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Christy Huddleston left home at 19 to teach school in the Smoky Mountains. There she came to know and love the wild mountain people with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, their yearning for beauty and truth. Christy found her faith severely challenged in these primitive surroundings; and confronted with two young men of unique strengthsChristy Huddleston left home at 19 to teach school in the Smoky Mountains. There she came to know and love the wild mountain people with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, their yearning for beauty and truth. Christy found her faith severely challenged in these primitive surroundings; and confronted with two young men of unique strengths and needs, she found her own growing yearnings challenged by love....

Title : Christy
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ISBN : 9780380440320
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Number of Pages : 501 Pages
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Christy Reviews

  • Majenta
    2018-11-14 10:09

    Beautiful, beautiful! I am so glad I read it, and I heartily recommend it to anyone and everyone who wants a deep and wondrous read. Featuring a man calling his wife and son "twitter-witted"....Thanks for reading!

  • Bobby Underwood
    2018-12-10 16:04

    This warm and heartfelt novel is Catherine Marshall's loving tribute to her mother Lenora Woods' journey to Cutter Gap, in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, to teach its children shortly after the turn of the century. The effect it had on her mother's life and faith is captured with warmth and beauty in this fine audio book. It is made all the more special because it is read by Kellie Martin, who starred in the two-hour television adaptation, and the series that followed.It is rare when an audio book is this good. Though nothing is ever a substitute for reading the book, having both read this fine novel in the traditional manner, and listened to this audio reading, I can honestly say that if you loved the television series, you will love this. Just as she did in the series, Kellie Martin perfectly captures the great beauty of these mountains and the poverty of its people. Occasional and brief interludes of banjo music frame this heartwarming — and sometimes heartbreaking — thinly disguised biography of a young and exuberant 19 year old girl who falls in love with the children of Cutter gap.This seems more like a telling of a story than a reading, and that in itself separates it from many other audio books. Martin captures the joy and humor of Christy's time in Cutter Gap, as well as the conflict and resentment as the school and church butted heads over moonshine. She captures the romance that begins to blossom and her divided heart, as her inner emotions are torn between two very different men.This may be warm family entertainment but it has substance as well. Those who are fans of the beloved bestseller and/or the fine television series it spawned will not be disappointed. The emotions of Christy and her resolve to stay in this place and teach are lovingly brought to life in Kellie Martin’s voice as she reads the wonderful words of Catherine Marshall. Particularly moving is the relationship between Christy and Fairlight Spencer, a strong but delicate woman who offers her friendship. The sadness these mountains could bring upon such a fine and delicate soul is movingly rendered by Kellie Martin. As Fairlight's inner flame begins to grow dim from the blowing winds of hardship and shadows of poverty, we are deeply moved.I highly recommend this one, even if, like me, you've read it already. It is a loving tribute to Catherine Marshall's mother and the life she chose to live. Filled with love and joy, this is one audio book read by Kellie Martin that you'll savor and enjoy over and over.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-09 12:11

    Okay - so I have read this book about 10 times, most recently 2008. It is about a young women who heads to the mountains to become a school teacher and the challenges she faces. There are two hunky guys she flirts with, too. This book does have religious tones while Christy questions and figures out what she believes. I think this book rings so true to me because I read it at an age when I was asking the same type of questions. I still enjoy the beauty of the story after repeat readings. This may be my all time favorite book.

  • Carly
    2018-12-08 13:10

    For anyone who says that reading fiction is not as edifying and worthwhile as reading a non-fiction book, I say, "Have you read Christy?"I mourn that Catherine Marshall wasn't around in my lifetime, but I feel so utterly blessed that she poured her heart and soul and love into this eternal story! There are more moments of true wisdom tucked away in this biographical novel than in any other book I've read outside of The Book... and it's all nestled effortlessly in a touching, gripping, fascinating, and beautiful story!Each time I read it I'm reminded of the beauty and awesome power of God's love. I remember and drink in the eternal wisdom in all Miss Alice says and does. I am fascinated by the impetuous, passionate and immature character of Christy that every woman with a kindred spirit can identify with. I am given hope for a world in which God's love can be allowed to work.What. A. Classic.

