What would you do if you had to tell the truth for the whole year?
No laughing at jokes that you don’t think are funny, even if your boss is the one telling them. No saying “I’m fine, thanks” when inside your heart is breaking. No saying, “It’s the perfect gift!” when your husband gives you a toaster or your wife gives you a tie. Could you do it? Could you tell the truth for an entire year?
This was the challenge presented to humorist Phil Callaway by his editor. Phil took a vow to be truthful in all things, and kept a journal of his trials and triumphs during his year of truthfulness. The result is an off-beat look at why we say and do things in our culture that is often based on appearances rather than truth.
Phil’s first concern was that friends and family would want him to reveal secrets from the past, such as whether he had cheated at golf or illegally copied a video. Next he wondered if he could still tell jokes or if these would be considered lies.
He quickly found that even a Christian who values ethics and integrity can have trouble discerning when to speak the truth and when to remain silent. For example, it may be true that your best friend needs to lose weight, but should you tell him or her this when they’ve just been laid off from their job? Can the truth be told in a caring, non-judgmental manner?
I enjoyed following Phil’s year of truthfulness, and it gave me much to think about in my own life.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Blogging for Books program for this review.