The four oldest Duggar girls of the popular TLC reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting” share never-before-told stories about how their family applies biblical principles to guide them through all of life’s challenges in their new book, Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships, which is out this week.
In their book, Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger share the life lessons they’ve learned from their parents and mentors in an effort to better the lives of teenagers who are struggling with relationships and social pressures.
Each chapter of their book deals with relationships – parents, siblings, internal struggles, friends, dating, social and cultural pressures; how everyone can impact their communities and country by getting involved in politics; and how having a servant’s heart and working in missions can transform people’s lives.
In a recent interview with The Christian Post Jill said she and her sisters wrote their book as a continuation of the one-on-one conversations they’ve had with grandparents, parents and teenagers at conferences or when volunteering their time at orphanages and juvenile detention centers.
The girls speak boldly in their book about why they hold to conservative Christian values and wear modest clothing, and also talk candidly about one of the most difficult times in their lives when their youngest sibling, Jubilee Shalom, died as a stillborn baby in 2011.
“We were stunned. Speechless,” the girls write. “The baby brother or sister we had so looked forward to holding and playing with was gone.”
Despite the sadness of losing a loved one, especially a young child and sibling, the family maintained their unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and knew that He would use their heartache for a greater purpose and they would one day see their sister in heaven.
“As Christians, we believe that God can use everything that happens to us – even the hardest heartache – for good,” they write, citing Romans 8:28 and1 Thessalonians 5:18.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and their four oldest daughters: Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger.
CP: What was your inspiration for writing the book and what to do you want teenagers, especially young girls, to learn from you and your experiences in life?
Jill: I would say that our inspiration for writing the book has really been a lot of the letters and emails that we’ve received from young ladies, and also from parents who ask a lot of questions. They’ve seen the television show and they ask, “What makes y’all honest and good Christian girls?” And they want to know that. In this book we try to go even more in-depth than what people have seen on the TV show and share our hearts with young ladies.
We hope that girls can come away from this book and feel like they’ve had a conversation with us, and that we have been able to encourage them, like we’ve been encouraged by other young ladies in our area, and among our friends and even our parents.
Our hope with this is that young ladies and parents alike will be inspired and encouraged just by our daily life and our daily struggles, because we’re not perfect. We’re human just like everyone else, and we hope people will see our faith in God in this book.
There are a lot of stories in the book that we use to illustrate different points and to talk about relationships and how important those are. We want to give everyone a ray of hope, especially teenagers.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post