This book is an honest, heart-rending story of a man's struggles at the beginning of his life, and how he developed his God-given character and the principles upon which he builds his life now. He also credits God with all the blessings he has achieved. One can learn life-application principles to apply to one's own life to fully live an abundant life.
This is a great story about turning your life around, wanting to do what is pleasing to the Lord, and working hard to achieve your dreams while maintaining your integrity. They are a model family that has stuck together through good times and bad. It is awesome that Phil Robertson and his family are willing to stand up for the Christian faith and share the gospel with anyone who will listen...but...this is big but....they are misleading folks into believing that a decision for Christ and baptism makes one a Christian. One only becomes a Christian when the Lord Jesus knows their mind AND heart are in the right place and he gives them the Holy Spirit to dwell within them. See Matthew 3:11. When it happens you will know. It is more than a decision and strong emotions that fade away over time. You are changed dramatically from the inside out, a "new creation", 2 Corinthians 5:17. I know this is a mini sermon, but when someone says something isn't right, they need to tell you what is right and back it up!
I just finished this. It took me about 24 hours inbetween bathing children, Church and cooking. And a nap. I have to say, of all the books I've read this year this one stands out for overall message. My family and I are hooked on the show, even though it's pretty scripted, the truth is, it gives us a taste of homemade and homegrown and what we all wish our families were- close. Strong, and full of faith.
The book just really told the nitty-gritty of Phil's life and he tells his story and the gospel and how he lives it with the expected redneck rough style. I loved it. My grampa was a great fisherman and hunter and I have always admired the manly man sort. The Robertsons rock. If you haven't read the book, do. The last couple chapters especially.