I Am Second: Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson gets candid about infidelity and alcoholism…

I just spent the last 30 minutes watching this and I must say it’s quite moving. You might even need a few tissues to get you through a few of the more touching moments as Phil and Kay describe Phil’s walk from the darkness into the light. Not only that, but Jep Robertson also gets real about the worst time in his life when his family finally had to give him an ultimatum to turn him around. And lastly there is Reed Robertson, Jase’s son, who reveals the he almost committed suicide after the show started and explains what happened.

This is an amazing production from I am Second:

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  • Wigglesworth

    Oh sure. I bet Obama pressured them to delay the cancellations and the ‘computer glitch’ that resulted in the failure to notify is the idea they came up with. My suspicion is we will see more of this as insurance companies try and give Obama some breathing room to ‘fix’ the problems.

    • Subie201

      Obama is going down…down…down…see the polls?

  • el_jefe33

    you know what they say. one set of rules for the red states and one set of rules for the blue ones…

  • CalCoolidge

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet,
    B-b-b-baby, ain’t seen nothing’ yet.

    • xjesterx

      until the RINOS try to extend the deadline past 2014 elections.

    • timerunnersc

      That’s for sure.

  • imatellau

    What more do you non believers open your eyes to the fact this is NOTHING to do with affordable health care, but everything todo with DESTROYING he middle class and small business!!!!! It’s CONTROL!!!!!

    • timerunnersc

      Slavery is the exact word it describe this whole illegal affair.

  • Subie201

    Heard Obamacare denied John McCain….the death panel said he was too stupid!

    • drphibes

      Like, you totally don’t get my father. – Meghan McCain

    • 57thunderbird

      LOL!So true!

    • Glen4001

      The Death Panel should review Obamacare

      • timerunnersc

        Review Obama and democrats.

  • xjesterx

    I know liberals who still defend this guy. They quote Huffpo articles and then when confronted with reality say, “well that’s why we need single payer”. Um…but you just threw O’Care under the bus with that statement? *Blank Stare*. “Its still not that bad…the Republicans blah blah blah blah”. Incredible.

    One thing for sure, the solution is NOT TO HAVE MCCAIN offer a delay to implement this thing. Make every low information voter choke on this mess. We’re here now…you created this mess with your stupid vote…deal with it.

    • drphibes

      Much of the Left are a lost cause. They are the epitome of what they try to caricaturize in people of faith. They are intellectually bankrupt, susceptible to mere political fads and cults of personality, and emotionally buy in to the Kool-Aid orthodoxy of various “isms” (environmentalism, atheism, darwinism, etc.). Occasionally, you will find people who can have the layered discussion, who can deconstruct models of thought and see the flaw. But they are rare as hen’s teeth these days.

      • Sylveria

        Bible thumpers and hippies are the same brand of stupid, just different flavors.

        • timerunnersc


          You left out what you know about communist, socialist, liberal murderers, who in the last century alone murdered over 100 Million people world wide.
          Sorry but you know extremely little about hippies.
          Very Sorry to have to tell you but what little you think you know about the Christian Bible, Jehovah God, his son Jesus Christ and his followers who are called Christians would not fill the brain of a gnat.
          have a blessed day.


        • tinlizzieowner

          Think you better go back to posting on all those video game web sites. 😉

        • lawngren

          Way wrong, Sylveria. That comment is … well, you said it first … stupid.

    • Snake Plisken

      I know those people too. They also defend Obama’s pathological lying by accusing Bush of being a liar too. So I guess it’s okay.

      Oh and the tea party is racist. RACISSSSSST!

      • 57thunderbird

        You know it’s an upside down nation when two wrongs equal a right.Sheesh!

        • Snake Plisken

          When I pointed out the lie that you can keep your insurance if you like it pre 2012 election, my friends reply, no joke, “bush lied too, Iraq!!!” I couldn’t help but palm my face.

          • Jazzee

            I tried to tell people too
            they just glaze over cuz that ‘hope and change’ stuff just got to them

  • lilium479

    Not invalid…..Criminal.

    • timerunnersc


  • Jazzee

    LOL train wreck just keeps on comin’
    what a joke on US the American people
    from the liar in chief

    • timerunnersc

      Not all Americans, but to many Americans pulled a joke on themselves, sad part is their still laughing. They can’t see their joyride on the obamcare train is delivering them all to the rice fields, full of slavery and despotism, then to their last stop, internment work camps or maybe a death camp, where they’ll receive their free healthcare or receive their life score issued by the local death panels. It all adds up work or die. History never forgets to repeat itself.

