Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace

Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace

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 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...

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  • Tammy K

    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

    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 memoir. She examines the importance of finding places that resonate with our spirit, as well as creating places of peace and comfort that nourish the needs of self and others.

    This work poses lots of questions, yet allows room to wrestle with the answers (or lack thereof). It doesn’t try to tie everything into a neat bow at the end, as many authors attempt to do, but leaves space for the questions to bloom into new insight and hope for ongoing placemaking in our lives.

  • Julius McCarter

    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

    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 helps us to embrace those questions in our own lives, in our own places.

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    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review here.

  • Naomi

    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

    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 out that she was releasing another book, I jumped at the chance to be on the launch team for her newest work, "Placemaker".

    "Placemaker" beautifully shares the love that Christie has for home and trees. She shares the stories of the widely differing places that she has called home. She doesn't gloss over the challenges of many of those places, but she continually draws the reader back to the beauty and peace of each place. Woven throughout is the story of the trees that define each place. I loved the way that nature holds such a prominent place in this book.

    As I read this book, my little corner of Minnesota was hit with a blizzard (culminating our snowiest February on record!). The month felt like it had sucked the soul and life out of everything, but this book helped me so much to see the beauty of my outdoors and to look forward to the promise of spring. I loved this book and can't recommend it highly enough!

    (I’ve received this complimentary book as part of the launch team for Christie Purifoy's new release, "Placemaker". A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.)

  • Krystal

    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.

  • Bookmusings

    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

    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 to slow down and reflect on each page, chapter and sentence. If you love Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Goudge, Miss Read, Rosamunde Philcher, L. M. Montgomery, and any other author who beautifully describes nature, place, and home you’ll love Placemaker.

    *I received this book for review from the publisher. All opinions are my own and a positive review was not required.”

  • Bonnie McKernan

    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,

    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, we are in desperate need of books like these. We really are. Books that remind us that truth can be beautiful, well-written, and a joy to read. Books that don’t hide what’s hard, but show us the peace and loveliness of what’s good.

    Because every single one of us, “like the God to whom we belong, we are placemakers.” And as Christie helps us notice our soul’s desire for beauty and our need to create and be created, she reminds us that our cultivation of good and beautiful places is not a retreat, but a holy pursuit. That we were never meant to merely consume, we were made to collaborate and participate.

    In the last two years, I have laid my head and brushed my teeth in more places than I can count. Parents’ homes, basements, hotels, short-term rentals, travel trailers—and if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that a soul withers when it’s not planted. And while we may long for fertile homes in which to root, we mustn’t convince ourselves that placemaking is dependent on any particular place or time.

    “What is placemaking?” Purifoy asks us to ponder. “It is deliberately sending your roots deep into a place, like a tree. It means allowing yourself to be nourished by a place even as you shape it for the better. It is creative work for men and women; it is possible whether you are employed outside your home or within it. Unlike hospitality, it is sometimes solitary and sometimes communal. ...We can be placemakers whether we are homebodies or world travelers. We can be placemakers whether we care for a farmhouse in the country or share a dorm room at a university. We can and should be placemakers whether we intend to stay or know we’ll be moving on in six months.”

    I couldn’t recommend this book more in these fast-paced, surface-deep days we have found ourselves in...

  • Julie Joiner

    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

    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 the value of creation. In this book we journey from home to home, see glimpses of memories and dreams birthed in each, and are introduced to the trees. The unique beauty of Christie’s writing is how choosing a place or being chosen by a place is more than an isolated, personal story. The places we dwell throughout our lifetime are influenced by the trees and all that grows upon the land, rooted in the stories of those who effected the making of each place – years of cultivating and creating what is currently the environment in which one lives. Placemaker is a worthwhile read; the experience has produced in me a rare longing to read it again.

  • Kristine

    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

    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, growth, creating, home and love.

  • Patrice

    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

    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 where we are living what we dream, and the places where we journey through the wilderness. Yes, this is the story of trees and the dream of an old farm house. Even more, though, it’s the journey of seeing and growing and understanding how we live interdependently with the people and places that surround us.

  • C.E. Hart

    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

    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

    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

    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 isolated. Upon reading this book, I’ve learned how cultivating my land, creating a comfortable and peaceful home, welcoming others into my ‘neck of the woods,’ that I’d become a placemaker without knowing it.

    The tree titled chapters and the decorative little snippets scattered throughout the pages give this book a cohesive feel.

    inspires “cultivating beauty in little ways and large…”

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    I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via Handlebar. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

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