Garden Maker

Growing a Life of Beauty & Wonder With Flowers

Much more than a how-to flower gardening book (though you will learn how to), Garden Maker is for those who want to grow beautiful things that reflect the glory and majesty of the Creator and bring a little bit of heaven down to earth.

From the beginning God made a garden, so it’s no surprise if you feel closer to Him with your hands in the dirt and the sun on your back. There is something profoundly soul-satisfying about creating and cultivating beauty. If you long to experience more splendor in your life, you can grow some of your very own.


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Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace

Images of comfortable kitchens and flower-filled gardens stir something deep within us–we instinctively long for home. In a world of chaos and conflict, we want a place of comfort and peace.

In Placemaker, Christie Purifoy invites us to notice our soul’s desire for beauty, our need to create and to be created again and again. As she reflects on the joys and sorrows of two decades as a placemaker and her recent years living in and restoring a Pennsylvania farmhouse, Christie shows us that we are all gardeners. No matter our vocation, we spend much of our lives tending, keeping, and caring. In each act of creation, we reflect the image of God. In each moment of making beauty, we realize that beauty is a mystery to receive.

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Roots & Sky

A Journey Home in Four Seasons

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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It’s unusual for someone to come to my house and not have a book pressed into their hands. If you stay with me, I will place a stack of books I think you might like by the bed in my third-floor guest room. You will not be allowed to leave until I have slipped a book into your suitcase.

This page is me giving you a peak at the bookshelves lining the walls of this old farmhouse. This page is me slipping a book into your hand.

First, a few disclaimers. I don’t promise reviews in exchange for free books. Southern niceness is bred deep into my bones, and I know I could never be impartial. Of course, don’t let that stop you from sending me free books, if you are so inclined. However, if I mention a book here, it is almost always because I have sought it out myself at the bookstore or library or I have been given it by a friend.

Some of these posts contain amazon affiliate links. If you are lucky enough to have a local, independent bookstore then, by all means, please do your shopping there. Independent booksellers are a rare but precious breed. They deserve trophies, ribbons, and as many book-buying dollars as we can spare.


Here are my farmhouse bookshelves, week by week:

Favorite Gardening Books

Advent Favorites

How to Slow Time

The Ministry of Flowers

In a Time of Violence

Comfort Reading

Festival of Faith and Writing

Before and After

More Favorites for Advent and Christmas

Favorites for Advent and Christmas

Essays, the Amish, and a Picture Book

Inspired By Alaska

The Simple Life

Beach Optional Beach Reads

Late-Winter Reading

Cabin Fever

Writing-a-Book Edition

A Giveaway (Plus Advent Books)

Books By the Fire

Plant and Seed Catalogs

When Pride Gets in the Way

Summer Edition

Dreams in Alphabetical Order

Tasha, Dear Tasha

Spring Reading

Spring and Green, Growing Things

My Kitchen Bookshelves

Books for a Snowstorm

Christmas Picture Books for Everyone

Books for Advent

Our Favorite Christmas Books

Autumn Books

In Praise of Second-Hand Books

Fairytales and Vintage Favorites

Babies and Belief

Walking with the Seasons

Best of My Summer

For Summer

Books About Books (And Bookish Places)

With Mothers in Mind

Birthday Boy Edition

In the Garden

Fairytales for Grownups

Favorite Mysteries

Cozy Classics

Poetry Forever

Characters I Adore

Food, Food, Beautiful Food

Books I Don’t Know Why I Read But Am So Glad I Did

Snow Day

Downton Abbey Edition

Favorite Memoirs

Chickens, Unicorns, and Everyday Magic

The Second Peek (In Which I Give You My Heart on a Platter)

The First Peek (In Which I Give You Vintage Cakes and a Great Novel)

p.s. Don’t forget to read the comments for more great recommendations. You can also find more of me and my books on Goodreads.

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