Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Finished a Book: "Multiple Blessings"




Hmm, okay, where to start.....

I'm not sure what I expected to read when I got this book. I just know that what I read was not quite what I expected.  I love the TV show and I suppose I was expecting to love this book as well.  Perhaps it was too much "all about Kate" and not so much about the kids?  I don't know, I can't quite put my finger on it.

I wanted to read this book because I am a big fan of the show.  There are a lot of people who criticize this family and Kate's style.  But, I never had any problem with her.  I admire her organization skills.  I also love how she tries to start traditions for and make each holiday special.  And sure, she snaps sometimes, but so do I.  I just don't have cameras following me around.

One thing that I can articulate (about as well as I can articulate anything) is that it was a bit to preach-y-ish for me.  If I wanted that I would go to church more often than I do know.

I also don't agree with the decisions that were made and the approach that was taken with volunteers.  But, it is not my life so who am I to judge her.  I just believe that I would have made different choices.  I am not saying they made the wrong decisions.  I cannot imagine being in their shoes.  I just feel for the kids and how those decisions will impact their lives.

I suppose what I said at the beginning probably sums things up (which made the rest pointless?).  I did not expect the book to be an outlet for Kate to explain herself and justify their choices.  I was looking for more about the kids and less about Kate.  Make sense?  I did learn more about their story and I am sure there are people out there who would love to read this background info.  I was left with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.

Am I sorry I read the book?  No.  It just opened my eyes a bit more.  I will still watch the show because I love watching all the kids.  Also, I like looking for new ideas for projects, organization tips and other things I can do with my own kids.  Perhaps she should move to a book on those topics?