Do Over

Author: Jon Acuff
(Author Website) (Facebook)

Genre: Nonfiction/Business & Economics

Narrator: Jon Acuff

Publisher:  Blackstone Audio, 04/07/15

Length:  8.5 hrs • 7 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged

About the Book: (from

New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff has drawn millions of online fans who love his refreshing mix of humor, honesty, and wisdom about the world of work. Now he offers his most important book yet, a guide to making big career changes—by choice or necessity—and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job.

Acuff finds it amazing that people spend more than eighteen years studying and preparing for college, but little or no time honing their careers between graduation and retirement. He offers an empowering tool he calls the Career Savings Account, which will change the way readers think about their skills, relationships, character, and work ethic. He also shows that if you’re on the wrong track, you already have what you need to change it—even if your family and mortgage mean you can’t simply pick up and move for a new opportunity.

Throughout the book, Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories—not merely his own, but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fiftysomethings and beyond.

About the Author & Narrator: 

jon-acuff-headshotJon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books including his most recent, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck.

For 16 years he’s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches. Featured regularly on national media, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.

In addition, Jon is also a big proponent of social media with blogs that have been read by 4 million people and more than 230,000 twitter followers. In 2010 he used his influence with his tribe to build two kindergartens in Vietnam. Jon lives with his wife Jenny and two daughters in Franklin, TN.

My Review:  Jon uses his signature wit and humor to provide advice on how to survive a career “Do Over” either due to either a voluntary or involuntary reason.  Voluntary Do Overs being, Career Ceiling or Career Jump.   Involuntary “Do Overs” being Career Bump or Career Opportunity.  Jon introduces the reader to the concept of a “Career Savings Account” (CSA).   A CSA is filled with your relationships, skills, character and work ethic.  Personally, I am currently in a bit of a strange season in my career.   I  found the tasks in the book  very helpful to put Jon’s theory into practice in my career.   I especially liked the information on how to have character in the workplace, which I strive to do each day.   I know which areas of my CSA need to be strengthened and I now have steps to improve my Career Savings Account. 

My Rating: 4 – I found Do Over by Jon Acuff an enjoyable read.  I simply love Jon’s sense of humor.   I loved him as a narrator. He is a very expressive narrator with just a hint of sarcasm.   He made me laugh out loud more than once.   I have been fan of Jon Acuff for years.  We lead Financial Peace University and he does make an appearance in Week #5 I believe it is. 

I am motivated to invest in myself and my career Savings Account after listening to Do Over by Jon Acuff.  The tag line on the cover reads, “Rescue Monday, Reinvent Work and Never Get Stuck!”  This is exactly what I needed to hear during this changing time in my career.   I would recommend Do Over by Jon Acuff to anyone who is feeling the need to change up their career a little bit or have been faced with an involuntary “Do Over”.  Jon Acuff provides very sage advice in a very enjoyable format.  I will certainly be listening to more of his books as I enjoyed him as a narrator very much.  Honestly, I usually do not enjoy author/narrators very much, but Jon Acuff is very enjoyable to listen to. 

My Rating Scale: 1 – didn’t like it; 2 – it was ok; 3 – liked it; 4 – really liked it; 5 – it was amazing

Do Over was also reviewed on the following blogs: Long Wait for IsabellaMission to Save, and Saving Dollars and Sense


**Disclosure – Do Over by Jon Acuff  was received from Audiobook Jukebox’s reviewer program and Blackstone Audio in exchange for a fair review.