  • Natasha
    2018-11-23 13:21

    This was the book that spawned adult reading for me. My mom read it aloud on a car trip to the Smokey Mountains. The characters are engaging and could walk off the page. Truly the first experience I had with characters that i would recognize if they walked into the room.Fifteen years later, this book remains the only book I've ever read that still holds all it's charm and wonder with each reread. I make a piont to reread it at least every two years. Cutter Gap and it's people are very much alive in Catherine Marshall's writing. A beautiful story of romance, adventure, and coming of age in a time when being true to yourself was the least of your worries.

  • AnnaMay
    2018-11-24 15:23

    Beautiful, beautiful book. I absolutely loved the descriptions of the Smoky Mt. area and the people. It was wonderful to know more of their heritage and what contributed to their stubborness, their 'clan' loyalty and their work ethic. Marshall is such a GOOD storyteller. The characters and conflicts were so real. The school children were a delight to read about. I can't even begin to understand how she handled 70+- kids in a one-room school. Amazing. It's no surprise people fell in love with Christy. I certainly did. I love reading (this may sound twisted) of people's flaws and how they grow and sometimes overcome them, but more often just come to understand them and gain a different perspective. i.e. her sensitive nose: that never really went away, but she was able to not be as bothered by it because of her new perspective and feelings towards the people and the situation. I love love love the ending.

  • Shantelle
    2018-12-07 10:14

    Is this the end? Why isn't there more! :'( This was my first time reading Christy by Catherine Marshall ... and I loved it! Why didn't I read it sooner?? My only complaint is that the book ended. ;)More thoughts to come, potentially.Now, onto Julie!

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2018-11-25 17:04

    What a delight to reread this favorite book from my adolescence as we celebrate its 50th anniversary!When I first read this book as a young teenager, I fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the call to be a teacher. This was Christian fiction before the distinction became part of our vocabulary. Reading it as an adult, I fell in love with it all over again. This time though, I bring a new set of life experiences and heartbreaks and joys to the table and in that way the story came alive in a whole new way for me. Oh how I love these characters. Fairlight. Little Burl. Ruby Mae. Miss Alice. Dr. Neill MacNeill (I love saying his name too lol). Mountie O’Teale. And a host of others, including of course Christy herself. And the setting? Such a stark, unforgiving, lonely place to live but at the same time it’s filled with such beauty, such melodies, and such a fascinating history. Here in Cutter Gap you grow to trust God more than you ever have before – because you need Him more than you’ve ever needed Him before.Bottom Line: Christy is a story of courage, of faith, and of friendship. It’s about cherishing our differences while embracing our commonalities. It’s about trusting God for every step on a journey that literally can be uphill in the snow both ways. It’s about loving God and loving your neighbor, no matter how they talk or dress or what they believe. There is heartbreaking grief on these pages, but there is also inconceivable joy and love. (Some of that heartbreaking grief takes the form of events that might be too much for children or even young teens.)(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  • Bekah Porter-Sandy
    2018-12-03 11:09

    Some books grab you by the heart and never let you go. For me, there are three: "Gone With the Wind," "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe," and then "Christy." I try to annually read each, although in recent years (with a new marriage, new college focus, and cross-country move), I have failed in that effort.This year, I decided to rectify that situation, and I am ever so glad that I did, especially with this particular novel.I first read it as a teenager, and it captured my soul then. I loved the idea of a grand adventure to better people's lives and institute social change. But that was then, when I was still looking for my own grand journey and purpose. Now, as an adult, this book spoke to me in a much deeper way on many various levels.First, there was the historical aspects. Before, I was all caught up in the subtle love triangle and the story line. This time, I noticed how Ms. Marshall wove the culture and the dignity and the grace of the mountaineers throughout the entire novel. It was like seeing a new world through a subtle sociological perspective, and I appreciated the novel all the more for this almost academic approach.Second, Christy's spiritual journey really resonated with me. She was asking the big, overarching questions that I recently found myself pondering, and I loved how the book coaxed out an answer from a mixture of characters who all approach their faith in their own ways. While before, I thought that Christy and her relationships provided the heart of the story, this time, I recognized that it was her inner coming-of-age that really makes this book shine.And third, I recognized with renewed respect the wonderful literary ability of Ms. Marshall. She painted vivid pictures of these homes, these people, and what was in their hearts. Every paragraph, every description, every piece of dialogue -- they all served a purpose, and in an age of "Twilights" and "50 Shades of Grey," I find myself craving good, solid, real writing rather than pandering to the popular mood of the moment. I imagine I will read this book dozens times over in my coming years, and I imagine I will be just as touched with each new reading. And THAT's what a good book is supposed to accomplish. Hurrah for Ms. Marshall for doing so.

