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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
"Will this book be made into a movie? A TV series? A graphic novel? Well, it oughta. Margot Starbuck's story has legs, and it'll captivate anyone who has a chance to hear it, in whatever way they can. Her easygoing style spins this unique yarn into an every(wo)man tale that can speak to us all."
"Starbuck gets itwhat many fail to understand about how much it hurts to lose your parents at birth. Being relinquished, that is, given away, and then taken by others can be a core injury to the developing human heart. In her early years, Starbuck denies it, then fights it, then feels it. She negotiates the troubled waters of sorrow and 'second rejection' suffering when Max, her father by birth, says 'No' instead of 'Hello.' Finally, she rests her heart in the Lord's care and discovers her deepest identity in Jesus Christ. Lightly and delightfully written, this autobiography is a great read for those who want to understand more about the agony of abandonment and the joy of belonging."
"With this book, Margot Starbuck unleashes her new, very welcome voice. She narrates the Christian spiritual life with winsome humor and (occasionally scary) honesty. Pretty much every woman I know will be getting The Girl in the Orange Dress for her birthday."
"The desire for a father who sees, knows, hears and loves us is the quintessential longing in every girl's heart. In The Girl in the Orange Dress, Margot Starbuck chronicles her own search for a Father who doesn't fail her, and the good news is she lands us right in the heart of God: the one who accepts us and never fails us. Thank you, Margot, for sharing your journey and reminding us once again that he is the only one that can truly fill our longing for 'perfect' on earth."
"This is a story hard to put down. It is a fascinating read. Margot's ability to capture the essence of the searchnot just for her biological father, but ultimately for her heavenly Fatheris intriguing, unique and most of allreal. Throughout the book, I felt like a fellow traveler, quietly joining in her journey . . . encouraging her on. This book is a must-read for anyone who might find themselves on a similar searchone of a lifetime."
"A lovely journey through family, failure and friendships to finally find a Father who does not fail. Sure to charm and challenge all spiritually minded seekers and sojourners."
"Margot Starbuck takes us on a lovely and challenging journey, searching for herself, her family and her faith along the way."
"I haven't felt this much emotion from a memoir since reading Angela's Ashes. Outrage, grief, joy and humor mingle together in Margot Starbuck's book, drawing the reader into her experiences in a way that leaves one feeling neither like judge nor voyeur, just a friend on the journey. Humbly honest, graciously hilarious, evocative, The Girl in the Orange Dress is for anyone who needs to know, really needs to know, how much God loves his children."
CKendall5 Stars Out Of 5July 19, 2009CKendallThroughout her childhood, Margot Starbuck was always told that she was chosen and special. She was adopted when she was just a few weeks old. Always thinking that her upbringing was nothing but happy and warm because she had so many people who loved her, reality hit her hard as an adult. Margot started to feel the pain of abandonment, from her birth father and her adoptive father, and her heavenly Father. Margot was also going through life with a smile on her face to hide her pain all the while seeking to find the Father that she could trust. What amazed me the most was the fact that Margot studied theology at Princeton and she still struggled to realize that God loves her and God has chosen her and that she could trust Him. I find a lot of comfort in knowing that she had that type of struggle because I think a lot of people do, I know I did. I have a fairly simple faith, I tend not to dig too deep, but I really appreciate the depth of Margots faith. I also admire her for never giving up on finding the answers she needed.There are so many powerful and important lessons for all of us in this book. I especially liked her Tootsie Pop analogy that she used; I was sooo Tootsie Pop, Margot says, The lickin Id been taking felt interminable, and now it felt like I was being crunched up and spit out.I really enjoyed this book. It is very open and frank, which Im sure was difficult for Margot, but I know anyone who reads The Girl in the Orange Dress will appreciate her honesty. I know I will use her wisdom and her experiences to help me through those days when I am wondering where God is. I will come back again and again to this book. I feel like I have a new friend in Margot. Get yourself a copy of this book and take this journey with Margot. It will leave you feeling more loved by your Father than you could possibly imagine.
Author: Margot Starbuck
Located in: Durham, NC
Submitted: June 02, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. Im a writer and speaker living in Durham, North Carolina, with my husband and three kiddos, by birth and adoption. I also have the privilege of participating in Reality Ministries where Ive been befriended by teens and adults with disabilities. I am ridiculously grateful for each of these holy privileges.
What was your motivation behind this project? When my agent suggested that I write a spiritual memoir, I knew that was exactly what I should be doing. Im a storyteller and the thread of Gods goodness has been woven throughout my journey. Its simply a story that begged to be told.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My hope is that readers will come to know, in their bones, Gods constant whisper, I am for you. Some readers have had parents who drank too much, or who died too early, or were absent for other reasons. Our human experience of fathers and mothers can cause us to believe that were not really worthy of love, human or divine. Even when our caregivers have done their very best--which I think they all probably do--each one of us stands in need of a love that never fails. The journey toward receiving that love in our deepest places requires courage, and I hope that readers who are on that road will be encouraged by my story.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? During my darkest days I suffered with the pain of depression. It has been a great experience for me, through this book, to be able to look back and recognize Gods faithfulness on the journey, through the good gifts of people, prayer, therapy, and medication. I continue to be grateful for all the members of my tribe who loved me back to life, on Gods behalf.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My first semester at Princeton Seminary I took a course with Dr. James Loder. When he described the logic of the Holy Spirit I recognized, immediately, the pattern of Gods Spirit at work in my own story. It gave me a rubric to understand what had, and was, and could happen in my own journey. I also enjoy reading Anne Lamott. I appreciate her transparency and vulnerability. Theres something very lifegiving about that. It chips away at the deceivers lie that we should already be perfect, and, ironically, opens us up to real transformation.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I want readers who may be hurting, ones whove received bad gifts, to know that redemption is Gods whole business. Its what Gods about. I want them to know that God cares, personally, for them. God sees, God hears, God knows, God cares. I used to think that God had much more important things to do than to worry about my emotional pain. After all, there were war-torn countries and starving orphans, right? Thankfully, Gods economy and resources were different than mine. In fact, Gods healing of human hearts is entirely compatible with Gods redemption of all creation. As we come to experience Gods great great love for us, in our bones, were set free to be for others the way that God, in Jesus Christ, has been for us.
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