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If you are tired of the game and are searching for something more authentic, then you have to read Josh’s call to a more honest and transparent walk with God. With a compellingly articulated combination of present day stories and Biblical reflections from the lives of those whose hearts chased after God, Josh has charted a course for those of us who want to be honest with God.  

Dr. Joe Stowell
President, Cornerstone University


We love our masks—those elaborate covers of self-protection constructed daily in hopes of concealing our wounds, our doubts, and our brokenness. Thankfully, God calls us out, inviting us into His light, where all things—even wounds, doubts and brokenness—will be made new. In a culture hungry for authenticity, Weidmann's book is a profound exploration of Biblical authenticity. It’s an amplification of God's glorious invitation to acknowledge who we really are, and so uncover more of who we're being made to be.

Mike Yankoski
Author of Under the Overpass


With a deeply pastoral heart, Weidmann dares you to be honest. Showing how honesty is at the heart of true growth, and digging into all the ways we seek to hide and cover, he casts a vision for true authenticity in the midst of grace.

Kyle Strobel, PhD
Author and Co-Founder of Metamorpha


Drawing on Josh’s own faith-journey, Honest to God calls a new generation to crave transparency with God, face our own people-games, and address the fallout that can result. Identifying struggles such as image-management, Josh helps the reader with practical “how to” steps. What I found most refreshing was his exploration of our times of anger with God. Young people who want a serious discussion have found it.

Andrew J. Schmutzer, PhD
Professor of Biblical Studies, Moody Bible Institute and author of The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused


In his book Honest to God, Josh urges us to drop whatever masks we might be wearing and dare to be real with God. He models that kind of honesty by sharing of his own faults and shortcomings.  As the Apostle Paul said, ‘If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness’ (2 Corinthians 11:30).  Honest to God is a Gospel-centered book that will speak not only to youth, but to anyone who is struggling with people-pleasing tendencies or hypocrisy.  In other words, it speaks to all of us.

David Jones
Senior Pastor, Village Church of Barrington


Josh Weidmann offers the gift of freedom in Christ with a fresh perspective, written powerfully and woven with self-disclosing humor, from the precious heart of a pastor. In Honest to God, we are provided with the opportunity to exhale and breathe-in the truth before us: Living honestly before God fulfills our own desire to choose life and live fully every day.

Maureen Yockey
Executive Director, Alternatives Pregnancy Center


Josh Weidmann wants to live and Jesus came to make us alive! Honest to God offers the first steps of authenticity on the way to the Glorious Kingdom where grace, truth, and love are the invitation to become sons and daughters of Our Father.

Wes Yoder
Author of Bond of Brothers: Connecting with Other Men Beyond Work, Weather and Sports


Josh Weidmann’s book Honest to God reveals a life-transforming truth, that when you are truly honest to God, it is IMPOSSIBLE to stay the same! God already knows it all, so why not lay it bare before Him? This book has caused me to re-evaluate my approach before God.

Mike Romberger
Senior Pastor, Mission Hills Church


Not only is Josh Weidmann a world-class evangelist, but also a passionate writer and a born storyteller who spurshis readers to greater depths of devotion and commitment to God. In Honest to God, he combines biblical, personal, and pastoral insight with a desperately needed message of transformation through honesty.

Beniamin Pascut, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge


Honest to God is a provocative pathway of practical equipping. It reveals the way to shed lifeless, non-intimate, inauthentic relationship with God and, instead, to embrace unshackled honesty, transformational freedom, and incredible joy!

Dr. Dwight Robertson
Founding president of Kingdom Building Ministries and author of You are God's Plan A...and There Is No Plan B

From the Back Cover

Freedom Begins When You Stop Hiding

Radical, unflinching honesty with God is essential if you want to experience the abundant life He offers. It must start with an accurate understanding of yourself and God. Such authenticity does not come naturally – but it is possible.

Sharing his own life experiences and practical tools from scripture, Josh Weidmann will help you identify the lies, misunderstandings, and masks that keep you from walking more deeply with God. Real joy will remain elusive until you open up and trust God to crush those barriers.

When you are truly honest with God, you allow Him to bring healing and wholeness. Bitterness will become forgiveness, apathy will become action, cynicism will become enthusiasm. Honesty with God will transform your life.

JOSH WEIDMANN is a pastor near Denver, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Molly, and their two children. He has traveled the world as a writer and speaker proclaiming the gospel of Christ and the truth of the Bible. Josh’s writing and preaching ministry can be found at


Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080240359X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802403599
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,746,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Book Reviews on April 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Can we be honest? This book, Honest To God: Becoming Brutally Honest with a Gracious God, will guide you into a life of honesty and therefore into a better relationship with God.

