Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype, and Spin
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Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype, and Spin

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In postmodern society, truth no longer exists in any objective or absolute sense. At best, truth is considered relative. At worst, it's a matter of human convention. But, as Os Guinness points out in this book, truth is a vital requirement for freedom and a good life.
Time for Truth urges readers to seek the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth. Guinness shows that b...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Baker Books (first published 2000)
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Short and powerful book. Guinness critiques the current trend towards postmodernism and offers prescriptive solutions about how to resolve this trend. It is a very important book from a brilliant author, reminding us all that there is truth and that truth is the ultimate source of moral authority. Without truth everything heinous and just are morally equivalent. There is not authority in respects to right or wrong, only the "will to power" and the implementation of that strength.

Guinness does no...more
really enjoyed the no-nonsense format. made for a fast, yet poignant read. agreed that there is no freedom without truth. first exposure to this author's written work, though I've heard him on the radio and online. ready for more :)

would really have appreciated more of an expose on modernism vs. postmodernism and Christianity vs. Marxism as experienced in one of my favorite works: The Consequences of Ideas. still, this was quite enjoyable and well-written.

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Adam Carlson
at times a little over my head. the author does a good job of trying to break things down for the lay reader but ultimately, i was confused. i really dig truth and what the book was about. but i left feeling frustrated that i still feel like i don't know what truth is any better than before. i only am more sure that it exists. for such a short read, and since i have yet to read any of the authors other books, i can't fault the author really. i think i'm going to have to do some more reading.
Tom Brainerd
This is a short and readable book in which Guinness is trying to do enough but not too much. Ideas have consequences, and he is trying to show what those consequences are in terms of the decades-long assault on truth. He also works to provide a prescriptive for turning back the tide.

This is not a book for philosophers and deep thinkers, but one purposed to try to create them.
Good study of postmodernity of the current culture, how it has worked its way into politics and the marketplace, and what the implications are that come with it. His illustrations are always carefully chosen and his thoughts well articulated. A good, brief read to get into the discussion, and realize where we're headed as a country unless we turn the minds of the people.
I appreciated Guinness's book because its a great reminder that believing the truth requires living in truth. The apostle John's greatest joy was that his children walked in truth, and this book is a call to orient life around truth.
Joshua Nuckols
Guinness shows the bankruptcies of both Postmodern and Modern views of truth and puts forth the biblical alternative, where the truth truly sets one free.
This book has some sections that are a little dated, but he has some really thought provoking things to say. It's a pretty good read.
A great little book on the importance of truth, along with a critique of postmodernism.
Patrick S
Dec 18, 2012 Patrick S rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone. Every single person.
Recommended to Patrick by: Del Tackett
On my third glorious read through this book. Just look at all the shelves I have it on.
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Os Guinness (D.Phil., Oxford) is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth and The Case for Civility. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he was the founder of the Trinity Forum and has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. He lives near Washi...more
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