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June 9, 2016

Young & Beardless {John Luke Robertson}

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John Luke Robertson may be young and beardless, but he has a lot to say about growing up and discovering your purpose.

John Luke Robertson, the oldest son of Willie and Korie Robertson and brother of Dancing with the Stars sensation Sadie Robertson, shares his story of what it’s like to grow up as a Robertson and all the fun and craziness that entails, as well as what he has learned as he has stepped out into his own unique experiences. He also shares what it’s like to navigate the walk from boyhood to becoming a man. Topics in this book include friendship, kindness, dreaming big, embracing your God-given uniqueness, taking chances, and choosing mentors.

John Luke speaks frequently on dreams (how to build a dream for your life), schemes (how to plan for your dream to come true), and building teams (choosing the people around you who will become a team that helps make your dream come true through their support, honesty, and care). He will incorporate these important guidelines into the book, ultimately helping young people learn how to find and pursue a clear-cut purpose in their lives.

Teens and young adults will enjoy reading his story, and they will benefit by reading Robertson’s wisdom and perspective on how to grow up and live out your purpose. And, with the Robertsons, this book is sure to be fun!

My Thoughts:
If you have followed my reviews for any amount of time, you know I am a big fan of the Robertson clan. I did not realize the next generation had started publishing books until this one arrived in my mailbox, but I was excited to read it.

Being written by John Luke, age 19, I assumed this book would be something more appropriate for my kid books series. Halfway through the first chapter, however, I realized this is a book with wisdom for everyone regardless of their age.

John Luke takes us through his recent years as he truly became a follower of Christ. We know the Robertsons raised their children to know Jesus but often is the case that those raised in Christian homes do not discover their true relationship with Christ until they have some years and experiences behind them.

John Luke tells of his many life experiences where he saw God’s work in his life and sought ways to make the most of the life he has been given. Many of the experiences in his life are only possible because of the family he happens to be a part of, but those experiences serve as great examples of life’s ups and downs and lessons along the way.

John Luke writes with the excitement of a teenager, but with wisdom well beyond his years. His tips on building a toolbox for your life are relevant to people in all stages of life, and his encouragement to find your meaning in life made me think about what I am doing to make a different.

This book is ideal for the teenager (or young adult) in your life, but adults can benefit by picking up a copy for themselves and spending some time reading this wisdom and working through the questions and resources at the end of each chapter.


John Luke Robertson, the oldest son of Korie and Willie Robertson, has grown up on the hit reality television series Duck Dynasty. Over 3 million viewers watched as John Luke married his beautiful bride, Mary Kate McEachern, in June of 2015. They currently attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where John Luke is doing his undergraduate work in camping and outdoor ministries. Growing up, John Luke spent his summers working at Camp Ch-Yo-Ca, a Christian youth camp his great-grandfather started in 1967, as well as doing various mission efforts around the world. His first business venture is the famous snow ball stand in front of the Duck Commander warehouse, called John Luke and Willie’s Ice Cabin. John Luke speaks at various events around the country sharing his passion for his faith and for living life to the fullest. He is also the author of a four-book juvenile fiction series, Be your Own Duck Commander, and writes on his blog youngandbeardless.com. You can follow him on Instagram @young_and_beardless and twitter @john316luke923.