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Placemaker is a call to tend our souls, our land, and our homes--to cultivate comfort, beauty, and peace in the places God has us.

Images of comfortable kitchens and flower-filled gardens stir something deep within us--we 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 noti
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Zondervan
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Jennifer Williams
This is a book not just about home but places. Places we create, places God creates, trees and flowers, a table cleared and coffee made. Simple beauty as well as extravagant. What do we learn as we move from place to place or watch as a tree changes through seasons.

Christie Purifoy has a way of using language that is poetic and I found myself rereading passages and lingering there for awhile. She reminds me a lot of Annie Dilliard the way she captures nature. Anyone that is on this spiritual jo
Bonnie McKernan
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My family and I have been in the throes of slowly renovating an old 1900 farmhouse these past two years and during this intense season I’ve found myself in—of making a place out of this old house on these old hills—I could not be more grateful for this book and these words.

As much as it seems intentionally curated for my very own soul, I’m convinced it is indispensable for everyone else’s as well. In a world that’s drowning in books of how-tos, and 10-easy-steps, and stripped-down bullet points,
Tammy K
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How do we make the most of the places and seasons of life we find ourselves in? That is the topic Christie Purifoy explores in her latest book. I was given an advance copy as a member of the launch team, and I worked my way slowly through each chapter, savoring the themes and observations presented.

Having an affinity for books dealing with the natural world, I was intrigued by the way she weaved historical knowledge about various trees, almost as observing characters, throughout this poetic mem
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, 2019, faith
I first encountered the words and work of Christie Purifoy when she did a podcast interview on "The Simple Show" (episode 32--go listen; it's a good one!). I was so captivated by her words that I checked out her book "Roots and Sky" from the library. It drew me in so quickly and thoroughly that I immediately ordered her book because it was one that I needed to own. She came through the pages as a kindred spirit, one who I could count as a friend even though she has no idea who I am! When I found ...more
C.E. Hart
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I’ve never described a book as gentle before, and I’ve never labeled an author as peaceful, yet those are the first words that come to me as I sit to write this review. I can’t say I’ve ever read a spiritual growth book like Christie Purifoy’s Placemaker. It places the reader in a serene atmosphere, weaving the mind through forests, farmhouses, and the bonds of community.

I love my home and where it is—in the woods, far enough away from asphalt and traffic, yet close enough to not feel totally is
Julie Joiner
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Placemaker, a beautifully written book, is a uniquely blended story of home and place. Authentic and heartfelt, Christie Purifoy creates a rich narrative by weaving the history of a place with personal experiences and how the two impact each other. In a day when connection to the natural world around us has greatly diminished, Christie invites us to consider the trees, land and gardens of placemaking. The profound connection of place to it’s natural history is a long forgotten appreciation for t ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love home! Christie has written this as though she's letting a best friend into her heart, mind, and home. I love the realism, dreams, and hardships that take us into a glimpse of her home and thoughts.
This book enhanced my belief in home, inspiration and God's hand, even more than I already felt.
"Home is never simply a threshold you cross. It is a place you make and a place that might make -or unmake-you" Placemaker by Christie Purifoy
A meditative thoughtful book of peace, nature, joy, grow
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Through her lyrical, thoughtful prose and her keen observation, Christie Purifoy invites her readers to see, truly see, the beauty that exists around us across the many different landscapes of life. This book is part memoir, part natural history, part reflection, and Purifoy deftly balances all three strands in a satisfying and life-giving read. Beauty exists and we contribute to beauty as we begin to understand the sacredness of the places where we walk, the places where we live, the places whe ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Placemaker by Christie Purifoy is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Christie says she’s not a poet but her writing is sheer poetry. This book made me pause and reflect. It made me laugh and it made me cry. It made me long for places that have shaped me and places that are yet to be. It’s a book about tending to your home, and a book about nature and gardening. In short, it was the perfect book my soul needed at this time. I wanted to devour it all in one sitting but I forced myself ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christie Purifoy's Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace is one of the most important works on the sacramental sense of place that I've ever read. Purifoy blends her love of place and beauty into a part memoir, part spirituality of place. It is, quite simply, a beautiful book that refreshes readers' soul as well as helps readers to see their own places as spaces for the Spirit in our daily lives.

