For months, fans and critics of the Duggar family have eagerly awaited Ginger Duggar’s next memoir. be truly free.
Ginger has long been considered the most “rebellious” of her parent’s children.
And if the comments she gave in a recent promotional interview are any indication, those fans seem to get exactly what they want.
Ginger gave the most candid interview of her career people Magazine of the Week, and her comments may have made her parents very worried about what might soon be revealed.
“Fear was a big part of my childhood,” Vuolo told the outlet in a Zoom interview from his home in Los Angeles.
“I thought all I had to do to please God was wear a skirt and a dress. Music with drums, places I’ve been, and bad friendships can all hurt.”
Yes, Ginger was the first Duggar woman of her generation to wear pants, and did so only after marrying Jeremy Vuolo and getting permission to do so.
The strict dress code she grew up with was just one tool used to keep her docile “for fear” of going to hell against God’s will.
Ginger says that engaging in worldly activities, such as playing sports with friends, often overwhelms her with the fear that she is offending God.
“I thought I might get in a car accident on the way because I wasn’t sure if God wanted me to stay home and read the Bible,” she said. people.
Her parents’ most controversial source of belief was an organization called the Institute for Basic Life Principles.
IBLP founder Bill Gothard was forced to resign in 2014 following allegations of sexual harassment, but the disgraced leader appears to continue to hold a great deal of control over Jim Bob and his family. .
“[Gothard’s] In a nutshell, the teachings are based on fear and superstition, leaving you in a place where you feel like, ‘I don’t know what God expects of me,'” Ginger revealed.
“Fear made me anxious and crippled. I was scared of the outside world.
“His teachings are so pernicious that I see more of that effect in the lives of my friends and people who grew up in that community with me,” she added.
“There are a lot of cult-like trends.”
For years, outsiders have claimed that Ginger and her siblings were raised in a cult-like atmosphere, but this is the first time one of the Duggars has publicly admitted.
Thankfully, Ginger says he enjoys a freer life these days.
Ginger credits her husband for giving her a degree of freedom her mother never knew she had.
She also says her brother-in-law, Ben Seewald, helped her find a new path.
In her book, Singer reveals that Seewald introduced her to a more modern, less fear-based brand of Christianity.
And these days her goal is to pay it forward by showing others that there is life beyond the world of cult-like isolation she endured in her youth.
“That’s the beauty of this journey,” Ginger said people.
“The teachings I grew up with are harmful, harmful, and have lasting effects. added.
“I want to share my story. It might help even just one person get free.”
Memoirs of Ginger, be truly freewill be lined up in bookstores on January 31st.