Phil Robertson, popular star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” writes about his “Duck Commander” life and legacy in, Happy, Happy, Happy. He begins with the description of an idyllic 1950’s childhood in West Monroe, LA.
Phil’s childhood family lived in a “turn-of-the-century” log cabin and they depended on home-grown vegetables, fruits and the pigs’ chickens and cattle they raised for food. Since money was scarce they “…rarely went to town for groceries” and the deer, squirrels, ducks or fish they caught were a much-anticipated plus. Their family lifestyle resembled that of the 1850’s frontiersmen more than post-war 1950’s.
When asked what his priorities are today, this now famous-for-his-duck-call family patriarch is quick to reply, “Faith, family, ducks—in that order.” Yet, it wasn’t always that way. Phil lived a “romping, stomping and ripping” lifestyle until he had a “come-to-Jesus- moment” at age twenty-eight.
His warm, genuine autobiography begins with a no-holds-barred account of Phil’s life before that moment arrived. He describes growing up with rough and tumble brothers, a football career, teaching position, managing a “honky-tonk” bar, brawls, arrests and more that led to his wife Kay leaving him for three months.
Kay shares her perspective of the moment that changed all their lives when Phil found her and the boys mid book. When she recognized his truck in the parking lot, she walked over and hesitantly opened the door not knowing what to expect. She saw Phil’s face buried in his arms that rested on the steering wheel. When he raised his head she saw tears streaming down the face of man she’d never before seen cry and heard him say, “…I want my family back…”
Phil’s moving memoir chronicles his “outlaw years” where it wasn’t uncommon for him to drink, brawl and total pickup trucks. Until his life spiraled “…out-of-control like a downed duck…” shot from the sky and he gave his heart to Jesus. It’s a narrative of genuine choice and change about God, past mistakes, the importance of family, duck calls and living a life of faith.
His simple down-home wisdom and often humorous approach to life illustrates strong family values, solid work ethic, appreciation of nature and love of God and family. If you weren’t a follower of the Duck Commander’s before reading the book, you will join his family of fans by the time the story ends.
Several pages of black and white photographs of all the family are included.
See Cross Walk YouTube Interview with the Duck Commander: www.crosswalk.com/video/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson-happy-happy-happy.html or visit their home page. www.duckcommander.com/
‘Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander, by Phil Robertson, w/Mark Schlabach, Howard Books, 2013, 240 Pages, 978-1476726090, $24.99
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‘Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander, by Phil Robertson, w/Mark Schlabach,
The Call of the Wild
If you’ve watched the exceedingly popular A&E program Duck Dynasty, you already know the famed Phil Robertson. As patriarch of the Robertson clan and creator of Duck Commander Duck calls, he fearlessly leads his family in a responsible work ethic and an active faith.
But what you don’t know is his life before the show. In the pages of this book, you’ll learn of Phil’s colorful past and his wild road to the “happy, happy, happy” life he leads today. Before the “happy,” Phil’s passion for the outdoors and wild living led him down some shady paths. As a young husband and father, he became the proprietor of a rough bar and lived a life, as he says, of “romping, stomping, and ripping” for a number of years. He even left his wife and young boys for a short period of time.
Through it all, Phil Robertson has lived his life as a “called” man. Called to live off the land, called to leave a starring role in Louisiana Tech football (playing ahead of Terry Bradshaw) for duck hunting, called to wild living, called to create a new kind of duck call—and finally, called to follow God and lead a life of faith.
In this eye-opening and rousing book, you’ll find stories that will shock you, as well as those that will inspire you. You’ll get to know the man behind the legend, and you’ll come away better for it.
‘The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty’ by Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson & Mark Schlabach
~~Faith. Family, Ducks—in that order~~
This book gives readers an up-close and personal, behind-the-scenes look at the family in the exploding A&E show—Duck Dynasty. This Louisiana bayou family operates Duck Commander, a booming family business that has made them millions. You’ll hear all about the Robertson clan from Willie and what it was like growing up in the Robertson household. You’ll sample some of Willie’s favorite family recipes from Phil, Kay, and even some of his own concoctions; and you’ll get to know the beautiful Robertson women. You’ll hear from Korie about the joys and hardships of raising a family, running a business, and wrangling the Robertson men while staying fashionable and beautiful inside and out. Discover more about the family dynamics between brothers Willie, Jase, Jep, and parents Phil and Kay. You’ll even meet a fourth brother who isn’t in the show.
