A Moving Story of Redemption and Second Chances. 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.
It wasn’t very long ago that a friend of mine offered to let me read a book written by one of the “Duck Dynasty” family. I really wanted to read it, but I got caught up with running, family, and blogging, and the only books I was reading at that time seemed to be the books I had already agreed to review for my blog. After the book sat on the shelf in my house for about a month, I returned it to my friend unread (insert sad face here).
As a Family Christian Official Blogger I was recently selected to receive the book by Jep and Jessica Robertson that releases on June 23, 2015! As far as I’m concerned, this offer became “the best of both worlds” for me – a win/win arrangement. I get to read a book I want to read AND I am reading a book for my blog. YAY! So – the name of Jep and Jessica’s book is The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us about Faith, Family, and Forgiveness and I’ll share a little bit about it for you.
The book shares the story of the youngest son of the Robertson clan, Jep, and his wife, Jessica. Their story begins from childhood before they met and takes you on a journey through their lives before God and after God, before meeting and after meeting and getting married. The book shares the message of how each found God and each other. You can feel the overwhelming presence of God on almost every page of their real life story. Jep and Jessica both both grew up in the church but admit they weren’t Christians. They admit they made many bad choices and made mistakes before they became Christians and faced struggles after accepting Christ that nearly separated them. Their faith, their family, and God’s forgiveness helped them find redemption and happiness.
What I loved most was that the story is actually told from each of their point of view, a chapter from him and then a chapter from her. I really enjoyed getting the perspectives of each of this couple’s views of the same events and situations at the same time. It almost felt like I was sitting at the table hearing them both share the story. If I had to find something negative about the book, I’d say it would be the fact that there were no pictures. The book itself invites you into their lives as they share the story of their lives, and I just think if there were pictures to show us a little more about their surroundings, it would have been cool. Even without the pictures, though, you really feel Jep and Jessica share their hearts with the readers and it is a testimony to their love for God and to each other.
Both Jep and Jess share their life struggles and how they moved through life trying to discover themselves. While Jep was partying his life away with drinking and drugging, Jessica stuffed her pain with an eating disorder. In this book, Jep and Jessica share with us how God intervened and changed their direction in life. Their stories kept my attention and were nicely shared. The struggles they face on their own and as a couple clearly share the testament of their love for each other, and ultimately, their love of God and God’s love in their lives.
This book is their love story but, more importantly, their love story for God. Jep and Jessica share, “[W]e are desperate to let people know that no matter what you’ve done; no matter what you’ve lived through, you can come out of it. You can be washed clean. You are redeemed.”
If you would like to prebuy a copy of this book, you can head to Family Christian online=====>HERE. After June 23, you can pick it up in your local Family Christian store! To help you make the purchase, I’ve also been authorized to do a giveaway for a $10 Appreciation Certificate from Family Christian! You can enter the giveaway for the $10 Appreciation Certificate here:
As a Family Christian Blogger, I was provided with a copy of this book without cost in exchange for my honest review and unbiased opinion. Thank you again Family Christian!