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

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439183816
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 71,148
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Duggar

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Our Biggest Test Begins v

Part I Little Baby, Big Challenges 1

1 Little Eyes Watching 3

2 More Babies on the Way 17

3 A Surprising Test Begins 25

4 Praying Without Ceasing 41

5 Miracles and Milestones 49

6 Difficult Priorities 65

Part 2 Shaping Hearts and Minds 73

7 Living Under the Microscope 75

8 Opportunities to Reach Out to Others 87

9 Developing a Servant Heart 103

10 Making Faith Fun 115

Part 3 Big Hope for Our Children's Future 137

11 Homeschool, Duggar Style 139

12 Vocations, Goals, and Roles 149

13 Daily Training, Tips, and Practicalities 165

14 Life Is a Classroom 185

Part 4 Big Hearts, Full of Love 199

15 Protecting and Cherishing Our Relationships 201

16 Michelle's Heart for Children and Moms 213

17 Lifelong Hobby Jim Bob's 239

18 Do the Duggars Date? 257

P.S. Answering the Big Question 273

Resources 275

Notes 281

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

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    A great read!

    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.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Not Much New Information

    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.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Duggar Haters Shouldn't Review Books They Haven't Read.

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Quick Easy Read

    I have been interested in following the stories of this family and their book expands upon that. I have missed many current episodes of their show and this book fills in those gaps.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Great

    The duggers are a great example of how i would love to raise my family,when i have one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    Great book about what family life should be!!

    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 :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2011

    Well written!

    It was a good read, not a lot of new information, but still worth it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Good Book

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    great book and family!!! rediculious comments...not great

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Wonderful!

    Lovely family. Great book. Must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    God, thank you for the Duggars!

    My mom and dad are always getting onto us about 'being good leaders' or 'taking care of our siblings,' you know, all that jazz of being the oldest sister to twins and Miss Perfectionist. Mom is always nagging us with 'I know of a family of way more than us who have way more manners than you guys do.' And so I challenged her to prove it. One night, on a very rare family movie night in our oh-so-chilly basement, I saw an unfamiliar title on our Netflix screen: '19 Kids and Counting.' I looked at her questioningly. We started watching, and I was hooked. My favorite episode is the Duggars vs. Bates Smackdown. My favorite part is when they're doing paintball. My favorite line is from one of the Bates: 'there were just to many little Duggar boys.'

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    Posted April 8, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    I love you Duggars!!!!

    Wow the duggrs sre amazung and so Gid like i just admire them and wish i was a kid in that family

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Duggars Duggars Duggars!!!!!!!

    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)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Love them

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Love

    The the show cannot wait to see the next season of nineteen kids and counting maybe 20 kids in countinf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Amazing Family!

    This family is completely outstanding. They work together and love each other. With nineteen kids they have a huge house. Inside their house they have a slide that goes down several stories of their house, a rock climbing wall, and a trampoline!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Wonderful book!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Love them but

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Congraulations

    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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