To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man’s Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie.

I recently had the opportunity to review this book, and I was immediately excited by the prospect.

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?

I LOVED this book. I’ve never read anything by Phil Callaway before, and to be perfectly honest I’d never heard of him until now.

First of all, the book is hilarious. It is basically a journaling of his attempt to live honestly for an entire year. Throughout the year, he definitely struggled with the truth, in fact, he failed a lot. But most, if not all of his failures end up being honestly displayed in the book.  I appreciated the way he openly wrote about his thoughts and feelings. He displayed his humanity and shortcomings for all to see. Too often we try to cover up the unlovely and unbecoming parts of us, and try to pass ourselves off as perfect little angels.

It was refreshing to read a book that exposes the weaknesses in us all. I think we sometime forget that we aren’t perfect. At least I do. We try to hide our imperfections and in doing so, we become untruthful. We become liars. Phil Calloway shows us how to not take ourselves so seriously.

There were moments during his quest to live honestly, that I never would have even thought about had I not read this book. I try very hard to “be honest” as in, not lie. And, I thought I did a pretty decent job of this. But, this book made me see things differently.

Obviously, you shouldn’t go around spouting off everything you think without some kind of filter, but at the same time, why should you pretend something is okay when it’s not? Pretend to agree with something, if you don’t?

If we can’t be ourselves, then are we really living honestly? Phil Calloway may have failed at times to keep things honest, but I thought he did a tremendous job at honestly being himself.

One of the biggest things I took away from this book is the idea that I need to honestly be myself. I may not make a habit of lying, but often times I cover up and hide parts of who I truly am. I do this mainly to please others. I have a desire to make everyone around me happy, so I sacrifice little bits of myself to do that.

And, above all else, to be honest with God. Sure, he knows EVERYTHING anyway, but that doesn’t mean we are always honest with him. It doesn’t mean that we don’t try to cover up our nakedness like Adam and Eve.

This book made me laugh a million times, smile and nod a million more, and even brought me to honest tears at one point.

I’m taking away so much from this book. And, I’m going to challenge myself, not to go a year without lying, but to go a lifetime being honest.

For more information about this book and it’s author:

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*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.


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