  • imatellau

    Repeal it or enforce it 100% no waivers no exemptions!!!

    • timerunnersc

      Its not at all about health care.

  • Tuffenough1952

    Watching this obamacare unravel right before our eyes would be a wonderful – comical / told-ya-so / happening — IF so many people were not getting hurt
    So much for proof the democraps care about the ‘ little guy ‘.
    Maybe folks should have not been so eager to dismiss we ‘ Tea Party Folks ” remember all the names and claims they pushed on us.
    Again enjoying this victory for sanity is not possible because of the victims.

  • timerunnersc

    Obamacare! Destroy it! Its not about healthcare its about freedom and liberty.

  • ApplePie101

    If Obamacare collapses, and the republicans aren’t successful in reviving it, we should not be satisfied with things simply reverting back to the way they were. End the barriers between states, so Americans can sign up for a plan offered anywhere in the US. Allow a la carte plans, so seniors aren’t forced to pay for maternity care. And…tort reform.

  • DHardy

    So California help push this monstrous law and now they are breaking that very law….

  • lawngren

    I love it. The leftists are tripping over each other.

  • Grumpa37

    The photo drawing RS fans to this thread makes “Barack Hussein Obama,” a k a “Obama, Obummer, Obie, B Hussein,” and countless other derogatory appellations, seem pathetic. Where can he go from here? He’s aligned himself with Iran; good luck with that “partnership,” given that he’s already given about all he had to give. Unless he has many more true friends than seems likely, he may now be what others have called him, and incidentally his girl Valerie, “Cipher, Zero, Nyet, Nada,” and so on. How sad.

  • kong1967

    Who the heck is going to re-enroll to get the last two months of the plan they know is a dead plan?

  • nibblesyble

    Thank-you Scoop, this is a real family living for Christ in an inspirational way. To tell their brutal and raw truths to help those that are lost or who have strayed is spilling light into the darkness because Christ is their center.

    • JohnCraven

      Ditto! nibblesyble! Ditto! and Ditto! to everything everyone else has said here about my heroes from my home state. Ditto!
      John Craven
      New Orleans

      P.s…Ditto! To everything else positive that everyone else has said about this video, that is. No Ditto’s to anything that knuckleheads may have said, of course.

    • 57thunderbird

      Amen nibble!And I say the Lord himself brought them to the public eye for a reason,and what you just said is a big part of that reason.God has a plan.

      • nibblesyble

        Hi 57, yes, I always remind myself when things are difficult that God does have a plan and He will see us through and we will come out stronger and better than before and with a good testimony. Hugs!

        • 57thunderbird

          Hugs back my friend.It’s been a while.My wife has a major medical issue that we are dealing with.So I don’t get on much right now.I am a caregiver for a while.God bless!

          • nibblesyble

            Oh my, will be praying extra hard for her healing and for your stamina and patience. Pass along my good thoughts for me. What a good man you are. Much love!

            • 57thunderbird

              Thank you nibble!We will take all the prayer we can get,and we are getting a lot.I will pass along your thoughts.Thank you for the compliment.Sometimes I wonder.Much love back at you!

  • SickofitAll

    These are real people who get to live an extraordinary life in this world. They help so many people, and do so with mercy and grace. Blessings on them.

  • Terrenceor


  • Kiyoti

    ~~ I too am secont….”Jesus Is Lord”.

    • Conservative_Hippie


  • That’s the best, most moving thing, I’ve seen in quite a while, and on a Friday evening too. Perfect.

    That this site can be used to further this type of thing makes me really proud to visit here most every day.

    Yeah Scoop, you nailed it. Didn’t have a tissue handy, but my shirtsleeve worked just fine. Isn’t it cool to be able to pass this on to others?

    You know it is. Keep on keepin’ on 🙂

    I’m gonna pass it on to some folks too.

    • virginiagentleman1

      Do I sense another song coming from you my beloved Christian brother?

      • Maybe 🙂

        P.S. Check your e-mail and see. There might be one in there.

    • Conservative_Hippie


  • Deborah Woolley

    I absolutely LOVED this!! I cried because I KNOW the love of Jesus. Amen

    • Conservative_Hippie

      I know His Love as well!!!

