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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Good, The Bad And The Grace Of God by Jep and Jessica Robertson - Book Review

The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness

About The Book:

A Moving Story of Redemption and Second Chances
Jep Robertson, the youngest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, and his wife, Jessica, open up about their personal trials, their early years together, and the challenges that might have destroyed them both had the grace of God not intervened.

Jep describes being molested as a child and his reluctance to tell anyone until only a few years ago, his downward spiral into drug and alcohol abuse, and the eventual intervention of his family. Jessica shares about the difficult failure of her first marriage while still a teenager and the hurt that came along with it, much of it from the church. Her insecurities spun out of control as she wondered whether she would ever be good enough or pretty enough.

This book is their love story but, more importantly, their love story for God.

“We are desperate to let people know that no matter what you’ve done; no matter what you’ve lived through, you can come out of it.  You can be washed clean.  You are redeemed."

My Thoughts:

As an admirer of the Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame, I have read all the memoirs from Phil, Willie, Jase, even Uncle "Si".  Now it's youngest brother Jep and his wife Jessica's turn to share their stories, and they prove that they are just as strong in their family and love of family as the rest of the family.

Written in alternating voices, Jep and Jessica share their journeys through the good times growing up, the bad times they experienced as teens, and the grace that they found in the forgiveness of their families and from their God when they repented of the sins that weighed on their hearts.  This memoir is a look at how a young couple can be strong despite overwhelming odds and come through to find love, family and faith will always be there to support them no matter what life might throw their way. The subtitle of the book really says it all - "What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family and Forgiveness."

I enjoyed this fascinating book - yes, it was about a famous "reality" couple, but deep down readers will learn that Jep and Jessica are just regular "folks," and their story is a memorable one that young married couples will find inspiring.  I highly recommend it.

About The Authors:

Jep Robertson is the youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertson. Jep grew up in the duck blind and utilizes these years of experience in his role as cameraman and editor for the family busi­ness. Jep is able to think like a hunter behind the camera and, therefore, captured excellent footage for the Duckmen DVD series. Previously, he also videoed footage for the Benelli Presents Duck Commander TV show.

Jep continues with the goal his father began years ago, to bring the “Duckmen style” of hunting out of the swamps, into the editing room, and into the homes of duck hunting enthusiasts around the world. Making his film debut in Duckmen X stoked Jep’s passion for capturing his fam­ily’s hunts on camera. That title remains his favorite Duckmen DVD to date. Jep and his family also star in A&E’s hit series, Duck Dynasty.

Jessica Robertson and Jep have been married for more than fourteen years. As Jep’s wife, Jessica fits right in with the family. As a child she grew up hunting on the weekends with her father in the woods of Louisiana. She and Jep met in 2001, and they were mar­ried within two weeks of announcing their engagement. Jessica also has a business background, as do many in the Robertson family, but not from working at Duck Commander. She previously worked in real estate as a licensed real estate agent and most recently worked in sales.

Jep and Jessica live in West Monroe, Louisiana with their four children: Lily, Merritt, Priscilla, and River.

I purchased this book for my personal collection. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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