Last Sunday I dragged a lawn chair outside onto the blacktop driveway with the intention of soaking up the afternoon warmth. Rubbing sunscreen between my palms, I smeared it across my nose and cheeks, cupping it beneath my chin and down my neck. I tipped my head back and squinted up at the blue sky through my smeary sunglasses. 

On days like this, I feel sure life is a fountain. ~Christie Purifoy

I inhaled and exhaled slowly, taking the time to complete each breath before rushing for the next. Summer is coming, I said to no one. On my lap, I held my already-worn and marked up copy of Christie Purifoy’s book, Roots & Sky, A Journey Home in Four Seasons. It’s a book I keep carrying around, in my purse, in the various rooms of my house. A clean copy currently sits on my guest bed, a gift for the next overnighter who comes to the Streamside house. It’s a book I can’t shake, not that I’m trying…

We talk a lot about home here at GraceTable, we reflect and dream and imagine ways that we can make others feel at home in our physical space, as well as our emotional space. We talk about opening our doors and our hearts and our minds to God’s dreams for us–what that journey looks like–the good, bad and ugly. Roots & Sky is like a quilt that tells an exquisite story about all of these things, and hems the whole imperfectly beautiful thing in hope. This is why we have selected this book for the 2nd annual Summer Reading Book Club. 

This is the story of a kingdom come.~Christie Purifoy

Three weeks ago, I had the delight of sharing a room with Christie at the Festival of Faith and Writing. I brought with me a chocolate sour cream bundt cake, drizzled with ganache and several dollops of homemade peanut butter frosting.  I was being hospitable, yes, but also, I needed a favor (wink). In my trunk I carried with me 6 copies of her book that I wanted to giveaway to 6 of you–and I wanted her to sign all of them. 

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Christie needed no bribing, as she generously agreed to sign each one, and all before she’d tasted the cake. 


So here’s how this will work: To enter the giveaway, simply fill out the rafflecopter form below. The book club officially kicks off on June 1 and will run until June 30. Once you register (It’s free) for the book club, you will get a welcome email, outlining the reading schedule and details about how our book club works. We will open up the private Facebook group on or before Monday, May 30, so you can all get settled before we officially begin. 

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Click HERE to register for the book club.


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Kris is a writer and artist living in the middle of Ohio. She loves Jesus, people, and words. She is most often found in her tiny kitchen, where she plays with her food. Having recently mastered the art of preparing perfectly crisp dino-nuggets--she is her children's hero.
  • Kathleen Grace

    I would love to won this book. Grace Table is one of my favorite blogs. Thanks for all you do!

    May 4th, 2016 7:07
  • Susan Mulder

    I always look forward to summer-its like a free ticket to read as much as I want. The longer days and extended porch time may be the reason! It’s also the time.of the year I get caught up on the list of ‘long to reads’ that builds up during the rest of the year and it can include anything from aesthetics and theology to history and cookbooks. Bring on summer!!

    May 4th, 2016 7:47
  • Laura Beiler

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book. I would love to join in this year! Always love the blog, looking forward to conversation with all of you.

    May 4th, 2016 8:05
  • Christina

    Would love to win a copy of this book… It’s been on my to-read list for a long time!

    May 4th, 2016 8:21
  • Sophia Austin

    Ah, yay! I’ve been wanting to read Roots and Sky!

    May 4th, 2016 8:25
  • Pat S.

    This looks great. Can’t wait!!

    May 4th, 2016 8:29
  • Robin

    Thank you for the giveaway! I don’t know if I have a favorite genre for summer. I probably prefer easy reads but I will read whatever keeps me interested!

    May 4th, 2016 8:33
  • Emily

    Looks like a great read!

    May 4th, 2016 8:46
  • Katie Updike

    Favorite summer reading genre is mystery/suspense.

    May 4th, 2016 9:02
  • Michele Morin

    Favorite reading genre?

    May 4th, 2016 9:14
  • Traci@tracesoffaith

    I tend to always come back to Christian nonfiction as a favorite. I’ve read Christie’s book and cannot wait to discuss it with others. What a treat!

    May 4th, 2016 9:15
  • Sarah Katherine

    I’ve been wanting to read this book! I’d never heard of Grace Table until I saw the post about the book club on Christie’s Instagram. I’m excited!

    May 4th, 2016 9:16
  • Kim Holman

    I am excited to follow your blog! I’ve been wanting to read Roots and Sky!

    May 4th, 2016 9:29
  • Suzanne Terry

    I have found myself giving copies of this book away to people. It’s exquisite.

    My favorite reading genre for summer is quirky fiction – something like Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair or Douglas Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma.

    May 4th, 2016 9:29
  • Katrina

    I read all manner of things over the summer – some deeper, more thought provoking things, some just-for-fun fiction, some old favorites, some educational. This summer I plan to add in poetry!

    May 4th, 2016 9:39
  • Tina

    I love to read fiction and nonfiction books during the summer. 🙂

    May 4th, 2016 9:42
  • Lynn Mosher

    Awesome giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win one of the books. Would love it! 😀

    May 4th, 2016 9:44
  • Leah Adams

    So, I keep hearing about Christie’s book and thinking that I need to read it. I think I shall join you for the summer reading book club.

    May 4th, 2016 9:58
  • Courtney W

    Love Grace Table, love Christie Purifoy, and love reading! I can’t wait to join in on this book club. A free book copy would be awesome, too!

    May 4th, 2016 10:04
  • Apri soto

    Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great book and I’m excited to register for the book club! I love to read ANYTHING and summer is the perfect time because I’m off work!! Days are longer and slower:-)

    May 4th, 2016 10:16
  • Mary Hill

    I love Christian inspirational suspense by authors like Terri Blackstock.. I am also looking for a devotional memoir to read this summer and this book sounds wonderful.

