Christy by Catherine Marshall | Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Live Party

Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. Reconnect with Catherine Marshall’s beloved Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new edition! As nineteen-year-old teacher Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home of Cutter Gap, 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?

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
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{More about Christy}

Christy (50th Anniversary Edition) (Evergreen Farm, October 2017)

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?

Learn more, get a free map of Cutter Gap, and purchase a copy.

Catherine Marshall

{More About Catherine Marshall}

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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Catherine Marshall’s ‘Christy’ celebrates its 50th anniversary

A new edition of the classic story of determination and devotion to be released

11/9/2017 || Seattle: Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. One such book is Catherine Marshall’s Christy (Evergreen Farm, an imprint of Gilead Publishing/October 17, 2017/ ISBN 9781683701262/$24.99), originally released in 1967 and now celebrating its 50th anniversary with the release of a new hardcover edition and its first-ever release as an e-book. Based on Marshall’s mother’s life, the story of Christy is one of determination, devotion and commitment to making a difference in the world.

Marshall’s best seller tells the story of nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston who moves from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1912 and finds herself in Cutter Gap, a Smoky Mountain community that feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions and century-old traditions. Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, and some of the Cutter Gap residents see her — and her one-room school — as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged by trial and tragedy, and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Christy landed on the New York Times list on November 5, 1967. Since then, more than 10 million copies have been sold worldwide, and the book blazed a trail for the new Christian fiction genre. In 1994, more families were introduced to the beloved character, Christy, and to the works of Marshall when the story inspired a CBS television movie pilot starring Kellie Martin that was so well received, it became a TV series.

“The story of Christy has endured because of its timeless themes. A young person, barely 19, is inspired to contribute her time and talents to make a difference,” states Nancy LeSourd, Evergreen Farm’s publisher and spokesperson for the Marshall-LeSourd family. “Christy is a tale of courage, determination, and passion. Christy and other key characters in the novel have to learn how to take who they are, and what they have to give, and serve a community that challenges them in ways they cannot anticipate. Even though the story took place 100 years ago, these key characters’ approaches to making a difference is not unlike the Millennial generation today.”

In conjunction with the bestselling book’s Golden Anniversary, the e-book will be available for the first time. Readers can purchase the digital edition through online retailers, and libraries can now include the digital book in their OverDrive collection. Its re-release will introduce a new generation of readers to the story that has delighted millions and inspired many authors in the Christian genre. Christy will also mark the first release under Gilead Publishing’s Evergreen Farm imprint, specializing in books written by both Catherine Marshall and Dr. Peter Marshall.

“There is a whole generation of readers who aren’t familiar with Christy, and we want to introduce them to her story,” explains Dan Balow, CEO and Publisher of Gilead Publishing. “Our intention was to create a book to be read, not placed in a shelf as a keepsake, so readers won’t find commemorative features. The book being available in digital format for the first time is an avenue of reaching a vast new audience.”

The Christy Awards™, the industry’s premiere award program for recognizing excellence in Christian fiction, was named in honor of the book. This award promotes the power of story written from a Christian worldview in nine categories. This year’s The Christy Awards™ will be awarded November 8, 2017, in Nashville in association with

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s (ECPA) Publishing University (PubU) and The Art of Writing conference.

Learn more about the 50th anniversary of Christy plus download a free map of Cutter Gap by visiting Readers can also keep up with news on future Evergreen Farm releases via Facebook (@gileadpublishing) and Twitter (@GileadPub).

About the Author

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, Marshall probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders.

She also shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate during World War II, in A Man Called Peter. The movie version, an immediate box-office hit, was nominated for an Academy Award. A decade after Dr. Marshall’s untimely death, Marshall married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of Guideposts. The writing team collaborated often at Evergreen Farm on Christy and 17 other books.

A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Marshall’s enduring career spanned four decades and six continents and reached more than 30 million readers.

About the Spokesperson

Nancy LeSourd, is the daughter-in-law of Catherine Marshall and spokesperson for the Marshall-LeSourd family. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, during the turbulent civil rights era of the 1960s, where she learned first-hand as a teenager the impact that a young person can have on history. She taught history in middle school and high school before becoming a lawyer and has more than 30 years of experience as an intellectual property attorney, helping nonprofit organizations maximize their publishing assets.

LeSourd also serves as publisher for Evergreen Farm, an imprint of Gilead Publishing. Nancy and her husband, Jeff, live at Evergreen Farm in Lincoln, Virginia, and have two delightful grown children.

