Read Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons Online Free - 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.
|Title||:||Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
January 28, 2016
Roots and Sky is first of all a beautiful read. Christie Purifoy has a lyrical, contemplative style that carries you along with her through each season of the year as her family begins making a home at Maplehurst. Purifoy is an intimate observer and her descriptions of home and landscape bring yo...
February 19, 2016
Christie is a prose-poet, and her writing is exquisite. It's lyrical in a way that is very accessible—not the sort of flowery, trying-too-hard language that many readers find off-putting, but clear, vivid language with striking metaphors. It has richness and depth. Christie’s wonder and her hunge...
February 01, 2016
Christie Purifoy's book Roots and Sky is stunningly, beautifully written - lyrical, evocative, gentle yet substantive. This journey through the first year in her new home -- an old brick farmhouse in Pennsylvania -- considers the meaning of home and place, digging into both biblical stories and p...
January 27, 2016
When I picked up Roots & Sky, I found artful prose and engaging description of the everyday without unnecessary embellishment. She opens up about the simple longings and desires we all experience and invites us to sit with her over tea or to take a stroll in her garden to talk it over. It’s p...
March 01, 2016
The prose is closer to poetry than narrative at certain key junctures. Sometimes, I was swept away by that, and sometimes, I wished she'd gone ahead and circled back to include a bit more of the story. There is much metaphor, and this worked for me.
January 28, 2016
Beautiful, generous, tender, and true, Roots & Sky ministers to your spirit at every turn of the page. This book is a feast in every sense of the word, leaving me with an awakened, appreciative sense of what Home means to me. This is a book best read slowly, without any sense of rushing towar...
January 23, 2016
Review soon. For now, one word suffices: lovely.
December 29, 2017
Every now and then you come across a book that you know you will return to time and again. This is a new one for me. Purifoy is a gorgeous writer and the topic is both timely and intimate. Highly recommended.
December 16, 2016
pg. 18 "Our lives are stories built of small moments. Ordinary experiences. It is too easy to forget that our days are adding up to something astonishing."
pg. 19 "Wandering taught me to desire rootedness. In the wilderness, I began to long for a place where my heart and body could settle, free of...
February 27, 2016
“I see the world through the lens of metaphor,” Purifoy writes. We look through that lens with her as she shares her thoughts on a year of her life.
She and her husband bought an old farmhouse (built in 1880) on five acres in southeastern Pennsylvania. We come alongside her to experience the first...