      • Deborah Woolley

        I thought I knew about Jesus when I was younger (20-40) but I’ve been re-baptized and “committed” myself and WHAT a change he’s made in me!! I’m SUCH a different person now and I’m so glad. The peace I have is SO wonderful! As Phil says I’m “Happy, Happy”!

  • PicklePlants

    No tissue, but Respect with a capital “R”.

    Thanks Scoop, my favorite site.

  • tinlizzieowner

    That was a well spent half hour. As a 42 year sober alcoholic I can identify with a lot of that but I doubt I’ll ever be half the Christian Phil Robertson is.

    • J.J.

      I’m not a teetotaler, but with their family history concerning alcohol, it’s surprising that they are launching a Duck Commander wine label.

      Anyways, great testimony and a great family.

      • tinlizzieowner

        Those who can drink responsibly, will. Those (like me) who can’t shouldn’t.

      • Conservative_Hippie

        I read that also. I hope they can keep their priorities straight! I think with God’s help they can and will!

    • Is_Sense_Common

      Thankfully it’s not a contest tinlizzie… 🙂 God loves you for YOU – He doesn’t compare you to anyone else and He meets you and loves you where you are. Keep the faith brother.

  • trouble06

    No dry eyes here. I know that feeling of loving the Lord..We give Him the Glory…

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Agreed! As Johann Sebastian Bach would pen, Soli Deo Gloria!

  • PVG

    A powerful testimony to the healing love of Jesus. AMEN!

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Short and sweet!

  • JohnCraven

    This was a truly profound and exceptionally well-produced video.

    Thank you Right Scoop for posting this.

    I hope my heroes in this video will help many, many people through what they’ve said here.

    Phil’s story about the river rats who stole the fish in his nets brought to life Jesus telling his Apostles that He would make them “fishers of men”.

    I hope we can get one of them to go to congress!

    John Craven
    New Orleans

  • Ronald Reiman

    A man who lost his way but was found, what did his sons learn from this? Because they both went off the rails themselves. Anything?

    • PNWShan

      Sometimes kids of good parents have to learn things the hard way for themselves. Jep sounds like a friend of mine who ran wild when she was in her teens: when her Dad gave her an ultimatum to stop, she had the same reaction as Jep, “What took you so long?” As for Reed, he was responding to very strange life experience of family in a hit tv show and his reaction was pride, which led to despondency.

    • ryanomaniac

      Did you watch the stinking video??? Questions and statements like that is how the unsaved are able to call Christians hypocrites. Ever read about the men in the Bible and the way they behaved and how God used those mistakes to make them wiser men?

      • gigi0f3

        I agree. Take a read of the Bible. Start with Genesis to be exact. There you will find a bunch of men, much like the Robertsons, who messed up time after time but they returned to Yawah (God) and were made whole each time. God used these messed up men, with messed up sons and they are now called the Patriarchs of the Bible. Hum, I wonder if God can use men like this how much more can he use men like the Robertsons who live on the other side of the Cross? Sounds like a powerful way He is using them. Changing lives, one at a time!

        • badbadlibs

          Ronald R might be stunned to learn the lineage of Jesus! There are some “shady” characters in that line up! Yet, thru that mistake prone humanity came the Savior of the world, the Great Creator Himself! 🙂

      • gigi0f3

        Oops, sorry the reply I just posted should have been to Ronald Reiman. My bad…

    • Is_Sense_Common

      Our God is Lord over all of heaven and earth, yet personal with each soul. Parents can’t force their kids into heaven or into a relationship with Christ. He chooses to open their hearts and their minds individually. Praise God that Jep (and the others) had exposure to Jesus in their home, even if they didn’t yet understand Who He was to them. They made their own mistakes and yet, through Christ’s love and redemption, they are finding their way back to Him each day. It’s quite a testimony, really. My faith can’t save my kids. My job is to bring them up to know Jesus and to seek Him in all things. They will make mistakes and fall short of His glory, as we all do. Yet He will never leave us in our mess when we seek Him.

      • JohnCraven

        Ditto! Is_Sense_Common! Ditto!
        John Craven
        New Orleans

    • gigi0f3

      Take a read of the Bible. Start with Genesis to be exact. There you will find a bunch of men, much like the Robertsons, who messed up time after time but they returned to Yawah (God) and were made whole each time. God used these messed up men, with messed up sons and they are now called the Patriarchs of the Bible. Hum, I wonder if God can use men like this how much more can he use men like the Robertsons who live on the other side of the Cross? Sounds like a powerful way He is using them. Changing lives, one at a time!