Suggested Interview Questions

—How many copies of Christy have been sold in the last 50 years since its original release?

—Why do you think Christy resonated with so many people at the time it was written? What makes this story as culturally relevant today as it was when it was first written?

—Readers throughout time have always had a strong emotional connection to Christy. What is it about Christy that especially resonates with young women especially?

—Are there special features in the new edition, for both those who have read and loved Christy many years ago and younger generations who aren’t familiar with the book?

—In what ways will Millennials be able to relate to Christy, a character based on a woman who was born 120 years ago?

—How has Christy shaped Christian fiction and the Christian publishing industry as a whole?

—What would Catherine Marshall think of the book being so popular that it became a beloved TV series?

—What lessons can those who are about to make a life change and enter an unfamiliar world glean from the story of Christy?

To request a review copy of Christy, to schedule an interview with Nancy LeSourd or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings,



    This book uniquely shares life’s struggles, heartaches, questions, and joys in spite of difficult circumstances. This book shows Christy finding her purpose in the midst of very difficult and heartbreaking conditions of life in Cutter Gap. I loved the transformation she goes through spiritually to find her trust and assurance in God and His Word. The heart of this book is the stories of the people and how they impact Christy and her time in Cutter Gap. Not the biggest fan of this cover, but if you peek under the book flap there is a beautiful hardback with gold lettering that is stunning!

    Written by Bringing Up Books on December 20, 2017


    I loved the Christy book and movies growing up so I was utterly delighted to dive back into the memorable world of Christy as an adult and found it to be as utterly enchanting and heartbreaking as it was many years ago. Filled with heartbreak and wisdom this book tells the mesmerizing tale of a young girl entering a world very different from what she was raised in, trying to make a difference among a people who view her as an outsider. It is not wonder this book is a classic and I love this edition that commemorates the 50th anniversary of its publishing. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by The Perfect beginning on December 14, 2017


    Christy is a much loved book by Catherine Marshall that is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this great book. I hadn’t ever read this book but had heard about it from so many people since I began reading Christian Fiction that I was so excited to have the opportunity to read this Christian Historical Fiction.

    Written by For The Love of Books on December 14, 2017


    This is a big book! You’d think, by the looks of it that it may be daunting but open the pages and you are quickly swept to Cutter Gap and you can’t leave until you turn every last page.

    Written by Rejoice in the Little Things on December 13, 2017


    A classic for so many years, it is time for a new generation to fall in love with the setting and tale of Christy.

    This is a reprinting of the beloved novel in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary!

    Written by Books, Beautiful Books on December 12, 2017


    If you haven’t read Christy by Catherine Marshall and you like historical works, then put it on your To Be Read list!! I have read it multiple times and seen the show and it is still a favorite!

    Christy is a work of fiction based on Catherine’s mother’s experiences. At times it is hard to read for different reasons. Sometimes it is the dialect or speech of the Appalachian highlanders, sometimes it is the incidences that occur in the those mounts and valleys where Christy teaches school and is taught many life lessons. Christy is an amazing story of one young woman and the amazing people she learns to love. It’s also teaches just a little bit about the history of the Appalachian Mountains.

    Written by The Life and times of a pwnmom… on December 9, 2017


    This is a beautiful 50th-anniversary copy of this delightful book. It has a map of all the important places in Cutter Gap in the front. Also a compiled list of the characters and a short relationship they have with each other. I would like to find out how much of this story is not fiction. Don’t expect the book to be like the television series. There are some vast differences in places and at times it follows the book closely.

    Written by Dixie n Dottie on December 8, 2017


    It has been quite some time since I took this journey to Cutter Gap with new teacher Christy. As a teacher for many years, I finally picked up a copy after hearing how so many of my colleagues were positively influenced by this classic story. I agree, it is a marvelous accounting of turn of the century life and the struggles of the impoverished mountain folk. It would be so easy to leave the story in the past, a tale for an earlier time, if our society didn’t still mirror the struggles faced by the children and parents of Cutter Gap. It was refreshing to read it through new eyes opened by experience. I felt the same pity and despair, but I felt a new empowering, and humble need to care for the “Cutter Gap” people in my area. It is amazing that a tale from so long ago can still inspire hope and act at a catalyst for change. Let’s all learn along with Christy and apply the message of social awareness and apathy and see if we can make a change in the world for the better.

