To Be Perfectly HonestBy Phil Callaway
The challenge: A year without telling a lie, fib or half truth. That is quite a goal, especially for someone who makes their living embellishing the truth to entertain people. Begs the question: “Is it a lie when you are obviously joking?” This is just one of the conundrums Phil Callaway maneuvers around as he does, in fact, take up the challenge to be perfectly honest and to record his successes, failures and discoveries along the way.
I was not familiar with Phil Callaway prior to reading this book. Turns out he is the author of more than 20 books as well as a popular event speaker. With that as his resume when news gets out that one of their own is on a nothing-but-the-truth pledge, friends crawl out of the woodwork with pressing questions. Tough questions that deserve honest answers. Questions such as “do you owe me money?” and “do you cheat when we golf?”
Although parts of this book are a little tongue in cheek – several times I wasn’t absolutely sure if the author was telling the truth or cracking another joke – It was interesting to travel this journey along with him. How many times do I hold back on total honesty, "fudge", or dodge an uncomfortable question? Since this book documents Mr. Callaway’s real life, we ride along as he deals with an upcoming class reunion, his family and friends, forgiveness, anger, finances and an ill mother.
This year-in-the-life book features short diary type entries which make it easy to pick up and read in short snippets. The year is broken down into short chapters and “Honest Confessions”. Questions are provided in the back for discussions groups. Although not aimed particularly at men it is the type of book the men in my life enjoy reading – could make an entertaining Father’s Day gift this year.
In short, I chose this book hoping for a light-hearted read – it provided that along with insights on how and what I could do to become more “perfectly honest”.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Press in their blogging for books program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.