Placemaker explores fundamental questions of community and belonging, and help
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely book telling the story of the places Christie has lived with connections to the trees that were in those places. She is an amazing story teller weaving together her appreciation of the natural world, stories from the Bible and her own personal story. It is such an encouragement and an education all rolled up into a beautiful book.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Placemaker, by southeastern Pennsylvania author (and podcaster), Christie Purifoy, is a peaceful, cozy read, but a challenging one as well. The author shares her life journey through lyrical words on the page while also providing spiritual insight and encouragement. As a result, the reader is naturally encouraged to reflect and gain insight about their own formative experiences as a placemaker. This is a good read for anyone interested in a contemplative reminder that cultivating beauty and spac ...more
Emily Tilsen
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just got to finish this best friend of a book as part of the launch team. I went in with no expectations being new to Christie’s story and having not read her previous book. I was immediately captivated by the beautiful weaving of nature into her personal story. I too have spent seasons moving from one place to another and experiencing the losses and gains that come from a desire to be a placemaker. I’ve painted wallpaper in rentals and used contact paper to cover cabinets and counters. Christ ...more
Mary Bonner
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christie Purifoy’s, Placemaker, is possibly the most beautiful book I have ever read. As someone that loves reading fiction and some self-help books, this book is neither but has become one of my favorite books of all time.

I am at a stage in my life of downsizing and recently made a multi-state move. I am renting for the first time in more than 35 years. The house I rent is the place I live. While I can’t leave marks on the wall, I can leave marks on the place. And the place WILL leave marks on
Jen Fournier
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christie Purifoy has once again written a beautiful book about life, its beauty and how each of us can find personal growth through cultivating the space around us. Her writing is both elegant and comforting to the soul; a balance of delightful prose and home-spun stories of life and the magic that comes from the places we call home. By weaving in both spiritual and natural elements, Christie reminds us that there is beauty all around us, and simple yet magnificent joy to be found once we open o ...more
Deborah Flora
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Placemaker brings us into a world of beauty and settling and trees and questions and quest, in lyrical, poetical words and voice.

I loved how Placemaker gives us pause to reflect on our place in the world and how creating beauty and sharing places with others adds meaning and purpose to our lives and enriches us in ways we might not even be aware of at first.

I love stepping into Christie Purifoy's story and gaining inspiration from her and from Maplehurst.

If you're seeking placemaking and purpos
Lori Harris
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is like one long exercise in breathing in the presence of God that we might purposefully exhale grace into our people and our places, always cultivating space for the Holy Spirit to show up and remind us that the Kingdom of God is here.
Lovely. Thoughtful. A book I'll return to, again and again.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christie is one of my favorite authors for a variety of reasons, primarily her lyrical storytelling soothes and inspires me. I loved reading this book, from the stories of ancient placemakers to her own story of how she and her family cultivate "places of deeply rooted peace". It encouraged me to consider differently the way I experience and cultivate beauty in my home and family, so that I might enjoy and celebrate the growing of peace as much as the growing of gardens (or in my case -- hard to ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Christie explores the questions of community and belonging through the lens of the natural environments in which she’s lived, and while the questions she asks aren’t easily answered, her exploration of them is a beautiful story and sparks within me a longing to think on these things further. “If peace is a state of harmony, if it is a kind of wholeness or completeness, then we will never find it by running away from broken things and messy places.” I loved the tree stories woven throughout the n ...more
Are you longing for a place where you can feel at home in your soul? If so, you may be a placemaker. Author Christie Purifoy writes beautifully about what placemakers do in Placemaker.

