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Kay shares the honest story of her relationship with Phil—and his wild and philandering years—and the challenges of being a teenage mother. Even more amazing, she shares the forgiveness she offered Phil and how they have now celebrated forty-eight years of marriage.
Korie tells of her first encounter with Phil when she was in just the fifth grade. At that first meeting Phil came right out and told her what good husbands his boys would make and that she should keep an eye on them. She also shares the reaction her parents had when she told them that she and Willie were getting married when she was only eighteen.
Missy tells the story of their daughter, Mia, who was born with a cleft palate, and their adjustments to this condition and Mia’s joyful spirit that inspires them all.
Jessica recounts her first conversation with Jep and how unimpressed she was when Jep bragged that his dad was the Duck Commander Phil Robertson. She told him she’d heard of Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, and Duck, Duck, Goose— but not the Duck Commander.
Lisa reveals the serious marriage problems she and Al had—problems that almost ended their marriage for good—and how they worked through those issues to have a more stable and loving marriage than she ever imagined possible.
Kay Robertson is the revered matriarch of the Robertson family and star of A&E®’s Duck Dynasty®. For almost five decades, she’s been keeping Phil and her boys from spending too much time in the woods by bringing them back to civilization with a home cooked meal. Kay believes her cooking talents are a gift she must share, so she often ends up feeding all of the family and most of the neighborhood.
All of us wives agree that being a Robertson is a privilege and a joy. We are a happy family; we love God, and we love each other. We help and support one another, and we each have a passion to see the others succeed. We work together, play together, pray together, and laugh together.
When people see us around the table at the end of each Duck Dynasty episode, they get a good glimpse into who we are because they can tell we are people of faith. But they do not get a complete picture of what makes our family work, and that is one reason we wrote this book.
We all came into the Robertson family the same way: we fell in love with a Robertson man and believed we could build a good life with him, a life based on faith and family. Of course, we also knew we might spend a good bit of time apart from him during duck season! We all value different aspects of the family and appreciate being part of this remarkable group for different reasons, but we all agree that our family is amazing and wonderful.
Miss Kay: I LOVED THEM BEFORE I KNEW THEM
For as long as I can remember, all I really wanted to do with my life was be the best wife and mother I could possibly be. As my boys began to grow up, I realized I also wanted to be the best mother-in-law I could be. Long before the boys met the women they eventually married, I began to pray for those girls. I prayed for them for years! I asked the Lord to give the boys godly wives who would love Him first and love them second. I don’t believe any of my daughters-in-law ended up in the family by happenstance; God sent each one and each one is perfect for the Robertson man she married.
I believe the two most important decisions and vows we make are: first, to make Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives, and second, to choose godly mates and make lifelong commitments to them. I always knew the wives my sons chose would determine how their faith would grow and develop, and I prayed they would marry women who would help and encourage them spiritually. I am happy and thankful to say God has answered those prayers.
Before my boys started dating, I made up my mind that I would love their wives. I never was one of those women who thought no young lady could be good enough for my son, and I never wanted to be a mother-in-law who competed with a daughter-in-law. I always had a heart to be kind and loving to whomever my sons chose, to be supportive of them and to embrace each one like my own daughter.
Lisa, Missy, Korie, and Jessica all know they can come to me for anything. If they have a fuss with their husbands, they know I will not automatically side with my boys. I will judge a situation according to what is right and wrong, based on what God says in His Word. I am not the kind of person who defends bad behavior just because one of my sons does it. If someone does something wrong, even if it’s one of the boys, I will call it what it is!
I am glad to have such close relationships with my daughters-in-law and to be part of a great family of faith with them. Each one has a different personality and different ways of doing things. But each one is special to me and I love them all dearly!
Jessica: LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT
Somehow, because of Duck Dynasty, people often brand us Robertson wives as “gold diggers.” That might be offensive to us if we were thin-skinned or if it were true. But it is not. In fact, it’s so not true that we always get a good laugh when we hear the latest rumor about how we married our husbands because of their fortunes. People know Miss Kay didn’t marry Phil for his money, and they don’t necessarily see Lisa as a gold digger because they know Alan worked for years as a pastor before joining Duck Commander. But Korie, Missy, and me—people seem to think we plotted and schemed to capture wealthy, long-haired hunters, determined to marry them for their riches. Let me set the record straight.
When Missy married Jase, hardly anyone outside the hunting world had ever heard of him. Missy worked full-time in an administrative role at a local medical clinic to help support the two of them. She never dreamed he would one day become duck call royalty!
Korie and Willie married while they were in college and they laugh now about having to go to a friend’s house to do their laundry. They were on such a tight budget that their favorite mealtime splurge was chicken strips and macaroni and cheese out of a box. Willie has always been an industrious person and a hard worker. All of his life, he has been happy to pick up odd jobs for extra money, but in the early years of his and Korie’s marriage, they were both in college and money was tight. When their children were young, Korie worked in a paid position as children’s minister at our church. She also used her skills as a fine artist to paint detailed pictures on duck calls and sold them at hunting shows.
When I married Jep and for several years afterward, I had numerous jobs, including making hand-sewn heirloom dresses and smocked children’s clothes to sell to boutiques, working as a Realtor, and being a sales representative for a clothing company. Though Jep has always been the head of our home and the leader of our family, I have always tried to contribute financially as best I could. When we first got married, several years before Duck Dynasty started, we lived in a little trailer and could barely make ends meet. We just wanted to be able to pay our bills, buy groceries, and put gas in our cars.
