Happy, Happy, Happy

by Larry Hehn on October 23, 2013

Happy Happy HappyAs you may gather from this photo, over the past few months I’ve started to resemble Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. Though he’s 21 years my senior, I’m ok with that.

We come from very different backgrounds, but his story still resonates with me.

An autobiography of sorts, Robertson’s book Happy, Happy, Happy reveals the story behind the iconic creator of Duck Commander duck calls, and his 14 rules for “living happy, happy, happy”.

To say that Robertson is “old school” would be an understatement. From growing up in the woods of Louisiana with no bathtub or toilet in the cabin, living off the land and sharing a bed with three older brothers (younger brother Si slept separately since he had a tendency to wet the bed), Robertson has learned to appreciate – and espouse – the simple life.

Each of the 14 rules draws wisdom from Robertson’s background, including working hard, learning to cook, reading your Bible, getting outdoors, avoiding alcohol, and yes, even not trying to understand women.

Agree with him or not, you will always know where he stands.

He shares some amazing tales of his former “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” lifestyle, and the trials he put his wife and young children through before accepting Jesus at age 28.

There is much more to Robertson than meets the eye. A former star football player who started at quarterback ahead of Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech, he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in education, working as a teacher before getting into the duck call business.

Duck Dynasty fans will be fascinated by Robertson’s account of how he founded and grew the Duck Commander business before handing over the reins to his son Willie.

Happy, Happy, Happy is a sitting-across-the-kitchen-table chat with a man who has travelled many miles and has many nuggets of wisdom to share. Robertson does that with a strong dose of humor and humility, and a love of Jesus that is infectious.

As Robertson confesses, “Following Jesus has been a blast. The Lord has blessed me mightily.

It’s what makes me happy, happy, happy.”

This book was bought with my own hard-earned cash. It was not a freebie, so I felt no obligation to endorse it. I was not required to write a positive review. As a rule I only post reviews of books that I enjoy, and that I feel will be beneficial to my readers. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Embedded in this review is an affiliate link to Amazon.com. If you follow the link from here and buy a copy of this book, Amazon will award me a 4% commission on the purchase.

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bill (cycleguy) October 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I can only imagine where your beard would be and what it would look like if you hadn’t had that “trim” awhile back. 🙂 Looking good. How much longer you going to let it go?
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Larry Hehn October 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Thanks, Bill. Yes, I’d have at least another inch of beard if I hadn’t made that regrettable trip to the barber back in April. But it seems to be recovering nicely! I’m hoping to take the beard to “terminal”, which basically means until it won’t grow any longer. I’ve heard that it could take up to two years for that to happen. I figure that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and am curious to see what develops. Worst case scenario, there’s always a pair of scissors handy!

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Dave Arnold October 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm

The book sounds great! What a neat show, and God has truly
used it for His purpose.

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Larry Hehn October 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

Robertson is quite outspoken when it comes to his faith, and he doesn’t allow it to be edited or watered down. Kudos to him!

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David Rupert October 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

I am not sure I’ll read the book, but I am fascinated at his bold stance. I have seen the show a couple of times and been amused. It’s good to see some “real” Christians putting it out there regardless of cricticsm.

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Larry Hehn October 31, 2013 at 11:49 am

Yep. Faith, family, and ducks. In that order. Seems to be a winning combination!

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Stephen Haggerty October 31, 2013 at 11:38 am

Gotta love the Robertson boys. And yes, you are starting to resemble him quite a bit 🙂
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Larry Hehn October 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

Just growing my way towards becoming a Beard of the Month – hoping for December!

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Caleb Suko October 31, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Sounds like an interesting book Larry and you really are starting to look like the author! I haven’t gotten into the Duck Dynasty but that’s mainly because we’ve been in Ukraine and not had access to US TV shows.

I like Rpbertson’s reason for his happiness. When Jesus is at the root of our happiness there isn’t anything that can destroy it.
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Larry Hehn October 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Exactly. Welcome, Caleb. I’ve been lurking on your blog for a few weeks now. I’m glad you stopped by!

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