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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  30,758 ratings  ·  1,122 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published 1967)
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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 ma ...more
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, fascinatin
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
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, ...more
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 Chr
Kathy Tope
My Granny recommended this book to me an eon ago but I had no desire to read it. That being said, it is my firm conviction that you won't read what won't speak to you on some level, so as I was not a Christian yet, the recommendation was a bit premature. But 20 some odd years later and what a beautiful story that provoked a deeper hunger for God, confirming my own relationship and interaction with Him. The most poignant part of the book for me was when Christy was grieving and could not stand up ...more
Christy is one of my all-time favorite books.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 stubbornness, their 'clan' loyalty and their work ethic. Though the story was completely inspiring and uplifting it wasn't sappy either. There was poverty, violence, murder, disease, and the authentic stings of failure and disappointment. I liked that romance was almost at a minimum. Although I thoroug ...more
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 differen
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
Kate Quinn
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 b ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Sariah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All women, and girls "old" enough to enjoy lovely romance
Recommended to Sariah by: My Mither
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 under
Caryn Rivadeneira
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.
This is probably the seventh or eighth time I've read this book. One of my all time favorites. Gritty, Appalachian tragedy and glorious, contrived redemption. Lyrics of mountain music thrown in everywhere. Love it.
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
Ellie Sorota
It's been sitting on my shelf for AGES.

This is turning out to be a wonderful book - already cried several times. I'm a sucker for those Appalachia folk, but Christy has unexpected characters, which is hard to find in settler/early America novels.

This book surprised almost every expectation I brought to page one. I've read alot of early American Christian books, and needless to say, they're usually flat and predictable. However, Christy delves into the Scottish settlers of the Smoky Moun
This was a really enjoyable book, and I feel like I learned quite a bit about the culture of some of the mountain people in that area. I've always been interested in those little pockets of people whom time forgot.
What a strong female character the narrator is! I enjoy a woman in a book who can confront her fears, push up her sleeves and do what needs doing.

The book was a little bit heavy on the Christianity, but I did appreciate a lot of what was said about it, particularly the discussions bet
Bekah Porter-Sandy
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
I rarely feel this way, but I didn't want this book to end. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. I was afraid it would be schlocky and schmaltzy, but it really wasn't. I found the "inspirational" aspect to be really well incorporated; it flows seamlessly and meaningfully along with the story in a gentle, impacting way. I didn't find it too Hallmark movie-ish at all. I actually loved a lot of Miss Alice's wisdom, and I wasn't expecting to. Often when a character is postured as so wise an ...more
I ruined this book for myself by watching the TV series "Christy", starring the totally annoying Kellie Martin. Christy decides to take up a teaching post in an almost uninhabitable area. She quickly finds the people there need more than just an education. They need love. I think the book might have been really enjoyable if it weren’t for the fact that I saw Kellie’s chubby cheeked, fake wide-eyed innocence with every word I read. Sigh. The only saving grace was Dr. Neil MacNeill, who there simp ...more
Naomi Bennet

Seriously, this book was epic. Christy is an amazing heroine - likable, strong, faithful, kind. She's a great schoolteacher and takes a lot of initiative; and knows so well how to tackle everything. The descriptions of the wild mountain people and their often-rough situations were REAL and I became totally engrossed in the story. I found it amazing. :-)

One thing though - I personally thought Christy should've ended up with David. But the fact that's she didn't didn't make me rate this bo
I felt like this was my first "grown up" book, probably read it when I was a young tween, maybe teen. I have read it several times since...I think every young girl should put it on her list! The fact that this was based on a real girl made it that much more enjoyable. I learned that girls have always been pretty awesome!
John Yelverton
A fantastic story about a woman who gives up everything she knows to become a school teacher in rural Tennessee.
This is the only book that I've ever burned.
"Christy", by Catherine Marshall, the widow of Senate chaplain, Peter Marshall. This work of historical fiction is one of the most inspirational pieces of literature I've ever experienced. To say I've read this book is inadequate because concealed within its pages I discovered depth, sincerity, truth, a pathway to renewed faith and purpose.

Catherine Marshall wrote the story of Christy based on one year in the life of her young mother, Lenora Whitaker, who left home to teach school in rural appa
I cried at the sadness, the poverty and the 'Superstitions.' I fell in love with Fairlight, and of course, Dr. Mc Neal. Christy was a caring and loving person throughout the story, despite her lack of real understanding of "Mountain Ways!" I read the book when I was a teenager, and did not pay attention to more than the story. I have recently reread and came away with a completely different reading experience. I think the way it was structured by Catherine Marshall (telling it in the past tense) ...more
Chris McKenzie
I first discovered this book when I was about 10 and home from school with some minor illness. It was actually the Readers' Digest condensed version, thus I devoured it within a couple of hours. I have read it many times since, in its entirety, and have gone through several copies as I am always loaning books to people and not getting them back. The short-lived TV series was, to me, an excellent portrayal of Christy and the mountain people, but the book is richer, deeper, and more profound. Even ...more
When I picked up this book again, after having not read it for quite some time, it was like wrapping myself in a favorite, but little used, blanket. As I read through the prologue, where Christy revisits the small community that affected her life so much, I almost began to cry. It was so comforting to be reading this lovely story once again.

Christy Huddleston, a young and impressionable nineteen-year-old, makes the decision to become a teacher in a rural mountain area. Little does she know that
Julie Graves
Christy is one of my all-time favorite books. I read it as a young teenager and it captured my heart then as well as now after re-reading it. I find it so hard to write a review of a classic for some reason so I'm going to go a little different than normal and just introduce the characters:

Christy Huddleston: A 19 year old full of idealism goes to Cutter Gap to teach the mountain children of the Cove. She has never taught before but doesn't realize how difficult her job will be. Over 60 students
Jan 17, 2008 dreamer rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy faith-inspired works
Shelves: read-in-2008
I read this book in high school, and while I've *thought* I carried a fondness for it ever since, I'm not so sure anymore. I'm wondering if I confused it with a book by LaVyrle Spencer ('Years' I think it's called) that has a similar backstory.

I love novels that transport me back in time, which should be pretty obvious since my absolute favorites are 'Gone With the Wind' and 'Anne of Green Gables'. This one failed to hold my interest; I had to force myself to finish and that was after I took a b
Honestly, loving this book was a big shocker! It looks like one of those titles I'd seen and passed over on my Grannie's bookshelf. But it was amazing. It's long, about 550-something pages, but I only found myself less than 100% interested twice: Once in the prologue (after the first two chapters I was hooked!) and once about 4/5ths through.

The story's about a girl who on a whim volunteers to teach school out in the boonies. She's young and inexperienced, but slowly succeeds both as a teacher an
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