God in the Sink
Essays from Toad Hall
by Margie L. Haack
About the Author
Margie L. Haack lives in Savage Minnesota, where she and her husband Denis are the principals for Ransom Fellowship, a ministry of cultural engagement and embrace. For more about Margie, click here.
Also By This Author
Interested in Margie's work? Also check out The Exact Place, her memoir published in 2012.
For 33 years Margie lived with her husband and children in an American Gothic Foursquare in Minnesota that their children christened “Toad Hall.” During those years, Margie’s eyes were finely tuned by the ancient wisdom of biblical seers and the everyday trials and challenges of life to see past the surface of things. Through her reflections, and with warmth and humor, she gifts us with reflections from her years in Toad Hall so that we, too, might see deeper layers of meaning. And when we learn to see the sacred in the ordinary, our pilgrimage begins to shine with expectation.
"I'd been reading Margie Haack's collected essays about life at her house, Toad Hall, for years before I ever sipped a gin and tonic on its back porch with her. Now, having spent many hours there, I can testify that what you'll read in these pages — about Toad Hall's open doors and welcoming tables, its messiness and heartaches, its quiet disappointments and small wonders, its laughter and the delights that echo around its hardwood floors — is what you would've seen if you'd been able to visit. Which means that the hope and consolations you'll find here can, in fact, be trusted as the genuine article. There's grace that awaits in these pages."
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania
"As exquisite as a summer evening on the back porch of Toad Hall, these are the insights that only a friend who has loved and laughed over the life she has been given can share with you. After reading this you could reach a level of self discernment that just might "freak God out"!"
Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minnetonka, MN