Jinger Duggar Grew Up Fearing God Would KILL Her if She Broke Cult Guidelines

Jinger Duggar Grew Up Fearing God Would KILL Her if She Broke Cult Guidelines

Jinger Duggar grew up in a toxic, fundamentalist cult. Her parents robbed her of normal choices, and even now she struggles to make certain decisions. Outgrowing your childhood is hard.

More than anything, fear defined her young life.

At any moment, she feared that how she dressed, where she went, who her friends were, and even her own thoughts could have dire consequences.

Jinger once worried that God would strike her dead during a car ride because she was on a family outing instead of home reading the bible.

Jinger Duggar is preparing to release a new memoir. And fans are anxious to see how her family will react. (Photo via Instagram)

Becoming Free Indeed comes out very soon. The book releases on January 31.

While it’s unlikely to obliterate book sales records like Prince Harry’s Spare, a lot of eyes are on this book.

Some people have understandable doubts about how much Jinger has really outgrown her harmful roots. But she clearly not only knows that elements of her childhood were wrong, but also why they were wrong.

Jinger Duggar says she’s doing better than ever. But fans simply aren’t buying it. (Photo via Instagram)

Ahead of her book’s release, Jinger gave an interview to People to discuss the role of terror in her young life.

“Fear was a huge part of my childhood,” she characterized.

She grew up under the despotic rules that Jim Bob and Michelle enforced upon all of their children. The pernicious IBLP cult informed many of these policies and the twisted beliefs behind them.

Jinger Duggar stares intensely into the camera in this still image from a YouTube video she recorded. (Photo via Instagram)

“I thought I had to wear only skirts and dresses,” Jinger recalled. Infamously, she and all of her sisters had to dress in unflattering ways.

She explained that she genuinely believed, growing up, that she needed to adopt this hypermodest wardrobe “to please God.”

But things went well beyond wanting to be on the good side of the deity she worships. There is another side to this.

What do you guys think? Jinger Duggar is rocking a short hairstyle in this photo.

Jinger grew up believing that simple, everyday activities and choices could lead to real-world divine retribution.

“Music with drums, places I went, or the wrong friendships could all bring harm,” she recalled.

And one instance, in particular, comes to mind as she thinks back on fearing that her own God might kill her for the slightest infraction.

Jinger Duggar takes fans a tour of her home. (Photo via YouTube)

This wasn’t just your standard Chick Tract fearmongering scenario of sneaking off to put on “sinful” makeup at the mall. No, Jinger was on a family outing.

She went with her fellow fundamentalist Duggars to play a sport called “broomball.” Sadly unrelated to witches. But she felt “terrified” on the trip.

“I though I would be killed in a car accident on the way,” Jinger confessed. She feared death-by-wrathful-deity “because I didn’t know if God wanted me to stay home and read my Bible instead.”

Jinger Duggar took a long time before she was able to make her own choices. (Photo via TLC)

As an adult with children of her own, Jinger now realizes that this toxic orthodoxy that defined her childhood was “cult like.” To say the least.

“The teaching I grew up under was harmful,” she stated.

“It was damaging,” Jinger acknowledged. She then continued: “And there are lasting effects.” Childhood trauma doesn’t wear out at childhood’s end.

Jinger Duggar Grew Up Fearing God Would KILL Her if She Broke Cult Rules was originally published on The Hollywood Gossip .

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