    Written by A Day of Small Things on December 8, 2017


    Ms. Marshall had a truly talented knack for weaving a fiction novel based on the life of her mother and creating a story that will steal the reader’s soul. This is beyond 5 star worthy and I will be keeping this on the shelf for many years to come!

    Written by Cafinated Reads on December 8, 2017


    This book is well written and keeps the readers involved. I would definietly recommend

    Written by Babybum’s Book Reviews on December 8, 2017


    Christy is the 50th anniversary addition of this classic. Written by Catherine Marshall, it’s both inspiring and well written. It’s portrayed with vivid imagination, letting the reader delve into a world other than theirs. It’s a compelling book and a book that I would recommend to read. Even if you read it when it first came out and were young, re-read it again with a different outlook at a new age.

    Written by on December 8, 2017


    I enjoyed getting the chance to read this book again!

    Written by Amanda Holmes on December 8, 2017


    This book is timeless! I read it for the first time a few years ago with my mom and to get it again – for the 50th anniversary – I was really quite thrilled! If you’ve never read the book and enjoy Historical Fiction or enjoy Love Comes Softly on The Canadian West Saga, this book is for you.

    Written by Beautifully Broken on December 8, 2017


    There is something wonderful about rediscovering an old favorite. I won’t say “forgotten,” because I never forgot the book existed, but I hadn’t read it many years. Catherine Marshall’s seminal novel, Christy, was just as emotive as I remember.

    The first time I read Christy was when I stumbled upon it at my great-grandmother’s house. I was immediately hooked. Marshall’s voice is very strong and distinct. Christy quickly begins to feel like a real person. Her narrative quickly pulls you fully into her world. As she takes us on her journey, we discover a harsh yet beautiful world that is now lost.

    Written by Neverending Stories on December 7, 2017


    To be back with Christy is unreal. To travel back in time with a character that you recall from your childhood and young adult years is truly similar to visiting with a dear friend. Cutter Gap is a setting many will recall, and while reading this book I swore I could smell the fresh air breezing through the nettled trees.

    I think believe that this book and this story is one that readers can read and re-read throughout their lives. I reflect back to the first time reading this book when I was 12 years old, and the show was still on TV. I think Christy was the first female hero in my life that was a teacher besides my mom, I felt as though Christy was impacting my thoughts on where and how one could teach.

    Written by Bibliophile Reviews on December 7, 2017


    I don’t know exactly when I had heard of the book or read it, so reading the anniversary edition was fun. I think the best part was learning how it relates family history, to be specific Catherine Marshall’s mother and her life in the 1900s. This was a time when a young woman embarked to a place where strangers were welcomed easily and winning the trust of folks took a lot of work and faith.

    I loved reading how Catherine’s mother related so much history to her daughter and challenged her to put it into writing. I am thankful that once again it is made available for a new generation to read and learn what occurred long before they were born. To learn how different life was back then and the dangers Christy faced when she entered a small town as a complete stranger.

    Written by Seeking With All Yur Heart on December 7, 2017


    There is so much in this book there is no way to start describing it all. So I highly recommend Christy to everyone! This is a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their lifetime!

    Written by Splashes of Joy on December 6, 2017


    Christy is a masterpiece in which lyrical writing, vivid setting, and complex characters come together in a beautifully fascinating and compelling story that’s worth reading again and again – just as relevant today as when it was first written. Christy is a story of God’s love for a people isolated from the rest of the world. As Christy learned of sacrifice, how to walk with others through their dark valleys, and the true meaning of faith, she discovered a timeless message that is relevant for all of us – that it is in life’s hardships that the most growth takes place.

    Written by The Power of Words on December 5, 2017


    Oh, this book. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Catherine Marshall’s Christy has proved itself as a worthwhile read—an inspirational classic that can be read over and over again. It’s a truly beautiful story, based on Marshall’s mother’s experiences, as Christy follows the call to be a teacher in the Appalachian community of Cutter Gap. Adventure and hardships, grief and faith, friendship and romance all grace the pages of this book and make it captivating. This is not the first time I’ve read Christy and I’m sure it won’t be the last—I look forward to many more rereads and highly recommend it.

