This week, I’m actually going to review a fairly current book. Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships was released in March and was written by the four oldest “19 Kids and Counting” daughters – Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger.
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I am a huge fan of the show and the family. The Duggars live their lives for Christ. Through careful prayer and discernment, God guides their lives in every aspect. So many people talk about “hypocrite” Christians who talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. The Duggars absolutely, positively walk the walk. They minister to others, they pray about every decision, they do not judge those who are different, and they teach their children to be respectful, productive citizens.
I have read the first two Duggar family books: The Duggars: 20 and Counting!: Raising One of America’s Largest Families–How they Do It and A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make It Work. These books guide readers through the history of the growing Duggar family as they share their Christ-focused child rearing methods.
Growing Up Duggar is similar in that it focuses on how those principles now guide the four oldest girls as they enter adulthood. The book is meant to minister to young girls. It shares how the Duggar girls view relationships. Not just romantic relationships, but relationships with their parents, siblings, friends, and everyone else they meet.
I found this book to be incredibly heartwarming in this era of teenage pregnancy and disrespectful, entitled youth. These young women are tremendously focused. They live every day for Jesus and others. They are raised to have a mission mindset and each one of the children uses the talents God gave them to minister to others.
The book is written so it will be readable for middle and high school girls who are in need of God’s guidance as they struggle with arguments with parents, attractions to boys, and friends who are a bad influence. I absolutely recommend it for all girls in that age group.
I also recommend it and the other two Duggar books for adults. They give great tips on child rearing with a focus on morality and respect. After every book, I find myself saying to myself, “Wow, the Duggars seem like the perfect parents. They do everything right.” Then I remember (and the Duggars themselves are honest about this) they had 19 tries to get it right! We might as well use their years of trial and error for our own benefit. The humble Duggars will be the first to tell you they are not perfect parents. But, they sure are close as far as I’m concerned!
The Duggar family continues to be a moral compass in our sinful society. The words of the four oldest girls serve as a ray of hope that we can raise Godly, chaste, respectful children in the modern world. Let them minister to your girls through the pages of Growing Up Duggar.
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