When Christie Purifoy arrived at Maplehurst that September, she was heavily pregnant with both her fourth child and her dreams of creating a sanctuary that would be a fixed point in her busily spinning world. The sprawling Victorian farmhouse sitting atop a Pennsylvania hill 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.
In lyrical, contemplative prose, Christie slowly unveils the small trials and triumphs of that first year at Maplehurst–from summer’s intense heat and autumn’s glorious canopy through winter’s still whispers and spring’s gentle 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 readers into the joy of small beginnings and the knowledge that the kingdom of God is with us here and now.
Anyone who has felt the longing for home, who yearns to reconnect with the beauty of nature, and who values the special blessing of deep relationships with family and friends will love finding themselves in this story of earthly beauty and soaring hope.
About the Author
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 http://www.christiepurifoy.com
Roots and Sky is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. The author takes the reader through the first year of her life at Maplehurst, their bed and breakfast, located in Amish country, Pennsylvania. She shares the many lessons she learned about herself, her husband and children, God, and the land beneath her feet and the sky above her head. These lessons are applicable to the reader as well.
If you are a naturalist, lover of the country, appreciate beautifully written prose, you will receive a gift in reading this book. It is not a book to devour, but savor. Treat yourself and purchase a copy of Roots and Sky!
Thank you to author Christie Purifoy and Revell for a copy in exchange for this review.