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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 you right to the front door with her. But she is also an intimate observer of the emotional and spiritual landscapes, and her weaving of all three provide a richly compelling backdrop. This is a christian
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 hunger are contagious. She invites the reader to marvel with her, feast with her.
Yet this isn’t just another “find the beauty in the ordinary” book. Its light is crisscrossed with shadows. Christie isn’t Pol
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 personal narrative in order to explore the mystery of creation and the holy ordinary of simple moments in everyday life. At the same time, this book is not all light and lightness. I especially appreciate