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Christie Purifoy
Florida, USA
writer, reader, wife and mother
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"There is a River" is new and improved, and you can check it out yourself at www.christiepurifoy.com. This is the last time I'll post here on Typepad, but, no need to shed a tear, you can find all of this content over at the new site. So, come on over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2011 at There is a River
I recently came across news of another Gallop poll that attempts to sort and label people according to their beliefs about the Bible. You know the polls I'm talking about. Inevitably, they use catchwords like "literal" and "inspired" to tidy diverse opinions into neat categories. I think I understand and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2011 at There is a River
"God is big enough." Love it!
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2011 on An Empty Seat at Our Table at There is a River
We’ve kept an extra place at our kitchen table for years, and lately I’ve been trying to figure out the whys and hows of the uninvited guest who frequently sits there. I never notice him right away. Usually, we’re a few minutes into our meal when I first realize that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at There is a River
I keep a book of quotations. It looks exactly like any other journal, but it’s for a different kind of journaling. Journaling with the words of other writers, if you will. Here I scribble down quotations from all kinds of books: poetry, theology, memoir, literary theory, fiction, you name it.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at There is a River
(That's my brother-in-law and two of my nieces perched at the top. Not pictured: my own children who had just fallen into the water and sat, crying, in a wretched, soggy pile at the water's edge.) The name of this blog ("There is a River") comes from Psalm 46:4: "There... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at There is a River
It's been said that there are only half a dozen stories. The claim is that writers only recycle and reimagine the basic plotlines that have existed for hundreds of years. Obviously, six is an arbitrary number. Still, I think it's important to remember that most stories do share a kind... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at There is a River
Yesterday was all about the space shuttle in our house. The littlest boy jumped up and down when he saw the rocket poised for takeoff on television. The older boy zoomed around the house with his own plastic space shuttle. The husband kept his eyes glued to the live feed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at There is a River
I've had the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy sitting on my nightstand for six months. Both of my sisters told me that once I started I wouldn't be able to put it down. I believed them and so I saved it, and then I think I just forgot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at There is a River
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We've spent a lot of time in the pool this holiday weekend. Even the two-year-old has joined in the fun, thanks to an outgrown flotation vest passed on to us by our neighbor. For some reason, I've always avoided things like vests and water wings. I imagined that those devices... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at There is a River
Please do email, Caitlin! Sounds delicious, and Thad is good with tree nuts (we do lots of almond milk in this house).
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2011 on Doughnuts! at There is a River
No one likes to wait. Still, there is a general acknowledgement within our culture that waiting isn’t exactly a bad thing. Good things come to those who wait, we say. Christian teaching kicks it up a notch. Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord. Blessed are all who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at There is a River
Thank you, Katherine! I'm so glad you're reading.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2011 on Ordinary Time at There is a River
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I was raised in a church that didn’t have much to do with the traditional Christian liturgical calendar. I don’t think that this was inherently a good thing or a bad thing. I do think it was probably inevitable that I would grow up and move in a different direction.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at There is a River
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I keep a book of quotations. It looks exactly like any other journal, but it’s for a different kind of journaling. Journaling with the words of other writers, if you will. Here I scribble down quotations from all kinds of books: poetry, theology, memoir, literary theory, fiction, you name it.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at There is a River
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(collage by yours truly, photos by, well, I suppose my husband was probably behind the camera for each of these) Yesterday, I turned 34. My son turned 5. So far, we've shared six birthdays, and I hope we share many, many more. When people discover that we have the same... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at There is a River
Lissa, I did read your update! I didn't think I could fit my response into a comment form. Your burden is so much heavier than mine but not unfamiliar. Let's get together soon!
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2011 on Fear and Love at There is a River
I had a different post planned for today. I was going to write something cute and sweet about the parent/child date nights we have planned for our summer. Monday was the first: a date for me and my oldest boy. It started well and ended horribly. Actually, I suppose it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at There is a River
Lisa, you made me laugh! Which is not great because I'm in the library. I should post an exemption to the exclamation-point rule: I think they're a great thing in comments. Exclaim away, readers.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2011 on Doughnuts! at There is a River
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Most (perhaps all) experts would advise aspiring writers to “just say no” to exclamation points. They are abused and overused. They make our writing appear amateur. There is seldom a good enough reason to use an exclamation point. And yet . . . I choose to believe that the story... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at There is a River
Trees are dying, fires are burning, and I’ve been praying for rain. On Monday, it rained. A good, soaking rain. I went to bed and imagined the smoke being scrubbed from the air. On Tuesday, we woke up to find that the smoke was much, much worse. “What happened,” we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at There is a River
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(photo by yours truly) I waited and prayed for children for a long time. I first knew that God had heard my prayer when, crying out to Him for an answer, any answer, I saw a brilliant orange moon rising over Lake Michigan. One year later, we brought our daughter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at There is a River
I recently jotted down a few lines from Barbara Brown Taylor’s Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith. Describing the honeysuckle and magnolia blossoms in her Atlanta neighborhood, she writes: “All these earthly goods were medicine for what ailed me, evidence that the same God who had breathed the world into... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at There is a River
Today I tried writing a Summer List and discovered that this once-favorite tradition hasn’t traveled well. I started writing Summer Lists in Chicago. At first, they were just for me, but my oldest child did contribute an item or two in recent years. A Summer List is exactly what it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at There is a River