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The world has a love affairwith itself. Armed with Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, we think of ourselves as mini celebrities, and we use consumption and technology to convince our friends that this facade is who we are. Veneer illustrates that consumption is more than just acquiring more stuff; it is a potentially dangerous mindseta mindset turning everything, even people, into products. According to authors Timothy Willard and R. Jason Locy, there is evidence of consumption in all channels of cultureeven the church. Most Christian commentators suggest that the church should speak the language of the congregants. Willard and Locy suggest the opposite approach: if congregants are steeped in a culture of consumption, the church should not speak their language at all. Veneer encourages the church to become a refreshing voice amidst a veneered world, inviting you to lead an unveneered life of freedom, honesty, and beauty. Taking on an original concept that addresses the potential dangers of consumption and technology, Veneer speaks to many Christians who are unsure how to live with true meaning among the ever-changing trends and technology our culture offers.
A sought after Creative Director, Jason Locy is Principal of FiveStone, an award winning brand and design firm that helps organizations develop long-term sustainable strategies. Jason's work and marketing campaigns have garnered national and international attention.
Tim and Jason live down the road from each other somewhere north of Atlanta; Tim with his enchanting wife Christine and pixie daughters Lyric and Brielle; Jason with his winsome wife Heather and three boisterous children Ethan, Christian, and Naomi.
Authors Timothy Willard and Jason Locy draw a skillful comparison between valuable flooring and authentic Christian living. It is their belief, and the premise of Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society, that life is richer and more appreciated when the veneer is removed and the character of the material is allowed to shine through. Like skilled woodworkers, they carefully strip away the highly regulated and manufactured veneers of "good Christian living" and then tenderly restore the underlying material one's character so that the uniqueness of the individual shines through. Just as each board tells a different story, so each life should have its unique characteristics.
Throughout this process, the reader is challenged to examine their own thoughts and decisions against the character and person of God. Willard and Locy masterfully display the simplicity of life in a way that highlights the greatness and majesty of God while revealing the flaws and garishness of what passes for "acceptable societal norms."
Although a voracious reader, I rarely read a book in one sitting. Veneer stands out in that regard. I literally could not put it down, and devoured the 260+ pages while waiting for my sons to complete their swim team practice! My eyes raced from page to page, my heart responding to the truths found within God's Word as explained by the authors. More passages were highlighted and pages turned down for further contemplation in this book than in any other of similar size.
Perhaps the largest concept to grab my attention dealt with the difference between experiencing God (a popular phrase in some Christian circles) to the desire God has for His creation to encounter Him. Experience focuses on a past action you know what a roller coaster experience contains, for example; yet an encounter could be anything and that is the point God stresses to His children. Life could be anything, but He is there! I can heartily recommend
Veneer to you. I would also recommend setting aside time for reading it, as I expect it will grip you much as it did me. Charles Eldred, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Scotty4 Stars Out Of 5A smart look at an old topic ...April 23, 2012ScottyQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Imagine revisiting the topic of Christian authenticity without the word "authentic" being tossed around like a Retriever after a tennis ball.
Timothy Willard and Jason Locy have pulled off such a feat in their book, "Veneer" (published by Zondervan) in a smart and sobering manner.
Before opening the cover, I was skeptical about revisiting such a topic. The idea of wearing masks and the need to be authentic has been a sermon topic by even the most novice of preachers, and celebrity pastors have dedicated chapters in their paperbacks to the subject. Simply put, it was a common topic worn out by overuse of the term, yet too little real depth given to the issue.
But those who addressed the subject matter often did so as shallowly as the topic being explored. Not so with "Veneer." In this book, the authors do a compelling job of unmasking the level of veneer in our lives, our culture, and the church, but also lead their readers in reasonable depth into the subtitle of the book, "Living Deeply in a Surface Society."
With this book, readers will gain a better insight into the depth of veneer around them --- and in them --- and can appreciate the authors guidance in how to live more deeply.
This book was passed to me by a Facebook friend, Jason Chatraw, who is a publisher at Ampelon Publishing. Books recommended by a friend are often good reads, as was the case of "Veneer." As Jason passed the book to me, I pass on the recommendation to give it a read.
Dave JenkinsCaldwell, IdahoAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Learn to better know and love the Lord JesusJune 1, 2011Dave JenkinsCaldwell, IdahoAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Veneer: Living Deeply In a Surface Society is written by Timothy Willard and Jason Locy two men who love the Lord and want to see the people of God know and serve the Lord. In the first five chapters the authors help the reader address the various ways in which today's culture causes them to live on the surface rather than go deep in relationship with God and others. In chapters six to nine the authors explain what it means to go deep with God and others in relationship. Chapter ten provides the solution for pursuing both God and building health relationships with others.
Veneer is not the book I thought it would be--in fact as I finished it, I thought it was better than I thought it would be. This is a well written easy-to-read book that one could easily read in a day or in a month. The authors combine biblical teaching with cultural analysis and an impressive knowledge of literature. In chapter ten the authors call one first to know the Lord by growing in His Word, prayer and active membership in a local church.
This is a book that any Christian can and should read. This book will help the believer to understand how one is under assault and how God requires that one deals with that assault. I recommend you read Veneer in order to continue to learn how to better love God with all of one's heart, mind, soul and strength so that you might bring glory to His name in all things.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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