Roots And Sky (A Video Review)



3/5 stars.

Oh, why do all the books I read have to give me such mixed feelings lately?  I wanted to love this book from start to finish, because the start was so good, but I just couldn’t love it all the way through.

Positives

It has been a long time since a memoir resonated with me the way Roots and Sky by Christie Purifoy has.  




This book is a memoir, written by a blogger I have never heard of, but I feel like this book is almost a reflection of the last year of my life.  She had her fourth baby in the fall (as I did), right after they moved into their new home, and though we haven’t moved, we have been taking on a lot of house projects lately.  As I read about her journey settling into her new home with her four kids, I felt like I could have written much of it myself, especially when she writes of motherhood.

This book is so beautifully written, and I think I might keep it just for the writing.  I want to re-read it and study the things I like about Purifoy’s style.  Though she gets very reflective, there is a bittersweet happy-ending quality to her musings, and I love it.

Negatives

I will say that I suspect after reading this book that I do not necessarily agree with the author on every doctrinal point.  She talks frequently about God’s Kingdom in this book.  If I were being thorough I would look up the term, but there is a school of thought that believes the world will slowly get better and better until God’s Kingdom is ushered in.  Though she never out-and-out says that this is where she is coming from, different vague statements in the book make me think so. I do not agree with this view of the end times, because I do not believe the Tribulation has already happened.  I think this is a non-essential issue, and I was willing to overlook it for the sake of the poetry of her writing, but it was hard to do because Purifoy brought it up so much through the second half of the book. 

At least I think she did.  So many times when she said something “spiritual” I wasn’t entirely sure what she meant. 

I think she gets overly-reflective sometimes and muddies the waters too much - like when she talks about how we aren’t made for Heaven, we are made for earth because God will eventually establish His Kingdom on earth (pg. 150).  It seemed like she was trying too hard to hang onto beautiful earthly things with this philosophy, and minimizing the beauty of Heaven.  Though I know where she is getting that idea, she is overlooking the passages of Scripture that speak about how this earth will pass away and there will be a New Heaven and Earth, and how our citizenship is in Heaven (Hebrews 11).  

In many places I don’t necessarily disagree with what she is getting at, but I felt many of her thoughts on spiritual or Scriptural matters were too vague or incomplete, or she seems to jump to conclusions that aren’t really what Scripture says, as she does in the example above.  Then she doesn’t just let it be a passing statement because she builds on it through the next chapters - but the foundation seems questionable.  I don’t consider everything in this book doctrinally thorough or correct - read with your eyes and Bible open.

But doctrine isn’t necessarily the main purpose of this book either.  I certainly enjoyed the beautiful writing, and that was the main purpose to me.

Oh, the mixed feelings.

First half of the book 4 stars.  Second half of the book, 2.5 stars because she muddies things too much with vague or confusing spiritual statements.  Overall 3 stars.  I’d recommend this one for the writing, but not necessarily for the content.

Note: I received a copy of this book for free, in exchange for a review.  This is my honest opinion.

You can watch my video review here below:




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