Jinger Duggar Vuolo announced Monday that she has written a book called, “Becoming Free Indeed: My Story of Disentangling Faith from Fear,” which chronicles her spiritual journey. Vuolo says the book, which releases Jan. 31, 2023, is for people who want to “honestly examine” what they believe “without abandoning God.”
“I’m a Christian who loves Jesus and wants to follow him,” said Vuolo in a YouTube video announcing her new book. “My faith is still intact, but it has changed. Instead of leaving the faith entirely, I’ve been disentangling it…If you’ve been hurt by the teachings of Bill Gothard or any religious leader who claimed to speak for God, but didn’t, I wrote this for you.”
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Jinger Duggar Vuolo is the sixth child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose family was featured in TLC’s reality show, “19 Kids and Counting,” and later, TLC’s “Counting On.” The former show was canceled in 2015 after allegations broke that Jim Bob and Michelle’s oldest child, Josh, had molested five girls, including four of his sisters. “Counting On” was canceled in June 2021 after Josh Duggar was arrested and charged with receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
In December 2021, a jury found Josh Duggar guilty on one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. In May 2022, Duggar was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison.
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After the jury handed down Josh‘s guilty verdict, Jinger and her husband, Jeremy, issued a statement in which they said, “We are thankful to God for exposing Josh’s actions and to a legal system committed to protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty in this case. We are grateful for justice. We are praying for further justice, vindication, protection, and healing for all those who have been wronged.”
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, known for their conservative Christian values, were also known for promoting the teachings of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). Started by Bill Gothard in 1961, IBLP purports to teach people how following the Bible’s principles will benefit every area of their lives. Gothard resigned from IBLP in 2014 after allegations surfaced from more than 30 women who say he sexually harassed them.
IBLP holds “family conferences” throughout the country, including in Big Sandy, Texas, where Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been regular speakers. Jinger Duggar Vuolo says that it was attending one of these conferences in Big Sandy in 2017 that she first got the idea to write her memoir.