A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work

A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work

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by Michelle Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar

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As the Duggar children grow up—even while more little ones are born—Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar face more than baby diapers and organizational chore charts. In their new book, they share practical insights about the joys and challenges of parenting with faith.

In this second book from the Duggars, they focus on the principles that equip them to face


As the Duggar children grow up—even while more little ones are born—Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar face more than baby diapers and organizational chore charts. In their new book, they share practical insights about the joys and challenges of parenting with faith.

In this second book from the Duggars, they focus on the principles that equip them to face life's challenges—drawing from their most recent challenge with the 3-month premature birth of their newest child, Josie. They also share the new challenges their older children are facing as they prepare for adult life. Central to the book is a section on the principles that the Duggars have consistently taught their children. These simply worded principles are basic to the Duggar family and are shared in a way that other parents can incorporate in their own homes. A special chapter on homeschooling gives valuable information to parents who are considering this route or are already invested in it. The world continues to be amazed by their nineteen well-groomed, well-behaved, well-schooled children and their home life, which focuses on family, financial responsibility, fun—and must importantly, faith. The Duggars show how parents can succeed whether they’re rearing a single child or several.

Table of Contents

Preface: Our Biggest Test Begins

Part 1: Little Baby, Big Challenges
1. Little Eyes Watching
2. More Babies on the Way!
3. A Surprising Test Begins
4. Praying without Ceasing
5. Miracles and Milestones
6. Difficult Priorities

Part 2: Shaping Hearts and Minds
7. Living under the Microscope
8. Opportunities to Reach Out to Others
9. Developing a Servant Heart
10. Making Faith Fun

Part 3: Big Hope for Our Children’s Future
11. Homeschool, Duggar Style
12. Vocations, Goals, and Roles
13. Daily Training, Tips, and Practicalities
14. Life Is a Classroom

Part 4: Big Hearts, Full of Love
15. Protecting and Cherishing Our Relationships
16. Michelle’s Heart for Children and Moms
17. Jim Bob’s Lifelong Hobby
18. Do the Duggars Date?

P.S. Answering the Big Question

Editorial Reviews

Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie. If just reading the list of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's nineteen children exhausts, imagine how raising them feels. A Love That Multiplies answers that question more winningly than any babysitting assignment ever could. The inspiring story of two faithful parents who prayed for more kids to love. (P.S. The fifth season of the Duggars' reality show premiered in January.)

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Meet the Author

Michelle Duggar has been married for more than twenty years to her husband, Jim Bob, and they are blessed with nineteen children. The Duggars have the #1 program on TLC/Discovery Health/TLC documentaries and have appeared on national television shows, such as the Today show, Good Morning America, The View, Inside Edition, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and others.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar married in 1984. Some time after the birth of their first child, they prayed that God would give them a love for children like his love for children and that he would bless them with as many children as he saw fit in his timing. Soon after, Michelle became pregnant with twins! The Duggars currently have ten boys and nine girls, and all their names begin with “J”—Joshua, Jana and John-David (twins), Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah and Jeremiah (twins), Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie.

The Duggars are the #1 program on TLC/ Discovery Health / TLC documentaries and have appeared multiple times on national TV shows, such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Inside Edition, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Fox News Network, CNN, MSNBC, and others. Foreign television appearances include Italian Public Television, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), and Discovery Home & Health (UK & Australia). They have been featured in magazine and newspaper articles in China, India, New Zealand, Australia, France, and Germany. As a family project, the Duggars built a seven-thousand-square-foot home. Both Jim Bob and Michelle are licensed real estate agents and conduct the Jim Sammon’s Financial Freedom Seminar in their community. They purpose to live completely debt-free—postponing purchases until they have the cash. Jim Bob served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003 and was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2002.

