Veneer is a new title published by Zondervan. Its authors, Timothy Willard and Jason Locy, devote themselves in this book to describing the ways in which we try to hide our true selves to those around us and how to move beyond this. I found myself nodding in agreement many times while reading this book and feeling challenged at the same time. Still, I did find a few things about this book a little trivial and left wondering why certain things were worded the way they were. But lets start with the positive.
This books starts off strong, by making its reader face the fake self they have been trying to promote to those around them. They take special aim at first making sure this book is directed straight to the reader and not for “somebody else”. In a very convincing fashion readers will quickly be convicted if they allow themselves to internalize what they are reading, which is one of the better parts of this book.
Fortunately the authors just don’t diagnose the problems of our culture and ourselves, but they offer their own advice on how to move beyond our surface level selves. There are plenty of people who can see the problem, but it takes a special insightful person to be to see a solution and I am glad these authors were able to do that. The authors do a tremendous job of showing we will never move beyond ourselves until we first encounter the creator of this world. It is until we see God in his majesty that we first understand the deeper calling He has for our lives. This was a point which resonated greatly with me and I applaud the authors for focusing first on God.
Still, with all its positives I did find a few things in this book which left me questioning some of the methods the authors used to convey particular points. There were multiple times in the book I believe the authors used sensual language which did not need be used. One instance from page 56 talks about how Brooke Shields posing in Calvin Klein Jeans changed they way people viewed jeans is a good example of this. I believe it would have been enough to simply state how this ad changed marketing of Jeans, but for some reason the authors felt they had to point out the fact Shield’s had an “unbuttoned shirt” on. I know to many this is no big deal, but I feel as if it is these little things which move the reader’s attention from God and the point of the book to more earthy and lustful images, which detract from the book.
Overall though, I would say this was a good read. While some might see this book as just another self-help book from the cover, once you delve a little further readers will quickly see truths which can be found within its pages.