    May 4th, 2016 10:39
    • Mary Hill

      I wanted to leave another quick message with my correct url for my blog. Thanks for your giveaway too.

      May 4th, 2016 10:41
  • peggy wright

    My favorite genre is about real life, people living it out day by day through the good, bad, ugly and beautiful.

    May 4th, 2016 10:51
  • alison

    I pretty much have several fiction and non fiction books I am working on year round

    May 4th, 2016 10:55
  • peggy r wright

    I like reading about real life, people living it out day by day through the good, bad, ugly and beautiful.

    May 4th, 2016 10:56
  • Jessica Turner

    I don’t have a particular favorite summer reading genre. Being a newer mom of two I’m mainly just working to make time to read. I’m currently working on ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr and I would love to win a copy or ‘Roots & Sky’ because I’ve been so interested in reading it since I heard about it and learned of Christie from Emily Freeman. It sounds like a book that will be refreshing to my souls at this particular time in my life.

    May 4th, 2016 11:19
  • Vickie

    My favorite summer reading is usually fiction, but this summer I have 3-4 non-fiction Christian books lined up to read – one is I Want God.

    May 4th, 2016 11:19
  • Amanda Rogozinski

    My favorite summer reading genre is definitely memoirs just like Christie’s book! So excited for the bookclub 🙂

    May 4th, 2016 11:32
  • Jan Hall

    I read all kinds of genres of Christian books. In the heat of summer I love Christmas stories.

    May 4th, 2016 11:33
  • Amy J.

    I love long summer days spent outside reading while watching my girls at our local beach. I enjoy all genres. I’ve been wanting to read this book since it released. Looking forward to the book club!

    May 4th, 2016 11:50
  • Brynne

    This book has been on my to read list, looks like a wonderful choice!

    May 4th, 2016 11:56
    • Brynne

      My favorite genre for summer would be a variety of adult fiction or memoir 🙂

      May 4th, 2016 11:58
  • Corena Hall

    Winning this book would be a blessing. One of my favorite things is to read Christian books then pass them to all the women God has placed in my life. I end up buying the book as a gift for birthdays and Christmas and Mother’s Day and such. It is always a gift that keeps on giving. Thank you for this very intellectual yet creative blog. God Bless

    May 4th, 2016 12:27
  • Beth

    This book looks really good. Looking forward to reading it. I love to read books in the summer that take place at the beach or near any water!

    May 4th, 2016 12:53
  • Sophia

    I would love to read this book! I prefer true stories or memoirs type books but a good fiction book is sometimes a nice change to escape from reality. 😉

    May 4th, 2016 12:54
  • Patty

    I like reading murder mysteries.

    May 4th, 2016 13:51
  • Shelly Wildman

    Favorite summer reading genre? Historical fiction set in England OR chick lit. 🙂

    May 4th, 2016 14:14
  • Kim R.

    Summer is a great time for some fiction! I’m looking forward to going through Roots and Sky.

    May 4th, 2016 14:22
  • Betty Parmenter

    Looking forward to this book! Have read so many wonderful comments about it already! LOVE to read any and all genres. Finding myself drawn to historical fiction lately, and I like to alternate fiction and nonfiction reads usually.

    May 4th, 2016 19:43
  • Danica

    Looking forward to this … love reading all sorts of genres, year round and especially during the summer.

    May 4th, 2016 22:02
  • Celeste Allyn

    This will be like fresh air in my life. So looking forward to making the beginning of June with a new book.
    Thanks for doing this.

    May 4th, 2016 23:03
  • Kristy Lynn

    I love to read stories set in the summer and at the beach!! I also love Christian fiction and devotional books…I have a list of to be read books for the next couple months.

    Would love to read Roots and Sky!! Thank you for the giveaway!

    May 5th, 2016 1:14
  • Brandi Hubbard

    I love Roots and Sky and am excited that it has been chosen for book club. Summer reading is my favorite!

    May 5th, 2016 6:55
  • Erin R Seaverson

    Hi, I have been following Grace Table for a while. It has been an encouragement to me to keep forming connections in what has turned out to be a somewhat transient life. I’m still learning, and so thankful for the encouragement. This sounds like a book I’d like to have on this journey. Thanks!

    May 5th, 2016 10:11
  • Christina Hubbard
    Christina Hubbard

    I’ve been wanting to read this book! My fave genres are memoir, poetry, and historical fiction.

    May 5th, 2016 15:52
  • Jenn Palmer

    This book is one I’ve wanted to read for some time now (especially after sitting in on one of her panels at FFW). I don’t know that I differentiate much between summer and other seasons, but I enjoy memoir, literary fiction, and classics.

    May 5th, 2016 17:01
  • Beth in Ohio

    Love some historical fiction year round!!

    May 6th, 2016 14:21
  • Julie Davis

    Can’t wait to read it!

    May 7th, 2016 14:23
  • Margaret M

    Can’t wait to read Roots & Sky! My favorite summer reading genres are autobiography & non-fiction to keep me thinking critically outside of school and anything travel related, to try and cure that summertime wanderlust 🙂

    May 7th, 2016 16:25
  • Robin in New Jersey

    This book has been on my reading list for months. I would love to win a copy!

    May 10th, 2016 7:44
  • Kitty Dulgar

    I love to read almost anything and I will this summer! My kindle is loaded, but I also love to read real books and would love to win this one!

    May 10th, 2016 10:13
  • Allison

    Amazing book and looking forward to reading it again!! Thanks for the giveaway! I know I love sharing this book with others!

    May 10th, 2016 13:18
  • Shelly Richhardson

    My favorite summer reading is memoir, or a good fiction book written in such prose that you get lost in the world it creates.

    May 10th, 2016 18:52

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