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Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace Paperback – March 12, 2019
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About the Author
Christie Purifoy earned a PhD 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.
- Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031035224X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0310352242
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Publisher : Zondervan (March 12, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 in. While I can’t leave marks on the wall, I can leave marks on the place. And the place WILL leave marks on me. Being a placemaker is more than planting a tree and caring for the home and yard. Placemaker reminded me to open my heart, hands AND my home and invite others in to join me on this journey called life.
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, making this story a refreshingly satisfying read with my afternoon cup of tea.
"What is placemaking? 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… We can and should be placemakers whether we intend to stay or know we’ll be moving on in six months."
Because of this book, I'm inspired to do little things (add a houseplant) and big things (paint the kitchen), to continue to make my place -- whether I'll stay for 10 more years or move in 6 months. Highly, highly recommend!!
I have been part of the launch team for Placemaker, and received a free copy of the book for review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I even decided to purchase my own copy of the book to giveaway because I enjoyed it so much.
This book is beautifully designed from the front cover to the deckled pages (feathered edges) to the flaps on the inside front and back covers, Placemaker physically embodies Christie's message of cultivating comfort, beauty, and peace.
As a member of her book launch team, I received a free copy in advance but my opinions are my own. Placemaker belongs on every coffee table as a beautiful reminder to live this quote: "With God’s help, we can pick up the pieces of an old and dying world, and we can make them new. We can make a place where beauty and peace can take root, flourish, and grow."
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2019
in ”placemaker” christie writes about places, feelings and situations that will make you feel seen no matter where you find yourself in life. and that, is a gift. a gift she has as a writer, and a gift she gives to the reader.
that’s why a book with a title of ”placemaking”, can find me, a girl whose never had her own home, saying to you, that nearly any one, no matter where life finds you; high school, college, university, single girl, young bride, young mom, mom in the middle, older women: you will all find a place here in the pages of christie’s story.
do not pass by the place she offers you inside her words. you have stumbled upon treasure.
Go devour this book and you will want to nest like a pregnant woman. But in a deeper, more lasting context that brings joy and true hospitality to bear in your life wherever you are.
This is such a joyful celebration of what it means to grow where God has placed you for these fleeting moments, and a great encouragement to stop and plant the roses.