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Have you ever felt as if people were looking at you funny? Not just when you deserved it, but all the time? If so, welcome to my world—the world of a cultural and spiritual misfit. I wrote about my life as an outsider in Memoir of a Misfit, and since its release I’ve heard from so many delightful self-described misfits that I’m convinced society is out of step with us. If you’re a misfit, think of this site as a place where you are free to be the person God intends you to be. If you’re not a misfit, join us anyway. We promise not to look at you funny. Oh, and writers, both new and used, are welcome to roam around my site, as are all those publishers and media moguls who have been searching for me all their lives.
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Books by Marcia Ford

Memoir of a Misfit

People have always looked at Ford funny. “As a child,” she writes, “I blamed my family, that odd, five-member cast of cartoon characters that always walked along the sidewalk in single file so that real families could pass by intact.” The older she got, the more often she blamed herself—for the death of three grandparents in six weeks; for harassment from a trusted counselor; for humiliation in a succession of controlling churches; for feeling ignored by God. Dulling the pain, she spent her young adult years in an alcoholic haze. Eventually her friend Eileen, who “always, always puts her verbs at the beginning of a sentence,” ordered her to “give it up. Tell God you’ll never have another drink again.” Ford obeyed, but she continued to feel like a misfit despite a good marriage and professional success as a writer and editor. Then a sudden health crisis jolted her out of constant attempts to meet others’ expectations. During a subsequent retreat, “I found the courage to look at myself and...hear the cry of my own heart.” Ford’s story, though serious, is not dark. Introverted, self-deprecating, perfectionist and depressive, she is Woody Allen pursued by Jesus Christ.

© 2003 Publishers Weekly. Reprinted with permission.

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Insights and Perspectives

Articles

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you—except yourself.”~~Rita Mae Brown

What she means, of course, is that the cost of conformity is the same thing — everyone likes you except yourself.

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Reading List

Peace Like a River, Leif Enger
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebol
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
The Face of an Angel, Denise Chávez

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Book Reviews I've Written

Like most writers, at least the good ones, I'm pretty much in love with books. You'd think I'd have my fill of them, with all the reading I do when I'm researching a magazine article or a book of my own. But no. In addition to being a judge for several book and publishing awards, I regularly write book reviews.

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Editorial Services

Dragnet Bio: “Just the facts, ma’am.”

Experience

40+ Years

  • Associate editor, The Editorial Department
  • Independent book editor
  • Intention-area editor for iBelieve.com
  • Editor of Christian Retailing magazine
  • Associate and news editor for Charisma and Ministries Today
  • Managing editor of Monmouth Business Talk
  • Section and copy editor for The Asbury Park Press

Accomplished

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Misfit Moments

  • Author of Memoir of a Misfit and Meditations for Misfits
  • Author of more than two dozen additional books, including
  • Restless Pilgrim: The Spiritual Journey of Bob Dylan (with Scott Marshall)
  • and We the Purple

  • Contributor to Publishers Weekly
  • Book reviewer for FaithfulReader.com
  • Columnist for Explorefaith.org
  • Radio and television guest
  • Writing instructor

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Marcus Tullius Cicero

A room without books is
like a body without a soul.
2015-06-01T01:55:19+00:00
A room without books is like a body without a soul.

William Burroughs

A paranoid is someone
who knows a little of
what's going on.

2015-02-22T02:12:57+00:00
A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.

Logan Pearsall Smith

What I like in a good
author isn't what he says,
but what he whispers.
2015-06-01T01:43:16+00:00
What I like in a good author isn’t what he says, but what he whispers.

Virginia Woolf

Every secret of a writer's soul,
every experience of
his life, every quality of
his mind is written large
in his works.
2015-06-01T01:45:42+00:00
Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.

Oswald Chambers

Let God be as original
with other people as
He is with you.
2015-06-01T01:33:13+00:00
Let God be as original with other people as He is with you.

Christopher Morley

Read, every day, something no one else is reading.
Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
Do, every day, something no one else would be silly
enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be
part of unanimity.

2015-04-27T03:04:31+00:00
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.

Graham Greene

There is always one
moment in childhood
when the door opens
and lets the future in.
2015-02-28T03:50:51+00:00
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.

St. Thomas Aquinas

Beware of the person of
one book.
2015-06-01T01:46:58+00:00
Beware of the person of one book.

Cathleen Rountree

The creative process gives back tenfold.
It is by definition abundant and unending.
2015-06-01T01:37:13+00:00
The creative process gives back tenfold. It is by definition abundant and unending.

Carl Bard

Though no one can go
back and make a brand
new start, anyone can start
from now and make a
brand-new ending.
2015-05-07T00:28:34+00:00
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.

Kathleen Norris (the other one)

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one
at the end of a long day makes that day happier.



 
2015-03-18T01:37:45+00:00
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.  

Andy Warhol

The interviewer should just tell me
the words he wants me to say and
I'll repeat them after him.
2015-06-01T01:50:15+00:00
The interviewer should just tell me the words he wants me to say and I’ll repeat them after him.

William Faulkner

Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad,
and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who
works as an apprentice and studies the master.
Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good,
you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.
2015-06-01T01:54:20+00:00
Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.

Herman Melville

It is better to fail in
originality than to
succeed in imitation.
2015-06-01T01:48:26+00:00
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Yes, I see the Church as
the body of Christ. But,oh! How we have
blemished and scarred that body through social neglect
and through fearof being nonconformists.