  • Abby
    2018-12-08 11:20

    I was skeptical of this book at first, however, I am so glad that I stuck with it. I reached a point where I didn't want to put it down (yes, I did stay up all hours reading it...). This book entails a young woman's sudden decision to travel to the poverty-striken Applachain Mountains and become a school teacher. Her lifestyle dramatically changes from a normal, safe, and predictable life to one with primitive accomodations (no electricity, telephones, plumbing), surrounded with filth, disease, and the dangerous superstisions of these woodland people. Living among these rough, mountain folks, seeing them suffer in their stubborn ways, and witnessing the death of those she comes to love, she begins to question her faith and doubt the existence of a God who could allow this evil to happen. Her faith is tested to the limit, and she must figure out for herself what truth is--simply accepting the word of others without knowing it for herself is not enough to sustain her. Marshall's writing is profound and applicable to people's lives today. Because all people come to place where they question reality. You will also appreciate the underlying love story--with a surprising twist that doesn't conclude until the very last page. If you find the first part a little hard to get through, keep going. It is so worth it! This book will make you question reality. Is your faith really yours? Is what you believe really the one, enduring, TRUTH?

  • katwiththehat
    2018-11-20 12:14

    This is such a delightful book. My mom, sister and I used to love watching historicals together when we were younger, and I remember watching this when it was made into a miniseries. The book is even better, giving a great glimpse of the poverty and lack of opportunity in Appalachia back in the early 1900's when young Christy Huddleston goes into the Smoky Mountains to become a schoolteacher. Such memorable characters and just a great all-around read. 4.5/5 stars.

  • Victoria Lynn
    2018-12-07 18:31

    3.5 stars.I liked this story. having seen the tv show first, then read the book once I was old enough, I found it a very accurate, picture of the place and time. Be forewarned, it can come across as depressing, and in my humble opinion, the story line was better in the tv series. There was a bit of graphic material and depressing things in this movie as well as one or two scenes that were a bit out of place and inappropriate. recommended for 16+ because of mature content.

  • LemonLinda
    2018-12-11 13:03

    This was definitely a comfort read or rather a reread for me. It is a Christian-based historical fiction set in the Tennessee mountains around 1912. Christy Huddleston is a young teacher who leaves the comfort of her Asheville, NC home to minister to and teach the children of a cove set deep within Appalachia. I first read this as a teen soon after it was published, reread it in the 80s when a TV series which I loved aired based on the book and now reread once again with great fondness for the characters and for the many messages and themes within. Family, friends, hardships, endurance, determination, tolerance, understanding of a culture so different from one's own, a strong faith commitment and yes, even a tender and slowly evolving romance are all included. It shows a young girl's determination to fight for her pupils to have basic necessities for learning. It also shows the many facets of deep mountain life of the time - from feuding and bootlegging to traditions and culture carried over many generations back from the Highlands of Scotland! It is tender. It is sweet. But it is also a real glimpse into life of this time and place as it was loosely based on Catherine Marshall's mother's experience as a young teacher. I highly recommend.

  • Kate Quinn
    2018-11-15 14:08

    I am not normally a fan of evangelical novels, but "Christy" is an exception. The titular heroine is an idealistic young girl in the 19th century who finds herself moved to volunteer as a teacher in an impoverished Appalachian town. Christy struggles to understand her pupils, their insular mountain culture, and ultimately her own faith and what it means to her. Unlike many evangelical novels, faith is not the character's sole concern: Christy spends plenty of time worrying about how to get new books for her students, how to afford that beautiful black hat on a teacher's salary, and how to choose between the handsome minister and the gruff Scottish doctor who both appear to be courting her. Disease, death, weddings, moonshine whisky, and lethal clan feuds all have their place, painting a marvelous portrait of the vivid Appalachian culture.

