Jill Dillard, formerly known as Jill Duggar, has announced that her upcoming book, Counting the Cost, will be released four months earlier than its scheduled release date. The reality television star shared the news via her Instagram account. The book will detail her “painful journey as part of the reality-show-filming Duggar family.”
Details of the Book
Counting the Cost will be released on September 12, 2023, instead of the previously planned 2024 release date. Jill hopes that the book will “reflect a story that has been difficult, yet hopeful.” She also stated that the challenges she has faced, including a lack of respect for boundaries, greed, manipulation, and betrayal, are similar to those faced by many people in their audience.
Jill is the fourth eldest of 19 children born to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and all of their children have names beginning with the letter J. Jill and her sisters, Jana, Jessa, and Jinger, led the buddy system, which pairs older siblings with younger siblings to help with childcare. Jill’s group included Joy-Anna, Jenni, and James, while Jessa took care of Jordyn, Jeremiah, and Justin, and Jinger was responsible for Jedidiah and Johanna before leaving the nest. Jana looked after Jackson, Jason, and the youngest sibling, Josie, who was born in 2009. The four eldest sons were not asked to be buddies.
The Challenges Faced by Jill and Her Family
In recent years, Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, have distanced themselves from the family and stopped following many of the family’s strict beliefs. The Duggars are devout independent Christian Baptists who pride themselves on their conservative outlook. They follow strict guidelines in their day-to-day life, and men and women are not allowed to be alone together unless they are married.
Jill stated that 15+ years of reality television, underpinned by secrecy and lies, is like pouring gasoline onto the fire of their struggles. Despite their differences, Jill’s sister, Jessa, recently posted a photo of all nine sisters and their mother together, stating that it’s always extra special when they manage to get together in the same place at the same time.
The Purpose of the Book
Jill hopes that her book will show others that there is hope beyond pain. She added that although she and her husband would never have chosen this path, and it has cost them dearly, they want to use their voice to help others. They believe that God has begun to heal their wounds, turning them into scars.
Counting the Cost is a book about Jill Dillard’s life as part of the Duggar family. The book will be released four months earlier than expected, and it is hoped that it will reflect a story that is both difficult and hopeful. Jill and her husband have distanced themselves from the family in recent years, but she hopes that her book will show others that there is always hope beyond pain.