The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible. Phil & Al Robertson, editors. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2014. 1,216 pp. $29.99. Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for less.
NOTE: I have personally, at the time of writing this review, have never seen an episode of Duck Dynasty.
The stars of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty are committed to upholding five core values both on and off the screen: faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom.
The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible features new stories and testimonials by Phil, the Robertson family patriarch, and his son Al, a pastor with more than 22 years of experience. Together they offer fresh wisdom on biblical values and how everyday people can apply them to their lives.
Powered by relentless dedication to sharing the gospel and celebrating Christ’s kingdom, the Robertson family has become influential to contemporary evangelism and discipleship. The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible unleashes the power of their practical insight into critical faith issues, founded on God’s Word.
Full text of the New King James Version Bible
A personal welcome note from Phil and Al Robertson
125 articles on the top 24 most-searched topics on BibleGateway
Life application and scripture references supplement each article
30 days of life-changing testimonials
Topical index and reading plans
Before the text of the Bible, there is a “52 Days with Phil and Al” designed to be a devotional. Why 52 days? I can only think it has to do with Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall in 52 days. The other, more common-sensical thought is that you read one of these “days” each week for a year. There are after all 52 weeks in a year. At any rate, these stories are “living examples of God’s willingness and power to express His life-altering grace.”
These are certainly penned by Phil and Al and offer theological truths from what one could say a lay-man’s perspective. As can be seen from the above example, the theologian has a tendency to make things a bit more difficult than the obvious. 😉
In addition to the aforementioned 52 day devotional, there are 104 articles interspersed throughout the pages of the NKJV Bible centered on the Five Core Values of the Robertson Family: Faith, Family, Fellowship, Forgiveness, and Freedom. Of these 104 articles exactly half are written by Phil and half by Al. Again, they are extremely down to earth and practical.
That is all to this particular Bible. It is not a study Bible. It is not necessarily a devotional Bible. It is, however, the Word of God, that has the thoughts of respected men in our culture today interspersed throughout. It is as though the reader is in Sunday School with Phil and Al Robertson.
Too be honest, I first saw no value in the gimmicky aspect of this Bible until I was able to give a copy to a man who would not have otherwise taken a Bible from my hand let alone opened it with some sense of excitement. Is that wrong? I am sure some will argue that this is a bastardization of the Word of God whereas I can honestly see it as a contextualization to reach other men and women in a culture that places value on celebrity.
For sure, the message has not been watered down as the entire Bible, NKJV, is here. The articles take a back seat to the Word of God though the major selling point is indeed the celebrity status of the Robertson family. In this regard, I must echo Paul in Philippians 1:18, ” What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.”
This Bible will not be for everyone. If, however, you know someone who loves Duck Dynasty and is not a believer (or is) then this is a perfect gift to give. Not only are you giving them something they want (felt needs), but you are also giving them the life-changing Word of God (the real need!).