Monday, August 17, 2015
The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God Book Review
"Jep Robertson, the youngest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, and his wife, Jessica, open up about their personal trials, their early years together, and the challenges that might have destroyed them both had the grace of God not intervened. Jep describes being molested as a child and his reluctance to tell anyone until only a few years ago, his downward spiral into drug and alcohol abuse, and the eventual intervention of his family. Jessica shares about the difficult failure of her first marriage while still a teenager and the hurt that came along with it, much of it from the church. Her insecurities spun out of control as she wondered whether she would ever be good enough or pretty enough. This book is their love story but, more importantly, their love story for God."
I really enjoyed reading this book. In my opinion, Jep isn't as well known as his other brothers, so it was really nice to hear his story. The book shifted back and forth from his perspective to his wife's perspective. Their individual stories flowed well together and kept the reader consist throughout the book.
Jep begins with his early life following around his older brothers and spending lots of time with his paternal grandmother, Merritt. It was insightful to see the perspective of the one Robertson child who was born after Phil's conversion to Christianity. Jep openly discusses his trials, including addiction and health issues. His openness and willingness to be completely forthcoming with everything and use it to witness for God's amazing grace and love is really refreshing. I highly recommend reading this book!!