INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
For the first time, discover the unedited truth about the Duggars, the traditional Christian family that captivated the nation on TLC’s hit show 19 Kids and Counting. Jill Duggar and her husband Derick are finally ready to share their story, revealing the secrets, manipulation, and intimidation behind the show that remained hidden from their fans.
Jill and Derick knew a normal life wasn’t possible for them. As a star on the popular TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, Jill grew up in front of viewers who were fascinated by her family’s way of life. She was the responsible, second daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle’s nineteen kids; always with a baby on her hip and happy to wear the modest ankle-length dresses with throat-high necklines. She didn’t protest the strict model of patriarchy that her family followed, which declares that men are superior, that women are expected to be wives and mothers and are discouraged from attaining a higher education, and that parental authority over their children continues well into adulthood, even once they are married.
But as Jill got older, married Derick, and they embarked on their own lives, the red flags became too obvious to ignore.
For as long as they could, Jill and Derick tried to be obedient family members—they weren’t willing to rock the boat. But now they’re raising a family of their own, and they’re done with the secrets. Thanks to time, tears, therapy, and blessings from God, they have the strength to share their journey. Theirs is a remarkable story of the power of the truth and is a moving example of how to find healing through honesty.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Following the revealing docuseries Shiny Happy People and Jinger Vuolo’s tell-all Becoming Free Indeed, Jill Duggar’s shocking memoir dishes the dirt on her famous family. The former 19 Kids and Counting reality star details her troubling youth and eventual estrangement from her extremely Christian family, describing what it was like living under the oppressive patriarchal rules of Bill Gothard’s scandalous pseudo-cult, the Institute in Basic Life Principles. Duggar also maps her healing journey to a healthier relationship with faith and herself, thanks to a lot of therapy. She narrates her tale with deeply felt sincerity. Whether or not you’ve followed the Duggar family’s story, Counting the Cost is an interesting, triumphant listen.
I finished this book in a day because it was so very interesting and enlightening! I along with so many others have been a fan .. this book was heartfelt and i believe very truthful.. and shed light on the whys and whats we have all had regarding the duggar family. Best wishes to the duggars.. shows just how human we all are even if outwardly things may seem perfect.
Such courageous , Beautiful Book!
I really hope you write again ! You are such a courageously deserving human ! I just finished listening too your book in a matter of 8 hours straight ! You Always where my favorite Duggar 💝 I pray for your healing in strength to continue to grow even stronger !
Written with Grace
I grew up watching this show and was interested to read Jill’s story. Wonderfully written with humility and Grace. Refreshing to read a book that explains the “roses and thorns” in her life and how she now reflects on her experiences