Praise for "Naked On God's Doorstep: A Memoir"
"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...discussion questions at the end help Christian readers dig deeper into their own abandonment issues and find strength in a caring God...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."
“We’ve all been abandoned at one time or another. Abandonment does not mean forever broken. Marion’s experience and compassion qualifies her to speak to us through the pages of this book. As a speaker, she shares the amazing grace of God that can touch your heart and heal your hurting spirit.”
Rev. Dr. Thelma Wells, President, A Woman of God Ministries, and author of God Is Not Through With Me Yet!
“Naked on God’s Doorstep is a revelation of our deep depravity and our supernatural opportunity to live in intimate relationship with God. Marion’s portrayal of her relationship struggles with both her earthly father and her heavenly Father evoke tears and joy. Her story of healing will bring hope and encouragement to every reader.”
Mary Frances Bowley, President of Wellspring Living, Inc., author of A League of Dangerous Women
“In Naked on God's Doorstep, Marion Duckworth writes with an honesty few achieve. Her life has not been easy but her faith and trust in her heavenly Father shine like a beacon, guiding her readers with gentle insight.”
Lauraine Snelling, author of Sophie's Dilemma and Breaking Free
“Tenderly told, filled with the wisdom of many years and much devotion, Marion’s memoir will refresh and encourage you—no matter what your background.”
Bette Nordberg, author of A Guidebook for New Believers and Season of Grace
“Marion Duckworth’s fine writing skill and gifts for counseling and teaching make her memoir a book of hope for all who have suffered abandonment. Beyond her grippingly honest story, the discussion questions in the back of the book will help readers find the way to their own healing. Naked on God's Doorstep is an excellent addition to available literature on recovery.”
Elsie Larson, author of the Women of Valor series
“This is a powerful story which will bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your lips. Marion Duckworth tells a tale of how God is there no matter how painful the situation, and how ultimately he will turn your tragedy into a blessing. Naked on God’s Doorstep is a must read for anybody whose heart aches and those who care about people in pain. It is a glorious book about hope, perspective, perseverance, and God’s unfailing love.”
Dr. Steve Stephens, Psychologist and author of Worn-out Woman and Wounded Woman
“Marion Duckworth takes us through the dark forest of childhood abandonment and into the loving arms of God. Readers will relate to her honesty and find hope in her spiritual insights. In my counseling practice, I meet many women whose emotional and mental health issues are rooted in emotional or physical abandonment. “Naked on God’s Doorstep” will be an excellent resource to bring healing to readers’ lives.”
BETH L. SWAIN LPC
"Marion's book is a rare glimpse into the life of someone who has been there. Each step of the way she tells how God helped her overcome the pain of abandonment and the stigma from feelings of inferiority. It's a clear message not to quit, but to persevere."
Crystal Thompson, Psychiatric Nurse