      • JohnCraven

        Ditto! gigi0f3! Ditto!
        John Craven
        New Orleans

    • badbadlibs

      Did you miss the part where they returned? Was it a “son” or more then Jep? They have four sons, one is a minister of the Gospel. The young man is a grandson.
      See, there’s a problem when you don’t have all the facts straight in the first place.
      Why don’t you watch it again and look at it from a different perceptive?

  • Dr. Strangelove

    Glad he found his way. That is a dark road to walk, indeed.

  • Sandra123456

    Moving story. Too bad Mr. Robertson is not President..

    • JohnCraven

      Sandra123456, Phil Robertson is still young yet – at least in heart – you never know what the Good Lord may still have planned for him. He’d certainly be a 180 degree improvement and light years ahead of the one we have now.
      John Craven
      New Orleans

  • notebene

    What a profound and beautiful video! The Robertsons are a wonderful reminder that belief in Christ does not make you perfect, however it gives God the glory to shine through broken parts of your life, if you repent and give that life to Him! The unbelievers, who like to point out the faults of Christians, completely miss the point of why we need Christ. We will always be imperfect because we are limited humans and need the love of Christ to bring us back from our own destruction. Without Christ, we are lost…even if we look like we have it together…looks are deceiving! Christ is our example of unconditional love and grace, by which we must live and are called by God to live. Loving Christ has zero to do with perfection and everything to do with submission and humility. Those who don’t understand it are too busy living an empty life, filled with arrogance and false pride…a golden example being what is leading our nation currently.

    • Is_Sense_Common

      Amen Notebene. Well said.

    • Conservative_Hippie


  • Marty Smith

    THAT, my friends, is good stuff!

    • Conservative_Hippie

      It sure is!

  • Is there a Spanish translation for this?

    • Conservative_Hippie


      Edit: although I think the actual videos are done in English

  • Concerned One

    This was such a great video, I am glad I watched every minute of it. I love those folks.

  • JohnCraven

    George Washington lived by The Rules of Civility which he memorized and wrote down. Among my favorites are the following excerpted from Janice Canell’s great book, “The Spiritual Journey of George Washington”:

    Speak not evil of those who are absent, for it is unjust.

    When you speak of God or His attributes, be serious and
    speak with words of reverence. Honor and obey your natural
    parents, although they may be poor.

    Let your recreations be manful, and not sinful.

    Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of
    celestial fire called conscience.

    George Washington also composed and said daily prayers and the following one for Monday Morning, also taken from Janice Canell’s book, I think is one of the reasons why he was elected unanimously to be our first president. George Washington always ended his daily prayers the same way.

    George Washington’s Monday Morning Prayer

    O Eternal and everlasting God,
    I presume to present myself this morning before Thy
    Divine majesty
    and beseech Thee to accept of my humble and hearty
    thanks, that it has pleased Thy great goodness to keep and
    preserve me this night from all the dangers poor mortals are
    subject to.
    Thou has given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I
    find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the
    duties of this day,
    in which I beseech Thee to defend me from all perils of
    body and soul.
    Direct my thoughts, words and work.
    Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb.
    Purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit, from the dross of my
    natural corruption,
    that I may with more freedom of mind and liberty of will
    serve Thee, the ever lasting God,
    in righteous and holiness this day, and all the days of my
    Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the Gospel;
    give me repentance from dead works
    pardon my wanderings and direct my thoughts unto
    Thyself, the God of my salvation.
    Teach me how to live in Thy fear, labor in Thy service,
    and ever to run in the ways on Thy commandments.
    Make me always watchful over my heart,
    that neither the terrors of conscience, the loathing of
    holy duties, the love of sin, nor an unwillingness to depart
    this life, may cast me into a spiritual slumber.
    But daily frame me more and more into the likeness of
    Thy Son, Jesus Christ,
    that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor,
    I may in Thy appointed time attain the resurrection of
    the just into eternal life.
    Bless my family, friends and kindred.
    Unite us all in praising and glorifying Thee in all our
    works begun, continued, and ended when we shall come to
    make our last account before Thee, Blessed Savior, who has
    taught us thus to pray.
    Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
    Thy Kingdom come.
    Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass
    against us.
    Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
    For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever.

