Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society  -     By: Timothy D. Willard, R. Jason Locy
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Zondervan / 2011 / Hardcover

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To veneer means to cover something with a material that is "more desirable as a surface than the basic material of the object." This may be a great way to cut costs on a remodeling project, but it's no way to live the Christian life. Exploring the impact of culture on life and faith, Timothy Willard and Jason Locy offer a 21st century take on an age-old challenge for Christians: how to be in the world, but not of it.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310325633
ISBN-13: 9780310325635
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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.

Author Bio

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.

Author Info

Tim Willard is a popular writer and speaker whose work has appeared in several publications. He's also worked with a wide range of organizations producing small group studies and messaging for non-profits as well as collaborated with best-selling authors. He is pursuing an MA in Christian Thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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.

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Would you frequent a store with the motto "We don't offer perfection but, rather, the beauty of imperfection"? If you were in the market for wood flooring, you might almost demand such an outlet! Beautifully aged and authentically distressed wood possesses a quality and character than is unable to be duplicated in a manufactured laminate product. The best laminate veneer holds no comparison to the patina of the original.

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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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A smart look at an old topic ...
    April 23, 2012
    Scotty
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    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.
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    Learn to better know and love the Lord Jesus
    June 1, 2011
    Dave Jenkins
    Caldwell, Idaho
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    Gender: male
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    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."
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