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Counting the Cost - Jill Duggar

Counting the Cost

By Jill Duggar

  • Release Date: 2023-09-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 220 Ratings


For the first time, discover the unedited truth about the Duggars, the traditional Christian family that captivated the nation on TLC’s hit show 19 Kids and Counting. Jill Duggar and her husband Derick are finally ready to share their story, revealing the secrets, manipulation, and intimidation behind the show that remained hidden from their fans.

Jill and Derick knew a normal life wasn’t possible for them. As a star on the popular TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, Jill grew up in front of viewers who were fascinated by her family’s way of life. She was the responsible, second daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle’s nineteen kids; always with a baby on her hip and happy to wear the modest ankle-length dresses with throat-high necklines. She didn’t protest the strict model of patriarchy that her family followed, which declares that men are superior, that women are expected to be wives and mothers and are discouraged from attaining a higher education, and that parental authority over their children continues well into adulthood, even once they are married.

But as Jill got older, married Derick, and they embarked on their own lives, the red flags became too obvious to ignore.

For as long as they could, Jill and Derick tried to be obedient family members—they weren’t willing to rock the boat. But now they’re raising a family of their own, and they’re done with the secrets. Thanks to time, tears, therapy, and blessings from God, they have the strength to share their journey. Theirs is a remarkable story of the power of the truth and is a moving example of how to find healing through honesty.


  • Couldn’t Stop Reading

    By GEHBraga
    This was such a good read! Not a perfectly polished story or flawlessly edited writing, but intriguing storytelling from a victim who finally took back control of her narrative and felt brave enough to use her voice. This book is raw, honest, relatable and I highly recommend for anyone who has experienced high-control religion.
  • Insightful, well-told story!

    By Abaloneys
    I watched every season of the show, and though strange in many ways, I admired the Duggars. Jill’s story is a heartfelt accounting of her family experience, which is one where she came to the realization that she was a business asset first and a daughter second. It’s a story of betrayal that captures the complexity of lies and psychological manipulation wielded by Jim Bob, denied by Michelle, and perpetuated by TLC. Clearly Jill has emerged stronger and wiser. While being truthful about the deception, she still manages to tell this story with the utmost kindness to her family. I hope Jill’s siblings can see the truth and take a stand as well.
  • Encouraging and Mind-Blowing

    By Meg G Najera
    This book was an amazing telling of finding your true voice. I’m proud of Jill for her bravery in telling her personal life story.
  • Quick read

    By Jan P Nurse
    This was a very written book. Easy quick read. Compelling.
  • Wanted you to get paid

    By IIRick
    I hope Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar repent for the sin of theft sometimes over the next few decades. I also hope they apologize and admit that their handling of what happened is why Josh was never removed from the home, the kids were never removed from the home as they should have been it was not a safe place. And repent for their misdeeds as the reason the documents relating to what their minor son did were not sealed. And repent of their pride telling people how to raise kids when that was all going on.
  • Beautifully Written and Inspiring

    By leighannesphotographs
    This book was very well written. Jill was able to share her story and her truth with so much respectfully and gracefully. I read it in two days because I couldn’t put it down.
  • Book is a venting session

    By toniaMW
    She has the right to share her side and struggles but the book is more venting out for the world to know and just not sure how that is profitable or how this will help what needs to be healed within her family.