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Christy

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  35,170 Ratings  ·  1,238 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 January 1st 1967)
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Terry Definitely! I read this book in 1974 as a teenager and it definitely made an impact on my life. It deals with some tough life issues but in a manner…moreDefinitely! I read this book in 1974 as a teenager and it definitely made an impact on my life. It deals with some tough life issues but in a manner that is not sensationalistic. Read it yourself and then, you'll know! It's good for adults and teens, in my opinion. Some of the information in this book helped me in college twenty years later. (less)
Challice Neipp Yes. It's called Julie by Catherine Marshall and it tells about Christy's daughter and then a Man Called Peter is Catherine Marshall's own story. :)
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Michelle
Mar 30, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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
Carly
Sep 07, 2011 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carly by: Vicki
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
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Natasha
Nov 03, 2008 Natasha rated it it was amazing
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
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Kathy Tope
May 27, 2011 Kathy Tope rated it it was amazing
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
AnnaMay
Jun 27, 2010 AnnaMay rated it it was amazing
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
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Abby
Jan 30, 2009 Abby rated it really liked it
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
LemonLinda
Jan 26, 2016 LemonLinda rated it it was amazing
This was definitely a comfort read or rather a reread for me. It is a Christian-based historical fiction set in the Tennessee mountains around 1912. Christy Huddleston is a young teacher who leaves the comfort of her Asheville, NC home to minister to and teach the children of a cove set deep within Appalachia. I first read this as a teen soon after it was published, reread it in the 80s when a TV series which I loved aired based on the book and now reread once again with great fondness for the c ...more
Bekah Porter-Sandy
Nov 27, 2012 Bekah Porter-Sandy rated it it was amazing
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
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Kate Quinn
May 22, 2010 Kate Quinn rated it really liked it
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
Olivia
May 23, 2016 Olivia rated it liked it
Wayyyy better than the movies (me and my sister went mad watching those...especially toward the end, but that is just a side note :)). Still, I was uncomfortable with a few of the subject matters and some of the characters just got on my nerves. But Neil is really nice. David is just as BLAH as in the movie. There are a lot of good lessons in this and I did enjoy it...but yeah, not a favorite.
Tarissa
Dec 22, 2015 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah
Mar 21, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
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Michelle
Sep 13, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok
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
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Sariah
Aug 10, 2012 Sariah rated it it was amazing
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
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Rosie
Jun 07, 2016 Rosie rated it really liked it
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Caryn Rivadeneira
Aug 30, 2013 Caryn Rivadeneira rated it liked it
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.
Gretchen
Mar 17, 2016 Gretchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
Ellie Sorota
Feb 17, 2010 Ellie Sorota rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
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.


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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
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Elizabeth
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
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Audrey
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
J.Elle
Dec 17, 2010 J.Elle rated it it was ok
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 Sarah
Feb 28, 2015 Naomi Sarah rated it it was amazing
AMAZING.

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
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Jessica Prescott
I got about halfway through this--I couldn't make myself finish it. I'm sorry, guys; I know a lot of you really, really love this book . . . but it wasn't my cup of tea. I think the bottom line is, me and Christian Fiction Romance--of ANY kind--just don't mix very well.
Alissa
Feb 17, 2016 Alissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites
I first read this book probably about 20 years ago. I remember loving it. Recently after a friend read and reviewed it and I've been watching the t.v. series with my girls, I decided to pick it up and reread it and see if I still loved it. I do! That's not to say that there are a few things I didn't like. It seemed a little slow during the first half and there is quite a bit of preaching in it. But it is written by a woman who had a preacher for a father, one for a husband, and her son was a pre ...more
Kristi
Apr 16, 2016 Kristi rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I haven't read this book before now. This is where I got my name and I feel a bit honored. I loved this book and the interview at the beginning of the audiobook with Catherine Marshall's son explaining that his Grandmother was the inspiration for this book and it is 90 to 95% true, made me love it all the more. I think I need to start swapping howdies instead of just saying "hello" to people.
Connie
Aug 24, 2010 Connie rated it it was amazing
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!
Margaret
Jul 28, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
Alas, another book that I've read far too many times that I read yet again. When will the madness stop!!

Christy will always be one of my favorite comfort reads. It's a quick read, it's well-written and it's tRuE !!1! (mostly. kind of. Dr. McNeil isn't:( )

Anyways. @caitlyn read this book.
John Yelverton
Oct 02, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
A fantastic story about a woman who gives up everything she knows to become a school teacher in rural Tennessee.
Rhys
Jan 25, 2009 Rhys rated it did not like it
This is the only book that I've ever burned.
Felicity
Aug 01, 2016 Felicity rated it really liked it
Aaahh, THIS BOOK!
I was just randomly walking in our library and came across Christy and of course I read the book immeadiately after reading its description! And loved it.
First of all I loved the fact that Christy doesn't marry David - even though I was hoping for it in the beginning - because when I realised David wasn't a "good guy" after all, I decided he wasn't the right guy for my precious Christy (Very cheeky, I know!).
But all those lovely children! And it's based on a true story! And they
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Marshall was born in Johnson City, Tennessee.[1][2] She was the daughter of the Reverend John Ambrose Wood and Leonora Whitaker Wood.[1] From the age of nine until her graduation from high school, Marshall was raised in Keyser, West Virginia,[1] where her father served as pastor of a Presbyterian church from 1924 to 1942.[1]

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“Evil is real - and powerful. It has to be fought, not explained away, not fled. And God is against evil all the way. So each of us has to decide where WE stand, how we're going to live OUR lives. We can try to persuade ourselves that evil doesn't exist; live for ourselves and wink at evil. We can say that it isn't so bad after all, maybe even try to call it fun by clothing it in silks and velvets. We can compromise with it, keep quiet about it and say it's none of our business. Or we can work on God's side, listen for His orders on strategy against the evil, no matter how horrible it is, and know that He can transform it.” 44 likes
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