This world is ever-changing, and our society has never been more mobile. Yet deep in our souls, we long for a place to put down roots and feel secure in our souls. Christie tells us how to do this as placemakers wherever we live.

She writes with lyrical, dreamy prose that hushes the noise around you and settles you
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is more of a memoir than anything else. Purifoy shares her experiences of the various places she has lived and the repairs made on houses and rooms. She includes vignettes of the people she has befriended in these places too. She writes quite a bit about their their current home, an old house, how it is falling apart, is a money pit and how the trees are dying. This book was not the inspirational one about placemaking that I had anticipated. I almost felt like I was reading Purifoy's j ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The journey toward home. The shaping and reshaping of a place until it feels like it was made for us. That place of comfort and belonging where our truest selves can emerge and grow. A place of peace and joy that inspires us to open the door wide, set extra places at the table and welcome others in to make themselves at home there too.

These endeavors capture beauty in so many forms ... in the physical space of a sunlit room or a cozy chair or a bustling kitchen, in the natural space of a bloomin
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first saw the title, Placemaker, I had to look up what the word means. I was pleased to discover that it means exactly what it says, one who makes places for others and themselves.

In Placemaker, Purifoy goes through her homes throughout the years and connects them with not only the trees that grew there but how those trees relate to what God taught her in the midst of that placemaking. She covers a wide range of theological issues with ease through the overarching symbol of trees. But ma
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I saw that Christie Purifoy was coming out with a new book I could not wait. As soon as I had money to pre-order, I did just that. Then I had an opportunity at a early peek at this beautiful book. I loved her other book, Roots and Sky so very much. This one has her same style of writing that makes reading it a peaceful experience. Her prose are beautiful and welcome you in to mull over what she is sharing. This was different than I expected in that the anchor for the encouragement of ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christie Purifoy is an acquaintance - someone I like and admire and generally want to know more. And yet I was initially reticent to pick up this book. Why? Well, I wondered if this was a book that could only be understood from a certain access to privilege. It was only when I went to a book launch party and heard Christie read a few passages that I knew this book was bigger than that and that I wanted to read it. It was 100% worth it and I would recommend to others. Christie and her family have ...more
Carrie Roer
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
I've been wrestling lately with whether or not my family is supposed to move away from the home we've lived in for the last 10 years. I've been seeing everything that's wrong with this house, instead of the good things about it.

Placemaker is the story of one woman’s journey in cultivating comfort, beauty, and peace in each place she’s lived. It’s a story of trees, of opening our eyes and noticing things, and of kitchens and gardens and family. Christie has such a beautiful way with words, makin
Katie Andraski
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Placemaker is a book you curl up with on a rainy day and you are greeted with encouragement about the place you are making in the world. It's about home making in the best sense of the word. And it's about trees, so much so, I began to notice the trees in our yard and neighbor's field.

We learn about the places Purifoy has lived--College Station, Chicago, Florida, and Maplehurst. We learn how she made each place a home, planting gardens to add beauty, painting the walls even though she didn't own
Joy O’Toole
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this slowly so I could treasure each beautiful word and idea. This is a book about places and trees and making a place and finding peace. Christie Purifoy’s prose is like poetry. If you want to find peace where you are or make peace where you are, this is the book for you.
Michele Kearns
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like so many others, I too fell in love with Christie's writing when reading Roots and Sky. In Placemaker, Christie's words provide encouragement for your soul as she shares the story of her journey through life and the trees that accompany her along the way. You will be inspired to sink your roots down deep where you live and with the people with whom you share this life.

This book is beautifully designed from the front cover to the deckled pages (feathered edges) to the flaps on the inside fro
William Kelley
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good and beautiful books don’t just happen. They require the wisdom to see what is right in front of you, to see the beautiful ordinary tangle of our every day lives, and imagine the way the great Author might be weaving together our stories and the stories of those around us together; past, present and future. Placemaker is that sort of book, and Christie Purifoy is that sort of writer. She will help you pay attention to your places, to wonder about what came before, what will come after; and a ...more
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