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Phil Robertson blasts critic's bad review of his new book: 'I have not — and will not — be ashamed of the Gospel'

'Exactly what I hoped for'

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Phil Robertson, aka "The Duck Commander," told CBN News he wasn't surprised by the critical review his book received from Publishers Weekly.

Robertson, 72, was also quick to respond to the publication's response to his new book, "The Theft of America's Soul: Blowing the Lid Off the Lies That Are Destroying Our Country."

"Reading it feels like being upbraided by a passionate preacher," the review stated.

Robertson wasn't surprised, though.

"The Publishers Weekly review is exactly what I hoped for," Robertson said in a written statement. "I decided from the very beginning that I would tell it like it is because I have not — and will not — be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God's truth is always right, and I'm very proud that this notable publication has accused me of preaching.

"And preach I will — more of it, and louder. That's exactly why I wrote 'The Theft of America's Soul' to begin with. It is one long sermon from my heart to the soul of America," he added.

In the first chapter of his book, Robertson writes:

The last time I checked, God ain't dead. He is very much alive. It's a fact. What's more, the latest polls I've seen indicate that the vast majority of Americans know this to be true. More than 90 percent of Americans believe in God.But despite the fact that God isn't dead, despite the fact that the majority of us believe that to be true, why do so many Americans seem to continue down the road of their isms? Why do so many continue toward death and destruction?

I suppose the Devil makes them do it.

In his book, Robertson also describes a time when he shared the gospel with President Donald Trump. In 2016, Robertson met with the then-presidential nominee and asked if he could share some good news with him.

I don't know if President Trump had ever heard the truth of God before that day, and I don't know whether he's accepted the message I shared with him. But here's what I know: like all of us, God has written the truth of His law on the president's heart. And so, sooner or later (if He hasn't already), I pray that God sees fit to lead him into that truth. I hope President Trump has a freeing encounter with the God who is most certainly alive, the God who cannot be killed by human hands.

Robertson is known for his role in the former A&E series, "Duck Dynasty." The series ended production two years ago but is still in syndication.

Robertson's web series "In The Woods with Phil" can be seen on the BlazeTV website. Some of his past clips are available on the series' Facebook page.

Robertson is also an elder at the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana.

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