"Jim Bob and Michelle aren’t thrilled by Jinger’s book coming out, but they are hoping for the best," an insider explained of the controversial television personalities. "They’re not sure of all the topics she’ll cover, but they have prayed about it and hope that it’s honest, respectful and doesn’t dredge up too much of their family troubles."
The Duggar family patriarchs "fear the worst" will be delved into in the pages of their 28-year-old's tome, "especially stories about their faith, raising their large family and especially the dark Josh incident ... The last thing they want is to bring more unwanted, negative attention and scrutiny to their family."
The insider added that "it's no secret" that Jim Bob and Michelle have always preferred that their children "keep family matters private," and because of their strict parenting, they hadn't "ever worried about" one of their kids releasing a tell-all memoir until now.
"They feel that Jinger and Jeremy [Vuolo] have changed and that the book is bound to touch on some controversial family issues," the insider continued. "Another concern is that Jinger will most likely promote the book and do interviews and Jim Bob and Michelle worry about the questions she’ll be asked and how she’ll answer. It’s definitely a tense time."
"Even though they don’t agree with all their life choices, they still love Jinger and Jeremy," the source noted. "Jim Bob and Michelle are bracing themselves and just praying that while Jinger was writing the book she stayed true to their family’s core values."
Jinger's book, which is set for release sometime in January 2023, will detail her religious beliefs and how they have shifted from childhood through adulthood as she chose to leave the "wrong" teachings of the Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP) leader Bill Gothard.
The insider spoke with In Touch on Jim Bob and Michelle's growing concerns.