Monday, June 6, 2011

Veneer: A Book Review

About The Book:

Discover the endless facades that are widespread in our culture and the dangerous powers of consumption and technology that fuels these facades. Learn the threat they pose to the church, and how they can be overcome to embrace your true worth and beauty through your relationship with Christ.

You aren't who you think you are.
Culture tells us that in order to be liked we must masquerade as someone other than who we are. So, we lacquer ourselves with credit cards and plastic surgery and status updates hoping no one will see the person underneath. This “veneer” allows us to silence our real selves as it gives voice to the alter ego we’d like others to see.
But, is this all there is to life or have we been duped? Does material success equal significance? Is our only identity the one we steal from Hollywood?
God’s idea of humanity is altogether different from the world’s. There is a way to live that sees beauty in our imperfection and, as Tim and Jason put it, once we realize this we can strip our veneers and live an unveneered life of freedom, honesty, and beauty.

You can read an excerpt of Veneer here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Timothy D. Willard has written for publications and organizations such as Catalyst, WinShape Foundation, The Prison Entrepreneurship Program, and Invisible Ink. He is also pursuing an MA in Christian Thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife and their daughter, Lyric.

R. Jason Locy is the Creative Director of FiveStone, a multi-disciplinary design studio whose client list includes MTV, Chick-fil-A, Q, and Catalyst, and has won multiple awards for his work. He has also written articles for Catalyst and the Q blog. He lives with his wife and three children.

My Review:

Combining culture and solid Biblical references, Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society is a must read for all Christians who are striving to live in a deeper relationship with our God and Savior.

In an easy-to-read format, the authors will show you why this deeper relationship with God is not only important but essential. Particularly in light of today's culture. It is a quick read and I read it in only a few days. However, one could really take time in this book and there are many markings and underlining that I have done, so that I can go back through it when I have more time.

If you are looking for a strong book that will guide you to understand how to discover the "real" you in light of living in a "what's in it for me?" society and live our lives out loud for the glory of God, I highly recommend Veneer! You will not be disappointed.

I give this book a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Veneer by Timothy D. Willard and R. Jason Locy online through Zondervan - it is also available through your favorite local bookseller of Zondervan books

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Zondervan, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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