Friday, October 3, 2014

First Friday Book Review: unPHILtered

Title and Author: unPHILtered: The Way I See It by: Phil Robertson, with Mark Schlabach

Release Date: August 2014

Page Length: 224 pages

How I got the Book: Amazon

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Description: In Phil Robertson’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Happy, Happy, Happy, we learned about Phil’s colorful past and the wild road to becoming the beloved patriarch of A&E’s smash hit show, Duck Dynasty. Now, he returns to share his philosophy on life, which can be summed up in five short words. Love God, love your neighbor. 

In this inspirational and entertaining book, you will learn what makes Phil Robertson tick. Robertson shares his views on faith—and how it has totally changed his way of life and how he treats others; family—how he raised his kids and is raising grandkids while teaching them the life principles he lives by; ducks—and the business principles that started the Duck Commander empire; marriage—including what he’s learned from his own marriage; and of course, his opinions on controversial topics like gun control, taxes, prayer in school, and the government.

My Thoughts:
I actually was a bit undecided on which book I would read this month. I started off with the heavily promoted "The Best Maybe" book for women going around the Christian circles (like how I changed the title there?). But that book was so lukewarm, and frankly just bad.

With only two weeks to go in the month, I knew I needed to make a decision to either finish that book, or search for something else. Boy, am I glad I stumbled upon this book, unPHILtered. As a recently released book, it's been getting such high ratings and I absolutely agree! I read the entire prologue on Amazon, and knew I had to buy it!

Here's what I love about this book. It's not a biography like some of the other Duck Dynasty books. It's Phil just sharing truth- plain and simple. He gets bold and brave enough to talk about topics that everyone in America is thinking about, but just doesn't share with one another. Pretty empowering!

The book is broken up into three sections, personal lifestyles, hot topics, and faith. But I almost feel like the book is broken up into three audiences as well.

The first section talking about personal lifestyles (which I loved the most), I feel like is written for a Christian audience. The second section about hot topics I feel like was written for "the world" or "the media". It's basically Phil's response to things the media has said about him. And lastly, the section on faith, I believe is really written toward the non-Christian audience. It goes over the basics of sin, repentance, and new life.

Although there were good moments in the last two sections, I really enjoyed and felt so empowered by the first section. It made me feel like I wasn't the only one who felt a certain way about where America is headed. It felt good to know that other people have similar opinions on social media and money, etc.

Here are my top 5 favorite quotes from the book:

  • The way things are going, it's okay to have an opinion in America, as long as you don't offend anyone and don't quote the Bible. 
  • Being spiritually flabby is far worse than being a little plump physically. (on America's obsession with counting calories. Boy, was that freeing to hear!)
  • We were content when we were poor, so we won't ever feel rich. (quoting Miss Kay, on when the Robertson's would feel "rich")
  • Disciplining, correcting, and teaching your children requires consistency and good communication between the parents. It's a cooperative effort. 
  • We have positioned our government as an enabler, and by doing so we've robbed many people of their own sense of personal responsibility. Many Americans are no longer teaching their children the virtues of hard work, self-reliance, and determination. 
Final Recommendation: 
Overall, this book is a definite page-turner. If you are at all interested in getting a bit more plugged in to topics going on in our country today, please please read unPHILtered. It might help you gain a bit more perspective, and be a good jumping off point to research and prepare yourself for educated voting in 2016. 

I would also recommend this book for people who, like me, want some assurance and encouragement that there are others out there who share similar views. Phil gives a incredibly fresh perspective.

All that to say, I would absolutely NOT recommend unPHILtered for a group setting. I have learned in my (short) adult life that there are plenty of reasons you don't talk about religion, politics, or money in company. It can let out all sorts of evil, and things the direct opposite of love. 

If you're looking for a fairly quick read, and something a bit more substantial than how to make good decisions (oh boy, don't get me started!), please pick up a copy of unPHILtered. I promise, you won't be sorry!

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