  • Carole Jarvis
    2018-12-03 13:26

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: say that Christy is a classic is true, but that really doesn’t do it justice. Christy is a masterpiece in which lyrical writing, vivid setting, and complex characters come together in a beautifully fascinating and compelling story that’s worth reading again and again – just as relevant today as when it was first written. The best books are life changing, and that’s the impact it had on me when first reading it as a teen. But now, reading it again through the lens of some 50 years of life experiences, this story resonates even more.It was Christy that instilled in me a love for the mountains and people of Appalachia, which isn’t surprising because I’m the granddaughter of north Georgia mountain families. The dialect was refreshingly familiar. And the lyrical prose compelled me to read slowly, savoring every word …There was something different about this wind. It was not a single note, but many notes playing up and down the scale, harmonizing at one moment, discordant the next, retreating, advancing. It caught at my nerves. And through it all, that sobbing sound. I wanted to shut it out, to flee.This is a coming-of-age story, both physically and spiritually. Feeling God’s calling, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves the comforts of home to teach in Cutters Gap, Tennessee – and it was her decision that made me examine God’s calling on my life all those years ago. Christy is pretty confident in her ability to make a difference, but instead becomes a student herself. I don’t think anyone could do a better job at vividly conveying the Appalachia of Christy’s world, which included poverty, illiteracy, superstition, feuding clans, moonshine, typhoid fever – but also the rugged beauty of the mountains and friends/ students who live on in my heart, like Fairlight, Opal, Miss Alice, Little Burl and Lundy. Christy is a story of God’s love for a people isolated from the rest of the world. As Christy learned of sacrifice, how to walk with others through their dark valleys, and the true meaning of faith, she discovered a timeless message that is relevant for all of us – that it is in life’s hardships that the most growth takes place.Romance takes a secondary place in this story, but there’s a little bit of a love triangle – and I’ll just say that my guy won Christy’s hand. The final scene isn’t long or drawn out, but couldn’t have been more memorable.Very highly recommended.I was provided a copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  • Katie Schuermann
    2018-11-23 14:14

    Interestingly, I did not like the ending of this book as a teen, but I found it very moving as an adult. It reminds me of the ending of Montgomery's Rilla of Ingleside. Not very many authors risk stopping a story on the up side of a climax, but Marshall employs the technique beautifully here. She left me with an appetite for more rather than filling my tummy with a glut of resolutions, and I'm old enough now to realize that the former is sometimes much more satisfying than the latter. Here's to maturity!

  • Jennifer Fertig
    2018-11-30 18:16

    I vow here and now to read this with each of my daughters when they are 18 or 19 years old and any of their friends that want to read along and discuss it with us. There was so much in Christy that resonated in me. Being that I am from Tennessee and generations of my family were from there, most never leaving the state and many living in and traveling through the mountains and regions nearby where this story took place obviously played a role in my enthrallment. Catherine Marshall described the beauty, well, beautifully, and she shared the heritage and history of these predominately Scotch-Irish and English individuals that you meet there exceptionally well. I know those people. They are so familiar to me with their stubbornness and hard-working, do-what-you-gotta-do-to-make-it attitudes. Fun to hear their "law me" and "ah-law" as I heard my whole growin' up. What I might love more than anything is that Marshall gives dignity to her characters. Yes, they are ignorant of the "outlanders" world, but they are not wholly stupid as the south is often painted. For example, Fairlight Spencer, my favorite character, rattles off nine different types of mosses, knows her medicinal herbs, enjoys the glory of the earth as not many know how to do, is a true seeker of knowledge and wisdom, and knows how to really be a friend to someone. All this from a country, backwoods, barefoot, illiterate lady. Love it! Marshall certainly doesn't romanticize the lives of these mountain people in 1912, and she definitely helps you understand that you ought to be thankful for the time in which you are living. Cutter Gap, Tennessee...water from the spring, not even an out-house, illiteracy, poverty, hunger, rampant typhoid fever - no thanks. But, a return to nature, coming-of-age questioning on philosophies of life, learning how to sacrifice for others, how to handle and walk with others through pain, death, and mourning, first loves and what is real love and what is not, a return to the Maker of all this beauty, quiet, peace, heaven, and so much more is woven into this amazing biographical novel. Well, come to think of it, maybe it's the redemptive stream throughout that I love the most. Or, is it that it's a biographical novel? Hmmm...well, I like it all. I'm thankful for the time that Catherine Marshall spent listening to her mother's stories and writing them all down. This should inspire us all to do the same. Sharing the past with the future generations. What a blessing and a joy to read. Inspiring.

