Item description for Christy (Christy) by Catherine Marshall...
Overview Eager for excitement, nineteen-year-old Christy decides to leave home and teach school in a remote section of the Smoky Mountains
In the year 1912, nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains -- and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.
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Citations And Professional Reviews Christy (Christy) by Catherine Marshall has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 1001
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Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1997 page 652
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Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 789
Wilson Fiction Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 550
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 4" Height: 6.75" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1993
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0380001411 ISBN13 9780380001415
Availability 0 units.
More About Catherine Marshall
Catherine Marshall wrote several best-selling books in her lifetime, including A Man Called Peter, Something More, and Christy. Her love for God and love of writing were born at an early age and remained fervent until her death in 1983.
Catherine Marshall was born in 1914 and died in 1983.
Christy is my favorite book of all time. It's one of those books you can read over and over again and never get board. It's wonderful.
Christy: An Enjoyable Read Feb 5, 2007
Christy is a heart-warming story of a 19-year old girl who yearns to find fulfillment in life. The book covers approximately a one-year period beginning with Christy leaving her comfortable life for the incredibly challenging task of teaching at a mission school in the Tennessee mountains. While there is romance, I see it more as a (spiritual) coming-of-age book where the events and people lead Christy to find meaning in life and to claim her Christian faith as her own. The book is very well written with interesting characters and thought-provoking situations. I found it hard to put down and highly recommend it!
A wonderfully inspiring story-very spiritual! Jan 20, 2007
Christy was just a young 19-year-old when she leaves her home and parents in Asheville to pursue a career in teaching at Cutter Gap. This was an area in the smoky mountains where there was terrible poverty and hardship among the people there. And there was scarcely any money to fund a school. What Christy found there was a lack of so many needed items, no textbooks or anything to teach with, and the children there did not even have shoes to wear!
There were families that lived in filth, and hardly had food to eat. Christy felt so discouraged, and homesick and in tears almost gave it up. That is-until Miss Alice, the matriarch teacher, and a woman with a lot of wisdom helped Christy discover what it was she had to pursue. She helped her pray about it, as Miss Alice was a christian woman. Then there was also David, the preacher, of whom stuck by Christy all the way. David falls hard for Christy, and later wants to marry, but time will tell this story.
So as Christy continues on, she gains ideas of writing to business people, asking for help on her mission for the school. And one by one, donations come rolling in from shoes, to a horse for transportation, to textbooks and school supplies for the kids. It was from here on that the school flourished well. But throughout the story, there was much tragedy that happened.
Dr. MacNeill, the country doctor also fell for Christy. But he and Christy always had run-ins with each other, and could never seem to get along. Dr. MacNeill once had a wife who passed away-so that made him a bitter man sbout everything-and the fact that he was an atheist didn't help matters any. Dr. MacNeill was a wonderful doctor though, and saves many lives throughout this story. Christy learns later that Miss Alice's daughter was once married to the doctor, and had a tragic death. So the doctor has never quite gotten over it-and has felt the pain of loss ever since.
Christy makes many friends, all except for Miss Ida, the snotty housekeeper who is jealous for some reason, and never liked her. The kids love her dearly, and when there is a typhoid outbreak, Christy comes to lose a best friend, Fairlight, who she has taught to read. The two formed a special bond, and when this happens, Fairlight's children are left without a mother. This is also where Christy steps in and takes over, and as others fall ill or die, she is up day and night until the end of the epidemic.
The book is very biblical and is based on faith. As the story goes on, Christy develops a strong faith of her own as she overcomes the tragedies in the Quaker Town, and helps others come to faith as well.
CHRISTY Apr 16, 2006
I am quite amused by two of the customer reveiws which I have recently read by people who favor David for Christy over the Dr. First of all, allow me to say that this superb example of Christian literature is not, by definition, a romance novel. This is a 'maturing' plot. This book is about trusting in God for your needs, and for guidence. It is about giving of yourself. Finding purpose, and meaning, in life. And helping others to find their faith. I believe that is one of the reasons Catherine Marshall tossed Dr. MacNeil into the drama. His love for Christy showed him that God must be real . . . because love must come from somewhere . . . or, rather, from SOMEONE. I like Neil. It is hard for me to grasp why some people don't. Though, like Christy, my feelings about him are often divided, my more noble feelings win out in the end. Who wouldn't think highly of a man who pours all of his streangth out for a people ravaged by poverty and disease when he could have been rich, and famous? Christy also kissed a comfortable life goodbye, in order to be of service. They were soul mates. As far as David goes, I like him, too. In the end, it seemed Miss Alice had discovered the core of his weakness. At this piont, if the story had continued, his charactor might have been developed to full advantage. Recognizing our problem is half of the solution. And there ARE plenty of really great things about David that certainly deserve commendation. But the fact does remane that he was, evidently, using his relationship with Christy as a means to escape the pointlessness in his life. This may be an opinion, but I believe we should never turn romance in order to escape from reality. We should find joy and meaning in being who God meant for us to be . . . and THEN, through that heart spilling over with the Holy Spirit, though that life touched with redemption, God will bless us with a love that GIVES more than it TAKES.
A Way in Life Apr 4, 2006
Most people find thier way in life by going to college, getting married or moving away.BUt Christy Huddleston found her self in many hardships from moving to a small mountain town known as Cutter Gap. Here, Christy came across many situations many people would never even think of. she came to Cutter Gap not knowing anything about the traditional or superstitious ways of the mountain people. Some ways she found to be very offensive, and others were surprisingly more beautiful more deep then anything she saw in life. But in the end, Christy found the mountain people gave more to her then she first expected to give to them.
Everyone is searching for their purpose in life, what they were made to do, how to make a difference. for Christy, it came fro mteaching in a secluded mountain cove. She was a missionary and was paid very little. But she wanted to help the children, and thier parents. Most of the people lived in extreme poverty, took no sanitary precautions, were illiterate,and murdered other people from superstitions, pride of grudges. Christy came and, with the help of the other missionaries, set up a general store, asked for supply and moeny donations, and helped families with their personal problems. But, with the friends she met, she found they told her how to live, how life should be, and that they had made more of an impact of her then she had on them.
Throughout the story, Christy had to encounter death, gruesome operations and the cruelty of people. Many times she was discouraged, feeling unqualified to be a school teacher that doubled as a role model for the proper, good Christian girl. but she found that it wasn't her responsibility to show the people a moral life. Most of them were already completely satisfied. She discovered just by showing the students love, they would learn better. SHe learned that you should not jugde an adult that seems uneducated, because they may turn out to be alot more of a person than you expected. They may actually be smarter and more beautiful then you on the inside, and become your best friend. In all the relationships she made, she found her heart, the way anyone should live life, and the purpose and place for her own life.