Friday, 2 August 2013

Review - Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
By Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
Publisher: Howard Books
Pub. Date: May 7, 2013
ISBN: 978-1476726090
Retail: $24.99
Pages: 240


Reality shows have been controlling the television screens for years; most of them are pointless, forgettable, and quickly disappear from the airwaves, but A&E's Duck Dynasty has avoided all the typical clich├ęs and has become a hit series, spawning t-shirts, calendars, Hallmark cards, notebooks, band-aids, bobble heads, and books.

Phil Robertson, the founder of Duck Commander, has written an inspirational autobiography covering his childhood, high school, marriage, college, and the recent success of Duck Dynasty. He grew up poor, but was taught how to hunt and fish at an early age by his father; living off the land by hunting, fishing, and growing vegetables. During his teen years, he excelled at sports, eventually receiving a football scholarship at Louisiana Tech. He married the love of his life, Miss Kay Carroway, at the age of 16. After receiving a Bachelor Degree and Master Degree in Education, Phil went on to teach as his family started to grow.

Phil went on a rocky path of drinking, which almost ended his marriage, but he found the Lord at the age 28 and he was able to change his life for the better. Now with four children (Alan, Jase, Willie, and Jep), Phil left teaching to become a commercial fisherman. Eventually, he would take the biggest gamble of his life by going into the duck call business. Phil, with the help of his loving family and friends, made the duck calls by hand, which he would sale to local businesses. What started out as a small business in a little shack on the family property, has now become a multi-million dollar company.

I have to admit that I've never been into hunting, so Duck Dynasty never really caught my interest. My grandmother is fan of the series and after hearing good things about the series, I watched a couple of episodes, and now I'm a fan! I wasn't aware of the Happy, Happy, Happy book until I happened to come across a segment on the 700 club with Phil and Miss Kay Robertson. After watching the interview, I knew I had to read the book. Phil has lived a life full of ups and downs, but he has managed to beat all odds by having a strong faith in the Lord and a strong family base. Many reality tie-ins often feel fake to me, but not with Happy, Happy, Happy as Phil’s narration feels real and honest. Overall, I loved reading the book and I plan on giving it to my grandmother to read. Whether you are a fan or even if you have never heard of Duck Dynasty before, I recommend the book to everyone as there is a wonderful inspirational message of family and faith.

Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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