Sunday, January 25, 2009

Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets by Jon & Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson

Books Completed: 18
Completion Date: January, 2009
Pages: 224
Publication Date: October 2008

Reason for Reading: I have seen the show on television and I was curious! Review copy sent to me by Harper Collins. New Author Challenge.
Three years after giving birth to twin daughters, Kate and Jon Gosselin became pregnant again—with sextuplets. Kate’s candid and emotionally-charged book chronicles the exhausting challenges she and Jon faced from the time the babies were conceived through the first two years of their lives, and the faith it took to get through each day.
I am not much of a television watcher, but I have to admit that I have been known to watch this television show from time to time. When I saw that there was a book out; I decided to give it a try. When I was looking for a synopsis online, because I am too lazy to type one, I found that reviewers have been arguing about this book. It was interesting to read the reviews because a lot of the people that wrote them hadn't even read the book, they just decided that they wanted a platform to stand on! I actually did read this book, though. I was just curious. They don't exactly have a normal situation, and I wanted to know how they have coped with everything that life has thrown their way.

Anyway, so I read this book in about a day. It is not really all that long, but it was interesting. I could not imagine having 8 kids! (Not that I could any easier imagine having one child, but that's not the point!) I am just amazed at what they have had to put up with and go through to have a 'normal' family. It is not an easy task, when you think about it. They were not exactly prepared to have eight children and even when they found out that this was going to be the case, it is not exactly an easy thing to prepare for! Kate talks very candidly about what life was like for her before and after the sextuplets were born, and I found it all rather interesting, but I can't say that I was really blown away by the book.

I can really just sum it up by saying that while I find the journey was worth reading about, I am not totally sure why I felt compelled to read the book. It is really not my type of read at all, but I can't say that I really minded it. I might even read more from them in the future. I liked learning about the children's personalities and their development. While I didn't love the book, I didn't hate it either. To be honest, it was the religious nature of the book that really didn't work that well for me, but I don't want to start a religious debate on my blog, so I am trying to shy away from offering opinions on the subject!

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  1. I haven't seen the show, but I saw on the news a week or two (or more) that the family (or maybe, it was the only the husband) were in Utah. I think I was blogging at the time and wasn't paying really close attention. The whole concept of being a parent of twins makes me shudder but then throw in sextuplets . . . well, I can't get my mind around it. It would be interesting to read this book to learn how they cope; not only how the parents cope but the children, too.

  2. I love their show - they are such a cute family.

  3. booklogged: If you want to know how they cope, then this would be the book for you! Coping with everything is a lot of what goes on in this book!

    Daphne: Yep! Very cute. :)

  4. I can't imagine having eight kids! It seems like an interesting read. I remember seeing them on Oprah, but I haven't watched the show.

  5. Yeah, eight kids is nuts!

  6. I love Jon and Kate Plus Eight... and like you, I often wonder how in the world they do it. I like the fact that, in spite of their snarking at each other, you can tell how much they love each other and how crazy they are about their kids.

    Thanks for the review - I'm adding it to my list.


  7. I still don't know how they do it, even after reading the book and having it outlined for me! I sure wouldn't want to trade places!

  8. Have to admit that all three of us at the Anderson home are addicted to this show. We watch it every week and have been known to let the reruns run in the background on days when we are just lazing around.

  9. Yes, me too.. i haven't seen the soon. can anyone give me a link of the show. i want to watch it. Its so difficult having twins and then afterwards having six babies.. That would be a thrilling experience for parents. The couple are so blessed for they were made by God so strong to be able to surpass the challenge being offered to them. I admire them.


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