What is the summary for A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make It Work?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a book about a family all over the press almost every day: the Duggars!  It is a book about the Duggars BY Duggars, Michelle and Jim Duggar to be exact.  This book gets deep into the Duggar family by focusing on one of the Psalms:

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.  Psalm 127:2

From the very beginning, the Duggars let God decide just how big their family would be.  The rest is history!  This book is about many experiences not revealed by the TLC series on this very conservative Christian family: their experiences of the loss of a mother, keeping the family afloat financially, the joy of new children, faith and the church, and prayer and how it affects this large family.  In essence, the book is about how such a family nurtures love of neighbor.

A large part of the book is about parenting and frugal living, specifically, how to parent such a large family and still remain financially afloat.  They talk about how things are organized in the household.  They talk about times they succeeded as parents, and about times they failed miserably as parents.  Yet another part of the book is about frugality.  The Duggars explain here how to save enough to make the family thrive and not lapse into poverty.

Finally, there are some real specifics on challenges in the Duggar life.  One large challenge was the terminal cancer of Jim Bob's father.  His choices are very interesting to read about: instead of choosing invasive treatment, he chooses to live out the rest of his life naturally, simply watching his family.  Yet another struggle was an impending ice storm threatening the welfare of the family; prayer and love from neighbors got them through.

In conclusion, it's important to mention that the book was written in order for the Duggars to share both faith in God, the importance of prayer, and the perseverance of the family.

shmindle | Student

'A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make It Work' is a book written by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar. They also had their own tv show on TLC, 19 kids and counting, which was recently pulled off the air amid a sexual abuse scandal. The Duggars, who had 19 children at the time the book was written, strongly believe in letting God decide how many children they should have. In this book, the parents discuss the ups and downs of parenting and faith. One of the main challenges in this book was the premature birth of their daughter, Josie, who was born three months early. Michelle recalls one moment where she couldn't even come into contact with Josie because her skin was so fragile. The book also follows the family on vacations or mission trips, the children's homeschooling experience, and nightly Bible study.

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