One of the unexpected blessings, if you will, of the television reality show Duck Dynasty is exposure to the Word of God. Skeptics may doubt the earnestness of the Robertson clan’s faith, but one thing they can’t dismiss is their sure confidence and testimony.
When THE DUCK COMMANDER DEVOTIONAL was announced, I thought it would be just another cash grab from television network A&E. And, it kind of is. But, let’s set that aside and focus on what this book is actually accomplishing—people spending daily time reflecting on Biblical scripture and ways to improve their lives. And that’s a good thing, right? No matter what your Christian affiliation, you’d have to agree with that, jack.
Amazon lists this devotional as being written by Al Robertson, but the entire family contributes to the devotionals throughout. Each day’s reflection starts with a Bible passage, then is followed by a personal Duck Dynasty-themed story, and then concludes in a prayer. Again—all good stuff, right? The stories are personal reflections that include the thoughts behind the daily verse(s) and sometimes includes additional versus to lookup.
As for the stories themselves, expect more of what you see in the show. If you’ve read either Si's or Phil's book, you’ll know what to expect. You won’t get insight into who these people are when they aren’t in front of the camera, but at least you’ll know what is par for the course.
The version I am reviewing is electronic, which is nice, but I would suppose the hardcover version to be superior; besides being a daily visual reminder, it would be the perfect edition to break out that ol’ yellow highlighter.
So, yes, A&E will be getting some more money off of this book, but if you devote yourself to daily reading, the results will pay off in dividends. Other devotionals may offer more content or a more focused message, but this is perfect for fans of the show coming back into reading their daily Word.