    Written by Book by Book on December 5, 2017


    Catherine Marshall doesn’t hold back any punches and shows life in its full, raw, and rough form. But, she also shows the love Christy developed for the people of Cutter Gap, how they opened her eyes to God and His love for us in ways she never could have living in Asheville. This book gave me a new outlook on life and a new appreciation for the area of Tennessee I have grown to love. If you have never read the book, or if you read it as a young person, pick it up and read it. It is well worth the time.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on December 5, 2017


    What a beautiful story! Wonderfully told with imagery and emotion, a time and way of life are vividly portrayed as the characters spring to life on the page. I was captivated by Christy’s dramatic journey and loved the pearls of wisdom and life lessons shared in her story. Christy is a heartfelt and memorable tale!

    Written by Buzzing About Books on December 5, 2017


    For those of you that haven’t read Christy, you really must! It’s a lovely story that is definitely worth your reading time. It takes place in the Great Smokey Mountains, during 1912. It tells the story of Christy, fictionally based on Marshall’s mother. At only 19, she takes on the task of teaching children living in great poverty. Marshall has a beautiful way of writing, and this story completely has my reading heart.

    Written by Bluerose’s Heart on December 5, 2017


    For some reason I cannot comprehend I didn’t read Catherine Marshall’s, Christy when it was published fifty years ago. Happily, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Christy it has been reprinted and I am grateful to read this beautifully told and highly engaging story.

    Written by Buttercup Counts Her Blessings on December 5, 2017


    Christy should be a springboard to seek the mind and heart of Catherine Marshall on a deeper level. She is a portal through which we can find the questions that so often shape our minds as we navigated this Through -a -Glass- Dimly world of complex faith. I encourage readers of faith to seek out all of her non fiction.

    When people ask about my favourite books, I have dozens and dozens to list — for many different reasons — but Christy is a slice of my heart. It was a pivotal book that met its reader at a pivotal moment.

    Written by A Fair Substitute for Heaven on December 5, 2017


    The novel Christy is one of my all time favorite books! This edition is beautiful in that it has a photograph of the author’s mother on the cover–the person who’s life Catherine Marshall based her fictionalized story upon. Its a little different from how her mother’s life took direction near the end of the book–in that she actually married the pastor and not the doctor! But I still adore this story! Mr. Neil MacNeill!

    Written by Dawn Crandall’s Passion for Pages on December 5, 2017


    If you or your young teens haven’t had a chance to read Christy yet and you enjoy historical fiction with a little romance and a great storyline then I highly suggest you read Christy soon!

    Written by My Table of Three on December 5, 2017


    Christy is a, in my opinion, one of a kind book. It’s hard to describe, and harder to forget.

    Written by Live.Love.Read. on December 5, 2017


    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.

    Written by Just Commonly on December 5, 2017


    Ms. Marshall pours her heart and soul onto the pages of this book and it surrounds you like a warm fire on a cold night. This is one of those books I recommend when readers of non-fiction say that nothing is real in fiction. This book definitely puts that thought to shame.

    Written by Radiant Light on December 4, 2017


    The holidays are coming so please consider giving a copy to those who love history, family ties, faith and the past. What an astounding gift we can give to others!

    Written by Seeking With All Yur Heart on December 4, 2017


    I really enjoyed this book and I liked the tv series. I listened to the audio book a few years ago and was expecting more from Kellie Martin (who played Christy in the tv show). This was the 50th anniversary edition of the book and I found that I enjoyed it as much reading it this time as I did the first time I read it.

    Written by A Room Without Books Is Empty on December 4, 2017


    I connected to this story because I can relate to Christy in some ways, especially in wanting to give up on hard assignments every now and then trying to push through them despite circumstances. She left what she was used to and pushed forward with her calling to be a part of the children’s and other town member’s lives in another place and got through many difficult times and found her place in the community. She also dealt with some hard situations with teaching many students in the class at different grade levels. Even though some of her students had a lot of challenging behaviors, she tried to see the good in them and often found it not just in the classroom but outside of it within their family lives also.

    Written by Book Review Travels on December 4, 2017


    This is easily, hands down, one of my all-time favorite books! It’s actually one of the two that I like to re-read every few years.

    Christy is a story of real life in a land that is hard. The terrain is rough, unfinished and unpolished. The characters are rougher, unrefined and uneducated. But from the very beginning, Marshall writes in a way that draws the reader in, inviting them to stay and share a story or two.

