A couple of years ago, A. J. Jacobs wrote a book called A Year of Living Biblically. In it, Jacobs – a secular Jew – endeavored to – well, live biblically for a year. He followed the prescriptive formulations of the Torah and did his best to honor the principles of the teachings of Jesus. It is an interesting book, and one worth reading. Jacobs previously had spent a year reading the Encyclopedia Brittanica and will probably do something crazy again sometime soon.
So, in typical Christians copying something successful in the world fashion, Multnomah appears to have asked Phil Callaway to spend a year living truthfully.
Get it? Living Biblically = Living Truthfully.
What can I say? Not much.
The book made me yawn. Quite frankly, it was not funny. Sure there were humorous sections, and I am sure that Callaway is a funny person, but the book was forced and difficult to read. Not only that, it demonstrates quite plainly that a secular Jew like Jacobs does a better job of living biblically than Callaway, a professing Christian, does of living truthfully. Callaway can’t seem to get through a couple of days without telling a whopper, and then repenting on the page and starting again.
Like I said. Yawn.
If you want to read this book, don’t buy it. I’ll give it to you. In fact, I’d probably be willing to cover the shipping to send it to you. It is going to go in a box with the rest of the mediocre books I seem to attract like black nylon attracts white pet fur.
I received a copy of the book To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man’s Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie. from Waterbrook-Multnomah with no stipulations as to the content of this review or guarantee of a positive review.