As y'all know, I love Duck Dynasty. In a reality world with name-calling, back-stabbing, hair-pulling, and bed-hopping, I find the Robertsons to be a refreshing change of pace! (Don't get me wrong, I like some drama, too!) Uncle Si has been the breakout star of the A&E hit. While he's been everything from a fashion model to an air traffic controller, yesterday Si added author to his list of accomplishments. His book Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle hit the shelves yesterday.
Si's stories span from days of playing hooky with his brothers to earning good grades in college despite having a hard time making it to class. He discusses his time in the military, how he met his wife, and the blessing of his two children and eight grandchildren.
In an interview with the Christian Post, Si talks about why he chose to pen the tome, as well as the strong faith he shares with his family. Initially, he didn't want to write a book, fearing that he didn't have enough family memories to share with his fans due to his twenty-five years serving in the armed forces. He says, "I was in the military, so I told my wife that I was never there for the kids when they were growing up. And she said, 'oh yeah you were. Let me go get a photo album.' And she was showing me dressed as a bunny rabbit, rooster, and Santa Claus during Christmas time. Personally, I didn't feel that I was there enough."
However, in true Si fashion, he ended up going for it, lamenting, "They just kept bothering me, so I said, OK."
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Of course, the ladies love Si, and he is often on the receiving end of marriage proposals. He recalls, "I was at an event in Arkansas, and a woman walked up and was standing there, and I was waiting for her to hand me something to sign – a T-shirt, a hat or whatever. And she said, 'well, I'm ready.' And I looked up and I said, ready for what? 'Ready to marry you. I drove 450 miles here just to marry you.' I told her we've got a slight problem here, lady. And she said, 'what's that?' I'm already married and my wife probably wouldn't like me marrying you. 'You mean I drove 450 miles for nothing?' I said, no. Isn't that a T-shirt you've got hanging over your shoulder. 'Yeah.' Well, I'll sign it for you darlin' that's the best I can do for you."
Speaking of marriage, Si has advice for newlyweds, stating, "People have got to understand that you've got to learn to laugh at yourself when you make a mistake. Don't get mad and fly off the handle, OK. We're all human, and we make mistakes. What I tell young couples that are getting married is: you're going to have quarrels, and on some things, you're just going to have to agree to disagree. And when you go to bed at night, kiss each other and tell each other that you love each other. Don't go to bed mad. Life is too short. Keep it simple."
Si also shares his favorite scripture, and I think it epitomizes the Robertson clan in a nutshell. He explains, "When I sign people's stuff I put down John 3:16 and 17. Most people can tell you what 16 says, OK. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son." But they don't know nothin' about 17. It says Jesus didn't come to condemn us. If anybody had a right to condemn someone, it would be the son of God. If he didn't do it, then hey, we definitely are not qualified to do it."
Commenting on his strong faith, Si asserts, "I don't know what a person does that does not have a relationship with God. When he goes to the doctor and the doctors says, hey, you've got less than two months to live and there's nothing we can do for you. Who do they turn to when you're given something that earth shattering? Like me, personally, I know who I'd turn to. I would be talking to the one who created me. He's the one who created us, and we're wonderfully made. There've been numerous times that a prayer has been requested for someone who has cancer, and the prayer was said, and the next thing the person was told is: hey, you can go home, we can't find nothing."
When asked what he thinks about having his face on all kinds of merchandise, Si admits, "It's very humbling, number one. There's a lot of kids who look-up to me, and that's humbling. Because being human, I don't want to fail them. But being human, I will. That's why it's so important to have your faith put in something that won't fail you. And that means the son of God's kingdom."
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