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Two cast members of the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty" have announced the release date of their most recent book, a Duck Commander-themed Bible slated to be released online and in retail stores on Oct. 28.
The new book, titled The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible, will include a New King James version of the Bible, as well as 30 testimonials and 125 inspirational notes from Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Robertson family on A&E's "Duck Dynasty," and his son Alan Robertson, known as the "beardless brother" because he is the only male Robertson family member who lacks a long, burly beard.
A statement from publisher Thomas Nelson says this Duck Commander-themed Bible will focus on the five main values of the Robertson family: faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom. The 125 inspirational notes from Phil and Alan, who served as executive editors for the new book, will revolve around the aforementioned five values. The 30 testimonials from the father and son duo will include first-hand accounts of how Phil and Alan have seen themselves and others transformed by the Word of God.
Robert Sanford, vice president and associate publisher for Thomas Nelson's Bible Group, said that his publishing group is "honored and excited to be working with Phil and Al Robertson on this new Bible."
"The Robertson family's passion for the Word is infectious and the impact of their ministry is amazing. We see this Bible as being something people can grow with in their own personal walk with God."
The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible is the most recent faith-related book released by the Roberson family. Korie Robertson, wife to Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson, previously collaborated with her mother, Chrys Howard, to release the book Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables of Jesus. The book and DVD package is intended to be used as a Jesus-centered teaching curriculum for churches in the U.S.
The Robertson family has also released multiple devotional books, including The Duck Commander Devotional, written by Alan Robertson, and The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Duck Built A Dynasty, written by Willie Robertson and Korie Robertson.
Alan Robertson did not appear on the first few seasons of "Duck Dynasty" because he served as pastor at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana. Robertson told the New York Post in June that he chose to end his pastoral duties at the church and appear on his family's A&E show in order to spread the Word of God to a larger audience.
"What I do for our church – you see, it's a pretty good-sized church – impacts a lot of people, but because of my association with the show, I'll get to minister to a lot more people," Alan told the New York Post. "Any person that's an evangelist, that's what you want to do, so I had to give this up for something possibly bigger."