Book: To Be Perfectly Honest by Phil Callaway

I had higher hopes for Phil Callaway‘s book To Be Perfectly Honest.Book Cover

Callaway is a Christian humorist and speaker who has authored more than 20 books. I began reading his book To Be Perfectly Honest with a little trepidation and a healthy dose of optimism.

Unfortunately, the trepidation proved to be the more warranted of the two.

The book purports to be a humorous look from Callaway at year in which he accepted the challenge to only tell the truth.  The book is written in the form of a diary, detailing daily events of truth or dare, so to speak.

I’ve seen plenty of reviews lauding the book. This is not one of those reviews. I expected the book to be funny. It did have a few moments of actual humor, but it desperately need more. I expected the book would communicate timeless truth in an interesting way. There were a few moments of insight, but they were too few and far between.

In the end, I felt like I was reading the smarmy ramblings of someone who had to put out a product for his publisher rather than for God’s glory, or even his own advancement.

To be perfectly candid, I can’t recommend the book. If you read it and enjoy it, I commend you for finding treasure in such a barren land.

Final: Hate

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


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