"My consicence may never recover from Komp's boldness in shining the spotlight of truth on the half-lies, deceptions..." -- Philip Yancey, author of "What's So Amazing About Grace?"
"With a physician's skillful precision ... Komp probes the deep abscess of falsehood that signals a pervasive affliction of our culture..." -- Luci Show, author of "Water My Soul"
Truth is one of the pillars of faith. Yet when it comes to practical living, most of us probably would admit were not always that truthful. Sometimes fudging the truth seems like the wisesteven the most lovingthing we can do.
But since at heart we love truth, even our whitest lies prick like a burr in our conscience. So why do we lie? More important, how can we break free from our lies, big and small, to become men and women of truth?
Anatomy of a Lie offers a close-up look at lying, the moral epidemic that affects our faith, our marriages, our children, our relationships, our careers, and every aspect of our lives. With surgical precision, Yale Medical School physician and best-selling author Diane Komp probes the human soul to uncover the causes of our liesand the cure.
This forthright, deeply human book is rich in true-life examples, including those from the authors own life. With candor, Komp shares her personal struggles to grow as a truth-teller. And she introduces us to some remarkable individuals:
The Civil War POW who wrote the book, A Lie Never Justifiable
The college senior who believes he has kept his commitment
made back in junior high to never tell a lie
Corrie ten Boom, who told her first lie at age forty-five
Her sister, Nollie ten Boom, who never lied at all . . . and others who embody our own triumphs and failures as lovers of truth.
Above all, both by insight and example, Komp unfolds a challenging, biblical path toward greater truthfulness in our own lives. She asks pointed, even uncomfortable, questions that force our own matters of integrity out of hiding and into the open. And she provides a grace-filled anatomy lesson that helps us break our patterns of untruthfulness and fulfill the Bibles command to tell the truth in love. -- NRSV