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Multiple Blessings [Hardcover]

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Book Description

Oct. 14 2008
In Multiple Blessings, Kate Gosselin shares the gripping details of her rollercoaster ride of emotional highs and lows when she discovered she and her husband, Jon, would be expecting sextuplets while still basking in the light of their twin girls' toddlerhood. Strongly encouraged to consider selective reduction for the sake of both mother and babies, she and Jon instead decided to accept the extreme challenge God had handed them. After suffering the long and winding road of infertility, the young couple felt stressed but blessed as they fought valiantly to help their babies survive the fight for their lives. Kate reveals excerpts from her private journal as she describes the daily struggle to carry the babies for thirty weeks. In addition to their uphill medical battle, the family suffered many emotional setbacks such as the loss of Jon's job, forcing the pair to look to God as their sole provider and sustainer of life.

After the miraculous birth, the couple coped with months of neonatal intensive care for their newborns as well as Kate's physical recovery from such complete and prolonged bed rest. Later as the entire family of ten finally arrived home reeling with exhaustion, they still managed to feed, bathe, clothe, and monitor the health of their fragile infants as a steady parade of necessary and helpful volunteers turned their home and family life into a public arena.

The young family lived moment to moment at first, not knowing what each new day would bring and how they would survive on such depleted sleep, money, and emotional reserves. However, as the months progressed, they grew into the next stage of development, proudly letting go of yesterday and looking forward to a brighter and ever-changing tomorrow. Their small home was soon filled to capacity with six cribs, six bouncy seats, several changing tables, never-ending piles of laundry, tubs of colorful toys, stacks of diapers, cartons of formula, rows and rows of bottles, bibs and pacifiers, two triplet strollers, six car seats, and so on. Yes, life was hectic and cramped, but with each major milestone Jon and Kate rejoiced at the miracles that unfolded around them. The crew of six growing babies along with their proud big sisters, Madelyn and Cara, did their part to fill those rooms with squawking, squealing, laughing, and of course, a healthy dose of crying. Kate and Jon eventually came out of the fog of the first precarious two years feeling eternally grateful for the love and support of family, friends, community, and indeed a nation. More important, they felt the ever present hand of a faithful God upholding them and giving them just enough strength and courage to take one day at a time.

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book! Nov. 12 2008
As a fan of Jon and Kate Gosselin's TV show for three years, I had huge expectations before opening this book ... and my expectations were definitely surpassed. Kate is very honest and open as an author, describing her hopes and fears about their crazy family situation. I especially liked that Kate is very forthcoming about her strong faith in God and how He alone brought them through their trials in dealing with twins and sextuplets as toddlers and infants. God's timing is truly perfect, and I found myself moved to tears by some of the miraculous little stories Kate shared. My 12-year-old daughter loved the book, as well ... and it's pretty tough to find a read that a mom and tween both love!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading Nov. 14 2008
This book is written in an open an honest spirit (just like kate) and was just as i expected ; funny at times touching and even though i have only 3 kids also recognisable . I know some people arent the biggest fans of Kate because of her non-posing open way maybe after reading this book they can understand her a bit better. Great read !
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blah, Blah, Blaaaah May 19 2009
By Holly
I love Jon & Kate. However their t.v. show is much more lively then this book. Very drawn out, complaining/bragging. Going on about how He will provide, while they really didn't seem to try and help themselves. Glad this book is over.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Multiple Bles8ings April 18 2010
By Jessy
I followed their show from the beginning to it's desmise. I received the book as a present from a friend who knew I followed the Gosselin family. I must say, I was impressed by Beth Carson's writing skills. As for the content, I can't help but feel that I was duped ! The content of this book does not reflect this family exteme wealth and need for attention. It's too bad ,the concept of faith was great but it really does not reflect the Gosselin reality.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Disappointment Sept. 12 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I had watched their TV show pretty much from the start and really enjoyed it because of those adorable children. Although I never much cared for Kate, I really admired how she was managing this large family. I bought this book thinking I could learn more about them and what makes them tick. Now after the reports about their separation and divorce, I feel everything written in this book is a total lie. They are not the couple that are portrayed in it. Now I'm out the money and what do I do with this book? I doubt I could get 25 cents in a garage sale.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multiple Bles8ings March 8 2009
I've followed the series Jon and Kate plus 8 on TV each week, and thoroughly enjoyed this book with background information on Kate's pregnancy and the struggles they went through in order to have these wonderful blessings.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alright read... Jan. 9 2009
I have read this book, unlike some of the other reviewers. This book details the relationship between Jon and Kate Gosselin from the beginning, through their twins up to present with their sextuplets. They have gone through many struggles and I do not fault them for opening up their doors to the media- they've got to come up with some form of money to save for the kids university somehow!
My only complaint, which was throughout the book, is that it was very religious. I do not fault Kate and her family for having such strong faith, as it has brought them great comfort in times of need. It is just not my personal cup-of-tea. You see a bit of their religious faith in the show Jon and Kate Plus 8, but it is ever present in the book.
The book is well written and is very inviting to the reader. The reader of this book is likely a fan of the show and that will make this a pleasant read for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring...
This is a facinating story & title of book is precise:
Highly recommended!
Published on Oct. 5 2009 by Suzanne Storey
4.0 out of 5 stars Blessings Yes! Great attitude!
I have not always watched this show, and initially didn't want to, but I loved this book. I am a grandmother now. I have read it after hearing of Jon and Kate's divorce. Read more
Published on July 23 2009 by Ella Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Judge and Jury
Never heard of this family, but in reading the reviews, I have can only say, "Don't bash somebody if you've never walked in their shoes! Read more
Published on Dec 8 2008 by V. Abbott
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Support this Book
This family has made life long decisions about living in the very public eye for monetary gain. Now a book written "for their children" is published and sold. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2008 by Multiple Mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven`t read the book yet but I am getting it for Christmas
I am posting a review in kinda a response to the one on here by Peri Black. I cannot believe this person would bash them and say what she has. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2008 by Victor A. Sumner
4.0 out of 5 stars What's the problem?
What is the context of the quote? Was that before or after the sextuplets were born? If it was before then I don't think that its a big problem - they wanted to celebrate their... Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2008 by Emily Albertson
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