I’ve never actually watched the show 19 Kids and Counting, but I’ve heard of it, and Becky and I were talking about the Duggar family recently. She lent me their book, and I’ve been reading a little of it each night. No wonder there’s a whole TV show about them; they certainly are a fascinating family! Some days I wonder how I’m going to do everything with two little girls around the house soon, so I find it comforting that this family manages with nineteen children! Sure makes two seem like it has to be a breeze. :)
I am especially encouraged by the Duggar family's strong faith and lifestyle. They are obviously very conservative, and I admire that. It takes courage to be so different from the world. Their lifestyle makes me think of this scripture: “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:10-12). I’m betting there are plenty of people who watch their show who think they are complete weirdos! And yet, doesn’t God call us Christians to be weirdos here in this world? :)
Sometimes I have to get away from reading fiction, since I’m reading it all the time for work. Lately, for my pleasure reading I’ve just been reading parenting books and now The Duggars: 20 and Counting!. What non-fiction books have you read lately or plan to read soon? Barbour has some great ones available, by the way. Check out some of these recent releases:
The Names of God: An Illustrated Guide
Bible Answers for Life's Questions
The Top 100 Women of the Christian Faith
The House is Quiet, Now What?
Whose Kids Are These?