  • Laura
    2018-12-01 18:28

    I was an avid reader as a child and still remember picking up my aunt's copy of Christy on her bookshelf. I don't remember the thickness of the book, or how old I was, but I do remember reading the book to the end and feeling slightly disappointed at how the romance ended... it wasn't clear enough or passionate enough to my childish mind. I remember taking the book to my mom, showing her the end, and asking her. Does this mean that she marries _____? And Mom, bless her heart, not having read the book, didn't know. She did read the book after that and bought her own copy so it is on her bookshelves. I never could get the girls interested in any of Grandma's old books, but when an opportunity to review and promote Christy for the 50th anniversary came open I jumped. It's a classic. My girls NEED to read it. But my fifteen year old got scared off by the thickness and the first person point of view. My twelve year old is a reluctant reader. So that means I get to read the book out loud to my daughters. And we are, a chapter a day. The girls stop what they are doing, listen to the story and at the end of a chapter beg for another, but i don't have time to read all day long -- and especially not out loud. I caught my reluctant reader picking it up and reading ahead (until she got scared off by some of the old words, and big words). Both girls are falling in love with Christy as I did, and now they want to watch the DVD which is on our shelf, even though I remind them the movie is always different than the book. They, like I did, are falling in love with the young Christy and are amazed and shocked and humbled by her adventures, struggles, and experiences. With this new release, Christy is available to a whole new generation of readers and I'm sure they will get as much enjoyment out of it as the original group fifty years ago got. Grab your copy of Christy now. This will also make a great gift for a reader on your holiday list.

  • Hanna
    2018-12-04 12:08

    I absolutely loved this book! The romance aspect of it was magnificently done, although the exciting, albeit large, book ended way to soon. David and Dr. McNeil were great, but also horrible. For older readers, this is perfectly fine, (in my opinion) but for younger readers, the description of sexual affairs is probably not appropriate. It certainly didn't take away anything for me, though.

  • Elizabeth Meadows
    2018-12-07 18:12

    I knew deep down that I would love this book, so why did it take me so long to get around to reading it? I don't know, maybe the length, but well worth the read. This book ranks right up there with Anne of Green Gables and the Little House books in my opinion, although geared more for adults than a young audience. This is a beautiful story of a 19 year old girl who leaves home to teach in a mission school in the Smokey Mountains. It has all the elements that a wonderful story should have: Joy, sadness, drama, comedy, character growth, suspense, beautiful setting, and a wonderful variety of characters. The story is based on the experiences of Catherine Marshall's mother, and is set in 1912. Published in 1967, but a must read in any year if you like pioneer stories or historical fiction set in the early 1900s. The book has a Christian message woven through, as the main characters explore their own belief systems and life goals.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-23 13:21

    This was interesting. I did read the whole thing, but when I was getting to the end I was starting to think, "Is this worth the time I have spent on it?" It was overall an uplifting story. Probably my favorite aspect was the peek into life in a small Tennessee Mountain town at the turn of last century. I couldn't help but wonder if that's how some Arkansas towns were, too. I did like the ending.That said, there was much that I disliked about this book. It seemed very dated, like I was watching a 70s movie, or something. There were some very heavy themes, such as rape, death of a baby, abuse and neglect, etc. I did not particularly like the way they were handled. It was almost like they were included to make the story interesting, since after all, this was the 70s, and we can talk about whatever we want. I'd be curious to hear what any of you thought of this book if you have read it. A good friend had highly recommended it to me, and I have to admit I was disappointed.

