Hope, Redemption, & Restoration
When I was young, my Nanny told me that one day, I’d have to fight for my marriage. As a little girl, it didn’t make much sense to me. I had read many fairy tales, none of which included a woman having to fight for anything. I didn’t know it then, but my Nanny was right.
Way before we were “that Duck Dynasty family,” we were just Phil and Miss Kay, a couple of teenagers in love. Then came ten years of Phil doing almost every terrible thing under the sun. He drank like a fish, didn’t come home at night, and I was left to raise our three boys and keep a roof over our heads. Everyone I knew told me to leave him.
Young Phil & Kay | Courtesy of Duck Commander
But our story didn’t end there.
After a decade of hell on Earth, Phil finally let God into his heart, and our lives changed forever. We always used to joke about what a good movie it would make, but we never thought it might happen. Well, here we are, and our family’s true story, The Blind, premieres in theaters on September 28, 2023.
The Road to Redemption
If you know the Robertson family from TV or Phil’s Unashamed podcast, you’ve heard some of the story. But in this movie, we’re telling it all about how we fell in love and those hard years early in our marriage. Phil was always drinking and mean as a snake most days. He didn’t care much for me or the boys. He even thought running a bar would be a great business opportunity for our family. That shows you how out of his mind he was back then!
I know many women will see parts of their stories in this movie. I pray that when they see The Blind, they see hope for themselves. When the Lord gives us a story, he gives us the strength to tell it. I hope my story will show them that things can get better. People really can change.
I’ve seen firsthand the way God can turn lives around. I want the women who are hurting because their husbands are hurting to know that there’s always hope. I want the men to know they can become the husband, the father, and the man God made them to be.
Phil was the worst of the worst back then. He was well on his way to jail or an early grave. I knew that for him to change, it would take a miracle. I know The Blind embarrasses him because he doesn’t like remembering that part of his life. Would you want to watch a movie about all the rotten things you’ve ever done? But Phil also wants people to see his story, to see that no one is too far gone for God.
Courtesy of Tread Lively | Photo by Madison Leech
When Phil made Jesus the Lord of his life, it was like night and day. He went from chasing his next high to chasing God’s truth. And it didn’t just change our day-to-day lives — it changed our entire future as a family and thousands of other lives. Phil’s sister Jan told our pastor, “If you turn Phil toward Jesus, he’ll bring thousands along with him.” And that’s exactly what happened.
I hope women go see The Blind and bring the men in their lives with them. When it comes down to it, this isn’t a movie about Phil or our family origins. It’s a story about the grace God offers us and the power he has to transform the hearts of men and women.
If you’re a woman who loves a man in need of a miracle, The Blind is for you. If you’re a man who loves a woman in need of a miracle, The Blind is for you, too. All of us can be healed. All of us can be put back together again. It’s not too late.
Phil & Kay | Courtesy of Duck Commander
Join us at theaters on September 28 to watch The Blind, and bring along someone who needs to know that hope, redemption, and restoration aren’t out of reach for any of us.