A lie is an abomination unto the Lord,
And a very present help in trouble.
They say that misery loves company.
They say that laughter is good for the soul.
When I heard that Ron, an editor at Multnomah Books, had sweet-talked a humorist – a man who, by his own admission, “lies for a living” – into telling the truth (and nothing but the truth) for an entire year and then writing about his experience – saying my curiosity was piqued would be a slight understatement.
Truth be told, I could not wait to get my hands on his hot little book!
Intuitively, you know there are certain topics that are bound to tickle your funny bone.
To Be Perfectly Honest by popular author and speaker Phil Callaway does not disappoint.
In this no holds barred book, Phil candidly chronicles the challenges and struggles he faces as he takes on his editor’s truth dare. If you’re wondering what a year of honest living looks like, here are a few of my favorite excerpts:
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.
Day 23: Was going to read a C.S. Lewis book to expand my mind and strengthen my faith. But decided to play Pac Man instead.
Day 30: Major-league blow today. I was told that economic woes have devalued my retirement savings plan by 50 percent. It’s like someone showed up with a giant chain saw and split my house in two, then shoved half of it off a cliff.
I pulled out the calculator and found out I can now retire at age 132.
My neighbor asked how I’m doing. Horrendous. Dreadful. Horrific.
“Fine,” I said. “How are you?” Will I ever stop with the knee-jerk lying?
And as if things aren’t bad enough, it looks like I’ll have to trust God for my finances. Shoot! It has come to this.
Phil is a master at entertaining us with his dry wit and humorous anecdotes. But – there is more to be gained from this book than just a few chuckles. In the midst of making us laugh – the author also makes us think. As we vicariously delve into the realm of truth and lies – a realm that most of us would happily leave to philosophers and comedians – we soon discover that there is more to telling the truth than not just telling a lie.
Under the guise of humor, Phil raises some very important questions:
- Exactly what does living honestly mean?
- What does it mean to tell the truth?
- Is there a statute of limitations when it comes to telling the truth?
- How far back do you have to go to make amends for past lies?
Which leads to the opening of a whole can of worms:
- What exactly are sins of omission and sins of commission?
- Is it ever okay to tell little white lies?
- Does God ever condone lying?
What started out as a humorous ditty raises enough profound questions to warrant its own discussion guide at the end of the book!
I can honestly say that I loved this book (and my husband did too!) If you’re looking for a book that is funny – challenging – enlightening – and a great conversation starter all rolled up in one – To Be Perfectly Honest, you could not find a better book to add to your reading list!
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Phil Calloway is an award-winning author and humorist who has written 25 best-selling books. He is also a popular corporate, conference and retreat speaker who is frequently described as “Dave Barry with a message”. He frequently appears on national radio and television, partners with Compassion, and serves as editor of Servant magazine, which is read in more than 100 countries. He lives in Alberta, Canada with his wife and three children.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Multnomah Books for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.