Saturday, March 1, 2014

Growing Up Duggar

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.

 Cafe Lily's Review:

I can't imagine that by now, anyone would NOT know who the Duggar family is.  Although I'm not a follower of the cable show, I do find this family interesting.  This book was very good and gave some insight on how they manage such a large family, and do it well.

Whether you agree or disagree with the Duggars' convictions, beliefs or "large family" mindset, they provide good examples in this book of how to get along with others.  Writing about various relationships with their parents, siblings, those in authority and God, the Duggar girls explain their family life basics in an easy to read, conversational tone. 

They mention early on that this particular book was a response to the many emails and letters they receive.  They try to answer some of the most commonly asked questions and address the issues they are asked about repeatedly.  They also make it very clear that they do not consider their way of life right for everyone, but simply share what they believe and why. 

It is hard to argue with a family who has so much "proof in the pudding".  The girls seem to be mature, well adjusted and sweet.  The family doesn't seem to revolve around themselves, but encourages community involvement and outreach.  This book centers every subject around their faith - it is the core of everything they do, and how they react. 

Every single aspect of the book points back to their foundation in Christ and reflects their faith.  And that's exactly how the Duggar family intends it to be. The impression I got from the book is that they are on a mission to point others to Christ, and do good wherever they can.  

Overall, I highly recommend it if you are interested in learning more about this family.


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