In a society where faith deconstruction is trending, Jinger Duggar Vuolo fearlessly disentangles her identity and beliefs from the toxic teachings of Bill Gothard (Founder of the IBLP) in her memoir Becoming Free Indeed. Through a vulnerable exploration of her journey to liberation, Jinger dismantles the doctrines of obedience, authority, courtship, and more against the true teachings found within the Bible. Emerging from a past of judgment and fear, Jinger adopts a loving and gracious approach, celebrating diverse perspectives while directing readers toward the Messiah and the freedom He offers.
“God is the main character of the Bible. We are not.” ~ Jinger Duggar Vuolo
Becoming Free Indeed captivated me with its sincerity. Rather than using this book to gossip about her family’s scandals, Jinger Duggar Vuolo spends the majority of the time encouraging readers to rely on the Lord rather than human understanding and to stand in love. I appreciated how she approached her opinions of the IBLP and Bill Gothard while also being respectful of those who had traumatic experiences within the movement.
“Time and truth go hand in hand. Given enough time, someone’s true self is bound to come out. It can’t stay hidden forever.” ~ Jinger Duggar Vuolo
While I disagreed with a few points, I really liked Jinger’s emphasis on unity among believers and living by God’s Word rather than fear, judgment, and religion. I was at church the other week, and something the pastor said fits perfectly with the theme of this book: “Truth as a religion can kill you, and grace without truth can kill you, but when truth and grace stand side by side each other, they bring life.”
I pray Jinger Duggar Vuolo’s testimony in Becoming Free Indeed will be the start of others’ disentangling journeys and bring hope to those who have been wounded by abusive church leaders and false doctrines.
“My faith is as strong as it’s ever been—not because Christianity tells me the right way to live or unlocks some “key to success” but because I can find no one more compelling, more lovely, more hopeful than Jesus.” ~ Jinger Duggar Vuolo
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