  • Gretchen
    2018-12-05 16:26

    This is probably the seventh or eighth time I've read this book. One of my all time favorites. Gritty, Appalachian tragedy and glorious redemption. Lyrics of mountain music thrown in everywhere. Love it.

  • Cafinated Reads Molly
    2018-12-10 17:07

    When I think of timeless classics, I think of books like this. This book, this amazingly written, profoundly captivating novel of a young woman who seeks to help the children of a small Tennessee town. Growing up, I remember watching Christy on TV with my mom. We would snuggle on the couch and watch as Kellie Martin and Tyne Daly would take over our TV. It was a wonderful show, and the book was just as wonderful. Ms. Marshall's story of young Christy Huddleston is based on true life. I loved the attention to detail she put into the story. I was transported to Cutter Gap instantly and fell in love all over again with Christy, the men who care for her and the sweet children she yearns to help. The families among Cutter Gap are pieced together perfectly and really came to life for me. This novel is one that will hit home with any reader who picks it up. There are messages from God woven in, ones the Christy Huddleston seeks for herself, and it's beautiful. Ms. Marshall had a truly talented knack for weaving a fiction novel based on the life of her mother and creating a story that will steal the reader's soul. This is beyond 5 star worthy and I will be keeping this on the shelf for many years to come! *Cafinated Reads received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Blog Tours and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

  • Noel Branham
    2018-12-15 15:30

    I read Christy in two days. Not only was it a beautifully written and timeless narrative of Appalachian culture it was also a most refreshing romance. The most surprising (and unique!) aspect of the story was Christy falling in love while being unaware of it happening; she had never felt like this before. She thought she knew what love was from her relationship with her love interest for most of the book... but towards the end, she discovered what Love was. With mountain expressions like, “But that way is so up-tilted, you could stand straight up and bite the ground.” thrown in it was hard to put down. Catherine Marshall’s descriptive sentences were a treat as well. Here is my favorite: “The evergreens were tipped with vivid green and the willows overhanging the streams were a whisper of green lace. Here and there in the fields of the valley, spicewood bushes waved yellow plumes. It was spring and I felt light and carefree.”Please read! Such a wonderful book!

  • Tarissa
    2018-12-09 10:06

    Christy is a beautiful book that illustrates quality morals and character-building traits. This book is now considered by most a vintage classic, especially in the Christian community. Due to some of the content, I recommend it for high school students and adults.In 1912, Christy Huddleston is a courageous 19-year-old, daring to shed her high-society life to become a schoolteacher in a little community set among the Appalachian Mountains. The rugged little village of Cutter Gap is quite different than young Christy's imaginings before leaving her comfy home. Nonetheless, she takes her monthly wages to work as the mission schoolteacher and does the best teaching she can, while she herself is learning on the job. The culture of the mountain folk is quite steeped in Scottish culture and beliefs. Each of the "clans" are set in their ways and don't take too kindly to change. Whether they want it or not, once plucky Christy Huddleston arrives, Cutter Gap won't be quite the same.Although the reader may not have encountered the things that Christy does, most will still relate to her bold-but-impressionable inner nature. For example, I may not have to command a schoolroom full of 70 children, battle against the moonshiners in town, bear the sights of crude surgery performed in a rustic setting, or swallow the smells of too many people living in a two-room cabin... but as I read this book, I can understand her worries, discomforts, and also the utter joys, as will any reader. It is a book to be cherished.The story is inspired by the true experience of the author's mother, Leonora Whitaker, when she was a young and impressionable schoolteacher. Additionally, I was pleased to learn that the author herself, Catherine Marshall, was married to famed minister Peter Marshall – and I'm rather excited to read her biography of him, A Man Called Peter.NOTE to the discerning reader & parents: There are 2 minor things to mention, although I don't feel that they mar the book on the whole. (1) A young teenage girl is taken advantage of by a man, and her story is told in some detail. (2) Some foul words are used throughout the book. (For these reasons I recommend the book for older teens and adults.)Christy by Catherine Marshall is certainly a new favorite novel of mine. One day it will be worth a re-read.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-16 10:12

