Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Roots & Sky by Christine Purifoy

Cover ArtAbout: 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. 

My Thoughts:
Christine Purifoy writes the first year of her life as her family moves into an old farmhouse, which they call Maplehurst. She is a wonderful story teller and vividly describes the beauty she finds in the ordinary living, which is divided into the for seasons. Ultimately, she breaks it down by each month and discusses her faith as she makes the Bible come alive. She is very honest about her struggles, postpartum depression, how her family celebrates holidays, which is very sweet and creates new traditions. Roots and Sky is small writings, in a larger story. It is not a memoir, but almost like a diary with someones personal thoughts.

 It is well written, especially many of the fine details, but I didn't connect as much as I had hoped for. It didn't captivate me the whole way through, which is difficult for me to write because I wanted too, but I had a hard time staying with the book. At times, I felt my mind wandering as I was reading this book and I would put it down because I couldn't stay focused with her. With that said, I have two thoughts. One if you have a hard time with short stories that connect to a larger story, read in small portions and two, this might not be your personal style of writing, which is okay. I think Root and Sky appeals to many readers out there and I will pick it up and give it another try in a different season of life, where I hope to finish to August. This book receives 4/5 stars because I could not stay with the book. However, you might love the book, so give it a chance! Thank you to Revell Publishing company for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. 

About the Author :
Christie PurifoyChristie 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(www.christiepurifoy.com).

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