    Phil Robertson has said in a past video posted here that The Bible was good enough for the founders of our great nation and that makes it good enough for him. I don’t know if he has seen these things which George Washington wrote but I think he would like them.
    John Craven
    New Orleans

    • Laurel

      Hi John!

      I have Washington’s Rule sof civility as well as Jefferson’s. Washington’s was much more encompassing.

      All of the Books of Virtues I recommend as well.

      • JohnCraven

        Laurel, that’s neat.
        I just recently learned that Washington even had written down and memorized these Rules of Civility through Janice Cannell’s book and I just thought they were neat and thanks for recommending all of the Books of Virtues.
        John Craven
        New Orleans

        • Laurel

          You are very welcome!

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Thanks John!

  • Laurel


    How can one not be inspired?

    They remind me of Kirk Cameron. What people tend to forget in their cynicism is people like the Robertson’s and Cameron’s tend to be viewed as weak but I myself view them as strong. Very strong. Why? Because those are the people we most want to be around consciously and subconsciously. Only those with a black heart would find them repellent because light always repels the dark.

  • Peter Warner

    Thank you for posting this, Scoop.

    This kind of material makes The Right Scoop notable and worthy, and deserving of regular viewing. This particular video moved me to register with Disqus in order to make a public statement of appreciation.

    Perhaps three years ago, this web site posted a video of Paul Washer giving his ‘A Shocking Message’ address, and it changed my life. Shortly after, I began attending church after about twenty years of absence, and soon after that I became a publicly professing Christian. Forgive me for never expressing your deserved thanks at that time.

    This Duck Dynasty video may well have a similar impact on dozens or hundreds more, that remain unposted in the discussion thread. Please be reassured that this format and its work is reaching many, bringing glory to God.

    In thanks and fellowship, Peter Warner.

    • badbadlibs

      Wow! Thank you for sharing your testimony, Peter! I’m sure it will make RS’s day, I know it made mine!

      • Conservative_Hippie

        And mine!

        • Peter Warner

          Thank you all, and blessings.

      • Conservative_Hippie

        …and Mine!

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Welcome to the Fold my Brother!

      • 57thunderbird

        Took the words right out of my mouth. GMTA!

    • nibblesyble

      Bless you Brother!

  • Conservative_Hippie

    I love “I am second” videos! I actually carry my keys on an “I am second” lanyard, lol! This is an awesome Robertson video! I had no idea about Reed’s struggles. It must be so difficult to keep your principle and values on track when instant fame hits!

    BTW, this is my second favorite “I am second” video next to the Robertsons; it’s awesome: Jim Monroe – http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/jim-munroe/

  • timerunnersc

    You know Scoop I remember reading one of your post that you watch Duck Dynasty and probably most on the site do. But you posting this program is really a God send to all who will take the time to watch and listen to the trails that all of us and our families have been through in one way or another, then to hear and see what can happen when we come back home to our family an to our Lord Jesus Christ.
    A friend and I just set an watched this program and we were unable to hold back our tears of joy for this family as each one told us their life’s story.
    All I can say is our Lord is real, true to his word and in the good times or in the bad times none of us, no not one of us is ever alone.

    Scoop, with all our hearts bless you, bless you so very much.

  • 40. And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.”

    41. “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

    43. Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” (Luke 7:40-43)

    • badbadlibs

      One of my very, very favorite Scriptures!


    …Right Scoop , (Brian) God Bless you sir , thank you for posting “I am Secont” . This is my introduction to the Robertsons of Louisianna and will now go and purchase the first Season of Duck Dynasty . I did not realize the Robertsons were Born Again God fearing folks . God does have a plan for us all , onward , with one step at a time .”

    04/28/13 ,
    Praise and Glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

    • Mike tiffin


  • BS61

    No offense TRS or any of your posters – I’m old school who never considers reality TV real entertainment – no matter what side of the aisle. I want real actors!

    • mrsjg

      Real actors who will portray fathers as idiots, christianity as worse then idiots, and children as the know it all in the families. Let me guess……you are a liberal?!!!!

      • BS61

        Former Dem who finally woke up – I grew up with the black and white movies my Mom loved and I just want any reality TV to go away. If you read my response you would see that I oppose all sides of this

  • Scott Snoopy

    this was a truly uplifting piece…no matter what your views on God are…buildings and pastors are not God…its what you believe, live your life and having faith in what the Bible says to you and your heart. You have to do the right thing even when no one else is watching

  • JohnCraven

    This may be of interest to a lot of The Right Scoopers who post here.

