Book Review & Giveaway: Christy by Catherine Marshall (50th Anniversary Edition)

"It takes courage to leave all that is familiar and enter someone else's world." (Forward -13)

Title:  Christy
Edition: 50th Anniversary
Author: Catherine Marshall
Publisher:  Gilead Publishing
Release Date:  October 7 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

New edition of Catherine Marshall’s inspirational classic!

The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.
But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her — and her one-room school — as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?

I've never read Catherine Marshall's Christy before this recent 50th Anniversary edition. I've been meaning to, especially since I've heard so much about this story that almost was the start of Christian Fiction as a genre. The highly acclaimed Christy Awards are actually named after this book.  So how ecstatic I was to be able to finally have this opportunity. 

Christy is everything it claims to be, and probably even more than what we see. It's one of those books that at different stages in our lives, it will give a different insight to our minds. The story spoke of courage, faith, hope and friendship that doesn't always start on pleasant grounds. The dynamics of Cutter Gap and Christy's life before her arrival were complete opposites, yet together they grow and find God's love for every one, and a purpose.

"So I offer back to you this love You gave. it's all I have to give You, God. . . do with us as You please." (505)

There are some gritty areas and heartbreaking scenarios, but in all, it's a "story that aches to be told." Christy is and will always be a classic.  

"The story aches to be told. . ." (21)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Catherine Marshall (1914-1983), “The New York Times” best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel “Christy.” Based on the life of her mother, “Christy” captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in “A Man Called Peter.” A decade after Dr. Marshall’s untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of “Guideposts,” forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine’s enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.

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Celebrate the new 50th anniversary edition of Christy by entering to win one of TWO $50 Visa cash cards (details below) and by attending a Facebook Live party on December 5!

TWO grand prize winners will receive:
  • One copy of Christy
  • One $50 Visa Cash Card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5. The winner will be announced at the Christy Facebook Live Party. RSVP for a chance to connect with authors who've been impacted by Christy and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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  1. So, who does she marry ~ the doctor or the preacher?
    Many years ago, Catherine Marshall's son spoke at our church. I wanted to ask, "Who is your grandfather?" ... but, of course, I didn't. (I still would like to know. :) ) Thank you for your posting! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House


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