I can say with complete confidence that each one of us wives married her husband because she loved and respected him; we knew they were men we could honor and trust. All of us value and appreciate these men because of who they are on the inside, not because they are now TV stars. We all married them when they had very little, and we were happy. We struggled financially, just as many other couples do—and we were happy. Now God has blessed us with more resources than we have ever had, and we’re still happy. But I can assure you that all of us would rather have strong, solid marriages with godly men than have all the riches this world could offer. And you can take that to the bank!
There is probably no family in America right now as popular and beloved as the Robertsons of West Monroe, Louisiana. Their A&E TV show, Duck Dynasty, has set ratings records, and their books and merchandise are everywhere. Now fans of the show can learn all they ever wanted to know about the lives and loves of Kay and her daughters-in-law. In The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work, Kay, Korrie, Missy, Jessica, and Lisa tell stories of their childhoods, family histories, courtship, marriage, and lives as Robertson women.
The Robertsons have invited TV cameras into their homes and lives for several years now, putting their lives on display, so it's not surprising that they lay bare so much of their personal lives in this book. Some of the stories they tell are pretty ugly. The patriarch, Phil, spent many years early in their marriage as a drunk, and nearly tore apart their marriage and family with his terrible lifestyle. But Kay was patient, and Phil met Jesus, transforming his life. One of the daughters-in-law had an affair, but they chose reconciliation over divorce, and their marriage ended up stronger.
That hope and transformation forms the real theme of this book. Each of them reveal personal stories of some bad choices they and the Robertson men have made, but in every case a commitment to family, a dependence on Jesus, and a hopeful outlook sustained them and redeemed their lives. Duck Dynasty viewers will learn a side of this family that they might only have seen hints of on the show. Everyone who picks up The Women of Duck Commander will be inspired by this close-knit family who enjoy each other, love their lives, and show a deep commitment to one another.
I did enjoy getting to know these ladies, but I should make a couple of objective comments, in order to be most helpful to interested readers. The narrative jumps around among the authors. Each time the voice changes, it's clearly indicated, but I got a little lost sometimes, having to remind myself who was writing when. For fans of the show, this will be less of a problem; many fans know the Robertson family tree as well as they know their own! Similarly, the stories they tell are very personal, but much of what they write would probably be of interest only to fans.
As you might expect from a book tied to a TV show, The Women of Duck Commander is essential reading for fans. Those who are not familiar with the show will read some amusing and inspiring stories of family life, and good reminders that keeping Jesus first and each other second is a key to strong families. But for non-fans, reading this would be like reading a whole bunch of Facebook posts from people they don't know.
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I wanted it to be a 5 star book. I really did! But, it was just okay. They are blessed and highly favored women, but I really did not like the format of one subject- 5 views-especially when the women were remembering their grandparents. I was confused with this grandma/nanna belonging to whomever. I wish it were a section per daughter-in-law- with Ms. Kay woven in as appropriate. I believe Missy and Lisa (especially) could have carried this book by themselves, with only a few words from Ms. Kay. I felt their stories were definately a guide for women experiencing challenges similar to the ones they endured in their families. I felt Korie already contributed her points in the first Duck Commander book with Willie. Jessica's contributions could have been summed up in one chapter- her points were written like she was protecting herself to capitalize on a book of her own, but she had to be included because she is a daughter-in-law.
The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work by Kay Robertson, Korie Robertson, Missy Robertson, Jessica Robertson and Lisa Robertson with Beth Clark, a ghost-writer for four top-ten New York Times bestsellers, is an attention-grabbing and interesting book. Giving an inside view of the Robertson family, the book will appeal to all those who are familiar with the Duck Commander.
What is truly fascinating about the women of the Robertson family is their diversity, and how each of them contributed immensely in the overall scheme of things. I find the section "How I Became a Robertson" informative and enlightening as I was keen to get a glimpse of who they really are! They haven't disappointed. "Life in the Limelight" is mesmerizing as they take us into the Robertsons' world of glitz and glamor through their various shows.
Let me say this right off the bat: I love Duck Dynasty. We never miss the show. Lots of folks call the Duck Men rednecks and they'd be true. But they are some of the nicest rednecks I've ever seen!
The Robertsons love God, plain and simple, and have built their lives around their faith. However, for Phil Robertson, life was not always about faith. He did a lot of rough living before coming to Christ. And Miss Kay stuck by him through all his rough living and disregard for family.
This book is told by the women of Duck Commander: Kay, Lisa, Missy,Korie and Jessica Robertson. Each woman writes part of each chapter. They lay it on the line, too. They don't hold back. The reader hears things that would have brought most of us down pretty low. But through all their troubles and heartaches, these women held onto God and trusted Him to bring them through.
I was moved deeply hearing some of their life circumstances and blessed at hearing how they clung to God during these rough times. Jessica says, "Joy does not come from what we have; it comes from knowing God."
These ladies mean what they say and they are an inspiration to me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I loved learning about the Robertson women. I couldn't put it down. I love the family values and their faith in God and Jesus Christ. I would recommend this book to anyone that is a fan. I enjoyed every single page. I don't want to give anything away so I will end with I'd re-read this again.