Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Growing Up Duggar

Book Review

My 8-year-old granddaughter loves to watch the TLC program Nineteen Kids and Counting. At times I have watched with her so I was happy to have the opportunity to read Growing Up Duggar by Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger Duggar. The book included many personal photographs that my granddaughter enjoyed.
The Duggar girls have basically written out the philosophy of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s family. They truly are living a counter-cultural life and my impression was that this family is genuine. The girl’s explained what their parents have taught them. Getting to know yourself and what you believe and learning to love yourself because God loves you was a primary theme. They also have a strong belief that children are a treasure – a wonderful gift from God.
The Duggar parenting philosophy was also covered and becoming friends with siblings was also viewed as important. These girls are the best of friends and truly enjoy each other. The Duggar’s are well known for courtship rather than dating and the girl’s explained how courtship works using older brother Joshua and his wife Anna’s real-life comments.
Helping political candidates who the family believes in, helping out overseas in orphanages and working in prison ministry were other topics that were covered. It was clear that this family believes in raising children who care about telling others about Christ and reaching out to others. Each girl also talks about how their parents have helped them learn about things that interest them such as midwifery for Jill and photography for Jinger.  Each girl’s relationship with God was a primary theme throughout the book.
Growing Up Duggar is an interesting story even if you are not a fan of the TV show. I felt that most of what was covered in the book gave me much to think about. I liked the way this family is living out their beliefs whether it’s through homeschooling or traveling as a family. I recommend this book because it presents a different way of doing things and that makes thought-provoking reading.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:

Airing weekly throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, 19 Kids and Counting has made the huge Duggar family into a media phenomenon. The Duggar children are frequently asked, “Tell the truth; do you really agree with the lifestyle your parents have created for you?” Now, the four eldest Duggar girls—Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger—open up about the blessings and advantages of living the Duggar lifestyle.

With a backdrop of the key relationships in their lives—relationship with self, parents, siblings, friends, boys, and God—the four Duggar girls open up about their own personal faith and convictions, boys, dating, manners, living in a large family, politics, and much more. You’ll learn how the family navigates the difficult years between twelve and sixteen and what the girls look for in a man, all in a frank and fun book that will inspire teens and adults alike. Including lighthearted stories about the younger kids’ antics, Growing Up Duggar is a wise and entertaining trip into a family like no other.

About the Authors:

Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar appear with the rest of their family on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, which airs five times a week and is now in its tenth season. The Duggars have appeared on such national TV shows as the Today show, Good Morning America, The View, Inside Edition, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and more.

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