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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Blessed, Blessed ... Blessed by Missy Robertson - Book Review

About The Book:

Missy Robertson knew that marrying duck-hunting family man Jase Robertson would be an adventure . . . and she was up to the challenge. Their life together was good (even after Jase grew the beard). They had two children, worked hard to help build the thriving Duck Commander business, and loved and served God.

But after a difficult and risky pregnancy, their daughter, Mia, was born with a cleft palate—a serious condition requiring multiple cranial and facial surgeries. As their baby struggled to breathe, and Missy and Jase faced a life that suddenly looked very different than the one they’d planned, they found themselves staring down one of life’s biggest questions: Where is God in all this pain?
This is the Robertsons’ story. It’s for anyone scared and overwhelmed by a problem they can’t fix; anyone lost and searching for a way through. You’ll meet the young girl Mia who captured A&E’s Duck Dynasty viewers’ hearts, and learn how Missy and Jase have raised her and their sons to be faithful, confident, and secure in who they are.

You’ll be inspired by how the Robertson family stuck by each other through the hardest times. And you’ll discover that God’s blessings are bigger than you ever dreamed—and there when you need them the most.

My Thoughts:

I'm a big fan of the "Duck Dynasty" reality show, and from following the Robertson's family's story I was aware of the physical disability of Missy and Jase's daughter Mia. The show never made a big deal about it, until the show, titled "Stand By Mia," which featured the family's celebration before Mia's hardest surgery to correct the cleft lip/palate condition she was born with.  It was a tear-inducing and heart-warming show.

Now Missy Robertson goes in depth about the family's journey from their early marriage days, to the births of their two older sons, Reed and Cole, and finally the pregnancy and birth of sweet baby Mia and the discovery of her condition and the long road they knew they faced to do what they could for their daughter. 

The Jase Robertsons with Miss Mia ruling over all!

This book is straight forward, but also full of emotion.  The Robertson's are a family of faith, and it is their faith that has pulled them all through all the ups and downs that are a part of having a child facing medical problems. Missy's mother-heart is absolutely heroic, but she doesn't write of this situation to warrant sympathy - she writes to inform and to try to help other families who might be going through the same medical process that she and her family have been through.

I have a whole new admiration for this strong Christian family!  And I highly recommend this book for families of children with craniofacial conditions, as well as those who are fans of the Robertson family. Upon seeing this book on my desk, I was asked by someone if I felt blessed after reading it - Yes, I Did!  And I sincerely think that you will feel blessed for reading this book too.

On a personal note - I've been down the same road as Missy, but with different outcomes. I too had blood compatibility problems upon the birth of my sons, and we were told that my second son would be born with a cleft palate and lip. Praise God he wasn't, but due to a failure for me to receive the right medication my third son had severe problems upon birth with his blood.  I could identify with Missy's heartache and struggles as I read her story and was so proud of her for taking the stand to tell her family's story in order to help others. 

About The Author:

Missy Robertson has learned to live life in the spotlight as she plays an important part in her family’s record-breaking reality television series, Duck Dynasty. Despite the increased publicity on her family, company and personal life, she has managed to become a strong voice for morality and virtue both locally and globally.

Missy is a devoted mother of three children who focuses on having a strong, happy and loving family. She married Jase Robertson at age 19 and has supported him ever since. She has contributed heavily to the Robertson family business, Duck Commander, and has been an integral part of the success that the family and company have seen in recent years.

Missy is always the first to recognize the hand of God in her life as she continually sets a prime example of humility and consistent faith in her public and personal life. In order to show her gratitude for her many blessings, she spends a large amount of her time volunteering to give back to her community. She has worked hard as the crafts director for the last five summers at Camp Ch-Yo-Ca, a local Christian youth camp where both she and Jase spent many summers as kids. She is heavily involved in missionary work, both domestically and internationally.

Check out her website at www.missyrobertson.com for more info on her book and upcoming projects.

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

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