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Memoir of a Misfit: Finding My Place in the Family of God Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 10, 2003
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In this delightful book, Marcia recounts her life from her early days to the present. Her story involves encountering and being influenced by a wide variety of religious traditions: She was converted by Methodists, taught the Bible by Baptists, introduced to charismatic renewal and contemplation by Roman Catholics, and taught to laugh by Pentecostals. Her spiritual pilgrimage has finally led her to the Episcopalians. She has come to resonate with the centrality of the liturgy where "Everything, everything, pointed to Him -- not to the rector, not to the sermon, not to the music, but to Jesus. This was clearly an evangelical church" (p. 181).
Marcia's self-deprecating humor and candid opinions make her book a delightful read. Throughout the book, she willingly expresses doubts, disillusionment, and despair. In the end, however, she learned that "God [was never] more fully present in my life than He was in those times when He seemed farthest away" (p. 185).
In MEMOIR OF A MISFIT, Ford writes what it's like to be a square peg trying to fit into a round hole --- something most of us can relate to, especially within church walls. But what sets Ford apart from the rest of us "misfits" in Christendom is her willingness to stop embracing the impossible ideal of what a Christian is supposed to look, act and feel like and just be...herself. On the way there, though, she runs around in circles, trying everything --- promiscuity, marriage, drugs, alcohol, suicidal thoughts, fundamentalist Christianity, finally chucking all religion --- before eventually coming around, thanks to a couple of Christians showing her unconditional love, to a new faith and realistic understanding of God.
At certain points in her narrative, I felt Ford was sharing too much personal information and it made me a tad uncomfortable. But it works because she writes her tragic tale with so much honesty and tongue-in-cheek wit that it keeps you from getting bogged down in just how sad her story really is. Maybe it's because there's so much to read between the lines.Read more ›
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Always great when one finds a book that shows you that you're not alone and helps you laugh and heal.Published on December 11, 2011 by laraf123
Every once in a while a book sticks in the back of your mind. Among the few books that has done that for me is Memoir of a Misfit. Read morePublished on November 28, 2003
I really don't know whatto say,but I suppose everyone says that. I must admit that so many things you've said made me laugh because I knew that you were me with every word. Read morePublished on September 27, 2003
Witty, moving, encouraging...a beautifully written account of one woman's faith journey. If you've ever felt like an outsider, if life hasn't always gone the way you planned, if... Read morePublished on February 5, 2003 by Jenny