    Written by Give Me Today on December 4, 2017


    Confession time: I had never read the best-selling classic Christy by Catherine Marshall before I opened its pages last week. I know! I have been missing something very special for a very long time. This book made Christianity Today‘s most influential book list for a good reason. This 50 year-old classic tells the story of young Christy Huddleston, an earnest young woman who sets out to teach the children of Cutter Gap in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Idealistic and enthusiastic, Christy finds herself in a poverty-stricken area where superstitions run deep, literacy is rare, and disease often brings heartache to an already hard existence. And while Christy brings considerable energy and talent to the job, she ends up learning more than her pupils. The insights she gleans from her friends are ones that the reader can cherish as well. I loved, loved, loved this book! If you haven’t read it yet, you must! If its been awhile since you’ve visited the community of Cutter Gap, what are you waiting for? And if you are looking for a Christmas gift for that special someone (especially older teen girls), Christy is the perfect choice.

    Written by By The Book on December 3, 2017


    There is a little bit of everything in this coming-of-age book, including romance and adventure. Historical elements are woven throughout, and they help provide the reader with an inside look at the poverty and struggles faced in Appalachia in the early 1900s.

    Written by Edits and Reviews by Leslie on December 3, 2017


    Christy’s character and her story is the main aspect of why I love this book. The strength of the story is the character Christy, the people of Cutter Gap, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the wisdom and love that is learned.

    Written by Impressions In Ink on December 3, 2017


    Christy is a romance, historical fiction, and women’s fiction all in one package. I am so pleased that the 50th anniversary is being celebrated with such a fabulous new edition. I will cherish this copy and share it with my grandmother who was the one who told me first about the TV series. The TV series of course, led me to the book which is always better than the (tv) movie! 😉

    Written by Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot on December 2, 2017


    This book really touched a cord with me in that my mother grew up a the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Alabama and I so remember the stories that have been passed down through the generations and on to me. Some of them are just stories and superstitions mixed and a lot of them are true too. I remember the stories, songs and haunting tales told. Wild animals that lived in the mountains and made some appearances in the stories give you the chills.

    Written by Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews on December 2, 2017


    Christy by Catherine Marshall is a timeless classic for the ages. This Smoky Mountain backcountry story in the little community of Cutter Gap is a sweet and inspiring story that teaches readers about the true struggles of those living in the high mountains and of the hope one woman could bring to them. It is of the struggles of Christy trying to make a difference and come to terms with the situation and differences of the people she comes to call her beloved friends. Christy is a determined and devoted woman and with patience she begins to help these struggling people. With a story and characters that will pull them in and steal their hearts, this is one that booklovers will want to read over and over.

    Written by Singing Librarian Books on December 2, 2017


    With this reading, it seemed that Christy became more and more my ears and eyes, a pathway to witness the beauty of the hills (one description of a hike to the top of a mountain had me almost believing fairies would start dancing at the summit), but also its harsh realities. An eerie darkness seemed to hover over the tiny cabins, almost imprisoning the women to a life of hardship and grief. And then the reader, along with Christy, must contemplate God’s role in this poverty and along with the purpose and value of charity.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on December 1, 2017


    I’ve been wanting to read this book for years, and now after reading it, I wished I had read the book a long time ago. It’s beautifully written with deeply rich characters and lively dialogue. The descriptions of what life was like in East Tennessee in the early 1900s are wonderfully written; somewhat reminding me of the way Janice Holt Giles (1905-1979) wrote her novels.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on December 1, 2017


    This was the first time I have read Christy, the classic story by author Catherine Marshall. I had seen parts of the miniseries on the television, but reading the actual story was much richer and deeper. You know the saying the book is always better. Anyway, I was pulled into this story of a young 19 year old girl who decided to follow her dreams and head off to be a school teacher for a missionary organization in the Smokey Mountains. The immense excitement along with the fear of the unknown Christy was feeling leapt off the page. As a mother of a 19 year old daughter, I really empathized with what her parents were probably feeling, so as I read I kept thinking this could be my daughter. So that gave this story a very different feel then if I had read it when I was 19.

