Matriarch Miss Kay, Korie, Missy, Jessica, and Lisa Robertson speak out in this insightful book about their roles in the crazy Robertson family and the core values that make this family work.
An Inside Look at the Robertson Women
In the pages of this book, you’ll find both fun and inspirational stories . . .
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.
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About the Author
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.
Korie Robertson is known for her role on A&E’s hit reality television series Duck Dynasty. The mother of six is known for her domestic and international philanthropic work and serves on the board of Help One Now, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty and caring for orphans worldwide. Korie and her husband Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander®, are active advocates for adoption and foster care—having adopted two of their own children—and were honored for their work at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Angels in Adoption Gala in Washington D.C. in 2013, and they now serve on the CCAI board. Korie and Willie also founded the Drive Adoption Fund in 2016, which was created to promote domestic and international adoption awareness and education.
Korie oversees several business ventures including their local Louisiana-based retail store Duck & Dressing and also serves as a spokesperson and advocate for women on behalf of the natural skincare line made for women of all ages, Naturmetic. Korie is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing credits include The Women of Duck Commander, Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables of Jesus and The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty, Duck Commander Devotions for Kids and Strong and Kind: Raising Kids of Character. Follow her online @bosshogswife or DuckCommander.com.
Lisa Robertson is the wife of Alan Robertson and worked with him at the church in several different ministries before joining him back at Duck Commander. She is a committed mother and grandmother and guides her family in the ways of faith.
Beth Clark is a writer and publishing consultant and runs a business called Thinkspot Communications in Franklin, Tennessee.
Read an Excerpt
The Women of Duck Commander
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.
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!
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!
Table of Contents
Foreword Beth Clark xv
Introducing the Duck Commander Women 1
Kay Robertson 1
Lisa Robertson 4
Melissa "Missy" Louise West Robertson 6
Korie Robertson 9
Jessica Robertson 12
Part 1 How I Became A Robertson
1 Introduction: A Message from the Wives 17
2 The Cheerleader and the Quarterback: Miss Kay 22
3 It Started with a Crush: Lisa 28
4 The Best Joke I Ever Played: Missy 33
5 Young Love: Korie 39
6 Fancy Meeting You Here: Jessica 46
Part 2 No Ordinary In-Laws
7 Introduction: A Message from the Daughters-in-Law 55
8 Oh, Kay! 56
9 Getting Our Phil 66
10 What a Team! 72
11 Passing It On 79
Part 3 Happily Ever After Can Take a While
12 Introduction: Miss Kay 87
13 I Found Out What It Means to Fight: Miss Kay 89
14 Have Hope: Lisa 107
Part 4 Talkin' about My Generations
15 Introduction: A Message from the Wives 119
16 Ain't Life Grand?: Miss Kay 121
17 A Legacy of Love: Jessica 136
18 Just Call Me Mam: Lisa 145
19 A Heritage of Faith: Korie 155
20 Generational Blessings: Missy 170
Part 5 Sometimes Miracles Hide
21 Introduction: Jessica 181
22 Tough Love: Miss Kay 183
23 A Miracle Named Mia: Missy 194
Part 6 Life in the Limelight
24 Introduction: A Message from the Wives 207
25 Living in a Glass House: Lisa 209
26 It's Not Just for Us: Missy 215
27 We've Come a Long Way, Baby!: Miss Kay 222
28 We're Happy No Matter What: Jessica 228
29 Great Rewards: Korie 236
Part 7 Inquiring Minds Want To Know
30 Introduction: Korie 247
31 Answers to the Twenty Questions People Ask Us Most 249
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Women of Duck Commander is a very interesting book. The insights are heartfelt. I don’t agree with every position the Robertsons take, but I find their beliefs interesting.
I loved this book and these women - refreshing to see people with such ability to relate! I'll be buying (and reading) everything from this family.
Very enjoyable. A credit to the female race.
This book is easy to read, because it is about real life. I love how all the women like to sleep in when duck season is here. There is no pretense and that is life. I can relate with Kay the most. I got married young and still going after 35 years together. Your faith is important to make a marriage work and I smiled when I read she brings him coffee in the morning. I do the same thing and now I know, this is a gesture of love. Will buy this book for some friends as a gift.
The Women of Duck Commander - Inspiring and Uplifting For a more in depth review, please visit my blog, Chorley Chronicals!! I had no expectations starting this book, as I haven't read anything written by any members of the Robertson family to date. I am quite familiar with Ducky Dynasty, and find that I enjoy the show, so I was looking forward to the insight into their lives! I was really impressed with The Robertson's complete honesty and openness into their current lives and their pasts, which have been the stepping stones to the where they are now! They were brutally honest about mistakes made by different members of the family, and the consequences of such mistakes, and also used this book as an opportunity to share their faith in God with readers! I am sure there are quite a few restrictions as to what they can talk about religion wise on the television show, so this was a great outlet for them to be able to share their beliefs and how God has worked throughout their lives and helped them through their troubles. I found The Women of Duck Commander to be inspiring, uplifting, heartbreaking, and brutally honest, but entertaining to say the least. We learned a lot more background about Phil (the Matriarch) and Alan (The Oldest and least-seen Robertson), but I enjoyed hearing different excerpts from all of the women Robertson's! I would have liked to have heard more from Korie, Missy and Jessica though! The ladies actually narrated the book themselves for the most part, which I find admirable, given that they're not like the actors normally obtained to narrate books. With that being said, it felt a lot like they were reading along with the script, but I also appreciated hearing the story come from their very own mouths, so it was tolerable and enjoyable! This book made me look at The Robertson Family and Duck Dynasty in a totally different, more enjoyable light, where I learned about their faith, their sharing of their faith, and things you would never dream that they do (such as Jase touring and sharing his ministry) just by watching the show! I appreciate the side that television won't allow us to see and definitely look forward to reading more of their personal stories in the future!
The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work by Kay,Korie, Missy, and Lisa Robertson with Beth Clark is an interesting Rich & Famous/Biography & Memoirs/ Leaders & Notable People. I like the book because it talked about God. People who like Duck Dynasty would love this book.The Duck Dynasty show is on A&E.The A&E channel is on 265.People who like the Duck Dynasty show would love this book.If you do like the Duck Dynasty show and would like to know more about the family,in this case the wives you would love this book. Well written and very interesting. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Rating: 4. 5 Heat Rating: None Reviewed by: Baby Girl (Guest reviewer), courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
I a word the Stepfords wives.
Wow, does this bunch know how to make money. Beyond that, role models for what? I wouldn't want my daughter to merry a Phil Robertson, would you?