The popularity of Duck Dynasty is skyrocketing, garnering a Wednesday-night top two finish in all of cable. The book releases in time for season two of the show in October 2012.
‘The Duck Commander Devotional’ by Alan Robertson
With the Robertson clan’s flair for down-home wisdom and wit, this 365-day devotional reveals the heart and faith of this much-loved family from A&E’s hit show Duck Dynasty.
Loyal fans of the Duck Dynasty family will relish this collection of inspirational messages for each day of the year. From patriarch Phil and matriarch Kay to their four sons (Willie, Jase, Jep, and Alan) and their beautiful wives and children, the entire Robertson clan contributes to this encouraging guide. You’ll also hear from Martin and Godwin, the only two non-family members who are regulars on the show.
Each devotional contains a brief message, a passage from Scripture, and a prayer. Not only are the messages motivational, but they are also laced with the characters’ trademark wit and humor. An ideal companion for Duck Dynasty fans, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to grow in their faith, The Duck Commander Devotional will both entertain and inspire.
‘Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, and Food–Bringing Our Home to Your Table’ by Kay Robertson & Chrys Howard
The sassy, country-cookin’ matriarch of the Robertson clan and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty dishes up her fabulous recipes and stories in this irresistible family cookbook.
From fried chicken to fried frog legs, sausage gumbo to crawfish étouffée, and buttery biscuits to red beans and rice, Miss Kay is a master of the back-country, home-cooked meal.
She has been cooking ever since she was a little girl and has perfected her skills through years of practice on the Robertson clan. Now she shares her mouth-watering meals, drinks, desserts, and more, and her love shows in every recipe.
Since family is of utmost importance to the Robertson’s, each section of Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen is organized around different family members and special events, featuring insider stories and colorful dinner table conversations that will keep you laughing. Miss Kay also reveals the favorite recipes of each of the Robertson men—and their wives—as well as the famous meals she cooks for extended family, friends, and church members.
In addition to more than 100 recipes, beautiful full-color photos and family pictures make this book a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. And true to their faith, you’ll find scriptures sprinkled throughout Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen.
With backwoods country flair, the cookbook that Duck Dynasty fans have been waiting for is finally here. And true to her down-home style, Miss Kay doesn’t disappoint: “Food is the language, and I know how to speak it!”
‘Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle’ by Si Robertson & Mark Schlabach
You know him from the hit A&E show Duck Dynasty—now you can enjoy Uncle Si’s tall tales, crazy exploits, and quirky one-liners in one raucous collection!
“These hands are so fast, I can get your wallet before you know it. In a minute, you’ll be standing there buck naked and won’t know what hit you!” “Look here—if it wasn’t for my tripped knee, I’d be playing in the NBA today.” “Hey, Jack!”
Any of these sound familiar? If they do—or even if they don’t—you’re in for a good laugh. The brother of patriarch Phil Robertson, Uncle Si has a limitless supply of stories about his childhood, duck hunting adventures, his days in Vietnam, and everything in between. Now the best of those tales are gathered into this roaring book.
Si shares stories of the more than twenty-five marriage proposals he’s received in the mail (some with photos!), how he came to use a green Tupperware cup for his ever-present sweet tea, and how his cigarette smoke made a deer cough (he’s since quit smoking). And in many of these never-before-heard tales, Si openly talks about his wife and two children—who are never seen and rarely mentioned on the show.
Sure to please die-hard fans and curious newbies alike, Si’s one-liners are presented alongside fun, expressive photographs. In no time, this smattering of zany stories will have you falling over with laughter and retelling them to all your friends.
‘2014 Duck Dynasty Year of the Beard Wall Calendar’
Faith, Family and Ducks! That’s what the Robertson Family is all about. Whether they’re SHOOTING ducks, CATCHING frogs, or SHARING life lessons around the dinner table, their lives are centered around FAITH in God, their LOVE of Family, and their PASSION for hunting ducks.