Counting the Cost - Jill Duggar

Counting the Cost

By Jill Duggar

  • Release Date: 2023-09-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 860 Ratings


For the first time, discover the unedited truth about the Duggars, the traditional Christian family that captivated the nation on TLC’s hit show 19 Kids and Counting. Jill Duggar and her husband Derick are finally ready to share their story, revealing the secrets, manipulation, and intimidation behind the show in this “no-holds barred” (People) instant New York Times bestseller.

Jill and Derick knew a normal life wasn’t possible for them. As a star on the popular TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, Jill grew up in front of viewers who were fascinated by her family’s way of life. She was the responsible, second daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle’s nineteen kids; always with a baby on her hip and happy to wear the modest ankle-length dresses with throat-high necklines. She didn’t protest the strict model of patriarchy that her family followed, which declares that men are superior, that women are expected to be wives and mothers and are discouraged from attaining a higher education, and that parental authority over their children continues well into adulthood, even once they are married.

But as Jill got older, married Derick, and they embarked on their own lives, the red flags became too obvious to ignore.

For as long as they could, Jill and Derick tried to be obedient family members—but now they’re raising a family of their own, and they’re done with the secrets. Thanks to time, tears, therapy, and blessings from God, they have the strength to share their journey. Theirs is a “complicated, remarkably relatable story of faith and family loyalty” (Salon) and a moving example of how to find healing through honesty.


  • Sounds truthful

    By BoogerMoose
    I really liked Jill’s perspective on growing up in the Duggar family. It seems truthful and not fake. Definitely kept my attention as a former Duggar fan.
  • Powerfully Eye Opening

    By AubsLucia
    As someone who endured a very similar experience in life in my upbringing, I found this book to be so encouraging and incredibly validating. Some moments stirred old anxiety and pain as I related to Jill’s story deeply. Overall, her story is profound and it’s wonderful to know I’m not alone in my healing journey.
  • Captivating

    By Beamerweamermom
    The emotions in this book captivated me, and the strength behind the doors of Derick and Jill is inspiring. The struggle in finding her voice and while she is trying to repair her families wounds made me turn each page. I followed the show, and so it was easy for me to read and understand her timeline.
  • Liked it

    By Reader Girl Tiff
    Interesting read I enjoyed the background
  • Loved it!

    By Charlie199
    I was surprised how much I did enjoy this book! She’s a strong woman for writing this book & I was so pleased to know she is living her own life- happily! I’d love to read more from her
  • A raw and truthful look into what was actually happening behind closed doors

    By The Weingels
    Jill gives true look of what was happening behind closed doors to the Duggar family, a must read if you were a fan of 19 kids and counting for sure.
  • Thank you

    By J'Lene Murphy
    Thank you for sharing your story and encouraging others to find their voice and strength , I enjoyed reading your book very much, Mrs Murphy
  • Empowering

    By Psalm132
    I grew up in a fundamentalist home and a mother and father with mental health issues that we just “keep to our family and family alone.”Our family was very similar to the Duggars so we loved watching the show! Now in my thirties, I as well have experienced healing and freedom over the years through self discovery, therapy, and the help of fellow believers. I’m proud of Jill for courageously venturing out to find the freedom she was created and destined for. Way to go!
  • Best book I’ve read in a long time!!!

    By MercyWillowMoon
    Awesome book about truth, healing and the saving grace of our Lord and Savior. Very well written. God Bless Jill, Derrick, Israel, Samuel and Freddy. Bought the book yesterday and have devoured every word. Couldn’t put it down. Jill and Derrick if you ever read your reviews just know you have so many of us behind you 100%!!!!
  • What Real Counts

    By Tara's Top reads
    I was always very curious about the Duggar family. Jill gives a different and fresh perspective about her life experiences. I could not put the book down. It was well written and she exposes her father and family secrets but in a compassionate manner and that really what counts. Good read!