Marion Duckworth – Featured Woman
Marion Duckworth is an author, speaker and mentor. She’s the kind of woman who passes on great wisdom, but what you really want is her in your court as a prayer warrior. When it comes to writing, she’s probably forgotten more than I’ve ever learned. She’s published seventeen books, curriculum and hundreds of articles. Her and her husband provided leadership in rural churches. Today she holds the vital position on the Oregon Christian Writer’s prayer team. When she stands in the gap with and for you, there is a confidence that the battle is nearly won!
Her books are too numerous to list them all. Click this link to see many of them.
Here’s a glimpse of two of her books:
Naked on God’s Doorstep 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.…
The Strong Place Though Marion Duckworth had been a Christian for many years, she knew that something was missing. Her knowledge told her that God was always with her–directing her, loving her, living in her. But her experience told her something else. Intimacy with God was too often blotted out by old fears, new problems, and the tyranny of daily living. The Bible seemed to promise that a moment-by-moment oneness with God was possible. But how was it achieved? How was it maintained? Was there a key? Marion found the key in the Strong Place–that place within each Christian where the spirit of the believer and the Spirit of the Lord are one. Gradually she learned to trust in the security of God’s presence, and to reach out from the Strong Place–upward to God in love and worship, outward to family and friends in new sensitivity and love.
1) What exactly is your business and what made you get started?
I’ve been a full-time writer for many years with more than a dozen books published, lots of Christian Educational material and hundreds of articles. I was working in a cheese shop when I felt prompted to write my first book, The Greening of Mrs. Duckworth. It described my journey from self-hatred to self-worth because I’d discovered how much God loves me.
2) What one thing do you do every day to move yourself forward and stay focused? Where do you find your inspiration?
Before I get out of bed in the morning, I study a passage in the Bible and ask God what He has to say to me today. After many years, it’s still shocking that the One who created the universe wants to communicate with me.
3) What do you do regularly to take care of yourself?
I exercise first thing in each morning so I won’t skip it, try to eat fairly healthily (but refuse to take ice cream off the menu) and spend time with friends who also write for publication.
4) How do you keep yourself emotionally balanced while you are pushing forward?
Journaling helps me hear what I’m thinking so that, when necessary, I can adjust my spiritual GPS. I find it important also to take time to sit and rest in the presence of God. We are exposed to so many WORDS these days that our brains become clogged. It’s after these resting times that I can start fresh.
5) What’s the best part and the worst part of your job?
I look forward to telling others what god has done in my life, whether in nonfiction or worked into a novel. But writing isn’t always a glide downhill. Sometimes I’m a reluctant pupil and have to stay after school and do my lessons over. God isn’t a tyrant but a patient, loving teacher, however. It’s taken me years to know that’s really true. My early life didn’t prepare me to believe that.
6) What failure taught you the most and what was it?
Early in life I was rejected by my peers because my father was a Jew and I lived in a mostly Gentile small town. Besides, our family was poor. I didn’t think I amounted to much. Until I was in my mid-thirties my beliefs didn’t change. But about then I realized that while people may have rejected me, God did not.
7) If you had to do something different, what would that be?
I’d be more vocal about the ways God has shown His love for me. Probably because writing is my chosen way to communicate, I talk less about these things. I’m still working on that.
8) If you had advice to give to someone else who was thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, what would that be?
Writing isn’t necessarily a profession that will make you rich. Do it because you really have something important to say. Lots of writers I know have full-time jobs and get up very early to write or do it late at night (if they can stay awake.) That requires discipline and a conviction that it’s what God wants you to do. Eventually, some are able to quit their day jobs.
9) What did you have to overcome personally to be able to do what you do?
To say that I was nervous when churches began to invite me to speak, is an understatement. Me, fly halfway across the country to a strange city and address an audience of strangers? I certainly prayed A LOT. But I was convinced that I had something that others needed to know, so, I told my story: how I was poor and rejected and miserable until I finally discovered that God loved me and wanted to adopt me into His family. I certainly am not special. The Bible state unequivocally that He loves you, too, and has a wonderful plan for your life. He’ll do that for anyone who embraces His Son.
10) Any last parting words?
I’m convinced that we need to express God’s love to others, not just with word but with deeds. Some women I know do that by volunteering in a rescue mission, baking cookies for harried Mom’s, writing a helpful blog, posting encouragement on social media, listening to a troubled friend. In my case, some of the women I’ve taught needed a mentor. If they are close by, we meet regularly. If not, we write letters or email.
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