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Duggars React: Find Out What Jinger Duggar’s Family Members Have Said About Her New Book

Counting on family? Jinger Duggar’s family members have shown support for the former reality star after she announced her upcoming book, Becoming Free Indeed.

According to the book’s description, Jinger, 29, will recount “how she began to question the harmful ideology of her youth and learned to embrace true freedom in Christ.”

The Counting On alum opened up about writing the new book in a YouTube video titled, “The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done,” on November 7. As she introduced the memoir, Jinger clarified that it is not a “tell-all about my family” but instead a deep dive into her “spiritual journey.” She will explain her decision to abandon the teachings of Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) minister Bill Gothard, which she called “wrong” and hurtful.

Additionally, Becoming Free Indeed will explore how a yet-to-be-named brother-in-law “who didn’t grow up in the same tight-knit conservative circle as Jinger” played a key role in Jinger’s journey to examine her beliefs. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar raised their 19 kids to follow the IBLP’s ministry, which Jinger said she now believes encourages a “life was built on rules, not God’s Word.” 

While several of Jinger’s family members have shown support for her latest career endeavor, a source exclusively told In Touch that her parents are “bracing themselves” ahead of the book’s release on January 31, 2023.

“Jim Bob and Michelle aren’t thrilled by Jinger’s book coming out, but they are hoping for the best,” the insider revealed. “They’re not sure of all the topics she’ll cover, but they have prayed about it and hope that it’s honest, respectful and doesn’t dredge up too much of their family troubles.”

While Jinger insisted the book isn’t about her family, it’s likely that some of the Duggars’ drama – including Josh Duggararrest on child pornography charges and his 2015 molestation scandal – could be discussed.

The source added that Jim Bob, 57, and Michelle, 56, “fear the worst” for what the mother of two will discuss in the book, “especially stories about their faith, raising their large family and especially the dark Josh incident.” The insider continued, “The last thing they want is to bring more unwanted, negative attention and scrutiny to their family.” 

However, Jinger does write about some family members in the book. She credits her sister Jessa Seewald’s husband, Ben Seewald, for encouraging her to learn about faith on her own terms.

“I noticed his church read the Bible in its entirety and preached scripture that way,” Jinger explained in the book. “I feel like now I’m in a much better place. I see God as amazing.”

Additionally, the former reality star wrote about how having her life documented on TV since she was 10 made her feel like she lived in a fishbowl. She made the realization while watching The Truman Show in 2016 with her husband, Jeremy Vuolo.

“You probably already know that The Truman Show is about the ultimate fishbowl. The main character, Truman Burbank, is the star of a reality TV show, but he doesn’t know it. Every moment of his life is captured for television,” the mother of two wrote. “Many people from the outside world have opinions and expectations about who Truman should be and how he should live … When Truman begins to question his reality and tries to get out of Seahaven, his escape is blocked at every turn.”

She continued, “After we finished the movie, I turned to Jeremy and said, ‘That movie is my life.’”

Keep scrolling to see what the Duggars have had to say about Jinger’s new book.

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