Truth in a World of Lies, Hype, and Spin

I always enjoy the work of Os Guinness and Time for Truth is no exception.  This is a book about truth: acknowledging it, believing it, standing up for it, and living according to it.  I’ll give a few of my favorite quotes.

“…Truth is one of the simplest, most precious gifts without which we would not be able to handle reality or negotiate life.  Neither unhealthy nor repressive, truth is a vital requirement not only for individuals who would live a good life but for free societies that would remain free” (p. 13).

“Our challenge today is not to lament, protest, or simply talk about the crisis of truth in one of a hundred ways.  Rather, it is to do something about it by becoming people of truth and learning to live free…living in truth is the secret of living free” (p. 13-14).

“The discipline of living in truth is urgent today because modern life reduces community and accountability to its thinnest, thereby tempting us to live in a shadow world of anonymity and nonresponsibility where all cats are gray.  In such a world, becoming people of truth is the deepest secret of integrity and the highest form of taking responsibility for ourselves and our own lives” (p. 18).

I’ll have to come back to this book, Time for Truth, later – it is indeed a masterpiece.  If you are looking for a book that will help you stand for truth in our culture of hype, Hollywood, spin, and money-making lies, you’ll want to get this book.  You certainly won’t be disappointed.

shane lems

sunnyside, wa

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