Friday, March 18, 2016
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.
Cafe Lily's Review:
This book reminded me so much of "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. I found myself many times, thinking about that book, as I read this one. The author writes about coming "home" in a place unexpected. She shares her trials, struggles, heartaches and joys. She often compares the imperfections in her physical house, to life's imperfections. If you enjoy this particular style of writing, I would highly recommend it. If you were not captivated by One Thousand Gifts, then this book may not be the best choice for you.