2015-02-28T03:51:26+00:00
Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But,oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fearof being nonconformists.

Cyril Connolly

A great writer creates a
world of his own and his readers
are proud to live in it. A lesser
writer may entice them in for a
moment, but soon he will watch
them filing out.
2015-06-01T01:40:47+00:00
A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it. A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment, but soon he will watch them filing out.

Ernest Hemingway

We are all apprentices in a craft
where no one ever becomes a master.
2015-06-01T01:41:46+00:00
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

You are not a human being in search
of a spiritual experience.
You are a spiritual being
immersed in a human experience.
2015-04-27T00:47:37+00:00
You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.

Adlai Stevenson

A free society is a place where
it's safe to be unpopular.
2015-05-07T00:37:45+00:00
A free society is a place where it’s safe to be unpopular.

Pablo Picasso

Art is the lie that makes
us realize the truth.
2015-05-07T00:40:28+00:00
Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth.

Benjamin Franklin

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can
take it away from him. An investment in knowledge
always pays the best interest.
2015-03-18T01:36:29+00:00
If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

John Muir

Everybody needs beauty
as well as bread, places to
play in and pray in, where
nature may heal and cheer
and give strength to body
and soul alike.
2015-05-07T00:30:13+00:00
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.

Gail Sheehy

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
2015-06-01T01:56:20+00:00
Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.

William Burroughs

A paranoid is someone
who knows a little of
what's going on.
2015-05-07T00:39:05+00:00
A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.

Alice Walker

Writing saved me from the sin
and inconvenience of violence.
2015-06-01T01:44:40+00:00
Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

Sarah Ford

Pasta means never having
to say you're hungry.
2015-05-07T00:30:56+00:00
Pasta means never having to say you’re hungry.

Muriel Rukeyser

Say it, say it. The universe
is made of stories,
not of atoms.
2015-05-07T00:45:00+00:00
Say it, say it. The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

Erica Jong

Advice is what we ask for when we
know the answer but wish we didn't.
2015-02-22T02:20:53+00:00
Advice is what we ask for when we know the answer but wish we didn’t.

Dr. Seuss

Be who you are and say
what you feel, because
those who mind don't
matter and those who
matter don't mind.
2015-05-07T00:46:04+00:00
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

John Fowles

There are many reasons
why novelists write, but
they have one thing in
common: a need to create
an alternative world.
2015-06-01T01:53:18+00:00
There are many reasons why novelists write, but they have one thing in common: a need to create an alternative world.

Isaac Asimov

If the doctor told me I had
six minutes to live, I'd
type a little faster.
2015-06-01T01:38:06+00:00
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.

William Strunk, Jr.

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence
should contain no unnecessary words,
a paragraph no unnecessary sentences.
2015-06-01T01:51:35+00:00
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences.

Principal Snyder of Sunnydale

That's the kind of woolly-headed
liberal thinking that leads to getting
eaten.
2015-05-07T00:42:08+00:00
That’s the kind of woolly-headed liberal thinking that leads to getting eaten.

Mary Pipher

The heroics of doing the right thing
every day, even when it is dull and
inconvenient, are undervalued.
2015-06-01T01:34:56+00:00
The heroics of doing the right thing every day, even when it is dull and inconvenient, are undervalued.

Marcia Ford

I knew that God was more real than anything
I'd ever known or ever would know.

 
2015-02-28T02:21:08+00:00
I knew that God was more real than anything I’d ever known or ever would know.  

John Dewey

Anyone who has begun to think places
some portion of the world in jeopardy.
2015-06-01T01:31:27+00:00
Anyone who has begun to think places some portion of the world in jeopardy.

Oswald Chambers

Let God be as original
with other people as
He is with you.


2015-02-28T02:23:53+00:00
Let God be as original with other people as He is with you.

Lord Byron

To withdraw myself from myself has
ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere
motive in scribbling at all.
2015-06-01T01:39:12+00:00
To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.

Leslie Marmon Silko

You don't have anything if you
don't have the stories.
2015-06-01T01:57:36+00:00
You don’t have anything if you don’t have the stories.

Anais Nin

We don't see things as
they are; we see things as
we are.
2015-06-01T01:35:56+00:00
We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.

When did you first realize you were different from most other people?

I’ve felt like a misfit and been treated like one for as long as I can remember, though it’s only been in recent years that I’ve had the courage to use the word to describe myself. Now I actually revel in my misfit nature, because I’ve accepted it and learned to see the humor in it. But that wasn’t the case in the summer of 1960, when I came home from camp unexpectedly to find that my family had moved without telling me. I’d say that was my first true misfit moment:

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How did you come to see your misfit nature as a gift?

By coming to terms with my misfit nature and essentially befriending it, I found not only the freedom to be myself but also the ability to finally thank God for the way He made me.
I want to be clear about one thing—when I talk about misfits, I specifically mean productive misfits, not the Unabomber types. Productive misfits generally live in society but feel out of sync with it.

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Describe your spiritual journey, in a nutshell:

After a childhood spent in Baptist and Methodist churches, at 12 I walked away from organized religion, as I called it, and made a royal mess of my life. I was born-again, saved, whatever the going term is, at 22 through a youth ministry and became an active part of a Baptist church.
Several years later I embraced the charismatic renewal in an independent, non-denominational context. I became disenchanted with the lack of solid biblical teaching and the lack of serious reflection (among many, many other things) ...

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