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charlottesweb93 More than 1 year ago
The Duggar family is one of those families that everyone seems to have an opinion on. Either people think they are crazy for having so many children or they think that how they run their family is borderline child abuse (older kids taking care of younger kids) or they say "more power to them". A Love That Multiplies has cemented my decision on which bench I sit. I firmly say more power to them. The "tone" I get from the book is that they are loving parents trying to raise their children in a loving, Godly way. They seem like a united couple with a common goal of raising their family to be kindly, godly people. Admirable, wouldn't you say? The book is very heavily based in scripture, but I would not call it Bible thumping. They are just telling their story and their story is very Faith based. I enjoyed their book immensely and will probably set the DVR to catch more of their show. Overall a great book.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I watch the Duggars' TV show. So I was pretty interested to read this book. I tend to find the Duggars' religious beliefs a bit extreme, and there is certainly a lot of preaching in this book. It does make sense though, as their religion is their whole life. The first section of this book covers Michelle's pre-eclampsia and Josie's emergency delivery. There's not really anything new there if you have seen their TV show. The rest of the book covers their philosophies for parenting and life in general. These are heavily influenced by Bill Gothard and his IBLP. Their beliefs fall under what I would label as (in the words of my nephew) "super mega extreme" conservatism. Once again, there is very little in here that you don't already know if you watch their TV show. A few interesting notes for me was that Michelle and Jim Bob both readily admit that they do get upset and have (in the past anyway) even raised their voices. Shocking, I know. However, it does make them seem a little more human. Perhaps the most compelling thing in the book is Michelle describing what it was like to learn her father was dying while Josie was also fighting for her life. This part was actually a very beautiful example of how her life and beliefs helped to bolster her in a very low point of her life. There is some useful advice. For example, Michelle discusses taking care of needs and/or bad behavior when it first appears instead of letting it go and potentially become a bigger problem. However, for every useful idea, there are several things that appear not as good to me. Blanket training was a concept I took issue with. I have a 17 month old, and I find it vastly unrealistic to think that he should be able to sit on a blanket and not move for an hour or so. No way am I going to torture both of us by trying this. There's also a strange bit where they talk about training their children (even very small ones) that they have to look everyone directly in the eye, lest they come across as disrespectful. What if the child is naturally shy? Or going through a clingy stage? It seems odd to me. The writing was just OK. It's written in the first person, but the narrator switches between Michelle and Jim Bob a lot. It got kind of annoying to find out who was talking half-way through the section. I wish that had flowed a bit better. There were also some things that seemed thrown in to quiet critics. For example, there were several recipes in the book, and almost all of them included lots of fresh veggies and fruits. Maybe that is how they really do eat, but I know they have gotten some criticism for how their diet appears on the show. They also have a section about how their daughters would be allowed to live out there dreams and even go to college (even though Bill Gothard seems anti anything that takes women out of the house and authority of a male). Whether this is true or not remains to be seen. Overall, this book is pretty good. If you watch their show, there is not much new to be gleaned from this book (unless you want to memorize Duggar approved Bible verses). It is a fairly quick read. Be prepared to get products (especially those from places like IBLP and Vision Forum) heavily endorsed. There is quite a bit of that in the book. If you really love the Duggars, then you will probably enjoy this book. Otherwise, most the book will probably leave you shaking your head. Galley provided by publisher for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The duggers are a great example of how i would love to raise my family,when i have one.
Carrie Libetti More than 1 year ago
What is impressive about the Duggars is NOT their size, their size gets our attention. What is impressive about the Duggars is the mission and purpose they live their life with. It's always easier to hate something than understand it. Parents and married couples can learn a great deal from the Duggars whether the are newly weds just starting out with a few kids or life partners with a whole tribe or any combination in between. Being open to their message can change lives, hating just feeds misconceptions and denies you the opportunity to be inspired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written in simple words however with much faith! It has great tips for raising kids God's way. Reading it has greatly increased my faith! thank you Jim Bob and Michelle :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read, not a lot of new information, but still worth it!
6wilsons More than 1 year ago
I am very impressed by the Duggar family! For those who are making neg.comments about the way they raise there 19 kids-for example the one who said yuck....really? took time to write that? They are raising a great family in there own way and they are honoring God in that process. Why do people have such strong neg. opinions on a family who are raising well behaved happy children-just because things are done on a religious base? Great job on the family and their second book!
Rachel8 More than 1 year ago
Lovely family. Great book. Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Having 4 children of my own, having tips on making everyday life a little easier in any way helps. This book also included some great recipes. Overall great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such an amazing book. It goes through some of the things that go on behind the scenes, Michelle talks intimately about what she went through with Josie, there's parenting and marriage tips...it's awesome. My husband and I really looked at how we were parenting our children and made some changes after reading this book. Love you Duggar's!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Duggars are a wonderful family and I greatly enjoyed this book. I am the oldest of eight children so coming from a large (and home schooling) family I can assure you, it is a blessing to have lots of siblings! I would suggest rrading their first book before you read this if you haven't already, as they make a few references to it.
nookreaderCH More than 1 year ago
I liked this book about the Duggar family. It felt like Michelle and JimBob were talking to me. Other reviewers complained that they were confused as to who was talking but I had no trouble as there was always the speakers' name in brackets, (Michelle) to let you know who was speaking. I did not like the recipes. They felt like an intrusion to the text surrounding it. As most times they had no relation to the story at that point. I would have perfered them to be listed at the end of the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!! I feel I know them and hurt with the premature birth of Josie(she is so cute!) and with the loss of Jubilee
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please duggars!!!!! If you need me to pray for you please let me know i have sent you a letter in 2009 i think ( the year) i am10 years old Elizabeth Delp( i will give you my address once we get in conntact)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the dugger family all of their kids are so well behaved. I know what it feels like to have a lot of kids in the house i am child 3 of 7 being one of the oldest i have to try hard to help my parents. But enough talk about me and more talk about this wonderful family. I think i can name all of thier kids and i am going to try here it goes ..... Josh Jana John David Jill Jesa Jinger Joseph Josiha Joy Anna Jedadiah.....Jason James Justin Jackson Johannah Jeniffer Jordan Josie. Josh is married to Anna and they have three children Makenzie Michel and i heard they had a third but i do not know its name or gender
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The the show cannot wait to see the next season of nineteen kids and counting maybe 20 kids in countinf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ask me some questions on the Duggars and I will try to answer them!!!!!!! Expect an answer in less than a week. Blair H.†††
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. The duggars are really great. But I think they've gone a little over the edge since they got on tv. Im pretty young also and I read. It. its was ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read their book yet i would love to but idk if mom would let me im sixteen btw and love them so many people have nothing but negative things to say about them it makes me mad but i love them and their kids are so well behaved and sweet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Josh, Anna, and family Congraulations on your 3rd baby!! It wasn't your 1st child or he wasn't born in the bathroom!! He was born under water!! He is a under water baby!! This book is very usefull.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The duggars share their perspectuves on marriage famiky and children unterestung
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