I picked up the book without ever having heard of the author. I loved the book cover. It’s strange to want to read a book solely based on the book cover and yet, it was a cover which invited me in. It bid me welcome.
Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasonsby Christie Purifoy is the story through the first year of moving to a new home. The book weaves through each of the four seasons, bringing the lessons learned in each one.
The book so deeply spoke to my own heart, resonating with my own emotions which I had never expressed. There are deep lessons, hard ones, to be learned in every season of our life.
This is truly a book to be read slowly, savoring each chapter and the truth it brings.
We often feel our days are nothing but ordinary and go through the motions, passing time and seasons away. But Christie helps us to realize there is nothing ordinary about a single day lived.
Ordinary days don’t matter all that much, but they are given to us …..
I cannot tell whether or not these ordinary days are significant in the story of myself, in the story of my daughter, in the story of Maplehurst. Perhaps they are not. But can it be this lack of significance that makes them such a gift? They are gloriously excessive. Like a whole bowl of mismatched beads just asking me to thrust in my hand and wave my fingers.
Every day of our lives, ordinary yet perfectly fashioned for us. We can miss the sacred in the midst of the ordinary if we are not paying close attention. Every day connects to the next, much like the strand of mismatched beads. It is only when they are fully strung that we are able to see their purpose and their beauty.
Ordinary days… They bind all that is special and all that is not.
This book truly is a gift which helps us to savor the moments of our lives. It is a must read and one that should be read slowly, pencil in hand, ready to underline and jot thoughts in the margins. It is beautifully written with quotes and Scriptures which will touch your heart. You will come to embrace this truth ever more tightly:
“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16, NLT)
As Christie takes us through each season, we come to recognize …
God is in each season of our lives,
and He makes His home with us.
Christie Purifoy writes on her blog – A Spacious Place .
*** I received a copy of this book from Revell for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.