Review of Christy: The 50th Anniversary of a Classic

Years ago when I was in high school I read the book Christy by Catherine Marshall. I didn’t remember all the details of the story, but I remembered the basics, and I remembered the impact that the story had on my life as a teen girl. When the opportunity came recently to review the newly released 50th anniversary edition of Christy, I was super excited.

Review of Christy by Catherine Marshall

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The Story

Christy is fictional but is based on the true adventures of Christy Huddleston, a 19 year old girl who left her comfortable city life in Asheville, NC to teach children in the Appalachian Mountains. Christy’s adventures take place in the early 1900s. 
The story is one of a coming of age, and adventure story, and a biography of sorts all rolled into one. Christy’s experiences are eye-opening. At one point- not long after her job begins- she’s tempted to leave it all and go back to her comfortable life. She experiences children who come to school barefoot year round, homes where the family has no toilet- indoors or out- but just go anywhere that is convenient, people who are feuding and have been feuding for years, children who are dying because of superstitions and old beliefs.
All of Christy’s adventures shape her and grow her faith. As she interacts with Alice Henderson-a Quaker woman who is running schools in other parts of the mountain, David Grantland- the minister to the people in Cutter Gap, Dr. MacNeil- a medical doctor who grew up in the mountains but went on to get his medial license, as well as all of the mountain people she meets, Christy learns that the somewhat childish eagerness that brought her to the Appalachian Mountains isn’t enough to sustain her. She realizes that she needs a personal faith and needs to understand what it is that she believes.

Review of Christy by Catherine Marshall

My Thoughts

Christy is an amazing book. I was once again touched deeply as I read. I kept a collection of quotes as well because there are so many amazing nuggets of truth. Because the book is about a real person in a real situation, the things that Christy goes through are more meaningful and the truths she comes to know are more powerful.
I’m so glad that I reread this classic. If you’ve never read it, you’re missing out. Read it! If you read it years ago, I encourage you to pick up this anniversary edition and read it again. I give this one 5 stars and a G rating for content. You can find Christy on Amazon here.

I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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