    The Vatican put on display today what is believed to be nine bone fragments from Saint Peter which had been excavated from under St. Peter’s Basilica in 1940.

    A couple of the stories which you can find on this exhibit are at –
    and at –

    Of course, it is not necessary to see any relics of Saint Peter to believe in Jesus Christ but if these are the genuine relics of Saint Peter than it serves to reaffirm our faith in Jesus and the Everlasting God.

    John Craven
    New Orleans

  • DebbyX

    I like the way they talk and love what they speak of. Just a good ol’ American family! Thanks for posting Scoop.

  • Heather

    What a blessing.

  • linda stamper

    Oh my goodness, I have been so touched and inspired with this! Thank God for your beautiful family and spreading the word of Gods Grace! Thank you!

  • Dawn Eakins-Nelson

    Thank-You so so much for sharing your testimonies, what a blessing.

  • Laverne Swanson

    When he was talking about killing himself and his dad told him that was selfish…well I burst into tears. At one time when I was consumed by alcohol I called my 3 kids to come together where I was living. When they got their I told them how miserable I was and that I wanted to die that it was the only way to get away from my miserable self. My oldest son of maybe 22 or 23 said, “that’s the most selfish thing you could do”! My daughter, the youngest by about 6 years putting her about 17 or 18 just broke out sobbing uncontrollably. My second son of about 18 or 19 walked to a window facing the woods. I couldn’t see his face nor hear any sound from him. I walked over and looked at his face and there were tears silently falling down his face. Immediately I was brought back to reality and have NEVER felt so bad as I did that moment. I swore to myself and them that no matter what, I would never take my own life. I haven’t found the faith that these people have. But I am alive at least.. The sad thing is I was a Christian when my kids were babies. And I even had a (what I call) a vision of my youngest one before she was even born. She was walking alongside Jesus and holding His hand. Walking slowly toward me and she innocently asked me, “momma why didn’t you want me”? I had been faced with a tough decision when I found out I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I had tried calling every church in the phone book seeking help. Not one person picked up a phone. So I sat down and told my self to imagine that I had gone through with an abortion. Feel it I said. That’s when I saw them. I looked at Jesus and He looked so sad as He held my daughters hand. I had no idea the gender of this baby till the day she was born. She’s the only baby I had with dark hair and she looked like the little baby girl in my vision. They all have the same daddy in case you’re wondering. Wouldn’t you think that would be enough to turn me into a devoted Christian? Why am I struggling so hard to find faith? Can anyone tell me. I’m so proud of my 3 adult kids I could burst at the seams. They have turned into wise, kind and caring adults each and every one of them.
    Thank you for sharing this video and giving us a look into the private lives of these wonderful people.

    • Lori Jean

      It takes a lot of courage to share such a personal story. Forgiveness was the missing piece for me. Forgiving everyone, myself included. Not easy at first, but soon I freely forgave and witnessed the healing and blessing. We are all so different, but we are all God’s precious children.

      • JohnCraven

        Ditto! Lori Jean! Ditto!

        And God Bless you Laverne for choosing life. Isn’t it amazing that you were told the very same thing by your son that the father of the young Robertson told him about doing something so selfish as taking your own life? I don’t think there are any coincidences with such things Laverne.

        Laverne, your story is deeply moving and I think your kids turned out so great because you courageously chose life over death.
        I do believe that God gives us visions of what is to come if we follow Him or what may have been had we chosen a path away from Him, away from His Only Begotten Son.

        Might I suggest that the reason you are struggling, Laverne, to find faith – though God has clearly blessed you through your great kids for choosing life and their well-being over death – is related to what is known as Post-Abortion Syndrome even though you never had an abortion but because you did try to imagine what it would be like had you had an abortion of your third child.

        There are quite a number of pro-life groups who help women through Post Abortion Syndrome. One in particular is lead by Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, who herself had – I think – two abortions and who works with a project called “The Silent No More Awareness Campaign” which is affiliated with Priests for Life. Another group that helps Post Abortive Women is Rachel’s Vineyard. There’s also a very wonderful group here in New Orleans called Woman’s New Life Center which is right next to one the oldest abortion chambers in Louisiana. Woman’s New Life Center has helped many, many women with struggles such as yours, Laverne. They can be reached over the internet through http://www.womansnewlife.com or at 504-496-0212.

