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A Heart-Felt Thank You To Debbie MacDonald For A Wonderful Response To “Dance Naked With God”




It was gratifying to receive such a marvelous response to my new chapbook, “Dance Naked With God.” We met Debbie MacDonald and her husband, John, when Marilyn and I first became involved with the Harmony Springs Christian Church in Green, Ohio. Both Debbie and John have been extremely supportive and encouraging to both of us and have become important mentors and role models in our lives.


Here is what Debbie had to say about “Dance Naked With God”:


We both read your poetry book, “Dance Naked With God”. Before I even opened the book, the title was intriguing. I thought about the fact that God knows everything about us. We can’t hide by building walls around us, making excuses, pretending, putting on a show. God sees who we really are so we might as well ‘dance naked with God!’ God loves us the way we are. We can be completely honest with God, and with ourselves.And yet that is so hard for many to do! But your poetry is so honest and holds nothing back. Many of us would not be so transparent. There are ‘boxes’ we don’t want to open to anyone. But of course God knows the content of those boxes already! We are all dancing naked with God whether we acknowledge it or not. Thanks for sharing your gift of poetry, the gift of your life with us.




"Dance Naked With God" is availabe at select bookstores, from the author, and at


Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, award-winning poet, writer, speaker, teaching artist, and quiet activist. She is a retired attorney and a seventh generation Appalachian. Now based in Tallmadge, Ohio, her first collection of poetry entitled “If There’s No Heaven” was the winner of the 2020 Poetry Is Life Book Award and the Akron Beacon Journal Best Northeast Ohio Books 2020. It is available from the author or at Barbara is also the author of the "Poetic Memoir Chapbook Challenge," "Dance Naked with God," and "A Woman in Progress." Follow her at

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