Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Good, The Bad and The Grace of God by Jep & Jessica Robertson

This week I was ecstatic to read "The Good, The Bad, and The Grace of God: What honesty and pain taught us about faith, family and forgiveness" by Jep & Jessica Robertson! Our family has always been big fans of Duck Dynasty, but I didn't really know all that much about Jep and Jessica. As they state in their book, they were slowly introduced onto the tv show, so they weren't really on there full time until about the fourth season. I was familiar with the Roberson's background, but I was unaware that Jep and Jessica had a rough start too.

In the darkest time of Jep's life, he dealt with a terrible drug addiction. He fell away from his relationship with God and it took some serious intervention from his parents and his brothers to get him back on track to get right with God. He ended up moving back in with Phil and Kay for awhile as an agreement with Phil so they could keep an eye on him and keep him accountable. It was right after this, that he met Jessica.

Jessica had a wonderful upbringing and was a happy well-rounded child. She spent most of her time outdoors and was just always on the go! She was a people pleaser at heart though which caused her some problems as she grew older. When her first marriage failed, she was constantly worried about what other people thought or if they would be upset with her. After she met Jep, they were just friends for awhile. Jep and his friend, Trey led a Bible study and it was there that Jessica fully gave her life to Jesus. She realized that she had immense worth and value, and that no one else's opinion of her mattered.

The chapters alternate between Jep and Jessica's point of view. I thought it was really nice how they each began at the beginning, when they were children and then brought the story to when they met, married and then everything after. There was so much that I didn't know about them as a couple. I didn't know the things they had personally struggled with and I felt that I could truly relate to a lot of what Jessica had to say because she is a lot like me! I also had a divorce at a very young age, and I was a true people pleaser at heart. So many people didn't understand, or were judgmental.

This book was a refreshing read to me. So many people think that Christians are just judgmental and hypocrites but the reality is that we all mess up! The difference is that we know our Savior and we know He will forgive us when we ask. I absolutely loved this book. I will keep it on my shelf and continue to read it over and over again. I love what the Robertson's have done with their tv show and if they lived around here, I think we could be friends! I rate this book as 5 stars.

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