Jase Robertson lays it all out there in his new book, revealing (among other things) that he and wife Missy were both virgins on their wedding night.
The beloved 44-year-old Duck Dynasty star also writes about his commitment to Christ, his struggles with daughter Mia’s cleft palate and much more.
Notable excerpts from Jase’s interview about Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl (already a winner with that title) with Fox News include …
On saving himself for marriage: “I’m proud of that. That was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my entire life (laughs).”
“What I did was when I started dating girls I would quickly tell them on the first date as soon as they got in the car. I’d say, ‘Look I will not treat you inappropriately at any point in our relationship.’”
“I had a couple get out of the vehicle!”
On whether that made him more desirable: “I think in a way it kind of did. They viewed it as a sign of strength. My wife in particular, she really loved the idea that she felt secure with me, like I had a direction I was taking. I didn’t sugarcoat anything.”
“I said, ‘I’m a hunter, I’m a fisherman, I’m gone weeks at a time. I’m laying this out. But I will take care of you and I will treat you with respect and I want to wait till I get married,’ and I would share my faith with them. Missy was the first girl that loved that. She was like, ‘Ok this is awesome.’”
On drugs and alcohol: “I’ve never been high or drunk in my life. As much as I would like to say it was a spiritual decision, it was really a decision I made from monitoring my Dad and things that happened and made me uncomfortable and I thought, ‘Whatever they’re doing, I’m just not going to do that.’”
“I made a decision to wait before I drank any alcohol till I was around 30 because I just thought, ‘I want to be mature enough to exert self-control.’ Now I’ll have an occasional drink. It’s not something that I’m into and I just don’t have a problem.”
On father Phil Robertson: “My Dad was not a pleasant person when I was a small kid but I’d seen his life transformation. It kind of just hit me while I making my pledge to Christ. I thought, ‘You know what? I’m appealing for forgiveness in my own life but that means I’m going to have to be a forgiver.’”
“It was kind of a lightbulb moment and I told him, ‘You know what? I was a a little bitter about some of the things that happened. I’m forgiving you,’ and we just had a moment there. I really did.”
“I’ve never thought about it again. I realize people make mistakes. I’ve made my share of them. Forgiveness is contagious especially when it comes to Christ. That’s just what I decided to do.”
On how sitting in church doesn’t make you a Christian: “Some of my family members argue with me sometimes (about this). I’m just kind of an anti-establishment type guy.”
“There’ a lot of things about organized religion that are not pleasant. People are right about that. If you’re judgmental or mean spirited or hypocritical that’s just not good.”
“I’m thankful that I didn’t come from an environment where I feel like I’m religious just because I was raised that way. it was more that I found a relationship with God and now the benefits I get from meeting other people who share a love for Christ are great.”
On coping with his daughter Mia’s disability: “She was born with a cleft lip and palate. She wasn’t born with a palate so when they try to create one they do a great job but then as she grows they have to go there and do procedures.”
“She’s never really fixed, she’s just managed. It s a difficult process, it really is. There’s a lot of suffering, lot of head gear she has to wear, so we really never get too up or down.”
“We were miserable for the first few months but ultimately we realized life sometimes is not fair as we see it but in the grand scheme of things it gives you an opportunity to help other people.”
“We have a lot of families we’ve met in the cranial facial world that we’ve been able to say, ‘Look it’s ok, it’s going to be hard but you can make it.’”
“We believe one day we will all be imperishable. So we get over the struggles of living on a planet where we’re perishable and we suffer and experience pain.”
“In the end we have our faith in Christ.”
You can follow the link to watch Duck Dynasty online at TV Fanatic and catch up before Jase and his family return for a sixth season June 11 on A&E.