Knowing Self, Growing in God

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About the Book


Why is spiritual growth needed, and how can this book help?

People need to grow spiritually. In fact, God calls us to it. However, spiritual growth requires more than understanding. It requires practice and work — perhaps even a lifetime of both. Deeply Rooted uses the symbol of a tree as a simple, accessible way to explain spiritual growth that is rooted in personal, daily behavior, not just theory.

Who is this book for?

This book is for Christians who want a non-churchy approach to spirituality. If you struggle with “old-fashioned church” and need to see a true connection between faith and your daily life, this book is for you.

Can it be used as a small-group study?

Deeply Rooted is an ideal resource for a small-group experience. Each of the 8 chapters includes a summary, a prayer, and reflection questions. For group leaders, the book also includes suggestions for leading a group, a small-group outline, and discussion questions for each chapter.

Samples from the Book

Introduction: From the Desk of Catherine of Siena

Chapter 1: Knowing Self

Chapter Overviews


The tree of the soul includes four major parts. Each part is explored in two chapters and concludes with a summary, prayer considerations, and suggestions for reflection.


How to Purchase

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Christopher Maricle

Christopher Maricle, author of Deeply Rooted, lives in California’s central valley with two awesome teenagers. The family loves music, laughter, mountains, oceans, games, and great books. And also superheroes. They still read aloud to each other in real time – without technology. Christopher enjoys sharing his ideas about faith and spirituality through writing and music.

Christopher served in Catholic education for 20 years as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. After 10 years with the California School Boards Association, he was appointed executive director of the California Head Start Association in summer 2016.

Christopher holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University and a Master of Arts in educational leadership from St. Mary’s College.