Duck Dynasty has become kind of a religion for the 8 million or so people who tune in to the A&E realty series every Wednesday night. And those who do watch religiously know that for the wealthy Roberston family who star in the show, their Christian religion is a large part of their daily existence.
Now, a new book from the Duck Dynasty family aims to teach both children and adults how to live by the Robertson family values, which the Duck Dynasty clan compares to how Jesus himself lived.
The book, Faith Commander: Living Five Values From The Parables Of Jesus, is intended not only as reading material, but as an entire church curriculum. The book comes accompanied by a DVD featuring members of the familiar Duck Dynasty protagonists telling family stories that illustrate how they attempt to pattern themselves after what they perceive as the philosophy of Jesus.
“With the Faith Commander curriculum, we took some commonly found themes that the show Duck Dynasty actually teaches,” said Korie Robertson, wife of Duck Dynasty cast member and Duck Commander Chief Executive Willie Robertson and one of the book’s authors. “We use these, not in a preaching sort of way, but really the kind of way that shows how we live our lives and the way our family works.”
The book is due to be released in May and will be published by the Grand Rapids, Michigan, Christian religious publishing house Zondervan.
The program actually includes two curriculums, one for adults, another for children. The kids version is available only on DVD, not in book form, and includes a Bible study program colorfully entitled Willie’s Redneck Rodeo: Lassoing The Heart Of God.
The values that make up the focus of the book and curriculum are: faith, forgiveness, obedience, prayer and kindness.
The book is said to omit such controversial subject matter as gay marriage, abortion and birth control. Late last year, Duck Dynasty star and Roberston family patriarch Phil Robertson was briefly suspended from the show for anti-gay and racially insensitive remarks in a magazine interview.