The father of 19 shared some advice to his fellow patriarchs on his family's website

By Andrea Park
November 21, 2015 02:40 PM
Courtesy The Duggar Family

In an open letter published on the Duggar family’s website, Jim Bob Duggar gives advice to fathers about being the “spiritual leader” of their homes.

Duggar details the miscarriage he and wife Michelle experienced even though Michelle was on the birth control pill. Soon after, he writes, they realized that they should not have been trying to control their “own timetable for having children,” and decided to instead leave that aspect of their lives in God’s hands.

In a postscript to the letter, Duggar gives direct advice to his fellow fathers, starting with asking for forgiveness “for the things you have done wrong.”

“A great way to start being the spiritual leader and coach of your home is to ask Jesus to forgive you for the things you have done wrong … and ask Him to take over the steering wheel of your life. (Ask your wife and children for forgiveness also.)” he writes, and recommends reading the Bible and praying together as a family.

“Start protecting your family by removing books, magazines, television, or internet that have worldly or sensual content,” he advises. “Replace them with good things like wholesome music, biographies of great Christians, good old-fashioned family fun and games.”

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