Jason just finished reading Phil Robertson’s autobiography entitled Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander. He actually listened to the audiobook from audible.com. (You can download an audiobook of your choice with a free 30-day trial.) He told me it is one of the best books he has ever read, so I wanted to share the review he wrote up for the audible.com website. We have been listening to the book together as a family in the evenings, and the children always beg for another chapter.
Without further comment from me (RaShell) I’ll turn it over to Jason.
Sum up in three words:
I guess it would be, “Set Priorities Correctly”. Mr Robertson does an outstanding job of presenting his simple, straightforward approach to life, focusing on the things that matter most. Many folks say we won’t look back on life and regret not making more money, but instead will wish we had been better focused on what was more important, etc. Here is a story of someone who turned down other opportunities that most only dream of, so that he could pursue life doing what he loves to do, with those he loves the most.
Who was your favorite character and why:
Mr Robertson’s outstanding wife, Kay. The book clearly shows how she stood by her husband during thick and thin through the good, bad, and even terrible. Miss Kay is a woman of incredible strength who held her family together through the tough times so they made it through. Proverbs 31:25 says of the virtuous woman, “Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.” There are not too many examples of women nowadays who are displaying the kind of strength and devotion to their families that we see in Miss Kay in this book. In Plymouth MA, at the Memorial to the Women of the Mayflower, there is an inscription that reads, “They brought up their families in sturdy virtue and a living faith in God without which nations perish.” This book taught me there are still ladies described by that inscription.
Which scene was your favorite:
After Phil had repented and Miss Kay was standing in the church with three young sons watching his baptism. This event marked the incredible contrast seen between the mess we all tend to make of our lives in our own strength, and the beautiful, remarkable work the Savior does in our lives by His amazing grace. Proverbs 16:25 says “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” This scene shows the turning point when Phil realized this truth and turned his life over to Jesus. In the rest of the book, we get to see (or hear in the audio version) the remarkable difference that Jesus makes in their family to the glory of God.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to in one sitting:
Would loved to have listened to it in one sitting, but I use audible books for my commute, so alas, I spread it out over several days… The Lord did provide a snowy/icy drive in today which took much longer so I got to finish up a day or so early.
Any additional comments?
This book has already become a family read/listen aloud, and will be mandatory reading for my children as they learn to be Godly men and women. Thank you Phil and Kay for sharing your story and sharing the remarkable work that Jesus has done in your lives and in your family. If more of us would listen to your simple straightforward advice and stick to God’s designed way of doing things, this world would be a much better place. That’s kind of what this book was about and I thought it was outstanding. I gave it four stars instead of five for “performance” because (nothing against Alan) I would have loved for Phil to have read the entire book. He did the intro and I loved hearing his words in his voice. It was a good reading by his son, but would have been even better in Phil’s voice.
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