I am sure it will come as a shock to no one that I've already pre-ordered a copy of Phil Robertson's new book Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander which hits shelves May 7th. Even if I wasn't obsessed with A&E's Duck Dynasty and the Roberston family, the title alone would have intrigued me.
I love everything about these people–their closeness, their strong faith, their loyalty, and their devotion to one another. Underneath those beards, there is more wit, substance, and intelligence than most of the housewives franchise combined. And, unlike the majority of the housewives, the Robertsons are honest about where they came from, what they stand for, and who they are.
Phil isn't afraid to admit he spent some time mixed up in the "sex, drugs, and rock and roll" when he was younger, and the family uses their reality fame to help the less fortunate. Hmmm, it sounds like those who don't necessarily look the part are certainly doing their part…somewhere Mama June is eating her sketti with a satisfactory grin…
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Happy, Happy, Happy will chronicle Phil's life as a football star, hell-raiser, husband, father, duck hunter, and Christian. Amazon describes his memoir as the following:
Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting.
An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky.
Phil grew up with the dream of living the simple life off the land like his forebears, but he soon found himself on a path to self-destruction—leasing a bar, drinking too much, fighting, and wasting his talents. He almost lost it all until he gave his life to God. And then everything changed.
Phil’s incredible story tells how he followed a calling 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. With great love for his country, his family, and his maker, Phil has finally found the ingredients to the “good life” he always wanted.
The book was originally published in 2011 under the title Legend of the Duck Commander, and it was written by Phil's older brother, journalist James Robertson. On his website, James describes his brothers story, saying, "It was a great experience writing a book about my younger brother, Phil Robertson. I hope his Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty fans enjoy it. It is the original story of Phil’s upbringing and the way of life that shaped this unique individual and made him the legend he is today. It’s about a reactionary father who taught him he could live off the land, his struggles as a young man to reconcile what the really wanted to do with his life and the steadfast love of his wife Ms. Kay who saw him through his turbulent years. The culmination is in the invention of a duck caller that has made him wealthy and the love of God that led to his present way of life."
Phil continues on his mission to serve the Lord and the community by using his reality star status to raise money for others. According to a Kentucky newspaper, Phil and Kay are doing a speaking engagement on August 17th at Barren County High School to raise money for the local YMCA. The Bowling Green Daily News shares, "The $80 tickets for meet-and-greet passes with the stars and general admission floor seating are already sold out. Still available are $50 tickets for general admission floor seating only; $35 for general admission lower level bleachers, $40 for upper chair level general admission; and $20 for general admission upper level bleachers." I want to go!
As if this news wasn't enough to make my day, I get to recap two new episodes of Duck Dynasty tonight. If you haven't already jumped on the bandwagon, I highly encourage you check it out tonight at 10 PM ET on A&E.
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