I love hearing stories about how someone heard about a book. I think I first saw a picture of Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons by
The longed for launch of a book, suddenly no longer the focus. Ed asked in light of this reality if any bloggers would be willing to read a copy of her book and blog about it.
Guess what didn’t happen the week my book launched.
Nobody in my family died. None of my friends died. Instead, we got to celebrate without sorrow mixed in.
I do not know Christie, and if she (or Ed) had asked for someone to sign up and bring her food, I would have deleted that message in a hot minute. But read a book and share my opinion? Could God T it up any better for me? So, last week after telling Ed sure, Christie’s publisher contacted me and last weekend doing something useful with my time before I could watch football with my family, I read Roots and Sky. It turns out to be the perfect book for February.
Here I’ll share three reasons to entice you to read it:
1. Who in the midst of February’s cold, dark days doesn’t wonder about life? In this memoir, instead of tackling a large chunk of time, Christie shares about the first year she moved with her young family to a farm house in Pennsylvania. Seeing the four seasons pass in a weekend reminded me to be present in my life, in the ordinary, because that is where God works.
2. It introduced me to the Christian version of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” which I’m calling Six Degrees of Kimberlee Conway Ireton.
Imagine my shock when I read, “My friend Kimberlee once reminded me that Epiphany has traditionally been a day for saying a blessing over one’s house. . . And by the light of the candle, we read the words of the prayer Kimberlee gave me.” Look at how Kimberlee spells her name! It’s our Kimberlee! She’s friends with Christie too.
This book is titled Roots and Sky. This is the roots part. We are all far more connected than we might imagine.
3. The sky part is the beautiful language.
“No matter the season, we privilege balance and moderation. But creation scoffs. If we would listen, she would tell us to save our moderation for long summer days or lingering winter nights. Spring, especially, is for the extravagant. This season is for those willing to go all in.”
“I sometimes think that every good gift I’ve been given has its roots in emptiness. I cannot separate the blessing of these four children from the years of infertility and longing. I cannot distinguish this hilltop from the restless wandering that brought me here. Even summer is a gift we receive only on the far side of winter.”
Roots and Sky is a February kind of book. I’m glad I read it squeezed between the anniversary of Dad’s death and the Broncos victory. This February it needs to be added to your reading list. And by leaving a comment, you will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of this book. I was given my copy to read, but I want to buy a copy for one of you.
So we can all increase our connectedness with the world, who is a famous or “famous” person you have met? Impress us :) . . . or make us laugh! I’ll share mine in the comments . . .