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Publication Date: 2011
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.
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.
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
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