It all started with a call from his editor. He wanted Phil Callaway to see if he could not lie for an entire year and to write about it. Phil admits that at first he wasn’t really enthused with the idea about such a venture . He goes on to say that he would read a book on the subject if it was written by someone else. However, he does end up accepting the challenge and he writes the book . To Be Perfectly Honest is an accounting of a fascinating year and is written in journal form. Each chapter begins with two quotes from a variety of notables, including Phyllis Diller and Winston Churchill. The journal entries are filled with his dilemmas and the daily challenges of always telling the truth.
He makes every effort not to lie, but he doesn’t always succeed. In part, that is what makes this book so interesting. Many aspects of his daily life, past and present, are examined. Some are described with humor and candor. Unfortunately, the year also brings great personal loss and serious illness to people close to him. Sometimes the definition of what a lie actually is blurs and there are times when lying is unavoidable.
Mr. Callaway has written an entertaining book. It is both funny and thought provoking . He undertook a daunting task- he tried to not lie for a year. He approached it with grace, honesty and wisdom. He has shown that in doing so there is much to be learned about oneself. It left me wondering if I could do it.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.