    Written by Pause for Tales on December 1, 2017


    There are so many great take aways, it’s hard to list them all. This is like a Laura Ingalls Wilder book but there is a different premise involved. Still Christy begins to learn as much from the people she is committed to serving as they do from her. She realizes that God has called her to this purpose in her life, to help those that most don’t even know exist, from their backwards practices on how to handle a colicky baby, which results in her death, to seeing the vast differences between the two worlds she encounters. I believe everyone should read this book, as a reminder of how abundant our lives truly are, and perhaps we will all embrace God’s calling in our own lives that may take us out of our comfort zones and truly Love those, whom God has called us to serve.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on December 1, 2017


    The story is filled with how Christy adapts to her new life and the children that she teaches. Her compassion for the children is very heartwarming. I loved the interaction she had with several of the children. Some who needed to know they were important , while others needed guidance. It seems like there is always that one kid in class that is hard to reach. He wants to be tough and show off for the class. I was so intrigued with how Christy handled the boy who tried to intimidate her. If you haven’t had a chance to read this inspiring story, I encourage you to grab a copy. Travel back to the early 1900s and experience a woman with courage, love for children, steadfast faith and hope for a better life for her community.

    Written by Texas Book-aholic on December 1, 2017


    I was very excited to review this book! I remember watching Christy on TV when I was little, so when I think of her, I picture Kellie Martin. It was her, along with the rest of the cast that I imagined as I read this book. Reading about Christy’s life and her journey, it kept reminding me of my own life. I really liked one of the conversations between Miss Alice and Christy. Miss Alice was talking about their job in Cutter Gap. “One of our tasks here is to show folks a God who wants to give them joy. How they need joy! They have such hard lives…” And that’s our job as well. To show God’s love to others.

    Written by snidbits on November 30, 2017


    This truly is a classic and I’m so glad I got to read it! It will be staying as a permanent part of my book collection as I’m sure I’ll read it again. Whether you have read this before or it’s a first experience for you, I highly recommend this heart-warming book. You’ll love it! I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by More of Him on November 30, 2017


    Christy has long been one of my favorite books. I think I first read it in my late teens; it was one inspiration that influenced me to want to be a teacher. Christy’s story is inspirational and captivating, with a touch of romance.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on November 29, 2017


    I remember reading this as a teenager. What a great book. Really, start reading it and who can resist this captivating story of young Christy Huddleston and her new life as a novice teacher in rural Cutter Gap. The details just keep you reading and reading. Christy tells riveting stories with such vivid details. In fact, you learn so much with the character development about people and life deep in the Appalachians. The habits and mentality of the people are ingrained in the old country because of the isolation. You just get pulled into this story and can’t stop reading it. You have to pick this up and read it, or perhaps re-read it again now on the 50th anniversary. This book is a classic that you will love if you have never read it before.

    Written by Glamamamas Goodies on November 29, 2017


    As I started reading this time around (the last time I read it was a long time ago), after only a few pages I just sat back and sighed “Yep! This is just as good as I remember it!” As the intro states – “Evergreen” – I love that! It just never gets old for me. I can see me reading it yet another time in the future.

    Written by Wall-to-wall books on November 29, 2017


    How exciting to read this book at the 50th anniversary! So well written, so powerful, I could NOT put it down. Travel to Cutter Gap – located in the Smokey Mountains – in this tribute to Catherine’s mother – Lenora Woods. Follow the journey as they struggle to educate right after the turn of the century. I hope that my great great grandchildren will still be reading this at the 100th anniversary.

    Written by Connie’s History Classroom on November 28, 2017


    I don’t know how I haven’t heard of Christy until now but I am so glad I finally got a chance to read it 50 years after it was published! It is definitely a classic and once you read it, you will know how it has stood the test of time and been loved by many generations!

    If you haven’t read Christy yet, pick it up and don’t let another 50 years go by without reading it!

    Written by The Review Stew on November 28, 2017


    It was so nice to reread Christy once again! I read this as a teenager and absolutely loved the story and this led me to start reading Janette Oke books and now I still think about the book while watching the series, “When Calls the Heart.” This new edition is a nice hardcover edition with Catherine’s mother pictured on the front, which I absolutely love, as the book Christy is based on the life of her mother and the stories that Catherine would hear growing up of her mother’s experiences.

    Written by Moments on November 28, 2017


    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original release, Catherine Marshall’s Christy is being introduced to an entirely new generation. A fictional account of her mother’s real experiences, the book is a thought-provoking read.

