Joyful Life

Garden Maker – Christie Purifoy

First, there was Roots and Sky, then there was Placemaker, and now – Garden Maker, Growing A Life Of Beauty & Wonder With Flowers by Christie Purifoy.

Christie’s book arrived last Tuesday, on one of the worst days of my life. What a joy it was to open my box and see this colorful cover. I immediately knew the pictures had to be taken on my deck by the Pier One rabbit covered in about 9-12 inches of snow.

He has been holding these flowers for months and it was a pleasant surprise when I noticed they are darn close to the color of the book spine and cover flowers.

Upon opening the book I was greeted with stunning flower garden photography.

The title of section 8 is Anticipate (just thought I would mention it in case the snowflakes are in the way.) Page upon page of Garden Maker is filled with photographs that will plant ideas in your mind. If you need more inspiration, follow Christie on Instagram. I used to when I had an Instagram account.

Not only will you find gardening motivation in her beautifully written essays, but you will also find God in them.

But the reason I place a large order for seeds every winter is because these seeds grow more than flowers. They grow a connection between me and my garden that is deeper, richer, and more complete. Seeds have rooted me in this place.

Christie Purifoy Garden Maker, Growing A Life Of Beauty & Wonder With Flowers (pg 66 Sow)

When we make a garden, we are also creating a story, and every garden story we write is rooted in the deep story of God’s creation-a story of birth, growth, maturity, death, and resurrection or return.

Christie Purifoy Garden Maker, Growing A Life Of Beauty & Wonder With Flowers (pg 181 Anticipate)

By the way, this is the inside cover and the inside back cover.

So whether you are experiencing a winter wonderland, a winter of grief, a winter of unemployment, or any other type of winter, purchase a copy of Garden Maker and let Christie’s words will give you hope and encourage you to grow a life of beauty and wonder with flowers.

We certainly need more beauty and wonder in this world.

P.S. I will be adding a new peony to my flower bed, a patch of sunflowers and finally marigolds will reside with my carrots and tomatoes. Plus maybe one or two other flowers.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog