Becoming Free Indeed
My Story of Disentangling Faith from Fear
New York Times Bestseller
Jinger Vuolo, the sixth child in the famous Duggar family of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On, recounts how she began to question the unhealthy ideology of her youth and learned to embrace true freedom in Christ.
When Jinger Duggar Vuolo was growing up, she was convinced that obeying the rules was the key to success and God's favor. She zealously promoted the Basic Life Principles of Bill Gothard,
fastidiously obeying the modesty guidelines (no shorts or jeans, only dresses),eagerly submitting to the umbrella of authority (any disobedience of parents would place her outside God's protection),promoting the relationship standard of courtship, andavoiding any music with a worldly beat, among others.
Jinger, along with three of her sisters, wrote a New York Times bestseller about their religious convictions. She believed this level of commitment would guarantee God's blessing, even though in private she felt constant fear that she wasn't measuring up to the high standards demanded of her.
In Becoming Free Indeed, Jinger shares how in her early twenties, a new family member—a brother-in-law who didn't grow up in the same tight-knit conservative circle as Jinger—caused her to examine her beliefs. He was committed to the Bible, but he didn't believe many of the things Jinger had always assumed were true. His influence, along with the help of a pastor named Jeremy Vuolo, caused Jinger to see that her life was built on rules, not God's Word.
Jinger committed to studying the Bible—truly understanding it—for the first time. What resulted was an earth-shaking realization: much of what she'd always believed about God, obedience to His Word, and personal holiness wasn't in-line with what the Bible teaches.
Now with a renewed faith of personal conviction, Becoming Free Indeed shares what it was like living under the tenants of Bill Gothard, the Biblical truth that changed her perspective, and how she disentangled her faith with her belief in Jesus intact.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Jinger Duggar Vuolo’s memoir reveals that navigating your personal relationship with your faith isn’t easy—especially when you’re doing it on reality TV. Vuolo starred with her parents and her 18 other siblings in reality shows including 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On. During that time, the Duggars followed a Christian organization called the Institute in Basic Life Principles, which controlled every aspect of Vuolo’s life with cultlike strictness. In this inspiring memoir, she chronicles her journey to embrace spirituality on her own terms—though that doesn’t mean she glosses over the tough stuff. Vuolo is incredibly candid, discussing how IBLP impacted her eating disorder and the revelation that its former leader Bill Gothard had inappropriate relationships with young followers. Becoming Free Indeed is full of what Vuolo’s life seemed to lack for so long: honesty and hope.
There are a ton of us whose gone through this. I admire her heart to still serve the Lord after going through all the motions. God is still good
The only down side is the last few pages of the last chapter got lost/didn’t load?🤔 🤷🏽♀️
It’s an interesting book from the standpoint of this young woman’s experience growing up in a restrictive and myopic environment. I found the book fairly repetitive In its narrative. Regardless, her story is heartfelt and genuine.
I was hoping to get an in depth look into jinjers life, but what I read was a repetitive sermon. I couldn’t make it past the second chapter. She was scared of tornadoes and not going to heaven, but not of her brother? The entire family continues to sweep his doings under the rug.