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CBF Podcast: A Conversation with Christie Purifoy

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By Andy Hale 

There is something significant about a name.

My wife and I went through a beautiful process of naming our two daughters.

Our oldest is named Madison, which means “daughter of a mighty warrior.” Andrew (Andy) means “mighty warrior.” Her middle name is Karis, a simpler spelling of the Greek word for grace. Our youngest is named after my grandfather. Her middle name is Elise, which is a Greek name meaning “God is my oath.” This was restorative to us after losing a child between the two girls.

Not many people live in a house with a name. Our featured guest for this week’s conversation lives at Maplehurst, a Victorian red brick farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania.

We sat down with Christie Purifoy to discuss her new book, Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace.

“Placemaking is a timely, yet timeless, reminder that the cultivation of good and beautiful places is not a retreat from the real world, but a holy pursuit of a world that is more real than we know,” said Purifoy.

Purifoy is a writer for various outlets, including Art House America, Grace Table, and In Touch magazine. She is also the author of Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons.

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This podcast episode is brought to you by Fuller Seminary and The Center for Congregational Health.

Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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