While I am a fan of the television show Duck Dynasty, and admit that Duck/Buck Commander put out some quality products, overall I have felt pretty nauseated by the total amount of Robertson Clan merchandise overload the past couple years. When the opportunity was given to me to review the Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible, I was hesitant. I’m glad that I ultimately decided to give this book a shot.
The copy with which I was provided is in NKJV; since I have read the NKJV through cover-to-cover a couple times and think it is a solid translation, I’m not going to focus on the text of the Bible itself, but rather on the companion material inserted throughout the pages of the book, which is what I critically focused on.
There’s a reason I posed a question as this blog post’s title. The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible is a quality gift to give him. There are devotional Bibles for men, fathers, and the like. But whether the reader knows who Al and Phil Robertson are or not, the men do not use their celebrity status as a reason to establish credibility with the reader; they acknowledge that they are well known individuals because that’s a part of who they are, but that does not drive the companion material they provide. Approaching the “52 Days with Phil and Al” plan is like conducting a Bible study with a couple of those old guys from the Church who have plenty of life experience that can be immediately applied. When reading through their comments, I felt as if I was sitting down with a church mentor who was talking me through some heavy life moments which every man should be thinking about, such as facing responsibilities as a man, showing grace to others, and maintaining manly integrity. The “LifeChangers” devotional plan provides similar information with points to ponder, kind of like mini devotionals or sermons from the local men’s ministry pastor.
Throughout reading through the material that makes this the Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible, the big thing that reminded me that this was a “branded” Bible was the presence of duck images throughout the pages. I liked that. I would call this a Duck Commander product that is not a Duck Commander product. I’d call this a men’s life application BIble without a lot of the extra frills.
I received my copy of this Bible for free through the BookLookBloggers program in exchange for reviewing it. I was not obligated to post a positive review; the opinions contained are mine.