Roots and Sky: Book Giveaway and Reflecting on Home


There are a handful of books I’m reading simultaneously – I do that because I’m impatient and want to digest everything at once. Drew Hart’s Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards, and Diana Butler Bass’s Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution. It’s very random but they all hit various points of need for me right now and in usual fashion, I’m devouring them, which means I am in essence skimming and writing/underlining the parts that slap me in the face.

But, Christie Purifoy‘s book – I’m reading this book by ever so slowly. Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons is a journal of sorts, in which “Christie slowly unveils the trials and triumphs of that first year at Maplehurst [her new home in Pennsylvania] – 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.” (From the back cover of the book)

Besides being wowed by her pedigree (degrees in English from University of Chicago – I’m still shallow this way, it’s the Korean in me that’s overly-impressed by people who get their doctorates), I was moved by the depth of theological articulation interwoven in these pages – heartfelt and beautiful, and definitely anything but shallow. It’s providing so much for me right now – perspective, possibility, and joy. Because it’s a sanctuary. It’s a space that is allowing me to come back to myself and one that encourages me to simply pay attention to what is happening around me. There’s something about the genuine and honest way she engages the tension between the ordinary and holy because occupying that space in-between is not easy. But the way Christie writes about this sense of wandering and home, I see that this beautiful struggle is necessary. It’s food for our souls. We need this way of being and seeing not only to survive the everyday but periodically revel in the glory of God’s grace.

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Somehow I got two copies of this incredible book in the mail. A few of us did and that’s such a sweet surprise because since I love it so much I’m going to have to give it away. I love sending mail and will include a couple of extra little treats with it.

If you’d like to enter to win Christie’s new book each thing you do below will give you a single entry:
1. Drop me a line in the comments section here,
2. Tweet at me on Twitter
3. Like/Follow my Facebook page because though I do post my content there I also post a shitton of other people I read and follow and likely good stuff for you to read, too.

I’ll do the drawing on Tuesday 2/2 (release day!) Consider, seriously, buying it anyway as a gift for anyone who loves beautiful and encouraging stories.

16 thoughts on “Roots and Sky: Book Giveaway and Reflecting on Home

  • January 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Ooooo! Thanks for the reading list, would love to have a copy! I have the same habit of reading many things at once and was pleased over break to finish a couple– Daring Greatly and Between the World and Me–and start a couple– A Ron Rolheiser book on spirituality that one of our retreats uses with students leaders and The Dignity of Difference by Rabbi Jonathon Sacks.

  • January 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Sounds like a gorgeous book. Being a journal writer for many years I would love it if I was lucky enough to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

  • January 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you!

  • January 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    With a review like that, who wouldn’t want to enter/get a copy! I have been thinking a lot lately about the tension between ordinary and holy (particularly in regards to public spaces/outdoor places of prayer). I would love to read this book!

  • January 29, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    This book sounds like a one I would fall in love with:)

  • January 29, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing. For most of us who read your blog, there is air, water, food, and books in that order. But how do we help those who are stunted in development? The people you mentioned at the shelter; those who are lost on so many levels, how do we share that presence of God with them? To be close to God when I have nothing on this earth to help is the greatest gift possible.

  • January 30, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book, I can’t wait to read it!!

  • January 30, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I pre-ordered a copy but would gladly give one to a friend! I hear such good things about it.

  • January 30, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Pick me, pick me! 🙂

  • January 30, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Sounds like a great read!

  • January 31, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Always searching for something new to read. This book sounds like a great journey

  • January 31, 2016 at 2:44 pm


    Being a smart ass aside, I’d love to read this book if you say it’s that good. (also, I already follow you…like everywhere on social media.)

  • January 31, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    There are a few people I’ve seen reading this and I’ve officially got it on my to read list but who doesn’t love free books???

  • January 31, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Yes! I love getting mail and love getting new books, especially ones that sound amazing!

  • February 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Sounds like a good read with a great perspective!

  • February 2, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Ohh I’m so looking forward to reading this book! My “word” for 2016 is “home”… so this book sounds like it will fit perfectly!

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