Thursday, January 8, 2009


MULTIPLE BLES8INGS: SURVIVING TO THRIVING with TWINS and SEXTUPLETS is written by Jon and Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson. If you've ever watched the television series with this amazing family, you'll be familiar with the Gosselins. Their story, on TV, is remarkable, but reading the behind-the-scenes happenings and events that led to their eight children family (in only TWO pregnancies!)is equally remarkable.

The one thing that surprised me most about this book is the spiritual depth in both Jon and Kate Gosseling. Each chapter of the book begins with a scripture, and their many decisions, leading to the birth of their twins and then the sextuplets, was bathed in prayer. Though Kate and Jon sometimes come across as angry or brittle with each other in the TV series, much more love and compassion is written in the book and it gives a deeper sense of who each of these remarkable young people are together and as parents.

I read the entire book in one evening, as did my son, so it is not a heavy work of nonfiction: it is fun, happy, and spiritually satisfying. It has many photos scattered through the pages, as well as a small section documenting Kate's diary which she kept while on bed rest waiting for the birth of the sextuplets.

I recommend this book to fans of the TV series and to other readers who will enjoy getting to know more about this loving and unique family. Their experience is well worth reading about and will warm your heart besides!


Tracy said...

It sounds very interesting. I don't get the channel they are on, but I cannot imagine the unique and difficult issues they face daily. Thanks for the review! Blessings!

Joanne Sher said...

Thanks for the review, Dee! I saw an intervie with Kate in Today's Christain Woman, and watched the show for the first time this past week. Sounds like a wonderful read.