Thursday, September 15, 2011

To Be Perfectly Honest

"My friend Regi called today and wants to have lunch early next week.  You don't suppose he would ask about the ----.  Naw"  Or so Phil Callaway hoped.  Why?  Because if Regi asked, Phil would have had to tell the truth as part of a promise to not lie for one whole year.  As he waded through a year of family gatherings, financial investments, and travelling for work, he had to be honest with others about everything!  He kept notes as the year passed and wrote them up for To Be Perfectly Honest.  It's hilarious at times because there were people who were determined to not let him off the hook....on anything.  Sometimes, telling the truth wasn't easy and keeping quiet wasn't an option. 

This book is definitely amusing.  Most people do not realize how many "small lies" they tell through the course of a day.  Phil didn't either.  His revelations challenge you to look at your life and see how truthful you are with others and yourself.  The accusatory finger is not stern, but questions you with humor.  There are discussion questions in the back of the book to challenge yourself or use with a book group.  The Ruminating Reader awards 4 out of 5 pieces of bacon.

Phil Callaway is the writer of over 20 books that have been translated into numerous languages.  He is known for his humorous view of life.  In addition to writing, he travels as a speaker to encourage and inspire people as well as make them laugh.  He married his high school sweet heart and they have three children.

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