The Duggar Family and ATI (plus disgraced leader Bill Gothard)

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground I recently read through the book The Duggars: 20 and Counting. I remember meeting the Duggars  at an ATI homeschool conference about 15 years ago.  Because I grew up under the same program the Duggars are involved in, there were a lot of ATI lines that jumped out at me in the book. I am talking blatant Bill Gothard, ATI, IBLP lines. (If you don’t know the acronym, they are fancy words for Gothard’s Christian programs and seminars.) Here they go. … [Read more...]

From Thrift Shops to Trendy Boutiques: Jill Duggar’s Wedding Dress Search

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer  or "How The Duggars Have Changed Very Dramatically Since Fame" Remember all those times when the Duggars said 'why pay retail when you can buy used and save the difference' and poor Anna sewing her wedding dress and all the dresses of the attendants for her wedding and all the tales of fashionable thrift shop finds that the girls always clothe themselves in? It seems that has now been abandoned.  Apparently saving money is much less high a priority. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Michelle Duggar Doesn’t Trust in God For the Size of Her Family After All?

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From NBC's Today Show this morning- Duggars visit fertility doctor: 'We would love' more children, parents of 19 say "We would love more children if God saw fit to give us more, I just want to make sure that I am ready to catch a baby if that would happen," Michelle Duggar says as she goes to see Dr. Paul Wendel, an OB-GYN in Little Rock, Arkansas, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. … [Read more...]

Duggars and Courtship

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground A lot of people have pointed out how many Christian groups and churches are anti-gay. Even though these Christians love to say that they love the sinner and hate the sin, it does not remove the pain that a gay person has to face. If a gay teen comes out gay, the church will still pray for him and believe he needs to change. Sure the church claims to love the teen, but he’s still told he is sinning, and there is still that voice that something is wrong with him, and that he needs to change. … [Read more...]

News: Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar To Speak At ATI Conferences

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from Stargasm.com - Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Slated to Speak at ATI Conferences Despite Sexual Abuse Scandal Apparently ATI's attempt to paper over the allegations of sexual abuse by former leader Bill Gothard is to get the Bates and the Duggars to speak at their conferences. Nonetheless, it’s apparent that many IBLP and ATI followers — including the Duggars — are still committed to the programs. In fact, according to the newly released “2014 Family Conference Guide” for ATI and IBLP followers, Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar are slated to speak at three upcoming national conferences. … [Read more...]

Growing Up Duggar – Part 2 Foreword: Winning Souls Via Television

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't Rape Pages XIII to XVI "Lord, we pray that our family can impact the world for You!" This portion of the Foreword was titled "Racing Against Time" and details how Michelle and Jim Bob prayed the above prayer years before they were anywhere near the public radar screen. They state that the prayer was also humbly asking God to keep all of them on the right track, but in reality there's not much humble about that type of thinking as it presumes that their way is the only right way, more of a 'use us, oh God, because we are the most righteous!' … [Read more...]

News: Jill Duggar Engaged

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From People Magazine - Jill Duggar Engaged to Derick Dillard Make way for a Duggar-sized wedding. The famously expansive Duggar clan, stars of TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids & Counting, will be adding a new son-in-law to their crew in the next few months. … [Read more...]

Growing Up Duggar: Part 1 – Explanations & Humblebrag

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't Rape Pages XI to XII If there's one thing you can count on, like the swallows returning to Capistrano yearly, it's that any book written (or ghostwritten) by the Duggar family will contain answers to viewers questions. Growing Up Duggar is no exception. The Foreword/Greetings lays this out quite quickly. "We've written this book as a way to answer some of the questions we receive in emails and letters every day" … [Read more...]

News: Jill Duggar Courting

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From ABC Good Morning America - '19 Kids & Counting' Star Jill Duggar Is Being Courted By Derick Dillard Another Duggar is being courted. "19 Kids & Counting" star Jill Duggar, 22, is now being courted by Derick Dillard, 25. She is the second of the Duggar daughters to enter into a romantic relationship, as Jessa, 20, has been involved with Ben Seewald since last year. … [Read more...]

News: Duggars Drop Support of Candidate Over Lingerie?

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From The Huffington Post - Jim Bob Duggar Drops Support For Candidate Who Represented Risque Lingerie Shop Jim Bob Duggar, the well-known television patriarch and active Republican, has rescinded his endorsement of an attorney general candidate in Arkansas after it was revealed that the candidate once provided legal representation for a risqué lingerie shop. … [Read more...]


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