“Blessed, Blessed…Blessed” by Missy Robertson
Review copy source: Tyndale Blog Review program
My rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
Missy Robertson knew that marrying duck-hunting family man Jase Robertson would be an adventure . . . and she was up to the challenge. Their life together was good (even after Jase grew the beard). They had two children, worked hard to help build the thriving Duck Commander business, and loved and served God.
But after a difficult and risky pregnancy, their daughter, Mia, was born with a cleft palate―a serious condition requiring multiple cranial and facial surgeries. As their baby struggled to breathe, and Missy and Jase faced a life that suddenly looked very different than the one they’d planned, they found themselves staring down one of life’s biggest questions: Where is God in all this pain?
This is the Robertsons’ story. It’s for anyone scared and overwhelmed by a problem they can’t fix; anyone lost and searching for a way through. You’ll meet the young girl Mia who captured A&E’s Duck Dynasty viewers’ hearts, and learn how Missy and Jase have raised her and their sons to be faithful, confident, and secure in who they are. You’ll be inspired by how the Robertson family stuck by each other through the hardest times. And you’ll discover that God’s blessings are bigger than you ever dreamed―and there when you need them the most.
I am glad that the Duck Dynasty members have chosen to write their stories, because the TV can only capture so much, and much of it being what it wants to capture. But as with everyone, their lives are more complex. The trials Missy, Jase, and their family have gone through, mostly surrounding their youngest daughter, Mia’s cleft lip and palate, can be staggering. But it is a blessing that they’ve had the Lord to lean upon, because really there is no other way to get through anything like that.
Some of it did make me sad, because I could see the areas in which Missy and Jase are particularly broken. I didn’t agree with a lot of Missy’s views. She kept saying how she had to be strong for her children, and her children couldn’t see her emotional or break down. And I don’t agree with that. We aren’t to be strong by our own strength, anyway – we’re supposed to lean on the Lord fully and use His strength. And I think it’s important for all children to see their parents true and raw, even if that means falling apart – God wants us transparent, and children can definitely grow up healthy in seeing their parents that way.I’m not saying freaking out and always being a wreck, I’m just saying that if children can see their parents sad and scared at times and know that they go to God when they are troubled, then that teaches them to do the same.
I also didn’t agree with Missy thinking that Mia (and all of her children) be so independent at a very young age, almost not even relying on Mom or Dad at all. I don’t think that’s wise – God gave us parents for a reason, to grow us and be there for us, to give us security. Not to replace God, but at such a young age, children need that security. I believe if they don’t get that, and don’t understand how to go to God (and really, not many do at such an age) they use their own coping-mechanisms to handle life. And that only makes it hard later on to lean on God.
The relationship between Mia and Bella especially was really cute. What a blessing that they could be (and are) so close. The support Bella lovingly gave to Mia was precious. :)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for my honest review which I have given.