To Be Honest…

To Be Perfectly Honest…I was not a huge fan of this book. The name of the book is “To Be Perfectly Honest” by Phil Callaway. The concept is quite intriguing, but I’m not quite sure what the author was going for. Apparent comedian Phil Callaway takes the challenge to only tell the truth for a full year. I suppose the fact that this is such a novel concept that someone felt compelled to write a book about it is indicative of where we are as a society.

At any rate, the premise itself did feel somewhat intriguing. However, the delivery did leave something to be desired. I got the feeling that the book was aimed primarily at people who were already familiar with Callaway. As opposed to a bunch of hilarious situations brought on by the power of truth-telling in a gloss-it-over world, the book encompassed a series of possibly interesting to mediocre events. A lot of the time it was just simple stuff, like people he had cheated at some point, or his honest opinions about people in church.

The way the book was broken up into specific days felt a bit forced, too. It probably would have been easier to summarize, cause let’s just be honest, something exciting doesn’t happen every day – or at least not something that we just HAVE to write about.

There were a few fun/interesting things that did happen – like going to the high school reunion. There’s a place I do suppose that most of us would probably add a bit of glamour to our lives. And a comedian – who admittedly doesn’t ALWYAS speak 100% truth – having to tell the truth for a while does sound like quite the appealing premise. I was taken in by it, but it just didn’t hit home with me. If you are a Phil Callaway fan, then I’m guessing you’re going to like it.


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

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