Christy / Edition 1

Christy / Edition 1

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by Catherine Marshall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0380001411

ISBN-13: 2900380001414

Pub. Date: 06/28/2006

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

At nineteen, Christy Huddleston left home to teach school in the Smokies—coming to know and care for the wild mountain people, with their fierce pride, terrible poverty, and dark superstitions.

Adventure, romance, and faith come together in this inspiring coming-of-age story by one of America's cherished writers

In 1912, and against the wishes of her

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At nineteen, Christy Huddleston left home to teach school in the Smokies—coming to know and care for the wild mountain people, with their fierce pride, terrible poverty, and dark superstitions.

Adventure, romance, and faith come together in this inspiring coming-of-age story by one of America's cherished writers

In 1912, and against the wishes of her parents, nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves her life of privilege and ease to become a missionary teacher in an impoverished and isolated valley in the Smoky Mountains. The job turns out to be more difficult—and rewarding—than she had anticipated, as she comes to know and care for the wild mountain people with their fierce pride, terrible poverty, dark superstitions, and their yearning for beauty and truth.

Her faith is severely tested—by her students and by the suffering of the people she comes to love. When her dearest friend is taken by a typhoid epidemic, Christy questions the sovereignty and power of God.

And when two remarkable young men fall in love with her—the pastor who is drawn to her courage and independence, and the non-Christian doctor who is drawn to the light of Christ shining through her—her heart is torn between love and desire.

Based on the life of author Catherine Marshall's mother, Leonora Whitaker, Christy has sold over ten million copies since it was first published in 1967 and is the inspiration for a new PAX television mini-series of the same name. Christy is the novel that helped define Christian fiction as we know it today, and now—for the first time—this beautifully told tale of love and faith is available in a trade paper edition.

Author Biography: The late, best-selling author Catherine Marshall wrote a number of books, including Christy, A Man Called Peter, Beyond Our Selves, The Helper, Adventures in Prayer, and Something More.

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ISBN-13:
2900380001414
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
576

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Christy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of Christy when I visited my grandmother when I was about 10 years old. Since then I have owned four different paperback copies and have read and reread each one so many times the covers have fallen off! The story is inspiring featuring love, adventure, heartbreak and drama all set in the brutal back drop of turn of the century Appalachian Mountains. The story's main heroine Christy is voluntarily but unwittingly plucked from her very sheltered life in city and put into what is still one of the most rural areas of America. Marshall's telling of the story through Christy offers a wonderful window into the rough, raw yet beautiful and soulful life in the 'hills'.
nmmama43 More than 1 year ago
I love this book and have read it numerous times over the years - definitely a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book turned out to be the total opposite of what I thought it would have been. It was a romance, mystery, and Christion-based novel and I enjoyed every page!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I had to read it for summer reading going into the 8th grade, and I thought it was going to be boring. It turned out to be exactly the opposite. This book mixes mystery with romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
InTheBookcase 9 months ago
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.
QueenJody More than 1 year ago
I bought my copy of Christy when they announced that it was going to be a TV movie. I was in awe and inspired by Christy and her wiliness to give up all that she's known to teach these mountain children (and families). I plan on reading this book to my daughters in a few years as I know they too will enjoy the setting, characters and the passion of Christy and the children. A MUST read!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This was a really enjoyable book, and I feel like I learned quite a bit about the culture of some of the mountain people of that time period. Their theories and practices were fascinating. I enjoyed how the narrator confronted her fears and grew within the book. She comes to work at a church mission so Christianity is prevalent throughout without being pushy. I am not so sure how I feel about the ending though. It was even greater knowing that it was based not only on a true story, but on the experiences of the author's own mother.
wackyweirdo More than 1 year ago
I'm reviewing lots of classic books that I've read, and this one I reccomend hightly! It's very good for girls (or even boys) 12 or over. Christy is a christian book and teaches good values, but it has plenty of excitment. Romance, adventure, hardship, lessons: It has lots of everything! (Read more of my reviews)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne or Green Gables I have read, along with little Women. I have read some of the little house on the prarie. When I was assigned to read this book for school I thought it was going to be some dumb western book I would aganize over reading and my mom would have to get after me everyday to finish it. But this was not the case. I loved it. It was so inspiring to a young Christian girl. Even to girls who are not Christain, I think it would still find a way into their heart becasue of the love and emotions attached to every sentence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read for all young women. I first read this book a couple years ago and recently found it and had to read it again. You won't be able to put this one down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Christy' should be read by every girl. It is a wonderful read in which I think almost every young woman can somehow relate to Christy. This book will make you laugh, cry, and smile. It has a rewarding ending, and everyone comes to love Christy's mentor, Alice, who has a passion for God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is soooo great! If you like historic fiction mixed with a little romance it is super!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's a reason this book has lasted several decades! It's exciting and hard to put down. There's just a bit of mystery, heartache, and romance. It was only slightly predictable at times; in fact, I thought I knew who she was going to end up with (and I couldn't stand him!) and then in a twist, it turned out to be someone else. It was truly inspiring. One character is a very wise woman who is full of lessons for Christy about Christ and life in general. While I read the book, I learned much from her as well!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really long, but worth your while, this story will enchant you to come and experience life in a new way. I first read it in the eight grade, and my copy is getting a little tattered. Don't get bogged down in all the details and relations, this is a 'big picture' book. And what is the big picture? I wouldn't want to spoil the ending. But make sure you have tissues handy, because it has a habit of playing with emotions and is sure to bring tears to your eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an awesome book. i was a little disappointed about who christy picked to marry but its a great book. it moved me. i couldnt put the book down. i dont know anyone that doesnt love this book.... READ IT Y'ALL its awesome and truthful. GOD BLESS AND BE WITH OUR TROUPS IN IRAG...GOD BLESS THEM AND THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY...freedom doesnt come FREE
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to find a book to read then take a test on it for a book report and at first I didn't think it was going to be good and after I read the 1st chapter I couldn't put it done.