Monday, January 26, 2009

Multiple Bles8ings by Jon and Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson~★★★★

Author: Jon & Kate Gosselin, Beth Carson
Title: Multiple Bles8ings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets
Release Date: October 14th, 2008
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Non-fiction (my library had it under "Parenting Resources")

Book Jacket: "Kate and Jon Gosselin have learned that through God, all things are possible-though sometimes slightly improbable.
Just three years after giving birth to twin daughters, Kate and Jon learned she was pregnant again-with sextuplets. In Multiple Blessings, Kate candidly chronicles the emotional and exhausting challenges she and Jon faced from the time the babies were conceived through the first two years of their lives.
This amazing story of faith provides a heartening lesson in what it means to trust the faithful hand of God to provide the strength and courage to make it through life's seemingly impossible situations."

Taryn's Review: I was already a fan of the television show Jon and Kate Plus Eight, so I was delighted when I heard the Gosselins had put out a book. The fantastic thing about the book was that the story began before the sextuplets were in the Gosselins' lives. Kate openly described the challenges and emotional toll of carrying and delivering six children had on her and Jon and how they survived home life after jumping from two girls to eight children. Kate was really forthcoming about her physical struggles during bed rest as well as her mental anguish during first two years of the sextuplets' lives. She also worried how the change affected her first two children as they struggled through toddlerhood while she was on bedrest and later juggling six newborns while still trying to give adequate attention to the older twins.

Many people are not a fan of Kate Gosselin. There are times I watch the show and think, "Wow, this woman needs to chill out!" But after reading a book from her point-of-view, one can maybe understand why Kate appeared so militant on television.

The book isn't just catered to faithful fans of the show. Anyone can pick up the book and read the Gosselins' life story from the period of 2003-2005. I admire the challenge the Gosselins took on when decided to have the sextuplets. While those little angelic faces are adorable, I know ovaries cringed after reading this book! Eight children, oh my! 

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