Images of comfortable kitchens and flower-filled gardens stir something deep within uswe instinctively long for home. In a world of chaos and conflict, we want a place of comfort and peace.
In Placemaker, Christie Purifoy invites us to notice our soul's desire for beauty, our need to create and to be created again and again. As she reflects on the joys and sorrows of two decades as a placemaker and her recent years living in and restoring a Pennsylvania farmhouse, Christie shows us that we are all gardeners. No matter our vocation, we spend much of our lives tending, keeping, and caring. In each act of creation, we reflect the image of God. In each moment of making beauty, we realize that beauty is a mystery to receive.
Weaving together her family's journey with stories of botanical marvels and the histories of the flawed yet inspiring placemakers who shaped the land generations ago, Christie calls us to cultivate orchards and communities, to clap our hands along with the trees of the fields. Placemaker is a timely yet timeless reminder that the cultivation of good and beautiful places is not a retreat from the real world but a holy pursuit of a world that is more real than we know. A call to tend the soul, the land, and the places we share with one another. A reminder that we are always headed home.
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About the Author
Christie Purifoy earned a Ph D in English Literature at the University of Chicago before trading the classroom for an old farmhouse, a garden, and a writing desk. She is the author of Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons and lives with her husband and four children at Maplehurst, a Victorian farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania. Her lyrical reflections can be found at christiepurifoy.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Forests and Orchards: Our Invitation to Live as Placemakers 7
Chapter 1 Citrus Grove; Receiving the Gift of Limits 15
Chapter 2 Pine Tree: Choosing to Want 28
Chapter 3 Saucer Magnolia: Listening to a Place 45
Chapter 4 Honey Locust: Gaining and Losing the City 64
Chapter 5 Perms Woods: The Abundance of Empty Places 83
Chapter 6 Old-Growth Forest: How to Be a Neighbor 99
Chapter 7 Queen Palm: Letting Go of a Former Home 120
Chapter 8 Crape Myrtle and Chestnut: Searching for a New Home 135
Chapter 9 Silver Maple: The Price of a Place 152
Chapter 10 Norway Maple: Placemaking around the Table 168
Chapter 11 Rainbow Eucalyptus and Roses: A Place for Those Who Mourn 184
Chapter 12 Arboretum: The Place Where We Cultivate Peace 201