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Friday, November 15, 2013

Book Reviews - Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson and Si-Cology 1 by Si Robertson


Today, I feature a tale of two brothers - Phil and Silas - who love their family, are firm in their faith, and are avid in their pursuit of duck hunting!

The Robertson patriarch, Phil Robertson and his younger brother, Silas (or better known as Uncle Si) have books that feature family stories and remembrances of their early days growing up and their rise to fame as the "Duck Commanders."

Here's a little more about their books -



About The Book:

This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty® star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business.

LIVING THE DREAM

Duck calls—though the source of his livelihood—are not what makes Phil Robertson the man he is today. When asked what matters in his life, he’s quick to say, “Faith, family, ducks—in that order.”
 
It isn’t often that a person can live a dream, but Phil Robertson, aka The Duck Commander, has proven that it is possible with vision, hard work, helping hands, and an unshakable faith in the Almighty. Phil’s is the remarkable story of one man who followed the call he received from God and soon after invented a duck call that would begin an incredible journey to the life he had always dreamed of for himself and his family. In the love of his country, his family, and his maker, Phil has finally found the ingredients to the “good life” he always wanted.
 
If you ever wind up sitting face-to-face with Phil, you’ll see that his enthusiasm and passion for duck hunting and the Lord is no act—it is truly who he is.
 
If you’ve watched the exceedingly popular A&E® program Duck Dynasty®, you already know the famed Phil Robertson. As patriarch of the Robertson clan and creator of Duck Commander duck calls, he fearlessly leads his family in a responsible work ethic and an active faith.
 
But what you don’t know is his life before the show. In the pages of this book, you’ll learn of Phil’s colorful past and his wild road to the “happy, happy, happy” life he leads today. Before the “happy,” Phil’s passion for the outdoors and wild living led him down some shady paths. As a young husband and father, he became the proprietor of a rough bar and lived a life, as he says, of “romping, stomping, and ripping” for a number of years. He even left his wife and young boys for a short period of time.
Through it all, Phil Robertson has lived his life as a “called” man. Called to live off the land, called to leave a starring role in Louisiana Tech football (playing ahead of Terry Bradshaw) for duck hunting, called to wild living, called to create a new kind of duck call—and finally, called to follow God and lead a life of faith.

In this eye-opening and rousing book, you’ll find stories that will shock you, as well as those that will inspire you. You’ll get to know the man behind the legend, and you’ll come away better for it.







About The Book:

In Uncle Si's own words -

As you read this book, there are a few things you have to understand: 95 percent of my stories are truthful. Every member of the Robertson family has the God- given gift of storytelling. Hey, when you’ve sat in a duck blind for more than half of your life, you have to figure out some way to pass the time! It’s better than looking at Willie and Jase for six hours! Many of the stories I like to tell happened when I was a young boy or when I was in Vietnam. At my age, a few of the details are cloudy, but I’ll recollect the coming stories as best I can. Hey, just remember it isn’t a lie if you think it’s true! It’s up to you, the reader, to figure out what’s truth and what’s fiction. Best of luck with that, Jack! May the force be with you.

Hey, another thing you have to know: my stories are kind of like my vocabulary. You might have noticed I like to say “hey” quite a bit. “Hey” can mean anything. It can mean “yes,” it can mean “maybe,” and it can mean “no.” Hey, it could mean “next week.” The bottom line is, you have to understand “hey” to understand me.
 
And if you know anything about Silas Merritt Robertson, you know I’m a hard rascal to figure out.




My Thoughts:

The Robertson men are a special breed all of their own - and I found these two brothers stories just fascinating!

While some of their stories overlap - and that's to be expected, they're brothers after all - I found both personalities shine in the realistic and warm way of storytelling that makes these two memoirs so, well, memorable.

Phil tells of his early days growing up, his success as a football player, but his true love of duck hunting calling him to pursue his dream of providing for his family, and his amazing call to faith that helped him overcome a pretty wild life to come back to his family and his faith.

Si's stories are typically Si - sprinkled with lots of humor. But there are also stories of Silas Merritt Robertson's life that are heartwarming, and stories that are heartbreaking as well. It's fun meeting the "real" Si underneath the hilarious "Uncle Si" that everyone loves.

I highly recommend these two books for fans of Duck Dynasty, but also for anyone who is interested in family relationships and how faith and family play an important role in their lives.




About The Authors:



Phil Robertson was born and raised in a small town near Shreveport, Louisiana. After college he spent several years teaching but soon decided to devote his talents elsewhere: he began to experiment with making a call that would produce the exact sound of a duck, and thus Duck Commander was born. Duck Commander is still a family business, now featured on the A&E® TV series Duck Dynasty®.


Si Robertson, one of the stars of A&E®’s Duck Dynasty®, has worked and hunted for Duck Commander since retiring from the United States Army in 1993. Si spends his time making all of the reeds for the Duck Commander calls and working with his brother Phil to prepare for the next duck season. Si lives in West Monroe, Louisiana, with his wife, Christine.





My thanks to Howard Books for providing the review copies of these books. I was not compensated for my opinion.


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