Phil Callaway

Phil Callaway is an award-winning author and speaker, known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life. He is the best-selling author of twenty-four books including Laughing Matters, Who Put My Life On Fast Forward? I Used to Have Answers…Now I Have Kids, Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. Phil's writings have been translated into languages like Polish, Chinese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and English (one of which he speaks fluently!)

Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” Callaway is a popular speaker for corporations, conferences, camps, and marriage retreats. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television, and partners with Compassion, an international child development agency. Phil’s writings have won more than a dozen international awards. His 5-part video series The Big Picture is being viewed in 80,000 churches worldwide.

Callaway is editor of Servant magazine, which he helped start in 1989 with the goal of encouraging, edifying, and educating readers. A general interest magazine, Servant is now read in more than 100 countries. Subscribe or read it here. Phil is a syndicated columnist and has published hundreds of articles in such publications as Marriage Partnership, Focus on the Family, New Man, Christian Parenting Today, Christian Reader, Home Life, Decision, and Faith & Friends.

He lives in Alberta, Canada with Ramona and their three children. Apart from hanging out with his family, one of Phil's greatest passions is telling stories that help people laugh and learn about the things that matter most. Check out his site www.laughagain.org >/a>

Articles by Phil Callaway

A Few Good Guys

It seemed like a bad idea at the time. But a friend was listening and sipping coffee, so I thought I’d give it a try. “Hey,” I said, past a mouthful of muffin, “how about we get some guys together a few times a month for a reading group. We’ll discuss something serious like Plato…or […] Read More >

A Place Called Home

“Turn up the lights, I don’t want to go home in the dark.” –the last words of O. Henry Today on my way home from work, I passed a dozen houses. It’s one of the joys of a small town, this walk home. I like a place where people honk only to say “Hi.” Some of […] Read More >

Changing Currency

Life is short and we never have too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind. ~ Henri Frederick Amiel One of the greatest tragedies of a fast-forward world is that we are less available to be […] Read More >

Choose Your Rut Carefully

I love reading road signs. Like the one welcoming you to Kettle Falls, Washington, the home of “1255 friendly people and one grouch.” In Hilt, California, a sign advises: “Brakeless trucks, use freeway.” Along Oregon’s winding coast, another warns: “Emergency stopping only. Whale watching is not an emergency. Keep driving.” I pulled into a service […] Read More >

Dinner’s Done Call 911

On my refrigerator are pictures of friends and family and animals and one of my dad falling off a chair laughing. There are magnets too. Imitation cabbages, cauliflowers, bittermelons, and pumpkins—all fitting the decor of the kitchen. The dieter’s favorite Bible verse is there: “He must increase but I must decrease.” Here are a few […] Read More >

Dying young

My mother is in a nursing home and the doctor just gave her six months to live. But when he found out she couldn’t pay her bill, he gave her another year. Last night after spending some time with her, the thought hit me, If I stay in peak physical condition, I will live long […] Read More >

Finding Treasure in Your own Backyard

During the years when diamonds were first being discovered in Africa, a farmer was intrigued by the promise of great wealth. Only one thing stood in his way. His farm had to be sold before he could set off in search of the diamonds that would make him a wealthy man. At last the deal […] Read More >

First Light

For many years it was my habit to start the day with the newspaper. I savored my customary peanut butter and honey sandwich (lightly buttered) and washed it down with milk, while digesting the Calgary Herald, a long-time friend who greeted me seven days a week at our front door. As a writer and editor, […] Read More >

First Light

For many years it was my habit to start the day with the newspaper. I savored my customary peanut butter and honey sandwich (lightly buttered) and washed it down with milk, while digesting the Calgary Herald, a long-time friend who greeted me seven days a week at our front door. As a writer and editor, […] Read More >

From Hollywood To Iowa

Back when our kids wanted to travel in the same car as their parents, we journeyed three days to get to a camp in Iowa where I was to speak. I’ve discovered that the best way for a speaker to gain credibility at family camp is to leave his children at home, but ours have […] Read More >