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A Flourishing Tree
A Feature Review of

Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace
Christie Purifoy

Paperback: Zondervan, 2019.
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Reviewed by Tamara Hill Murphy
Annie Dillard, in The Writing Life, encourages writers to remember Thoreau’s salient recommendation: “Circle round and round your life… Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.” If it’s possible to gnaw a bone elegantly, Christie Purifoy does just that in her newly-released second book, Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace. Like her debut, Roots & Sky, Purifoy continues to circle round and round the subject of finding, losing, and making home.

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 [easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0830850678″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”222″] One of this week’s best new book releases!

Jennifer Allen Craft argues that the arts are a significant form of placemaking in the Christian life. The arts, she contends, place us in time, space, and community in ways that encourage us to be fully and imaginatively present in a variety of contexts: the natural world, our homes, our worshiping communities, and society. In so doing, the arts call us to pay attention to the world around us and invite us to engage in responsible practices in those places. 


We’re giving away THREE copies
of this excellent new book:


Placemaking and the Arts:
Cultivating the Christian Life
Jennifer Allen Craft

Paperback: IVP Academic, 2018


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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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Cultivating the Christian Life[/easyazon_link]

Jennifer Allen Craft



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