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Becoming Free Indeed: My Story of Disentangling Faith from Fear

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Jinger Vuolo

5 Hours 49 Minutes

Thomas Nelson

January 2023

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New York Times Bestseller 

Read by the author.

Jinger Vuolo, the sixth child in the famous Duggar family of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On, recounts how she began to question the unhealthy ideology of her youth and learned to embrace true freedom in Christ.

When Jinger Duggar Vuolo was growing up, she was convinced that obeying the rules was the key to success and God's favor. She zealously promoted the Basic Life Principles of Bill Gothard,

- fastidiously obeying the modesty guidelines (no shorts or jeans, only dresses),
- eagerly submitting to the umbrella of authority (any disobedience of parents would place her outside God's protection),
-  promoting the relationship standard of courtship, and
- avoiding any music with a worldly beat, among others.


Jinger, along with three of her sisters, wrote a New York Times bestseller about their religious convictions. She believed this level of commitment would guarantee God's blessing, even though in private she felt constant fear that she wasn't measuring up to the high standards demanded of her.

In Becoming Free Indeed, Jinger shares how in her early twenties, a new family member—a brother-in-law who didn't grow up in the same tight-knit conservative circle as Jinger—caused her to examine her beliefs. He was committed to the Bible, but he didn't believe many of the things Jinger had always assumed were true. His influence, along with the help of a pastor named Jeremy Vuolo, caused Jinger to see that her life was built on rules, not God's Word.

Jinger committed to studying the Bible—truly understanding it—for the first time. What resulted was an earth-shaking realization: much of what she'd always believed about God, obedience to His Word, and personal holiness wasn't in-line with what the Bible teaches.

Now with a renewed faith of personal conviction, Becoming Free Indeed shares what it was like living under the tenants of Bill Gothard, the Biblical truth that changed her perspective, and how she disentangled her faith with her belief in Jesus intact.

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  • Anonymous

    I love this book Jinger! She was honest and gracious and kind. In this book she tells of her experience under the false teacher Bill Gothard, how it influenced her life and struggles and beliefs, and what influenced her to change. Jinger doesn’t spend the book on telling all about her family. While she is honest about some things that happened within her family, her main focus is telling about her journey to Christ in order to speak out against Bill Gothard and to speak in honor and admiration of Jesus. Thanks to God, rather than losing or tossing her faith because of the harmful principles of Bill Gothard that ruled her life, she “disentangled” it from those rules and beliefs. She is not self-righteous, rather, humble about her own shortcomings and desires to help others caught in a legalistic-false-teaching environment. It’s a tough road but fear cannot prevail. Love this and proud of you Jinger. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    I was never in a cult like upbringing but I was taught God was a certain way and I am on a journey where God revealed so much to me that wasn't true, this book helped to open up so much more about Jesus and what I was taught to believe is not true. I enjoyed this book so much. And at the end when Jinger confirmed all this, because I was still sceptical, that her pastor is John MacArthur, I started crying and thanking God and the holy spirit for walking with me in this revelation journey

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  • Therese K.

    Having spent 30 years in a church that was strongly influenced by IBLP I can attest to everything she says regarding the affects these teachings have on you spiritually, emotionally and relationally. Then seeing the damage done to your children and their relationship with God is so devastating when you finally realize how un-Scriptural those beliefs are. The "disentangling" is tremendously difficult along with learning to trust other people and not see God as some "Whack-Mole" waiting to get you if you even think about getting out of line. She gives credit to those who have helped her to have a right view of God- I believe it is very beneficial to have someone guiding you through the potentially lengthy process. I do appreciate her clear statements that she loves her parents and had a happy childhood. Her negative comments regarding Bill Gothard are straight forward and express no vitriol at all.

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  • Ashley S.

    Jinger found a way to take responsibility for her beliefs growing up, rather than blame it all on her parents... something this generation struggles with. Coming out of an NAR church just prior to reading this book was incredibly confusing. I came away with an newfound understanding that the Bible never changes - people do. Understanding exegetical preaching v. i-xegetical will forever impact where we attend church. Cannot imagine how difficult this was to write. Well done, Jinger!

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  • Anonymous

    I loved how she talked about disentangling the errors of her childhood faith from the true parts of her childhood faith. And using the Word of God to determine which is which. Not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I also appreciate how she continues to honor her parents and family, while moving away from teachings that she has determined are error and harmful.

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  • Vicky A.

    Interesting, proof given on every detail. Loved the book!

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  • Mariann A.

    Jinger could be an all time book reader for Audiobooks. Her voice is soothing and I was pulled in. Even more, the subject and her bravery were both something to respect highly.

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  • Stephanie F.

    Loved the book

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