Jinger Duggar grew up in the public eye as a member of the Duggar family. TLC made Jinger famous along with her oversized clan. She quickly learned to adhere to her parents’ strict religious teachings as life in the limelight brightened. But behind the scenes of Count onreveals Jinger in a new revelation, indeed become free that her fear of the world outside of her strictly religious family kept her “crippled with fear”.
Jinger tried to hold onto the many teachings of her family’s faith throughout her childhood and adolescence. The Duggars followed the rules of the IBLP (Institute in Basic Life Principles) founded by Bill Gothard.
The IBLP movement teaches women to be submissive to their husbands as the umbrella of authority in their families. Its followers do not dance, listen to secular music, or date. The Duggar’s healthy family image allowed them to rise in popularity in the late 2000s. However, Jinger has struggled to follow her family’s teachings behind the scenes.
“Fear was a big part of my childhood,” Jinger said in an interview with People magazine. “I thought I only had to wear skirts and dresses to please God. Music with drums, places I’ve gone, or the wrong friendships can do harm.”
In her book, which was released Jan. 31, Jinger tells how her brother-in-law Ben Seewald (sister Jessa’s husband) prompted her in her early 20s to take a close look at how she’s living her life. “Growing up, I had a set of standards that I took for granted. … [But] My beliefs changed,” Jinger wrote in her 2021 memoir. The hope we holdco-authored with her husband Jeremy Vuolo.
People Magazine spoke to Jinger about her book, in which she detailed how the “damaging” tenets of her religious upbringing caused her to reconsider her religious beliefs. “[Gothard’s] Teachings, in short, are based on fear and superstition and leave you in a place where you feel, ‘I don’t know what God wants me to do,'” she explained.
“Fear has crippled me with fear. I was afraid of the outside world,” Jinger continued.
“His teachings [Gothard] were so harmful. I see more of that in the lives of my friends and people who grew up with me in this community,” she admits.
Jinger also said the IBLP shows “many cult-like tendencies.” She left the religious sect altogether but remained a Christian.
Jinger, who married Jeremy Vuolo in 2016 and gave birth to two daughters, Felicity and Evangeline, now resides in Los Angeles, thousands of miles from her extended family. However, she remains invested in these relationships, although many of her siblings still believe in Gothard’s teachings.
She remains steadfast in her core belief that if her story could help someone, this book would have been worth writing. “That’s the beauty of this trip,” she says.
Jinger concluded, “The teaching I was raised under was harmful, it was harmful and there were lasting effects. But I know other people are struggling and people who are still stuck. I want to share my story; maybe it only helps one person to be freed.”