Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets

Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets

by Jon and Kate Gosselin, Beth Carson, Jon Gosselin
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Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets by Jon and Kate Gosselin, Beth Carson, Jon Gosselin

Eight children in three years? Impossible!

Kate and Jon Gosselin have learned that, through God, all things are possible—though sometimes slightly improbable.

Just three years after giving birth to twin daughters, Kate and Jon learned they were pregnant again—with sextuplets. In Multiple Blessings, Kate candidly chronicles the emotional and exhausting challenges she and Jon faced from the time the babies were conceived through the first two years of their lives.

This amazing story of faith provides a heartening lesson in what it means to trust the faithful hand of God to provide the strength and courage to make it through life’s seemingly impossible situations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310289029
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jon and Kate Gosselin had the joy of birthing twins and sextuplets in three years. The daily lives of their family are chronicled on TLC's hit show Jon & Kate plus 8. They are frequent speakers at churches and other events and live in central Pennsylvania. Find out more at

Beth Carson is an artist and writer and is currently earning her BA from Albright College. She and her husband, Bob, have four kids and live in Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 The Calm before the Storm 11
2 It Doesn't Get Better Than This 17
3 Our Decision, Our Destiny 27
4 What Do We Do Now? 39
5 The Hard Work of Rest 49
6 Media Mayhem 65
7 Countdown to Six 69
8 Our Fragile but Feisty Fighters 81
9 Displaced, Together 91
10 There's No Place Like Home 111
11 Who Are All These People? 119
12 Growing Pains 143
13 On the Move 171
14 One Day at a Time 179 Kate's Journal 189 Acknowledgments 193 Jon & Kate's Photo Album 195

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Infertility treatments, twins, more infertility treatments, followed by six beating hearts on an ultrasound screen. That sets up the Gosselins’ memoir of the exhausting and joyous events surrounding the births of their now famous sextuplets. Those familiar with the TLC program Jon and Kate Plus 8 know how their household runs; now their story comes alive for readers as well. Kate admits, “I was a bit of a control freak,” yet also quickly draws on and receives the “peace of God... like a security blanket” through her months in the hospital, Jon’s job loss and the impending arrivals. Details such as how they chose names; the sextuplets’ birth day of May 10, 2004; and the babies’ weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit are fascinating, as are stories of running a household that was perpetually full of volunteers, looked like “baby base camp” and required carefully sequenced nightly bath time. The Gosselins’ life is a whirlwind, with their book reflecting the fast-paced, faith-filled approach they take to raising their twins and their miracle sextuplets. (Nov.) -- Publisher’s Weekly

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Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 195 reviews.
FrostyHarwood More than 1 year ago
This book is about the early years leading up to the filming of Jon and Kate Plus 8. It contains some new information about Kate's pregnancy and the early development of the sextuplets. It does incorporate their faith and religious beliefs more then on the TV show but it does not overwhelm the book.
Irisofmine More than 1 year ago
Everyone is blessed by God, sometimes for no reason at all. I can't count all the blessings in my life and how grateful I'm for them. No, I don't deserve them but for some reason, God decided to grant them to me.

I know for a fact that I couldn't have done what Kate did with her children. In fact, it'd be a miracle if I could remain sane after having twin not to mention sextuplets. Needless to say, I have so mcuh respect for Kate and her wonderful and supportive husband, Jon. I cried and cheered for them through many pages of this book.

However, many times I felt that Kate was lacking a grateful heart and she seemed to take things (e.g. helping hands and gifts) for granted. Sometimes, I felt this sense of entitlement from her for having sextuplets as if she somehow deserves all the help and generosity she'd gotten just for having her own children, however many they are. Yes, it's unimaginable and she's a wonderful super mom that many of us can't even think of doing. however, I felt frustrated many times and although my heart went out to her, I felt she showed ungodly characteristics at times. Now, I'm not judging and we are all imperfect including me! So, I must realize that she's indeed a super mom and her ability as a mom is well beyond many others. So I do give her credits for what she has done, but my respect for her ends there unfortunately....

