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A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,774 Ratings  ·  321 Reviews
In this second book from the Duggars, they focus on the principles that equip them to face life's challenges—drawing from their most recent challenge with the 3-month premature birth of their newest child, Josie. They also share the new challenges their older children are facing as they prepare for adult life. Central to the book is a section on the principles that the Dug ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Howard Books (first published June 1st 2011)
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Crystal Starr Light
By covering up "teenaged mistakes".

Review: The Duggars have always bothered me with their "the older kids help raise the younger kids" thing. What a way to grow up - always taking care of a younger sibling! That sounds like a great childhood, don't cha think???

But now that it's been revealed that Josh sexually molested FIVE girls including FOUR of HIS OWN SISTERS, I wouldn't read this book were it the last book on earth. I'd be afraid to use it for firewood, given it would probably eat me instea
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Am I a little embarrassed to admit that I just read this book? Yes, but I'm fessing up to it anyways. Since I am now well aware that the Duggars do not surf the web lest it "destroy souls with instant, unlimited access to all sorts of immorality" I feel safe to proceed with my review.

Just to be clear, I think this family is crazy, yet I'm strangely drawn to their tv show. I think it's my pure fascination as to why someone would want to have that many kids, and how they maintain any semblance of
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, the first third of the book had me in tears. Most of the beginning of Michelle and Jim Bob’s second book deals with the scary circumstances surrounding Josie’s birth and the difficulties of a preemie in the following months. My situation wasn’t the same, but my husband and I lost our first baby boy at 26 weeks, and the Duggars’ story reminded me of that frightening time in my own life.

Even if you’ve watched only one episode of the Duggars, you will quickly realize that their convicti
Feb 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, religion
So much to say.

I hate-watch two families, the Duggars and the Kardashians. Not all the time (and I'm pro-Bruce right now) and not routinely, but I dislike but families so much that I'm absolutely fascinated by them. I realize that some of you may think I'm an awful person, and I'm OK with that.

So, I read the first Duggar book and then a friend gave me a copy of this one that she found for a dime at a thrift store. And I started reading it on May 7, just a few pages at a time.

Then, when I was
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Just to clarify my 5 stars, it is not because it was a well written book. They back tracked and flashed forward and retold some of the same things. However, what it contained was really great stuff. It is nice to have these parents share all their secrets in raising children since, who could know better? They have had a lot of practice and they have obviously raised very respective, kind, full of personality children. I my not agree with all their convictions but I love that they are so strong i ...more
Annemarie Donahue
Jul 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
I just can't wrap my head around this. My grandmother had 16 children (no multiple births) but it wasn't to replenish, my grandparents were just old school Catholics who evidently really liked sex. More power to you.
But I was DEEPLY offended by the comparison to a bicycle. I was not aware that women were property and should be handled that way. Yeah, I'm reading this a little too literally, but then maybe I'm reallly not. I mean, "don't let anyone else ride your bike" it's like finger nails on a
Roger Hicks
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about the Duggars? Seeing their family on TV was a factor (one of many) that led my wife and I to the belief of allowing God to control how many children we had (seven so far, for the curious). For a long time that was how I thought of them: They trusted God with their fertility and it all seemed to work out well for them. We share many (though not all) conservative Christian beliefs with them, so they were a nice family on TV we could relate to.

Since reading their first book (rev
Kara Dalton-Werner
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I feel trying to portay their "micro-preemie's" stay in the NICU as almost a footnote in a tale of a trying year- was sanctimonious and condescending to parents who have had preemies. I don't doubt that the Duggar's tried to keep their trademark sunny-dispositions but would it betray their experience or negate their faith in God to admit those touch-n-go moments were dark and frightening perhaps not appropriate to be juxtaposed by a recipe on the opposite page?

The Duggar's story is interesting
Catherine J.
May 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Stupid and insipid. I didn't think it was possible to dislike these people more (and why not, really? They certainly judge me and others like me enough. Why should I be nice to/about them?).

Really, Michelle, stop emphasising your definition of marriage. We get it. You hate the gays. I'm sure your sister is thrilled to hear it.

Are you trying to recoup all the money you've wasted on your fundie cult throughout the years by publishing this crap? That's about the only reason I can think of that you
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Loved the book for the great organizational tips, parenting and financial advice. I couldn't help getting a bit annoyed when the subject of "defrauding" came up. I disagree that it's up to a woman to dress herself in a way that doesn't "stir up urges" in men. I feel that men and women both should be responsible for their own sexual thoughts. If the Duggars are so concerned, perhaps a Burka is in order? Otherwise, I respect the family and their beliefs.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool, self-help
I got a lot of great homeschooling ideas from this book. I love how they teach their children about character. I've had success in my own home with some of the ideas that the Duggars have in this book. It's an easy read and easy to flip through to find what you want.
I found this at the library and decided to check it out. I don't watch the TLC show but I've caught parts of it while surfing the channels and I admit to a weird curiosity. Also they live here in Arkansas too. Though we are in totally different parts of the state. Growing up I didn't want to be a doctor or lawyer or even an actress or singer. I wanted to be a mom. Fate chose differently for me, however. I actually enjoyed reading their beliefs and philosophies in raising their family. I think I ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful resource for tools on how to make a big family work. I gleaned so many inspiring parenting concepts as well as homeschooling ideas from this book. They are great examples of how to truly appreciate your children, love them, teach them (especially through biblical teachings) and all around just raise 'em the right way- which is getting increasingly more difficult in today's world! I love the Duggars!
Alicia Willis
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful, transparent view into the Duggar's life! I have met Michelle and she is a beautiful woman, inside and out. This glimpse into their life as a family was very inspiring. I, for one, look up to Michelle as a role model and hope imitate her (while striving to imitate Christ first) when I become a wife and mother.
I know I torture myself by reading this shit, but I can't seem to help myself. Lol. I do have to say that this book was a little less disgusting than the last book, but I'm sure the book about courtship that the daughters wrote will more than make up for this ones palatability. Lol

