|(invite designed by Eric Berget)|
Brad and I have the honor of hosting a party in honor of Margie Haack author of The Exact Place. We initially decided to read this book shortly after it first came out back in November because Brad and I know Margie and have enjoyed her writing on a short-scale (essays and blog entries). Brad was friends with her daughter Sember (before he and I ever met) and Sember's husband, the artist Shaun LaRose (who briefly lived with Brad). Since then, we have supported Margie and her husband Denis' cultural-engagement ministry Ransom Fellowship and heard both of them talk over successive years at the Rochester L'Abri Conferences. We were so delighted to read Margie's book and find the stories so cleanly written and tightly-constructed; To be given such a rich depiction of a unique rural life; And to find a deep, real-life conviction of God's kindness in all that He gave and with-held in Margie's childhood. I enjoyed sharing memories of chicken butchering, horse grooming, pranks with (insert pigs) cows and manure pits, and hay-mow playgrounds. I am thankful to not share outhouse-tipping memories. If you are interested in coming to meet Margie, hear her read excerpts from her excellent book, and taste desserts from some of recipes found through-out the memoir, please contact me! We would love to have you!