[Blogging for Books] — To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man’s Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie.

Could you take a truth vow for a whole year? Could you REALLY not tell a lie for 365 days? I mean not even telling someone you’ve got plans Friday night when in reality you just don’t want to go out. Not even, “You look great!” when in reality the other person looks like crap? Or what about, “Let’s do lunch!” even though you know you have no intention to do so?

Yeah, me neither.

Author Phil Callaway tried.

To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man’s Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie. is Callaway’s journey of 365 days trying to be completely honest. And lets be honest here… try is the operative word. Because he failed. Often.

I. Loved. This. Book.

I loved it enough to actually purchase it after my free copy from WaterBrook Multnomah expired. Yes. I loved it that much.

I laughed heartily at Callaways’ attempts to be honest — both when he succeeded and when he failed. I followed his trials as he battles with lust, a former friend trying to ruin his reputation, his attempts to help an “adopted son” quit smoking, his chasing quick wealth, and the decline and death of his mother.

The chapters all have a definite message, and are written like a daily diary. It’s an easy read, but more importantly its chocked full of lessons. I not only finished this book filled with joy from chuckles, I finished it with a mind full of the deep lessons it contained.

I would without a single doubt recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Weekly Winners (April 15 – 21)

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!


Photos taken using my Droid Razr or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.


Tonight marked the last big deadline for me for a little while. I have plenty of other things on the horizon, but I post tonight we a sense of relief and success after a very busy, very stressful last several months.


158: Program design
Designing our Muster program

Tax Season Ends
Tax Season Ends


161: Butterfly
Posing for me

Hanging upside down


163: Aggie gnome
Aggie gnome

164: Muster 2012
Aggie Muster Day

Muster 2012
Aggie Muster Day


Finding a little humor in tax season

160: Another year doneIt’s April 17th. Do you know where your taxes are? Did you already file? Are they on extension? Are you just going to pretend they don’t exist and not file for another year or two or ten?

Last week, I posted on Twitter several little “tax rants” that friends said made them laugh. So to mark the end of tax season, I thought I’d compile those rants along with things that you have to laugh about… lest you go a little crazy.

  • Believe it or not, taking your financial documents OUT of their envelopes would save us about 2 hrs a day of BS work. At the very least, OPEN the envelopes!
  • I should start putting a dollar in a jar every time someone goes, “Bet ya’ll are busy right now!” 
  • (Yesterday)  I like to work on a deadline, but c’mon people. You’ve had 3 mo. to get your tax stuff in here. NO! We will NOT file it TODAY. Get in line behind all these people I’m making sure have extensions filed.
  • Don’t ask if you got the Earned Income Tax Credit when you didn’t have any, you know, earned income.
  • I’m baffled by those who file on the last day. It’s like shopping on Christmas Eve and wondering why all the Ferbies are sold out!
  • Yes, we do take a lunch hour!
  • At least every other day you hear, “Where’s the Crown bottle!?” and my parents don’t even drink!
  • “So… are you still married?” (Yes, someone asked me this since I was here in Texas working instead of in Nashville.)
  • My dad is a stickler for making sure the dependents a person claims are legitimately their dependents. You won’t believe how many people want to know how many dependents they need to get a “good” refund. What I want to know is where do they get these dependents. Do they grow on trees somewhere?
  • “Can I write off my daughter’s wedding?”
  • No, ma’am. We don’t give you your refund. The government does. Nice try, though!

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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