Good book to read.
MamaG2 More than 1 year ago
Kate's insights into her pregnancies and the first year with the sextuplets was not only interesting but so encouraging. Kate infused her faith throughout her book and I found that it added another dimension to my respect for her as a mom as well as a wife. God Bless this family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a family with five children, including twins, all of us enjoy watching Jon & Kate Plus Eight. But I've often thought, there was a key element missing in the tv show. How does a family thrive and enjoy such a unique situation without having a strong faith in God and the gift of life? So as soon as I saw the title of their book in Barnes & Noble I couldn't wait to read about how faith played a big part in their discernment process to welcome so many children into their family! The book did not disappoint! Kate and Jon, with the help of their friend Beth, beautifully describe how their love for each other, their faith in God's blessings, and their joy in their children affect their daily life. I loved the quotes from scripture that have encouraged them along the way. As a mother of multiples, I appreciate how they emphasize the uniqueness of each of their eight children, looking for what makes each one of them special and different from each other. And I celebrated with them the thrill of the blessing of multiples. Yes it's overwhelming, but what an adventure and privilege too! Reading their book brought back so many good memories to me of taking care of more than one baby at a time. It is such a humbling thing, to be outnumbered and knowing you are going to have to walk with God's help each and every day and just do your best. There is never enough of you to go around, so you do have to pray that every one's needs are met somehow. And having a sense of humor helps make it fun along the way! Kate and Jon Gosselin simply want to do the best they can taking care of their multiple blessings! I was only disappointed when the book came to an end. An easy read. Very enjoyable and encouraging.
galaxyglory More than 1 year ago
While it is very sad what has happened to the Gosselin family and how things have turned out, this book was awesome to read. You can actually hear Kate's voice in the text and that makes it a little more fun. Their story is compelling and you feel for both Jon and Kate, and each of their children. I read this book in about 4 hours total because I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this!
tigersLT More than 1 year ago
This book is a little advanced for kids but is a great book. After I read this book i understood the Gosselins family way better. I wish I could meet them they sound like an awsome family to visit. Kate went through alot in her pregnancy and this book truly shows how much pain whe went through to get those eight miricales she has today. I recomend this book to everyone watching her show or all her fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly reccomend Multiple Bles8ings by Kate Gosselin. I love the show and now I got to read about the family and what great people they are. It also had Bible verses, and it was very touching! I would suggest that EVERYONE reads this, it is a REALLY good book! Great job Kate!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea how strong both Jon and Kate's faith was until reading this book. I wish they would have added more of their love for God into the show! I agree with another reviewer on what happened to the love between Jon and Kate because she references him in such a loving manner on several occasions in her book. Her writing style is exactly like she was sitting down talking to you and her love for her God and family illuminates from every page. It's worth the read, Enjoy! Great choice of scriptures as well.
BigFanRM More than 1 year ago
Great book Kate. It has humor and understanding. I love your show and those wonderful kids. You are great and the Kids are wonderful. It has been fun watching them grow. PLEASE keep it up. If TLC cancels your show, I will not watch any of their shows. Especially if they use Jon or your in-laws Kevin and Jodi. Do not give up that show. You and the kids can do just fine on your own.
ACBushey More than 1 year ago
As a long time Gosselin fan, dating back to their tv specials I was excited to read Multiple Bles8ings, yet hesitant. Seeing as Kate is a nurse by trade, I had my doubts as to whether or not she could pull off writing. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was Kate a great writer but she kept me engaged every step of the way. Her casual writing style filled with fun anecdotes, personal hardships and memorable moments was great because it made it enjoyable to learn things that we didn't know from Jon and Kate Plus 8. I'm not a big reader, but this book had me from beginning to end, in fact I read it in one night. You'll laugh, you'll cry and be entertained with Multiple Bles8ings.
ShanUT More than 1 year ago
I have watched Jon and Kate Plus 8 from the very beginning, and was really excited to read what they had to say, not in front of the cameras. I found the book to be very inspirational and moving. I felt their joy and excitement through this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book easy and quick to read. It was nice to find out some of the background that we don't get to see on the show. This book gives you the inside scoop on their beginnings as a family of 10. I was actually cracking up at some of the things Jon said. Also, we see a much softer side of Kate as she tells their story. A must read for anyone, even if you've never watched their show. Very touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a definate must for any one who likes the tv show Jon & Kate Plus 8.. I couldn't put it down. It was really good. Kate did a really good job writing and getting her story across. I really hope that they write another book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really did not feel this book gave any more insight into the family then what one who watches the show would get. I feel Kate is so spunky on the show, I wish the book would have reflected that more. While I appreciate knowing the impact of her faith in her surviving her difficulties, I found it to be a bit much. If you are not religious, you will HATE this book! It could have been more well rounded.
A_in_Baltimore More than 1 year ago
This book warmed my heart. It was so enjoyable. I read it in 2 days (it certainly helped that it is an easy read). I enjoyed their view of religion and the affect it has on their life. I watch their show all the time and this book let me see a little more into their lives. If you are a mother, want to be a mother, or just simply enjoy watching their show, definitly read this book!
BL0312 More than 1 year ago
I love the show John and Kate Plus 8 and this book gave me even more respect for their family. You see them on tv and watch their lives, but this book really helps you see where they came from. It is a very encouraging book and I would recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book the first few chapters are sweet
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Its a good book you should buy it totally awesime and make sure to see the episodes
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Ashley-E-no-K More than 1 year ago
A breeze to read and well worth it. Kate invites us into her world before the cameras ever began rolling. She shares with us her family's trials and triumphs throughout her unique journey of twins, high-risk pregnancy, and sixtuplets, along with the many other obstacles and blessings her and her family endured. Will certainly be reading this again in the future to remind myself of the faith in God and the strength of family.
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