Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons

Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons

Genre: Christian Living
Tag: Recommended Books
Publisher: Revell
Publication Year: 2016
Length: 208 pages
ASIN: 0800726669
ISBN: 9780800726669

Roots and Sky is the story of our first year in an old farmhouse called Maplehurst. It begins when we came home to a house, but it describes a journey home. This is a journey through autumn, winter, spring, and summer toward the home first made for us. The home that is in the process of being remade for us. This dear, beautiful earth. This dirt. These trees. Those flowers. And faces. And loves. And stars. Jesus echoed the Psalms when he said that the meek shall inherit the earth. Roots and Sky is about seeking and receiving that inheritance. It is for anyone who longs for home but worries we can never come home on this side of heaven. Roots and Sky is about all the ways heaven comes to us. Today. In this place.

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“This is not a book. This is a sanctuary. Step inside and breathe again.”–Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Love Idol

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.

“When it comes to finding God in ordinary places, no one does it better than Christie Purifoy. Somehow her personal journey to find home turned into a spiritually informative pilgrimage for my own soul.”–Emily P. Freeman, author of Simply Tuesday

“Christie reminds us that hope, like dreams, is made of stronger stuff. She invites us into a year of her life lived in real time in an old Pennsylvania farmhouse, chock-full of hope and decay, promise and weeds, work and wonder.”–Lisa-Jo Baker, author of Surprised by Motherhood and community manager for (in)courage

“An astonishing, rhythmic work of unmatched artistry. There is no doubt: this book is a must-read for the lover of the quiet, contemplative, and beautiful.”–Seth Haines, author of Coming Clean

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