    Warning: I do not recommend this book for anyone under the age of 15 due to some of the subject matter.Recommend for: Young adults, Homeschoolers, Those looking for faith building and faith challenging fiction.There are very few books that are life changing. For me, this is one of the few.When I first read Catherine Marshall’s Christy, I was fifteen, the youngest age my mom would let us read it at. I was captured at once by the plight of the mountain people, and cheered as Christy worked so hard to make their life better. The last third of the book though forced me to ask myself the question: “What do I believe?”This book caused me to figure out what I believed about my faith apart from parents, pastors, or anyone else. It also made me face the fact that outside my nice home bubble, there was a hurting world. I couldn’t live in the bubble forever; it was only there to prepare me to reach out.What I liked:I liked the fact that this book got me thinking. Without being preaching, just through the story, I learned so much. Christy and I had so much in common, except for the fact my parents are doing a better job to prepare me for the outside world.This book is based on real people and real events and you can feel that. The cast of characters are colorful and deep. There are no flat characters in this book. All of them have depth and feel so real.What I didn’t like:Some of the things that were hard were also what made the book so powerful. Probably the hardest part of the book was Miss Alice’s story. A man she trusted took advantage of her and she had a child out of wedlock. She tells the story of what happened to Christy in enough detail to make most of my readers squirm. This is why I think anyone under the age of fifteen shouldbe cautious about reading this book. If you wish to avoid the story (which is a pivotal part of the book), or if parents would like to preview it, it is chapter 33 in the book.I highly recommend Christy to anyone who is looking for a faith building fiction story.

  • Duane
    2018-12-01 13:23

    The one very minor thing I didn't like about the book was the ending. I'm a bit of a romantic so I would liked to have seen the ending drawn out a little more, to see more of Christy's and Dr. MacNeill's acknowledgment of love to each other. But that didn't detract from my overall view of the book.This story was set in the backwoods of The Smokey Mountains along the Tennessee North Carolina border in the early part of the 20th century. But I dare say if you were dropped into the location today it would look much as it did then in 1912. Even the people would have some similarity in talk and mannerism's. What genre was this book in; historical fiction, romance, Christian? Well, a little of all, but I liked it best as historical fiction. Just one year in the life of this young schoolteacher, but Catherine Marshall was brilliant in bringing the essence of the place, the people, the culture, to life in a picture so real you could see it and feel it.Because of the Christian and romance themes many people overlook this book. But it is worthy of being called a Classic and it deserves it place in American literature.

  • Luisa Knight
    2018-12-12 12:20

    Cleanliness: Towards the end of Chapter 7 (pg 102), it mentions that a “little girl was beaten over and over by her mother’s lover, …brutally raped” and as a result, died the next day. It references it again, later down the page and again two pages later. Chapter 33 is a woman explaining about how a man who came into her Quaker community seduced and raped her. It is detailed and graphic enough that I recommend reading it first in order to determine if you want your children reading it. A few pages into Chapter 35 (pg 396), a doctor comments on the fact that he’s amazed that a grown woman doesn’t know anything about the facts of life/sex, and again references it on pg 401. In Chapter 42 (pg 457), a woman says she was born illegitimately but uses the word “b*st*rd,” and also says she was “an accident conceived in man’s lust.”

  • Sariah
    2018-11-28 18:16

    I l-l-l-love this book! Christy is about growth, and it is very well illustrated in this book. (again I wish I could tell you better) This book is beautiful. That is all there is to it. SM (below are my more current thoughts on Christy two years later from the stuff above)This book was really fun to read with Lark, and good timing for myself. I got to know the characters so much better this go round, and appreciate them even more. Now if you look at my copy there is a comfortable amount of underlines and folded corners, especially where Miss Alice is talking. I got to know the characters even better and realized even more how amazing they are. This book deals so well with grief, growing up, conversion, and a myriad of other things. It is very well paced and an exciting read as well. Again I will say it: It is beautiful.

  • Caryn Rivadeneira
    2018-11-18 12:28

    I've never been more pleasantly surprised by a book in my life. Somehow (probably from judging the super cheesy cover) I thought this would be weak and blech. But who knew there was interesting faith dynamics and a LOVE TRIANGLE?!?!? Anyway, a good read. Now I know what it sold like corn pone.