The Duggar family from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting have written two books about the size of their family and how they make it all work. (The Duggars 20 Kids and Counting and A Love That Multiplies) That is the main reason that I picked up this book in the first place, out of sheer curiosity. How do they transport their kids around? How can they afford to do anything? How much is their monthly grocery bill? How do they remember everyone’s birthdays? There are just so many questions.
I have watched the show so I am quite familiar with the family and what they stand for. I know they are very religious and live their life according the Bible and it is a main focus of the book. Now I myself am not religious so I had some trouble reading parts of the book just because I felt like sometimes their beliefs can be a little radical and strict. I don’t agree with some of the principles such as wearing wholesome wear when they go swimming.
I won’t get into my religious beliefs or theirs, it was just a point of believing differently. I totally understand and respect their beliefs and why they do and don’t do certain things.
When it comes down to it, they are a loving family and just want what is best for their family, and I think that everyone can relate to that.
As a fan of the family, it was fun to read stories about the siblings and their dynamic as a family as a whole and there are also fun pictures throughout the book. They are all so kind hearted, caring, polite, and are of service to others. We could all learn a thing or two from these kids. It is a huge nod to the parents how well the kids have grown up and become well adjusted human beings. It is no easy feat raising kids, especially when you have 19!
And yes I am aware that there are critics out there (there will always be critics no matter what situation) that have their fair share of issues with the Duggar family about everything from the size of their family, birth control, to overpopulation, etc but I think that mostly only fans of the show and the family will pick up the book. And that’s totally understandable, for every critic there is also a fan.
Next up on my reading list will be “Beauty” by Lauren Conrad.