Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Review: The Exact Place: a memoir by Margie L Haack

The Exact Place: a memoirThe Exact Place: a memoir by Margie L. Haack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Magie Haack (of Ransom Fellowship) had quite the childhood.  In this book, she reviews her life and relates God's hand in it.  She says that her childhood was in the 'exact place' she was to be -- which, very often would be the opposite of her personal choice.

In her somewhat primitive, cramped home (at least in 20th C America), her step-father always disapproved and seemed to disdain her.  She spent her childhood working for the approval of one who would never approve.  In one of the most poignant chapters of the book, Haack explores the ideas of father-hunger and God-hunger.  She seeks approval from God as she did from her step-father.  The relief is palpable. 

Haack relates the good, the bad, and the ugly.  She tells of her escapades primarily with her brother Randy.  She shares the shame she felt about her lifestyle when confronted by peers.  She shares joys and successes. 

I enjoyed the story and Haack's writing.  The chapters are longer which makes reading 'a chapter before bed' a trickier read for me.  Glad I read it.

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