Memoir, Nonfiction

Happy, Happy, Happy, by Phil Robertson

Duck-CommanderFor some reason, my husband decided to get me seasons 1-3 of Duck Dynasty for Christmas.  I had never seen the show, did not know anything about the Robertson family except that they were a rags-to-riches story and that the father, Phil, had been recently been suspended by A&E. (Which was lifted after 9 days and a lot of public backlash.)

After finishing season 1, we can totally see the appeal of the show and the family.  Compared to everything else on TV they are an anomaly–they work hard, love each other, respect the institution of marriage, value education, they don’t swear, and they make Christianity cool. As my husband pointed out, “People are hungry for a show with values.”

Don’t let the camo and beards fool you.  There’s more depth than meets the eye, which led me to reading Phil’s autobiography when I saw the Kindle version for a reduced price.  At 240 pages, it is a quick read, but enjoyable with some interesting tidbits.  You learn about his impoverished childhood, where no game meant no meat; his and Kay’s youthful (and enduring) marriage nearly 50 years ago, struggles with alcohol, conversion to Christ, and the beginnings of the Duck Commander company.

And, in true “Phil-o-sophy” he drops in his personal wisdom on marriage, raising respectful children, being self-sufficient, and his work ethic.  He is far from a perfect man, but he has learned from his mistakes in life.

The book is thought-provoking in that the reader is reminded that traditional values, now considered “old fashioned” by many, have a lot going for them.

8.5 out of 10 stars

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