In 2011 I co-authored Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society. The idea began over coffee with my good friend Jason Locy. As branding took over churches we observed how culture seemed to be influencing the church more than the church was influencing culture.
Q Ideas commissioned us to write an essay about our thoughts on the topic. Then, we published a more thorough rendering with Zondervan. Click the photo below to buy a copy.
Jason and I look forward to our second book Home Behind the Sun: Connecting With God in the Brilliance of the Everyday, which is due out April 29th with Thomas Nelson Publishers.
I'm also publishing a 52 week devotional titled Longing For More: Finding God in the Rhythms of the Everyday, which is due out next fall with Bethan House Publishers.
Looking forward to the summer of 2014 when I hope to wrap up my first novel, a young adult epic fantasy. Stay tuned for more on that project.
Some Kind Words About Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society
"Bold, intelligent, and convicting. Even as culture rewards our masks, Veneer urges us to rip them off. The life we ought to live is identified on these pages. Only read if you are ready to shed your façade."
—Gabe Lyons, Q founder and author of The Next Christians
"Our culture wants an `app for happiness,' and the church too often imitates that `app culture.' Veneer contains the best exposure of our `Celebrity Me!' culture I've seen, and once Willard and Locy have peeled back the veneer, they take us on a journey into knowing God. A must-read for parents and leaders--and I'll be putting copies of this in the hands of my students."
—Scot McKnight, author of One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow
"When I put down this book, I felt seen, heard, and not crazy. That's about the highest compliment I can give. Veneer asked me to look at the truth about myself--consumerism, celebrity-gawking, the temptation to give people a curated and manufactured Facebook-profile version of myself. And then it reminded me of a better way: deep relationships, intimacy, face-to-face connections, honesty even when it's ugly. It reminded me of how I want to live."
—Shauna Niequist, author of Bittersweet