I read the book then watched the seasons that corresponded with it and I have to say one thing really stuck out more than anything....I think that Michelle definitely loves Josie more than her other kids. In fact, she
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love the Duggar's. I love to read about the way they are raising their remarkable family with the goal of deliberate discipleship and a ministry mindset. They are genuinely good people. I was especially appreciative to read all the practical advice and encouragement from Michelle on raising children with joy. I have taken some of her advice on conflict resolution in the home, and her method has worked out very well for my young family. It was so endearing to read about how Michelle overcame he ...more
Subtitled “An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work”, the Duggars’ second book is anchored by the story of the premature birth of their nineteenth child, Josie, and the loss of Jim Bob’s father to a brain tumor. The rest of the book is devoted to covering why they decided to stop using birth control, how they manage to raise such a large family without going into debt, and what they do to train their children to follow their religious beliefs. (Yes, the Duggars really do refer to raising their ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I know only of the Duggar's from an article printed some time ago in a magazine just before their 19th child, Josie was born prematurely. Like many others I was amazed at the size of their family and curious as to how they 'make it work'. Their TV show isn't on in Australia (as far as I know) so this book is really my introduction to the family.
A Love That Multiplies begins with the premature birth of Josie and its affect on the family, but also explains the principles and faith that Michelle an
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book covers exact events of this family's 2009-2011 years. Difficult years for them because for 6 to 7 months the family had to be separated and moved to rental homes. The entire book was a delightful read (better than the first, IMHO), but the chapters and methods which considered and described parental techniques that they use were pure 5 star. The blanket training, the leading each child into dominion to their own self-control and the solving of conflict resolutions that they use- no wor ...more
Malinda Roland
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So good! I hope I can be half the wife & mother Michelle is!
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
If this book were all I knew of the Duggars, I'd like them quite a bit. It begins with ultra-preemie Josie's birth and the time surrounding it. There's also a lot on how the Duggars live and their beliefs. They admit several times that "we're not perfect," but I feel that the book really does seem to point toward them being at least very, very good. In light of all that has come out about oldest son Josh, that seems a bit disingenuous (at the time this book was written, most of Josh's transgress ...more
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Some have review this book as preachy or if you have seen the show there is nothing new. I disagree on both parts.

The bible verses they use in the book are used factually and explain why they believe in something. I, being not religious at ALL, thought it was quite informative. No matter what your personal beliefs are, you do have to admire them for how they raise their children. Every one of them serves their community and help others, without being asked. Michelle Duggar calls it a “servant’s
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religious-horror
There is so much in this book that is covered in their other book (almost verbatim at times) so don't bother reading both. This one has more about Michelle and Josie's birth and "20 and Counting" has more about Michelle and Jim Bob's early relationship so if you really have to read one, choose based from that.

You (likely) already know what to expect from the Duggars so this is just more of that. They want you to know they're not "against" women going to college, that dating (among other things
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read the first Duggar book out of blatant curiosity. I would consider the first one more of a biography on the family and this one more of a parenting book. I absolutely loved this book. I wish they would classify this as a parenting book. Now, if you have no Christian views then this book is not for you. But, if you do then this is a must read. I love how they talk about the expectations of their kids and have a scripture to go along with each one. So many times I want to talk to my kids abou ...more
Alisha Bonnell
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
for about five years now, i have been a HUGE fan of the Duggar family. if you were to ask me to name them in could do it (including Anna and her three kids).....I'm serious!
this family has truly inspired me to really think how I'm going t raise my future husband and children!
and I have to admit something! I am totally desiring to have just as many children. you can call me crazy, but it's not going to stop me lol!
I found this book incredible and recommend it to everyone. through this book you g
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
I don't agree with all the Duggar's beliefs, but I've always been intrigued by them and impressed by their parenting style. I got quite a few helpful tips out of this book and will read the other one as well, since the tips are working quite well with my little ones. I don't think it's the best-written book I've ever read, but it's easy to read and interesting!
Emily Ross
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I find the Duggar's fascinating and surprisingly down to earth and normal. Their show is one I watch regularly and I have enjoyed both their books. I don't agree with all their views but they are not crazy. I admire the positive parenting style Michelle has and am trying to speak softly and yell less myself!
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Some of this was fly-on-the-wall great -- some of it was gaggingly idealistic/reverent.
Sorry to be so harsh!

A lot of their moral stances I can respect - even though I roll my eyes.

Their family seems happy and full of love.
In the end, isn't that what matters?

So let me (and others like me) roll our eyes all we want.
Unlike Mr. Sheen, these people are "winning"!
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm in my early 30s with 8 children and would love to have more if the Lord so blesses us. I haven't seen the TV shows, but I've read some about them online and read the first book. Our family has many things in common with theirs. However, I didn't think this book was more than okay.

A huge chunk of the book (60+ pages) was focused on recounting all of the events associated with Josie's premature birth, NICU experience, etc. I wasn't expecting that, and I really wasn't interested in that much ex
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
This second book by the Duggar's I was really excited to read. As a whole it was an interesting book, much of it not being surprising since I have watched some of their show. It begins with the story of Josie's birth, which I had seen. It is well written and sounds much like they talk. Since the first 2 section of the book was more retelling, it was not very interesting to me, but would likely be for someone who is unfamiliar with their story.

I really appreciate their emphasis on prayer and the
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Best known for her television show "19 Kids and Counting," which documents the lives of the Duggar family, Michelle Duggar is a mother of nearly 20 children. She is a very spiritual person and often credits her successes to God. She is married to Jim Bob Duggar.
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