When author Christie Purifoy arrived at Maplehurst that September, she was dreaming of creating a sanctuary that would be a fixed point in her busily spinning world. The sprawling Victorian farmhouse held within its walls the possibility of a place where her family could grow, where friends could gather, and where Christie could finally grasp and hold the thing we all long for - home.Through stories of planting and preserving, of opening gates wide to neighbors, and learning to speak the language of a place, Christie slowly unveils the small trials and triumphs of that first year at Maplehurst. She invites you into the heartache and joy of small beginnings and the wonder of a God who is with us here and now. Roots & Sky is for anyone who has ever felt the longing for home and who values the special blessing of a deep relationship with family, friends, and God.
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 (www.christiepurifoy.com).