To Be Perfectly Honest: The premise of this book is interesting – tell nothing but the truth for a whole year. “Do you lie?” this was the question I asked when I was talking about this book to my friends over lunch a few days ago and they said, “We do not really lie anyways”. I then asked them, “How many times have you told your little ones that you will get them something or take away something to get them to do something and then not done it?” “How many times have you promised yourself that you will not eat that additional dessert and then you did?” So while not all the lies we say are really huge, they are still lies - to be perfectly honest, it is hard being perfectly honest - white lies, truths untold, empty promises and threats, jokes all get in the way of being perfectly honest - and that is a major part of what this book is about - while it was not a page-turner for me, it was something I felt I wanted to complete though it took me forever to do so. The book is written in journal format with an entry for each day and of course, everyone has days when not much happens. But I loved the concept – though admittedly, it was hard figuring out sometimes whether he was telling a joke or the truth (since he is a humorist). I had quite a few laughs along the way and recognized many of the truths in myself as the author went through his year of trying to be honest.
Some of my favorite lines from the book:
“Some of the things I describe may not technically have happened, but they might just as well have.”
“Some people have imaginary friends. When I cut the grass, I have imaginary enemies.”
“If I tell a tiny portion of the truth, is it still a lie?”
““No way,” I said. “You cheat.” I was trying to be serious. He laughed. No one takes a humorist seriously”
“Apparently I don’t have an anger problem unless bad things happen to me.”
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Disclaimer:Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a digital review copy of this book for review. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read this book.