Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Book Review:The Good, the Bad and the Grace of God by Jep and Jessica Robertson/Non Fiction-Biographies and Memoirs/NETGALLEY ARC/Published in 2015

Hello dear Readers,

Below, my book review of The Good, the Bad and the Grace of God by Jep and Jessica Robertson. 

Title: The Good, the Bad and the Grace of God 
Genre: Non-Fiction/Biographies and Memoirs
Author: Jep and Jessica Robertson 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Language: English
Hardcover: 240 pages

Book Description

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.

“We 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."

My thoughts
*I gave 4/5 stars on Goodreads

I have heard of the Duck Dynasty TV show. I know what it is about and have seen a few episodes but do not consider myself a very knowledgeable person of the show. However, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very interesting to know more about the lives of Jep and Jessica, before they met and after they became a couple. How all the things happening in their lives have impacted each of them and in way or another the rest of the Robertson's family.

Most of the time when we see people on TV, we tend to think they have perfect lives and that they are happy all the time. Sometimes we even think what are we doing wrong?, why we can not have their lives?, so perfect and full of happiness and money. What we sometimes forget is there is no such thing as perfect people. We all are imperfect, we all make mistakes. We all have our ups and downs in life, even people on TV. The only difference I think is they get paid to be on TV and we get to see them on national television. At the end, they are humans, just like us.

What I like about this book is the honesty with the story is told. How two people open their hearts to the world and share all the difficulties, struggles and dark moments they have had in life. I have always admired when people do that because is not easy. To tell everyone out there about things that are not necessarily good or things that do not make them feel proud. But when you know by telling these stories you can reach to so many people and help them in some way, I think that makes the book totally worth it.

Another thing I like about the book is how Jep and Jessica talk about God and what He has done in their lives but not in a preachy or judgemental way. They tell their stories, and how God has helped them through grace and faith and try to let people know by showing all the difficult situations they have gone through in life, that no matter what, God is always there.

I like how the book is written. Showing us both perspectives, going back and forth between Jep and Jessica, their stories, before they met and after they met and got married. The sound of their voices is very believable for me. Not only when they talk about the difficult times but also when talk about the good times. Their childhoods, growing up, their families, food and Sundays at church, fishing and playing sports. People can identify with all those things, they can relate and appreciate more the meaning behind them.

The Good, the Bad and the Grace of God is about how through grace, faith and the help of family we can overcome any situation in life. I wished there would have been pictures on the book but overall, one that I totally recommend.

Thank you Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for sending the ARC copy, in exchange for an honest review.

My Favorite Quote

"Over time I began to look at Jep more as a soul than as a husband".


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