Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review | Good Call

Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl by Jase Robertson and Mark Schlabach 
May 2014 by Simon & Schuster Audio
*This audio book was sent to Alyssa for review.
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"The straight-faced, funny man of Duck Dyanasty has a real story to tell. Not a repeat of the previous Duck Dynasty books, Jase opens up about his personal family life, his childhood days with a drunken father, and how he came to faith.
This open book from Jase may surprise some fans who love him for his dry humor and rivalry with younger brother Willie. This hilarious, yet thoughtful book, is structured around lessons of faith in the blind on topics like respect, passion, forgiveness, generosity, humility, kindness, and honesty. Chapters discuss: the highlights of Jase's memory of the early days with his drunken, disruptive father; his high school days and his strong commitment to not be like Phil had been, opting for total abstinence from drinking and sex; the moment he forgave Phil for being such a terrible father in his younger days; his first hunt with Phil, where he saw an excitement in Phil that he'd never seen before; his first date with Missy, which was a "fake date" to make another girl jealous; and of course, a chapter on Uncle Si, with stories not told in previous books. Other chapters include stories of his brothers, frog hunting and fishing, and his most memorable road trips. And finally, Jase shares a chapter on hunting in heaven. Here, Jase shares his love for the land and our responsibility to care for it. More than a behind-the-scenes look at this beloved Duck Dynasty character, readers will be inspired and encouraged to implement Jase's lessons from the blind into their own lives."
-Good Reads
FTC Disclaimer: This book was sent to Alyssa for review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are those of the reviewer and the reviewer alone. 

Much like Si Robertson's memoir, Si-cology 1, Good Call is a reflection on Jase Robertson's life: beginning in his childhood and leaving off in the current day - surrounded by the fame from Duck Dynasty and yet still clinging to his core values. Also like Si's book, Good Call presents a different side to the man that Jase Robertson is and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know a bit about his history and what his family actually looks like. (You can read my review of Si-cology 1 here.)

I don't have much to say in the way of a review - I'm not entirely sure how exactly to review a memoir. After all, Jase is sharing his life experiences and how can I be critical of that? I can appreciate the honesty that he and his wife, Missy, share with their readers - particularly in discussing the difficulties they experienced when their daughter, Mia, was born with a cleft lip and palate and the hardships of growing up in a less than perfect home enviornment.

Would I recommend Good Call to everyone? No, absolutely not. The Robertson clan has come to be famous for their very conservative Christian beliefs and values and this belief system plays a central role in Good Call. Robertson constantly peppers his anecdotes with Bible verses and Biblical references and God is central to almost every single story that he shares. I don't think that every reader would be welcoming of such a strong Christian theme. However, if you're a fan of the show (or the family) - definitely give it a read. I think you'd be surprised by Jase's story and what he's experienced.

P.S. - I'm still rooting for Miss Kay... I want to read that woman's story!


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