The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God:
What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness
by Jep and Jessica Robertson
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Biography & Autobiography / General
I am super excited to be able to talk about this particular book. I don’t really watch Duck Dynasty, but I do love what they stand for. It was really neat to read Jep and Jessica’s story, especially since they are the least known about in the family, having only appeared on the show since season four. Readers will love this read because it’s as if you are in one of their backyard bonfires and they’re personal friends.
Jep is the youngest of the Robertson brothers. For a very long time, Jep had a drug addiction. He turned his back on God and it took an intervention from his family to get him to turn his life around. His parents made him move back home so they could keep an eye on him and make sure he has accountability. It was sometime after all of this when he met Jessica.
Jessica had grown up in a Christian home so she had wonderful upbringing. She loved spending her time outdoors and she’s a huge tomboy. She was always on the go and was always a people pleaser. This became a huge problem for her as she grew older. Her first marriage was to a youth pastor so she worried about what other people thought and whether or not she will ever be good enough or be happy again when she divorced him. Eventually after this, she meets Jep. They became good friends before they started dating. She began going to Jep and Trey’s Bible study and through this, she gave her life over to Jesus Christ. She finally recognized that she has immeasurable value and worth and that no one else’s opinion even mattered.
I loved how the points of view alternate between Jep and Jessica because it shows them how they are as a couple. They start out talking about how they were as kids, how they met, life after they married and everything that happened afterwards. Jep and Jessica are two real people who love the Lord Jesus Christ. They are relatable characters and they show how good and grace can come out of the bad. I’m so glad that they wrote this book and that I had the opportunity to read it. It’s definitely a must read and will be staying on my bookshelf!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
About Jep and Jessica Robertson
Jules Jeptha “Jep” Robertson is the youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertson. Jep grew up in the duck blind and continues with the goal his father began years ago, to bring the “Duckmen style” of hunting out of the swamps, into the editing room, and into homes of duck hunting enthusiasts around the world. Jep and his family also star in A&E’s hit series, Duck Dynasty.
Jessica Robertson and Jep have been married for more than fourteen years. As Jep’s wife, Jessica fits right in with the family. As a child she grew up hunting on the weekends with her father in the woods in Louisiana. She and Jep met in 2001, and they were married within two weeks of announcing of their engagement. Jessica previously worked in real estate as a licensed real estate agent and most recently worked in sales.
Jep and Jessica live in West Monroe, Louisiana, with their four children: Lily, Merritt, Priscilla, and River.
Susy Flory is the author or coauthor of eight books, including the New York Times bestseller Thunder Dog. She lives in California and is the director of the West coast Christian Writers Conference.