The Duggars are a reality TV family whose life has been the subject of TLC's series 19 Kids and Counting for the past four years. Parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar star with their 19 children (10 girls and 9 boys) in the series. The couple's four older daughters: Jana, 24, Jill, 22, Jessa, 21, and Jinger, 20 were the ones who penned the book.
"It's easy to put yourself into physical and moral danger and give into those emotions or sensual thoughts that promise pleasant, but only temporary, fulfillment," the women reportedly say in the book, according to the Daily Mail.
They add that avoiding men altogether is the easiest way to avoid sin.
"By censoring our thoughts through the filter of God's word, we will be able to recant any wrong thoughts or temptations that try to sneak in," they say.
In spite of their Christian upbringing the sisters explained that they still "have a natural physical desire toward men" and that they "thank God for making us normal."
The third Duggar daughter, Jessa, announced in September 2013 that she was dating fellow churchgoer Ben Seewald. Michelle Duggar said at the time that Jessa was allowed to "side hug" her boyfriend after they "were officially courting."
The sisters also wrote about eating disorders, dealing with strong emotions and their issues with sibling rivalry. They explained that their lives are not just what people see on television.
"You may think that kids like the Duggars, who are homeschooled and don’t watch TV or read secular magazines, are immune from feelings like that, but we’re not!" they wrote.
"We’ve experienced some of those same negative feelings about the girl in the mirror that you may be feeling right now or have felt in the past."
Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships is available for purchase now.
[The Daily Mail]
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