Roots and Sky: Following the Sacred Contours of Everyday Life
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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800726669
ISBN-13: 9780800726669

Author Bio

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).

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  1. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Soothing and inspiring...
    April 26, 2016
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Making the trek from Florida to Pennsylvania, author Christie Purifoy shares her hopes, dreams, joys, sorrows and life as she transitions through a year of her life from fall until the following summer. Longing for home, meaning so much more than just a physical building, she introduces us to the simple pleasures of neighbors, gardening, motherhood, faith, and love. With deeply rooted good things growing towards the heavenly sky, Roots & Sky ties together life now and in the future while loving what is directly in front of us

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    As a book to wander through, taking time to smell the flowers and enjoy the breezes along the way, I found that cozy, warm, safe feeling of home nestled within the pages of Roots & Sky. Almost a memoir, definitely well-written and flowing, I was drawn to the writing style of Christie Purifoy as I contemplated my own busy lifestyle. Absolutely soothing and inspiring, this book would bless a Bible study or Mothers ministry. Wonderful!

    RATING:

    4.5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Roots & Sky from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
  2. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exploring The Meaning Of Home
    April 8, 2016
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Christie Purifoy in her new book, Roots & Sky published by Revell gives us A Journey Home in Four Seasons.

    From the Back Cover: 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 forhome.

    In lyrical, contemplative prose, Christie slowly unveils the trials and triumphs of that first year at Maplehurstfrom summers intense heat and autumns glorious canopy to winters quiet grief and springs 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.

    I think that ever since we read in Genesis that God made Eden and then, the last thing, He created Adam & Eve and planted them there, we long to have a place that God made exclusively for us as well. Well Christie Purifoy found such a place when she was shown Maplehurst. She arrives in the Autumn and tells us the stories that are unique to that season. Then the Winter comes and the stories change. Spring arrives and the stories change and then, finally, Summer makes it and the stories change once again. There is a life to where we live and Maplehurst has a life all its own. Ms. Purifoy tells us these stories so that we may explore the meaning of home in the context of God, family, and community.. This book is a lot of fun and quite entertaining as well.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Beauty in our small lives
    April 5, 2016
    Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Christie Purifoy and her husband move into their Pennsylvania brick farmhouse just weeks before their fourth child is born. Christie is sure that the decrepit structure named Maplehurst is home, the spot she has been searching for. But then baby Elsa Spring arrives and Christie does seem to be able to quite find all the joy she had been anticipating. A never satisfied baby and endless chores consume her time and thoughts, and she struggles to see God in this place and time. Her descriptions of a winter that will not go away and her fierce hold on the promise of a coming spring (seed catalogs, spindly seedlings ready for ground that will not warm, an Easter egg hunt that may not happen if snow remains) are all tales that anyone who has lived in a four season climate will recognize; her obvious postpartum depression, hopefully, is not so commonly seen. Purifoy sees the promise of God's love in her family's settling down into their rural life and her sharing of Christ's redemption comes through in the small actions of that life. As she and her family put down roots at Maplehurst, both figuratively as a family and actually as toilers of the soil, the greater understanding of God - the sky of the title- grows, also.

    I find it very difficult to give this book a label. It really does not give enough facts to be a memoir.

    Purifoy refers to previous years of childlessness and then the past two years as a disappointment and trial, but never goes into details. The book is not a devotional or a how to find God book, but it records Christie's introspection in a lyrical prose that makes it at times to read and decipher, and at other times so delightful and insightful that I had to stop and mark passages. Usually I give away review copies when I am done with them, but I may need to save this one. There is such beauty in her words that I want to reread them.

    My life has been an ordinary life, one of family, work, and small pleasures. Christie gives beauty and validity to these choices. This passage comes from near the end of the book. Excuse its length, but there is no better way to share the beauty of Purifoy's writing than to share it:

    I lean over the heat of my saute pan, push a wooden spoon through bright yellow squash, gold oil, and browned bits of garlic. There is no gold star when I entice my children to eat their vegetables. No gold star when I remember to sweep the kitchen floor. Yet Paul told Jesus;s first followers that humble lives, emptied of selfish ambition, would shine 'like stars in the sky.' (Phil. 2:15) And he gave them this surprising charge:'Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.' (I Thess. 4:11) pages 200

    I received a review copy of this title from Revell Reads for my honest opinion
  4. tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Reminds me of Ann Voskamp
    March 1, 2016
    tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Christie and her little family moved into Maplehurst when she was very pregnant with her fourth child. She wanted this to be a haven, a sanctuary for their whole family. This was to be home, the end of the journey for them. Christie tells the story of how the family made Maplehurst their home through the first four seasons in the old Victorian house.

    I absolutely loved the author's lyrical writing style. It flowed so smoothly that I felt like I was being carried along as the author weaves a spell over the reader. The story resonated with me, despite our differences. The author touches on relationships, family, nature, and home. She weaves elements of her faith throughout the book, but it never comes across as preachy. I finished the book feeling refreshed, inspired, and peaceful. Loved this book and will definitely be checking out other books by this author.

    I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Bekah
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Learning to Love Home and the Imperfect Life Lived There
    March 1, 2016
    Bekah
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'd seen some exciting buzz sprinkled here and there throughout social media about blogger Christie Purifoy's debut book, Roots and Sky. Though this book was my introduction to Christie's writing as a whole, I drank in every word and am ready for her to write another book. Tomorrow.

    The subtitle to the book is "A Journey Home in Four Seasons," and I think it was our pending move that drew me to this book. {Plus, it's a memoir of sorts, and I'm a sucker for a good memoir.} The cover's rendering of their big, beautiful brick home reminded me of the crafting bed and breakfast I used to visit every year, and I knew it always felt like home to me, so I saw no reason why Christie's book wouldn't feel like home as well. And it did.

    The story begins in autumn, when Christie and her husband move their family across the country to a place where they know no one, and they purchase an old-and-full-of-character farmhouse {named Maplehurst} with a long drive lined by mature trees. The farmland surrounding their house has been sold off and turned into subdivisions of predictable matching homes, but theirs sits on five acres that pay homage to the legacy of the past. And they move in, dreaming for their future.

    Christie chronicles that first year in the house, telling of the dreams and disappointments, and the overwhelming flood of emotions that pour in with a newborn and a house that needs attention and care. She tells of the loneliness of knowing no one and and the joy of uncovering treasures on the grounds with each new season.

    Yes, it's a book about moving in and settling in a house, but it's so much more. It's about settling into life and learning that much like a house, it's never going to be perfect, it's always a work in progress, and there will continually be dreams and disappointments. It's a book of permission to accept the imperfection and a challenge to make the imperfect beautiful. It's a book of honesty and beauty, even in the raw and the ugly.

    Christie beautifully weaves the theme of Scripture into life and vulnerably shares her own wrestling with faith and the every day.

    Even if you've never lived in a farmhouse, even if you've never been a wife or mom, even if you've never moved far away from all you know, you will find truths that resonate with you in these pages. You'll find, I think, your own Maplehurst, and you'll want to live there with the same intention and fullness that Christie does at her Maplehurst.

    I loved this book, I will be loving Christie's blog, and I'll be waiting for her next book!

    * Thanks, Revell, for publishing such a meaningful book and for sending a copy my way for review! *
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