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To Be Perfectly Honest by Phil Callaway

Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Author and speaker Phil Callaway took an oath of honesty for one year, and wrote about what he discovered.

“To Be Perfectly Honest” is formatted as a year-long diary, with 365 entries chronicling the author’s year of trying to tell the truth.

I found “To Be Perfectly Honest” to be very good at exposing weaknesses in our lives; in MY life.

Though I was taught better, I grew up an insecure liar. As an adult I am committed to telling the truth, but I am amazed how often “little white lies” creep out unexpectedly when talking to a stranger in the phone who is not giving me the customer service I think I want and deserve.

Reading this book gave me a greater appreciation of honesty and the challenges of choosing to be honest.

Phil’s story is one that I think you will enjoy reading, relate to, and learn a lot about honesty along the way. You may not like this book if you do not have a sense of humor (and seriousness) when looking at how people in the church act.


This book will challenge most readers morally and leave others uncomfortably asking questions about their integrity and character.

Some readers will easily be able to sit down and read this book in one sitting, but others might find the day-by-day diary format tedious.

The book has a study guide which in my opinion offers the greatest value thus making the book useful for personal reflection or group conversation and confession.

I enjoyed this book. “To Be Perfectly Honest” I’d give this book a 3 1/2 out of 5.

Here are my favorite insights:

“The truth is, being right is nice – but it’s all a little pointless without good relationships.”

“I’m good at compassion…(but) when “someone enjoys tremendous success…I know I should celebrate. But envy is always around the corner.”

“I am so often a phony…I’ve been too full of myself to allow God to fill me.”

Quoting George Verwer, “I am a sinner, who’s growing stronger through the years, who crawls back to the cross when he sins and finds God still loves him and will still use him…That’s grace, isn’t it.”

“The Bible teaches that through Jesus’ life and death, we are forgiven…It has nothing to do with our performance…I am not accepted because I’m so wonderful, but because he is.”


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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