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Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  3,718 Ratings  ·  699 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published March 29th 2009 by Zondervan (first published September 19th 2008)
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I tried. I really did try to take this book at face value and leave out any preconceived notions I had because of what I've observed of this family on TV. But halfway through the book, it became clear that the same somewhat self-centered, ungrateful, negative woman I've seen on TV was apparent in the book. Though much of the book was written to acknowledge all the help the family had received, her constant criticisms of everyone and her "woe is me" attitude really disappointed me. In addition to ...more
Oct 09, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Gosselins have always fascinated me, largely because of their TV show. What other family would allow a TV crew to add to the chaos of 8 children, basically all around the same age? From watching the show, you get the impression that the Gosselins live a life of trips, presents and special events, thanks largely to their six four-year-old moppets - and you learn to wince whenever Kate calls out to Jon in a public setting. I've never quite seen someone as anal and controlling as Kate - but per ...more
Dec 18, 2008 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, non-fiction, 2009
I really love watching "Jon and Kate plus 8" on TLC, but thought this book was just one step up from terrible.

The book is just short of 200 pages, and about 180 of those pages mention god at least once. Each chapter has a bible quote on the top of the page. The entire book seems to be about Kate's relationship with god, often asking "why me?" and then coming up with some reason or bible quote to explain how god is showing her strength, blah, blah, blah.

I knew before reading this book that it was
May 07, 2008 Myra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-lit-2008
First things first, let me just say that I just love the Gosselins. "Jon & Kate Plus 8" is a great program, and I am so very glad that Kate decided to write this book (with the help of Beth Carson). The book provides an in-depth look at what life has been like for Jon & Kate since the day the met - and after following the timeline set forth by the authors, it's very easy to see why they feel that God has been guiding them along their way to the ultimate plans that He had for them.

This bo
Oct 22, 2008 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very quick and interesting read. I tivo their show, and watch it with my kids. We all love the Gosselins, so I was interested to get some insight into life before they started the tv show. I am so impressed by her and her husband. They were so young, and faced some pretty big trials - and looked to God the whole way to find their way through. I loved her chosen quoted scriptures, and found myself more and more impressed by her! Would recommend it to anyone wanting a quick, upbeat read ...more
Jan 12, 2009 Triana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the show, period. But I've heard some negative commentary about Kate, so I decided to read the book to see if I could understand her and their situation a little better. I'm not going to lie, this book touched my heart and made me want to try a little harder each day to be a little more like her.

She very well knows that she can sometimes get in trouble with her mouth and I think it's awesome that she is so honest about their life and their situation. I've always wanted twins and admired
I was never one to watch the whole Jon and Kate show. As a matter of fact I found out about the whole thing just a few weeks before the whole Jon cheating thing.

I watched a marathon of their shows so I could learn what the fuss was about.

Even in this book Kate comes across as a bit ungrateful despite her insistence that she was and is very grateful for everything.

She talks about a home make over and how she felt the TV really did a horrible job. Even if I felt that way I probably wouldn't put
Jen Shank
Every chapter was written in the same format: begin with a scripture, whine, complain, whine and end with one grateful thought. I do not recommend this book.
Jul 22, 2008 Leslie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
SOOOOO excited about this one! I love the show (I have them all on my DVR) and I think these kids are the cutest EVER!
Jan 30, 2009 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate Kate.
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Admittedly, I am not a television watcher. While I am aware of the Jon & Kate show, I think I have only watched one complete episode, and clips here and there. I have seen a great deal of criticism leveled at Kate Gosselin for her obsessive/anal organization and perceived criticism of her husband. I read the book out of curiosity and I'm glad I did.

I liked it. Kate is a strong, straight-forward person. She's honest and frank about their life. The book begins with their marriage and quickly m
Jan 05, 2009 Joselle173 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'd only seen the Jon & Kate Plus 8 show once, but was intrigued, so I picked up the book. After reading it, I decided to watch a few shows. Now that I've seen about 4 shows total, the one thing I noticed is that the show vs. the book is like reading about two different families. On nearly every page of the book Kate talks about her faith in God. This doesn't bug me, as I'm a Christian too, but those who follow her show and aren't aware of the Gosselin's deep faith in God will be surprised u ...more
Jan 18, 2009 Val rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ok, I went into this with as open a mind as I could. The writing and the story itself was decent. It went quickly and kept my attention.

