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Saturday, August 13, 2011

To Be Perfectly Honest

From The Publisher

About This Book

Would I Lie to You? Not This Year.

Veteran author and speaker Phil Callaway is no stranger to daunting challenges. He has been laughed at—repeatedly—by large crowds of people from Halifax to Hong Kong. He fathered three children in three years, spent much of last year on airplanes built by the lowest bidder, and flipped an out-of-control ATV, which doesn’t mean he sold it for a profit. So who better than Phil Callaway to boldly accept a challenge that would make the average person run and hide?

Phil promised to tell the truth for an entire year, and he wasn’t joking. Twelve months later, his journal was crammed with successes, near-successes, and outright failures. During his year-long experiment with veracity, he made a disastrous financial investment, fielded hundreds of intrusive questions from friends and strangers, attended a thirty-year class reunion, and waded into possibly the most revealing—and hilarious—situations he has ever documented.

Find out what happens when a follower of Jesus does his level best to always tell the truth. There is no doubt you’ll be entertained. But don’t be surprised if you are left with a question: how might your life be changed if you sold out to the truth—with no exceptions?



Day 1. Things are going excellently well. Have yet to tell a half truth, skirt the perimeter of a lie, or fudge at all. Haven’t lusted, coveted, stolen, or even entertained an angry thought. The dog is licking my face, though. It’s time to open both eyes and get out of bed.

To Be Perfectly Honest documents Phil Callaway’s challenge of telling the truth for an entire year.  Achieving both success and failure during this adventure, Phil writes about his approach to telling the truth in various sticky situations. The hard part of this book is that sometimes you can’t really discern whether or not Phil is telling the truth or cracking a sarcastic joke. 

Several of his stories go off on confusing rabbit trails and so the book ends up being a bit choppy and hard to follow at times. You have to keep in mind that you are reading a “diary” of daily entries, not so much a “story”.  Phil writes about his thoughts in church (humorous some of the time but also sad).  I wonder what his pastor thought (or felt) if he read this book.   I also wondered what Phil’s wife thought if she read some of his journal entries about lust?  I will say that he comes across as very open and real in this book and that’s the point of the whole challenge. This wasn’t one of my favorite books to read but it could be because I’m not familiar with Phil Callaway and his style of humor.  

I would say that while being lightly humorous and witty (along with sarcastic), this book includes insights and quips based on Phil’s style of approaching life with a sense of humor.

You can read an excerpt here

This book was provided free for review by the Waterbrook Multnomah
"Blogging For Books" Program

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