Imagine 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.
Veneer: 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."