“Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons”… In all truth, this title pretty much describes the book perfectly. Written by Christie Purifoy and published by Revell in the spring of 2016, “Roots and Sky” is indeed a “journey home”. Naturally, this journey occurs through the four seasons of a year, beginning with Fall and progressing gently, peacefully, and naturally through Winter, Spring, and Summer.
One thing not mentioned in the title is the fact that this book is also a journal which tells the story of how a woman, wife, and mother came to find a home for her heart and family, and the hope and healing that came with it. Christie is a talented author who shares deeply personal words with raw transparency. At the same time, her personal story is universally felt, I believe because it nudges readers to take a look at their own lives, pushing back the external layers and peering underneath to see what lies at the heart. Of course, this is what all truth-based books should endeavor to do, and yet many titles miss the mark in this area.
As I mentioned before, this book unfolds slowly… very slowly, in fact. Consequently, I do not recommend reading the entire book in one sitting, or even two or three. You may either go crazy, or fall asleep! Rather, I suggest reading this book one chapter at a time, or even through an entire calendar year as your own life unfolds through Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. In this way, it becomes a life-giving devotional that will cause you to look, and think, and imagine the world around you in new and God-breathed ways. If you read “Roots and Sky” with this in mind, it will undoubtedly become a seasonal treasure in your life.
I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Revell Reads, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.