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A Robertson Family Christmas


A Robertson Family Christmas

Who would have thought that inventing a duck call could result in a multi-million-dollar business? But that’s what happened for the Robertson family. Of course, it’s not the particular product that has taken the nation by storm, but the family itself. It only takes one episode of “Duck Dynasty” to realize that this family of long-bearded rednecks is not only quirky, down-to-earth and downright funny, but one whose morals and values are not for the benefit of television cameras. It is clear that the Robertsons are the real deal, motivated not by fame and fortune, but by taking the dream God placed in their hearts and using it for His glory.

Miss Kay Robertson is the matriarch of the family. She is sweet, lovable and genuine, and, admittedly, has had to deal with a lot of heartache and challenges over the years. Miss Kay has written a few nonfiction books in the past year or so, but most recently has teamed up with well-known Christian author Travis Thrasher to write her first work of fiction, just in time for the holidays. Although A ROBERTSON FAMILY CHRISTMAS is a novella, it is based on the Robertsons’ actual holiday traditions, and the cast of characters is made up of the members of her real-life family.

"This book is engaging, entertaining and emotion-filled, and offers more than a glimpse into this endearing family who has already captured millions of hearts."

Hunter Clarke lives in Chicago and is a sort of troubled teen. His parents are divorced, and he feels a bit displaced in the world. Without his knowledge, Hunter’s mom enters him in a contest to spend the holidays with the Robertsons. When he learns he is the winner, Hunter is not very happy. He has never even watched an episode of “Duck Dynasty” and is not thrilled with the idea of spending Christmas in Louisiana with a bunch of red-necked strangers, no matter how famous they are. On the other hand, a part of him wouldn’t mind escaping his miserable life at the moment, where his holidays seem destined to be depressing anyway.

Korie Robertson is excited --- and a little nervous --- to meet the 17-year-old boy from Chicago whom they have selected as the winner of the contest. She suspects he won’t be the most receptive guest they’ve ever had, but is determined to welcome Hunter into their family and give him a wonderful Robertson holiday experience. Korie quickly realizes she was right in her assumptions. Hunter may not be blatantly rude, but he is quiet, withdrawn and not all that pleasant. Korie wants nothing more than to get him to open up and actually immerse himself into their home instead of spending his time with his earbuds attached to his head. But she doesn’t want to be pushy and prays the teen will come around before it’s time for him to head home again.

Willie, Sy, Jeb and the rest of the huge Robertson clan do, indeed, draw Hunter into their holidays with wit, wisdom and typical southern charm. During his time with the Robertsons, Hunter gets lessons in duck hunting, cooking and baking. But the lessons Korie and her family try hardest to instill are ones Hunter needs the most. Now the question is if he’ll take those lessons to heart and allow them to change his attitude and, more importantly, his life.

A ROBERTSON FAMILY CHRISTMAS is a wonderful tale of the importance of family, faith and reaching out to those who are struggling. The manner in which the Robertsons relate to Hunter is heartwarming and moving. They are never forceful, but gently draw him into their world in down-to-earth ways a teenager can’t help but respond to. They don’t judge, condemn or preach, but certainly don’t sugarcoat things, either. They are straightforward about their faith, but demonstrate it in some refreshing unconventional ways.

You will likely laugh out loud a few times, but also grab the tissues more than once. This book is engaging, entertaining and emotion-filled, and offers more than a glimpse into this endearing family who has already captured millions of hearts. It also provides an opportunity to ponder the fact that there is no better time than the holiday season to look outside of ourselves and bring joy, hope and laughter to those who may not feel that “merry” this Christmas.

Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab on December 16, 2014

A Robertson Family Christmas
by Miss Kay Robertson with Travis Thrasher

  • Publication Date: October 1, 2014
  • Genres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  • ISBN-10: 1414398204
  • ISBN-13: 9781414398204