        Post Abortion Syndrome also affects men too in case anyone is interested in counseling or knows any men who may need counseling to overcome the grief or guilt of the abortion of their children.

        John Craven
        New Orleans

        • Laverne Swanson

          Hi John,
          I’m not very good at typing and my wrists are getting tired as I just wrote a reply to Lori Jean. Is it possible that you could read what I wrote to her? You’re mentioned in my reply. I want to thank you for your reply and tell you that I’m going to look at the website you posted. I hope I can find something there to help me. I appreciate your kindness very much. Thank you and Best Wishes to you.

      • Laverne Swanson

        Thank you Lori Jean. I really don’t know why I blurted it all out like that. Other than I was struck by what he had said about being selfish. Guilt is a big one for me. Forgiveness? I find it much easier to forgive others than to forgive myself. I’m sure it plays a big part in who I am. When I quit alcohol almost 10 years ago, I quit because it didn’t work anymore. It didn’t take me away and into unconsciousness where I couldn’t feel anything and was unaware of anything. Like being dead. All it did was make me feel bad. I’ve learned an awful lot throughout my lifetime but not enough I’m sure.I still can’t find the faith I want. I know Jesus existed as a man here on earth. That’s part of history. I know I should find people to fellowship with. But it never seems to be right. I’ve got several Bibles, even a children’s hard cover in sort of a cartoon format that I bought to read with my boys before my daughter was born. I know my oldest understood it more than I do. John Craven, who replied to you mentioned something I had never thought about. Post Abortion Syndrome. He might be onto something so because he was kind enough to post their website I’m going to check it out. It sure can’t hurt. I know lately I’m struggling with Karma and how I don’t see it working. Or working just opposite of how it should. I’m still pretty messed up at times. John also mentioned the fact that my son said the same thing to me that the young Robertson’s dad told him not being a coincidence made me wonder as I was watching the video. And sometimes I think I must believe in God because I find myself praying often enough. And I don’t always pray to ask for something unless it’s God’s will. I’m very grateful that even though my kids dad and I are not together (my bad and I pay for that every day) we both love them very very much and I;m glad he is their father. Thank you Lori Jean for your comment and your time. Best wishes.

    • Joe Buckley

      Young lady, you have answered your own statement. You are still that same strong Christian as you were in your youthful years. The three wonderful children that you mention did not turn out that way by chance-they have a mother that has provided an example of Jesus. That is why they are who they are!

  • JohnCraven

    I don’t know if you all saw Hannity’s tv show tonight but this video “I am Second” with the Robertsons made his best video of the day selection. Hannity was clearly moved by what he saw and heard on the video.
    John Craven
    New Orleans

  • Mike tiffin

    Back id say bout ten years ago I was the worst person in the world, at least in my mind I’d lost my wife and boys I had chosen alcohol over them I came to a point where I hit rock bottom, I’d dropped both them of after a family reunion and had let the thought of dying be the only way that was left to get piece about 85 miles later I had passed out hit a gaurdrail and was being strangled by a seatbelt it happened on a Sunday two nurses stopped and helped me till I was pulled out I was dead in a matter of seconds god seen fit to bring me back two ambulances and in a helicopter I passed again he brought me back, I thought long and hard about what happened to me after this god seen fit to save me twice so I gave my life over to him and he returned my wife and boys back to me for a long time I didn’t know why he kept me alive what was I suppose to do to deserve that why that’s what I kept asking everytime I prayed and 7 years later he told me to help others as I had been helped that was my purpose I did I know how Phil feels and since then my life is worth more than I ever thought it was worth all by helping others bringing Christ into there lives passing a message

  • Jo Fruchey

    This is one of the reasons I love watching their show, they always end the show in thanksgiving to the Lord, our Savior. This had to be hard to do but because they love God and wanted changes in their lives they were able to share with all of us. Thank you all and God bless you always.

  • Kathleen

    Definitely worth the watch! Love hearing testimonies (and they certainly aren’t always easy to share). Wish there would’ve been more time on “the change”….seems there’s a light-switch moment for so many, but not enough time is spent on what you do to actually keep the light on. That testimony is something people want to hear!

  • Very inspiring! I always believe that Faith – when it is positive to oneself and those around us – is to be CELEBRATED…. No matter which religion or lack of.
    LOVE this project!

  • Kenzi Evans

    Thank god for Willie for saving jep who knows where he would be with out him