On a personal note though, it sort of ticked me off. The Gosselins lived right around the corner from me up until they basically moved during the night without telling one a few months ago. I didn't think the narration made Kate any more likeable. The show makes her come across as a bit hard, and readin
Jun 08, 2009 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I must admit, I did enjoy this book. I chose to read it when all the Jon and Kate scandal began to emerge. I wanted to get a picture of their life and family before the mess and to determine if the rumors of them being "Christians" was true. I like Kate, I must confess. Even though she is sharp tonged and complains often, she fought hard to bring those 6 precious babies into the world and I admire her determination and heart. I previously had no idea how difficult such a pregnancy could be. She ...more
Nov 12, 2008 Jandkplus8fan1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I love the reality show Jon and Kate plus 8. I decided to read Kate and Jon's journey and how they ended up getting a reality show. At the beginning is when Kate and Jon meet and then get married. I then tells about how they struggle to have kids and finally have twin girls Cara and Mady. After a year Kate wanted another kid, but what she didn't know was that instead of getting 1, she got 6. This book tells of the details of Jon and Kate's hard struggle to start a family ...more
May 29, 2009 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to read this book as this family seems to be coming unraveled. My opinion: Kate is mildly obsessive/compulsive and Jon has gone along with Kate's every whim and is now cracking. This book chronicles how Kate has over-ridden her husband's wishes over and over (he wanted to wait to have more kids but Kate HAD to fill this void in her life, Jon did NOT want to do the show but Kate knew she had to let the public see the joys and hardships, etc.) I'm secretly hoping all the divorce rumors ...more
Dec 03, 2008 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I had watched some of the episodes of their show, when it was still on tv, but not all of them and not from the beginning. I was curious about their story. It's interesting and a little sad to see how they started out, compared to where they've ended up, since this book basically tells the story up until the sextuplets were still toddlers. I wonder how much of what we see of Kate, and think we know from her public persona, is accurate to the person she really is inside, and to what extent she's ...more
Dec 04, 2008 Madalene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess everyone knows my obsession with Jon & Kate by now, so my reading this book should come as no surprise. It was a very easy read. I wondered if the book would reveal anything the show already hadn't... and, for me it did. Reading what Kate went through physically (and mentally) to have six babies at once was pretty amazing. It was also interesting to hear how much help they had at the beginning. And, believe it or not, Kate comes across even more anal and obsessive than she does in th ...more
Jun 11, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Toni
Shelves: non-fiction
Though I generally shy away from books "written" by celeb types, as a fan of the Jon and Kate + 8 television series my curiosity was piqued. I was pleasantly surprised at both the quality of writing and the fact that my interest was maintained. Kate's voice comes through loud and clear and I appreciated her detailed account of the struggles and triumphs associated with her unique pregnancy. Of course, the photographs of smiling children, including my beloved Aaden didn't hurt!
Nov 11, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, although I have never watched the tv series or actually even heard of it until several months ago. The Gosselin's were and are truly blessed. Gosh and to think it gets crazy at my house with two children under the age of 4. I can't imagine what theirs is like.
From reading I could tell Kate definitely depended on prayer and faith to get through pregnancy, child birth, child rearing and the "stuff" thrown at her along the way.
was a little hard to read since I know they divorced. Much of what was written was predictable. Initially, I enjoyed the show but it started leaving me uncomfortable so I quit.

Strikes me odd how the tv show contained no real prayer or church activities, yet the book is full of verses.
Jul 21, 2008 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book so quickly! It was such an easy read. I read it every night before bed and had it done in no time!
It was great.
Apr 12, 2011 Jessi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface my review by stating that I had been a fan of the show since before it started, beginning with TLC's one-hour special on the Gosselin family.
The book was an extremely easy read (I got through it in an hour and a half), but contained virtually no information that hasn't been covered in the television special or the show. This fact made the book a tiny bit boring, in my opinion. It was easy to get through, because of the flow of the writing, but it was very much like reading a well-
The Gosselins’ TV show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, has always fascinated me for some reason. Maybe it’s the idea of raising 8 young children all at once and watching the chaos from the comfort of my own home. Maybe it’s the thought of what Kate will start to grump about this week. Whatever the appeal is to me, I checked out this book right when it came out. The book fills in what happened before the TV show began; the conception, birth, and the first year of life for the sextuplets. But more than th ...more
Tanya T
I thought it was a good quick read. It touches on the process of how the sextuplets came to be. I was surprised to read at one point seven embryos were spotted in her early ultrasounds but in later ultrasounds only 6 were present. The book is mostly written in Kate's words or thoughts and injected with bits of Jon's opinions on things. I find it interesting that Kate clearly makes it a point to defend herself on different events and happenings. Things like why she felt the volunteers who helped ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I read this book back in '08, before the Gosselin divorce. At the time, I liked the book and found it to be a touching story of a family's persistence to stick together and thrive, no matter what it took. Especially cute were some of the personal stories, like one I can recall about how they decided to name their kids.

Fast forward 3 years. I haven't watched the trainwreck of a show in at least couple of years. I can't pretend to know what it's like to raise multiples, and know I'd have a hard ti
Dec 26, 2008 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Since I am not a very religious person I did not enjoy this book. It was more about God then about the Gosselin's lives. What I love so much about the show is Kate's dry wit and humor, but none of that was present in this preachy, boring book. I wanted to know more about Kate and Jon's lives prior to their children and the book only offers minor details about that. Instead it delves into way too many details about only the birth of the sextuplets. The twins were hardly devoted any time in this b ...more
Feb 14, 2009 Stacie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband gave me this book for Valentine's Day and I had it finished in 2 days! This was an amazing book and should be read by every Christian Mom. It made me realize I don't have it so bad with 3 kids. Geesh! Jon and Kate had a real test of their faith in God, their faith in their marriage and their strength. I look at them in a whole new light after reading this book. I am jealous of how strongly Kate put her faith and trust in God and just relied on Him to bring them through. I could learn ...more
Back when Jon and Kate Plus 8 was on TV, I enjoyed watching the show at first, but after awhile, although I liked seeing what the 8 kids were up to I just felt turned off by the parents. This book is the same way, except I started disliking John and Kate quicker. This book is all about their pregnancy up through the sextuplets 1st birthday. Nothing new, I'd be more interested in how the kids are doing now as pre-teens and the twins as teens. But I'm glad they are getting to live more or less nor ...more
Jan 12, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book, I realized this - the ONLY reason I watch the show is to see those adorable children. I could care less about Kate - she is disrepectful towards Jon on the show, and even in the book.

Most of what is talked about in this book I've already known, because I watch the show. I did find it weird that Kate constantly talked about religion in the book, yet that is never brought up on the tv show. Same goes for the constant mention of her family. I had to push myself to finish t
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Jonathan Keith Gosselin is an American television personality. He is best known for being featured on the American reality TV show Jon & Kate Plus 8, on which he appears with his wife, Kate, and their eight children.
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