Michelle Duggar: Living Her Message

by Todd Traub  on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 12:00 am  

Michelle Duggar

The family’s website — DuggarFamily.com — offers tips on cooking, indoor activities and home budgets interspersed with messages on faith and links to LifeUnited.org, the pro-life coalition the Duggars recently helped form after a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Duggars are members of Quiverfull, an evangelical Christian movement that stresses children are a blessing from God, with the husband seen as the head of the household and wives in a submissive role.

Duggar and her husband embraced their pro-life stance after she lost a child to a miscarriage much earlier in their marriage. The national publicity has only helped the Duggars spread the message, she said.

“The power of life and death is in the Word,” she said. “We realized that in a very unusual and painful way early in our marriage.”

The Duggars’ endorsement of pro-life candidates and the couple’s politics, as well as their decisions to share their children’s lives and document a more recent miscarriage on television, have opened them to criticism. But Michelle Duggar seems adjusted to the idea that her views and methods can be seen as controversial and finds validation in her faith.

“Those that are hearing and willing to hear, it will reach their hearts,” Duggar said. “I’m not sharing a message from my mind. I’m not sharing facts and information. I’m sharing a message from the heart.”

After the first miscarriage, the Duggars went on to have the first of two sets of twins, and the family ranks continued to swell.

“Before we knew it we were outnumbered and saying, ‘What have we done?’” Duggar said jokingly. “I couldn’t imagine life without one of them.”

It might have been a life less public, if not for politics.

Jim Bob Duggar served four years in the Arkansas House of Representatives followed by a failed run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2002. A photographer noticed Michelle and the kids, numbering 14 at the time, arriving to vote during Jim Bob’s Senate primary race and got a picture that was picked up by The Associated Press, printed in The New York Times and reprinted by parenting magazines.

That exposure led TLC to approach the Duggars for the original documentary, “14 Children & Pregnant Again,” which aired on Discovery Health in 2004 and was the highest-rated documentary the channel had broadcast.

The Duggars saw the documentaries and their current program as a way to share their values and insisted TLC not edit out any examples of the family’s faith.



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