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Overview The author shares her painful, poverty-stricken childhood in an attempt to help those who have been abandoned transform the pain of their past into something beautiful by turning to God, who is always there.
Publishers Description "Finally, I knelt by my bed, risking rejection by the One who counted most...." Marion Duckworth was young when her mentally ill father was institutionalized. In her child's mind she concluded, "Daddy decided to leave me. "Growing up in poverty as "Crazy Izzie's daughter," Marion believed she was someone worth abandoning. " "It would be years before Marion realized that her Father God would never stop caring for her. As she writes, "God's love healed the wounds created by abandonment. All through the pain, He created golden moments in my plain book of days-signs that He is my very own Father." "Naked on God's Doorstep" is the story of life in a Coney Island tenement, a cockroach-infested Manhattan apartment, and an apartment above a tavern. It's the story of pennies saved in sewing machine drawers, of a startling midnight on the beach, and of a many-windowed living room where miracles happened. It's a story of longing to be safe someday. It's a story of hope. Marion weaves her own story of her redemption with the stories of others, sharing practical helps as well. The result is a journey of healing that guides us all in transforming pain from the past into something beautiful. This story is for anyone who needs to know that God will never leave....
From Publishers Weekly Duckworth's winsome story of her life will draw readers eager to work through their own struggles. Her father was committed to a mental institution when she was a child, with the resulting poverty and discrimination a heavy burden for both Duckworth and her mother. Her mother had health problems as well, eventually dying at age 47. Through the years Duckworth found solace in God, gradually facing her pain and finding understanding. "I have always believed that Daddy abandoned me," she says. "All these years, I've pounded my gavel and pronounced Daddy guilty." That revelation of abandonment and blame is the basis for this book. While discussion questions at the end help Christian readers dig deeper into their own abandonment issues and find strength in a caring God, readers may wish for more obvious links sooner. Yet Duckworth's honesty about herself and her troubles is engaging as she describes her mistakes and missteps as well as her victories. Those who have read some of Duckworth's other 16 books will find much to enjoy, and new readers will relish getting to know this strong woman who knows first hand about life's hardships and God's faithfulness. (Nov. 20) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Naked on God's Doorstep: A Memoir by Marion Duckworth has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 11/12/2007 page 21
Publishers Weekly - 09/24/2007 page 64
CBA Retailers - 11/01/2007 page 70
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 2007
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590529561 ISBN13 9781590529560
Availability 0 units.
More About Marion Duckworth
Marion Duckworth is a speaker, Bible teacher, lay counselor, and award-winning writer of sixteen books and hundreds of articles. A former columnist for "Power for Living "and a past president of the Oregon Christian Writers, she resides in Vancouver, Washington. For eleven years, she and her late husband, John, served with Village Missions.
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Good nuggets...great title Feb 8, 2008
I really love the title of this book. That alone is worth many hours of thought and prayer. The book was good with some good nuggets of information. Sometimes a little bogged down in the details of her life.
lovely book Feb 1, 2008
this is a very encouraging memoir. I enjoyed it and gave it to a friend who is struggling with childhood losses.
One Woman's Spiritual Journey Jan 17, 2008
Marion Duckworth tells about her journey from a tenement apartment in Mahattan to a life spent serving God. Raised as a Christian, she was abandoned by her father's Jewish parents. Her father was in a mental institution, and her mother was the family's sole provider. Sometimes she felt like God just didn't care. They she met John and they fell in love. Life should have been wonderful, but for some reason it wasn't. Like a lot of us, Marion couldn't see how well God had watched over her until she arrived at a safe harbor. Great reminder that no matter how hard we try to run away from God, He's always there. He loves us and will never leave us. A strong story of faith.