Book Review: UnPHILtered: The Way I See It by Phil Robertson

Posted: August 18, 2015 in books
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You may be wondering why I would review this book here, in an arts and ministry blog. You might be wondering if I liked it. The answer to the first question is because I am a big proponent of people sharing their story, especially in relation to their relationship with Christ, and secondly, yes, I liked it very much.

The book was written in 2014, not long after Phil’s controversial GQ interview, which got him booted from his own show for a little while. Much of the media portrayed Phil as hateful. I did not find that to be the case at all, quite to the contrary as a matter of fact. This is a man who loves God and loves people, all people, whether they agree with him or not, whether they love him or hate him. One thing that surprised me is the lack of ink the GQ brouhaha got in this book, a few brief pages and even though many will disagree with him, I found him to be loving and compassionate toward the people involved.

The book goes through a lot of the hot button issues of the day and Phil is not shy in his responses and opinions. He takes a very biblical point of view (as he sees it) on everything and has Scripture to back his opinions. Love him or hate him, agree or disagree, this is a man who knows not just what he believes and who he is, but why he believes it. There is a lot of wisdom in this book and I really believe every believer should read it.

In the end, as the book jacket says, “What does the outspoken and unfiltered Phil Robertson thing? Duck Dynasty’s controversial patriarch will let you know as he shares his Philosophy on life, which can be summed up in five short words: Love God, love your neighbor.”

In the end, I believe the book is slightly mis-titled. Phil Robertson does in fact have a filter. He seems to filter everything through the Word of God, specifically the command to love others. This is a really good and thought provoking book.

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