Monday, November 14, 2011

Oh, Duggars! Meeting the Duggars & *Signed* Book Giveaway

It was a meeting of the Micheles as I stood before Michelle Duggar and her beautiful family at the International Christian Retail Show this past July. A pretty ironic scene for this infertile, only child and adoptive mom of one. Michelle was sweet and gracious when I explained our differences - and my admiration for her as the heart of her large family. We talked about our name (she had just discovered her birth certificate has one "L" not two.) And she told me about their friends who had adopted. Michelle Duggar and I couldn't be more different, especially with their recent announcement of expecting number TWENTY!  But looking back now, I see two women of God filled with love, joy, peace, and a passion for our unique callings.

I read through my signed (ahem) copy of A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work with interest as well as skepticism. How do two fruitful and multiplied people feed, clothe, and nurture 19 children, now including one with special needs? The world may never really know or understand. But here are a few highlights from the book:

  • They recognize the pros and cons of being famous, but all in all they consider the show a family ministry.
  • Their goals for their children include: keeping a close relationship with God, listening to His still small voice, confessing mistakes, serving others, and expressing gratitude.
  • Michelle wrote, "It is exhausting being a mom, whether you have one child or nineteen." [Thanks for the nod in my direction :) ] "Long ago I realized I simply couldn't do it on my own... Lord, You must have the wrong person here! I silently prayed. I simply can't do this. I'm not capable; I feel so overwhelmed and inadequate. I'm so grateful for these precious gifts You've given me, but, Father, I need Your help!"
  • There are recipes, photos, and tips throughout, but my favorite chapter was the one on Daily Training, Tips, and Practicalities (13).
I guess the Duggars aren't the only ones multiplying because I have *two* signed copies of their book, one to keep and one to give away! To enter, sign up for my newsletter by 11:59 PM EST Thursday November 17. Winner will be chosen at random and notified on Friday.

1 comment:

Jan said...

I don't understand the negative reaction that many people have toward the Duggars. They are a lovely family with lovely children, and I admire them greatly.

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