As 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.”
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