Roots & Sky: A Journey Home

What do you see everyday?

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Title:  Roots & Sky
Author:  Christie Purifoy
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  February 2, 2016


When Christie Purifoy arrived at Maplehurst that September, she was longing for a fixed point in her busily spinning world. The sprawling Victorian farmhouse sitting atop a Pennsylvania hill held within its walls endless possibilities. It was a place where she could finally grasp and hold the thing we all long for--home.

In lyrical, contemplative prose, Christie slowly unveils the trials and triumphs of that first year at Maplehurst--from summer's intense heat and autumn's glorious canopy to winter's quiet grief and spring's unexpected mercies. Through stories of planting and preserving, of opening the gates wide to neighbors, and of learning to speak the language of a place, Christie invites you into the heartache and joy of small beginnings and the wonder of a God who would make his home with us.

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What does one mean when they find beauty in words? I'd give them Christie Purifoy's Roots & Sky as an example. Christie's expressive prose of the everyday life and the environment she's in gives praise to the beauty of it all, even the small things. From the scratch on the banister, to the etched glass that catches the light to a library book, a garden and a few little hens, all gracefully illuminated in Christie's words. And with all, we are reminded of the Ruler, the Creator and the Giver of all these, our God.

Roots & Sky invites you into Christie's world, which really is our world. A home among the meadows, the trees that give shades in the scorching heat of the summer, and things noticed and unnoticed.  It's a personal journey for the author and for readers, one that shares how we can notice the small things, while we appreciate the big ones too. It's rich in simple words we see on a daily basis, but may gloss over. Roots & Sky is a book to be recognized and treasured. Enjoy it slowly, as a good book, one that awakens your senses.
"It seems that we like Jesus before us, will know trouble and displacement.  We will be called away from so many great loves: love of family, love of our familiar fields. But we will also be tasked with the work of cultivating new homes and new fields and new relationships.  We will wander.  We will come home. But always we will follow." (107)
"Our lives are stories built of small moments. Ordinary experiences.  It is too easy to forget that our days are adding up to something astonishing. We do not often stop to notice the signs and wonders.  The writing on the wall. But some days we do." (18)

Make it someday today.
NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell for an honest review.



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Christie Purifoy (PhD, University of Chicago) has taught literature and composition to undergraduates at the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and the University of North Florida. In 2012, Christie traded the university classroom for a large vegetable garden and a henhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania. She is a regular writer at Grace Table and has contributed essays to numerous websites, including Art House America, A Deeper Story, and many popular blogs. She writes about the beauty, mystery, and wonder that lies beneath the ordinary at her blog, There Is a River(

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  1. Sounds like a delightful book to read. Thank you for sharing. God Bless.

  2. Thanks Marilyn for dropping by. Roots & Sky was a good one, and I hope you'll like it too. =)


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