Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review- UnPHILtered: The Way I See It

UnPHILtered: The Way I See It by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach

Phil Robertson, the star of the popular reality show Duck Dynasty, is truly unfiltered both on the show and in his new book, UnPHILtered. The book is divided into three parts: Personal Lifestyles, Hot Topics, and Faith.

In the "Personal Lifestyles" section, Robertson addresses political correctness, dieting, money, social media, and family.  Under "Hot Topics" he addresses politics, race, entitlements, government, and gun control.  In the "Faith" section he covers intelligent design, good vs. evil, sin, death, and the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus.  In each chapter, he offers a fix for the problems he sees in these areas.  In the prologue titled "The Way I See It," he summarizes much of what is to follow in the remainder of the book.  He writes, "I'm not saying I can fix it.  What I'm saying is God can fix it when we live out two simple principles: love God and love one another. (p. 5)

The book includes many examples of the problems Robertson sees in the nation, as well as Bible references personal insights, and candid advice for individuals, families, and the nation as a whole.  It is a bold almost in-your-face call to faith in Christ and an even bolder call to live that faith in our daily lives.  The author says what he means and means what he says and at least appears to be trying to practice what he preaches.  He also believes that if more of us were striving to love God and love our neighbor our nation and indeed the world would be much better for it.

Submitted by Jim Ritter,  Library Clerk