A Desert Pilgrimage
Square Halo Books
During the cultural upheaval of the late 1960s a young woman began a pilgrimage toward maturity that led through a spiritual wilderness in a physical desert. It began at the University of Minnesota where she met her husband and ended in the mountainous high desert of New Mexico. To mature in such a place requires a certain resilience, an ability to wait for the right elements to coalesce before blossoms emerge. At first, it was no place Margie wanted to be. Joining a commune, becoming a mother, and learning that Christianity offered more beauty and hope than she imagined possible was cold water to a thirsty soul. But change came at the price of honestly facing her own brokenness. No Place is the account of the years of that growth from wandering to a settled faith.
Margie Haack was born in Warroad, Minnesota and grew up in rural Lake of the Woods County. When she graduated from high school, she entered the University of Minnesota as a pre-med student. That was where she met and married her husband, Denis Haack. They moved to New Mexico where they lived in a commune for several years, served on the staff of a church, ran a small janitorial service and did other clever things that allowed them to eat pinto beans and green chile every day. In 1981 they moved to Rochester, MN, where they were mentored by Francis and Edith Schaeffer at L'Abri. Margie and Denis co-direct Ransom Fellowship, a ministry devoted to helping Christians thoughtfully love and engage the world. Margie has three adult children and nine grandchildren.
Margie thinks that leaving her home of 35 years and moving to a place with bedroom and bath on the main floor means the next move will be to the Home she’d always dreamed of with an Italian espresso machine and a daybed on the porch.
She writes a quarterly newsletter “Letters from the House Between” containing personal essays about being ordinary in a world that loves the sensational and the historic. You can also find her blogging about “what’s funny, what’s holy, what’s suffering” at Toads Drink Coffee.