My name is Christie Purifoy. I live with my husband and four children at Maplehurst, a Victorian red brick farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania.

My first book Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons was published by Revell in 2016. My most recent book, Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace, recently released from Zondervan.

In 2010, I received a PhD in English Literature from the University of Chicago. A few years later I traded the classroom for a picket-fenced garden and an old writing desk. Today, I grow zucchini my four children refuse to eat. The zucchini-loving chickens are perfectly happy with this arrangement.

I believe that life, in all its pain and beauty and mystery, is a journey of love. Writing keeps my eyes wide-open to this astonishing reality.

You can find more of my writing at Patheos, where I write a weekly column called “Cultivating Glory.” I also contribute regular articles to In Touch magazine and co-host the Out of the Ordinary podcast, where we believe that extraordinary stories grow out of the soil of ordinary life.


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