Monday, April 7, 2014

Uncovered by Rod Tucker

A vision for a more honest churchWe Christians have become masters of self-deceptive and fake moral living. Just like Adam and Eve, we don t want anyone to know we are spiritually naked. But covering up around God denies us the life he has meant for us.

In Uncovered, Rod Tucker shows us how to cultivate an honesty that sheds all trace of superficiality in our lives and in our churches. He encourages us to openly admit our daily and perennial struggles so that we can experience unaltered grace and in turn build welcoming, grace-filled communities that will change lives.

My review:
   I have long felt we Christians aren't honest enough about what we are dealing with and where we are at in our relationship with Jesus, but instead try to portray the idea that we are OK and nothing is wrong. So naturally, when this book was offered for review, it was one that I was definitely interested in reading.

  This isn't a long book, coming in at only 156 pages, but the author covers the topic of being honest very well in those few pages. He has some great insights and advice for how to be more honest, and why we need to be. I found it an interesting and helpful read. Going back to Adam and Eve in the garden, trying to cover up their nakedness and hide from God, he shows we may as well be honest and open, as God knows anyway.

  As helpful and interesting as I found the book, I was also disappointed in the book. The author stressed more than once we should strive for honesty, over trying to overcome sin, and seems to give the idea Christians are going to sin as much as a sinner, but it is better to be honest and admit it, than to try to quit the sin. I totally disagree with him on that point, and believe we should strive to overcome sin, and if we are constantly sinning, honesty doesn't matter, we need to head back to the altar and pray some more.

About the author:

A communicator, church planter, idea maker, and storyteller, Rod Tucker is the founding pastor of The River:pm and author of Uncovered: The Truth about Honesty and Community and also Remembering a Forgotten Grace: Thoughts on Shame, Beauty, Romance, and Radiance. Growing up attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with his parents instilled in Rod the necessity of honesty, the urgency of grace, and the beauty of community. Through books, speaking, and various forms of media, he seeks to open conversations with real people who are pursuing a real God. Rod and his wife, Anna, live in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they enjoy listening to, watching, reading, and telling all kinds of stories. To get in touch with Rod or to see what is happening, visit  

Uncovered is available from Kregel Publishing.
Thanks to Kregel for the review copy.