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To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man's Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie. Paperback – May 3 2011

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (May 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590529170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590529171
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Praise for To Be Perfectly Honest

“This book is fabulous and funny. I couldn’t read it all at once because my doctor doesn’t want me to tear my stitches! These journal entries can help alter the way we view our speech and relationships, God’s grace, and our own integrity. To be perfectly honest, I plan to plagiarize everything Phil has written here!”
—Bryan Duncan, Grammy Award–winning musician

“Reading Phil Callaway’s writing is one of life’s pure pleasures. His books are not just a pleasure to savor, like eating a perfectly ripe pear. They are full of firm insights that give grace for the daily race, especially when the journey is hard.”
—Ellen Vaughn, New York Times best-selling coauthor of It’s All About Him and author of Time Peace

“Phil Callaway may be known for his humor, but he takes on a serious topic in To Be Perfectly Honest: He tries not to lie for one solid year. Thankfully, he takes us along on his 365-day journey with his sense of humor firmly intact. You’ll enjoy this book—no lie.”
—Mark Joseph,, author of The Lion, the Professor, and the Movies: Narnia’s Journey to the Big Screen

“Phil is what you’d get if you tampered with the genes of Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry, and my fourth-grade Sunday school teacher. Don’t buy a copy of this book. Buy a few dozen.”
—Joel Freeman, author of God Is Not Fair, chaplain for the Washington Bullets

Praise for Phil Callaway

“I love Phil Callaway because he manages to accomplish what few writers can—masterfully blending laughter with learning.”
—Lee Strobel, best-selling author of The Case for Christ

“Very few authors make me laugh out loud. Phil Callaway makes me roar. Maybe that’s why I savor his books like a cup of hot chocolate. Sipping each story slowly, rolling it around my mouth to get the full flavor. Then spitting it all over the room in reaction to the hilarious truth.”
—Ken Davis, author and comedian

“Reading Phil Callaway is like playing in holy sand. You’re having so much fun you don’t realize how much has gone into your shoes and is now sticking to your life.”
—Chris Fabry, author and host of Chris Fabry Live!

“God speaks through the small and ordinary in extraordinary ways. Phil has listened and heard—and thankfully decided to share it with us.”
—Michael Card, author, teacher, and singer/songwriter

“Phil Callaway is master of the funny bone and the heart tug. He pretends to be just a fellow traveler, but I’m not fooled: he knows the ground well, and I’d follow him anywhere.”
—Mark Buchanan, author of The Rest of God and Hidden in Plain Sight

“Phil keeps us laughing so it doesn’t hurt so much when we face the truth.”
—John Fischer, author of What on Earth Are We Doing?

“Phil Callaway really enjoys life—life with his family and life with his Lord. He’s the kind of contented, happy Christian I like to be around.”
—Luis Palau, author and evangelist

“Very likely Phil Callaway has the best sense of humor in the Western hemisphere. Rollicking humor, subtle wit, charm, and style don’t often coexist in one author’s prose, but they surely do in the case of Phil Callaway.”
—Paul L. Maier, author of A Skeleton in God’s Closet and Pontius Pilate

About the Author

Phil Callaway is an award-winning author known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life. He is president of Laugh and Learn, Inc., and the author of twenty books, including Laughing Matters and Family Squeeze. Callaway is a wildly popular speaker who keeps being asked to appear at churches, couples’ nights out, healthcare conventions, and corporate events. He also is a repeat guest on national radio and television shows. Phil and his wife, Ramona, have three grown children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrie Todd on Feb. 4 2012
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2012 welcomed me with a rip-snortin' head cold. Couldn't stay tucked in bed, either, as my hubby and I needed to travel home from Alberta on New Year's Day. So you can imagine what a peach I was on this particular travel day. You'd be right, too, except I'd been given an autographed copy of Phil Callaway's latest book, To Be Perfectly Honest. Now, if presented with the challenge of telling the truth for a year in a public forum, I wouldn't exactly jump at the chance, would you? Which begs the question, why not? Are we habitual liars? If not, it should be easy. Right?
Intrigued, I offered to start reading the book aloud as soon as the sun came up, about an hour after our departure. I didn't think I'd last very long, given the stuffed up sinuses and all. But we found it so delightful, I kept going...and going...and we were disappointed when we ran out of daylight around 5:00 and had to put the book away. I have since finished reading it and my driver is working on it. Not while driving.
I highly recommend this book for its thought-provoking self-disclosure, heartwarming tales, and sheer entertainment value.
It will not, however, cure your cold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happy Customer on April 7 2012
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"TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST" is one of the funniest books I have read from Phil Callaway. If it doesn't make you laugh out loud, nothing will. Buy it. You won't be sorry.
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Canadian humorist and Christian speaker Phil Callaway has written a diary documenting his year of living truthfully. His goal was to be entirely honest about everything to everyone and then to document the consequences. If his wife asked if a pair of jeans made her look fat, what would he say? If hosts asked how much he enjoyed dinner, how would he respond? I was prepared for a story about damaged relationships, a broken marriage and a year's worth of self-incriminating flagellations, but To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man's Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie. disappointed in not being funny enough.

The blurb on the back cover, however, seemed appealing:

"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."

The book certainly started off as a hilarious page-turner. I was laughing out loud for the first twenty pages. The funniest parts at the start of To Be Perfectly Honest were the moments when he shared his plan with his friends:

"I mentioned the book idea to friends who have known me for years. I said, 'I am considering taking a truth vow.' Without exception, their eyebrows shot up to their bangs, though one said, 'Isn't that a bit like giving up arson for Lent?'
"Yeah, sort of. But that didn't stop me from accepting the challenge. And in no time I encountered the first major drawback.
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Phil Callaway is a comedian, author, and speaker here in Canada. His latest book is "To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man's Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie."

In short, Phil Callaway pledged to be completely honest for one year and kept a journal about it. He speaks from a male point of view and I think the male persuasion would likely enjoy the book. I did very much enjoy Phil Callaway's details of his mission trip to the Dominican Republic; I even got a bit teary-eyed. I also loved his correspondence with the after the rapture pet service. And he left me with a great quote that I've taken to heart "Live so the preacher won't have to lie at your funeral." All these gems occurred around the last quarter of the book. Honestly, if I hadn't been reading this with the goal of writing a review, I would have put it down around 1/4 of the way through. In general, I wish the author had tried to be a little more serious, but I guess that's too much to ask of a comedian.

There are discussion questions, and relevant Bible passages at the back of the book. Being a book that would appeal to men, I think it would make a great read in a men's Bible study group. But you can see for yourself - go ahead and Read Chapter One.

I received this book for free (in ePUB format for 60 days) from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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