The author, Josh Weidmann, does an excellent job of sharing stories of others working towards total honesty. He describes how it changes their lives and brings them closer to God. One particular story helps you better understand how God can be angry and love. You learn by applying the same principle to your situations. Can you be honest with a loved one who has hurt you? Can you say I am hurt but still love you?

Learning how to be open and honest with God is the best principle you can take away from this book. The author teaches that if you can pray and be honest with God about how you are feeling you can really grow in your relationship with Him.

This book is very straightforward and easy to understand. The author lays out simple steps to being more honest in every situation you find yourself and shows that by doing this you will have a better relationship with God.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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Honest to God is a well-written book that contains many important truths to keep in mind. On more than one occasion tears welled up in my eyes as the author, Josh Weidmann, drew my attention to the amazing grace of God. I was especially encouraged by reading the Canyon's Edge parable in chapter 11.

I disagree with a few minor details. For example, on page 32 (kindle Loc 399), Weidmann claims that God cursed Adam and Eve. Although God's punishment upon them was curse-like, God specifically claims to curse only Satan and the ground (Gen. 3:15 & 17), not Adam and Eve. Cain was the first human to be cursed (Gen. 4:11).

Additionally, on page 72 (Kindle Loc 936), Weidmann seems to suggest that the recognition that one is "not good enough" necessitates riding "the woe-is-me train all the way to I'm-a-Loserville." I believe, however, that truly no one is good enough, yet this makes God's grace all the more amazing! I don't cry "woe-is-me" when I recognize that I'm not good enough; rather, I praise God for His redeeming grace and mercy in causing me to be born again!

On page 108 (Kindle Loc 1400), Weidmann claims that God's love is the most important of His attributes, "without which [our] picture of who God is will always be incomplete." Although I believe God's love is without a doubt important, I don't believe it's true to say that His love is the most important of His attributes. I believe all His attributes—including His holiness and sovereignty—are equal in importance, and therefore every one of His attributes is necessary to have a complete picture of who God is.

Finally, I've never been comfortable with the idea that we—God's creation—allow and/or grant God permission to do things.
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By Ginger on August 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been reading Honest to God, by Josh Weidmann for what seems like months. In fact, my review is way past overdue. It is no secret that I have walked away from living a strict fundamental life. A life that is full of hypocrisy. A life that made me unhappy. I was never good enough.

My fault.

I compared myself to all the other moms in the church and I just did not fit in. I wasn't as thin, my husband wasn't as loving, we didn't make enough money to go on the mission trips.
Honest to God is about being brutally honest with a Gracious God. So I would pick up this book and put it right back down. I was living a lie. I was a phoney. I hated everything about this life. There wasn't much fun. Especially as a mom.
I decided to start Honest to God back over and make myself read it.

Really read it.
I am glad i did.

It was time to be Honest to God.

Honest to God is a great book. It brought me to my knees throughout while reading it, and even after I was done reading for the day, I often came back to it via my thoughts to meditate on what I had read.

When you are truly honest to God, It is impossible to stay the same. ~Josh Weidmann

One of my favorite chapters in Honest to God is, Chapter 13, The Process of Purging. Josh writes, the primary purpose of purging is transformation.

I give Honest to God, by Josh Weidmann 5 stars. I think it is a thought-provoking book. I truly do. I think it is a must read for any Christian, but especially those that have been put off by fundamental religion.
I received this via Moody Publishers in hopes of an honest review. All opinions are of my own.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keiki Hendrix VINE VOICE on October 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Having long felt an ever present sense of the lack of honesty in the Church today, I grabbed this book when it came available as a free download. I was not disappointed. If you are looking for a fresh voice on the subject of getting real with God, you'll love this book.

In the beginning of "Honest to God", the author gives the reason for writing the book. He was struck by one sentence, one thought that overshadowed everything else until he came to grips with it. That's happened to me and I'm sure many of us.

The statement was: "Honesty is not an end in itself--it is a means to our own transformation." I must admit that sentence didn't grab me but reading what that one sentence did for the author and how it drove him to examine all aspects of honesty was absolutely refreshing.

Part One of the book levels the playing the field by discussing what honesty truly looks like, why its important and even deals with the issue of the good and bad of guilt and shame.

Parts Two and Three were talk of what prevents us from getting brutally honest and what it looks like when we do.

The last part, Chapters 12-15 as well as the Epilogue are encouraging and I think my favorite parts of the book because it shines the light on how being brutally honest wakes up a sense of freedom in us.

I loved this book. It's not for everyone because many of the chapters expose the layers of pretending we wear. But, if you are looking to get free, to know what it's like to be really honest before God, pick this one up.

Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix
Reviewed for: The Vessel Project
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