    Written by Living Outside The Lines on November 28, 2017


    Young Christy’s time living among the folks of Cutter Gap is an eye-opening experience for her (as well as for readers). Those who strive to help the highlanders encounter cultural differences in just about every aspect of life from religion and folklore to education and medical care. [click link to read more]

    Written by Faithfully Bookish on November 24, 2017


    What a delight to reread this favorite book from my adolescence as we celebrate its 50th anniversary! When I first read this book as a young teenager, I fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the call to be a teacher. This was Christian fiction before the distinction became part of our vocabulary. Reading it as an adult, I fell in love with it all over again. This time though, I bring a new set of life experiences and heartbreaks and joys to the table and in that way the story came alive in a whole new way for me.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on November 22, 2017


    The book is riveting. Well written, captivating and the authors knack for character development is amazing. There are so many amazing life lessons to be learned in this book. An incredible story of self sacrifice and living with a giving heart – something we all could use a little more of in this modern day.

    Written by The Modern Rules on November 22, 2017


    Although I’ve long been a fan of Catherine Marshall’s non-fiction inspirational writing, I somehow missed her classic novel, Christy. Reading this newly released 50th anniversary edition was a true joy for me. It’s wrapped in thick layers of generational storytelling, based on the life of the author’s own mother, Leonora Whitaker Wood.

    Written by Mom 2 Mom Connection on November 21, 2017


    I cannot believe that I have waited this long to finally pick up Catherine Marshall’s Christy. I have always heard great things about it, never took the time to pick it up. I wished I had done so earlier. I loved Christy’s story. The descriptions were so vivid with historical details that I kept imagining this must have been the way my grandparents had lived in the mountains Virginia. I love the people of Cutter Gap and I am so glad I got to know them. What a special group of people. I enjoyed watching Christy becoming into her own person. What a strong and determined, young woman.

    I can definitely understand how Christy has become a classic among readers and becoming a series on television. What a wonderful read.

    Written by Locks, Hooks and Books on November 21, 2017


    This book has endured for 5 decades, and will endure for 5 more if the Lord tarries. This is a timeless novel that I am VERY grateful to have taken the time to read – finally!! This should be in every reader’s library!!

    Written by Window To My World on November 21, 2017


    In my opinion this is one of the best books that have been written, and I was so excited when I heard and updated version being released again. I  have fond memories of reading this as a child, and I also remember the shows that aired based on the book. However, the books are always better than the shows, and that is true in this case. These days it seems harder and harder to find well written literature that is suitable for the entire family, but this story accomplishes that beautifully. If you are a fan of this book already, read it again and if you have never read it, add it to your must read list. With the holidays nearing this would be a perfect gift for the book lovers in your life.

    Written by Rejoice Evermore on November 20, 2017


    I adore the way Christy describes “plain living.” It’s a great way to introduce my children to the old ways of life. Washing clothes in the creek or weighing down the blankets to keep the wind from blowing them off….these are things my kids would never dream of!

    Written by Savings in Seconds on November 19, 2017


    I first read Christy as a young woman of fifteen and I had little appreciation for the book back then. Cultural dialect is something that I abhorred back then—largely as I’m from North Carolina and I was embarrassed. As an adult, I can appreciate how the Appalachian history is preserved in this book. This book is mountain life, wrapped in paper and ink. The heart of the people and their vibrancy touched my heart in ways I truly didn’t expect. I’m so glad that I decided to re-read!

    Written by A Simply Enchanted Life on November 18, 2017


    Christy contains so much wisdom regarding loving others and sharing the gospel, yet it never seems preachy or heavy handed.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on November 18, 2017


    A timeless classic! Catherine Marshall’s “Chirsty” is a true adventure of a young nineteen year girl back in 1912 who stepped out in faith. Although written fifty years ago, the truths uncovered, the principles revealed, are still relevant today. Highly inspirational! Don’t let another day go by without reading this fascinating story.

    Written by GCC bookworm on November 17, 2017


    All readers have comfort books that they love and return to again and again. Christy is one of those books for me. I received a copy of this book from my parents long ago as a gift. I was a young teen, and I read it over and over during my teen years. When I heard that Christy was being re-released on its 50th anniversary, I was eager to re-read this favorite book again.

    Written by View from the Birdhouse on November 17, 2017


    In my re-reading of Christy this fall (I think this makes it my fifth), I was struck again not only by Marshall’s incredible gift for storytelling but with the timelessness of her tale. So masterfully crafted, the story feels as fresh today as it did the first time. New readers will never believe this novel was penned more than fifty years ago. Its characters and themes and issues — oh, yes, the issues! — are just as relevant as they were half-a-century ago. (Which tells us something too about those issues…) As a novel of faith, its depth and breadth continues to amaze me. It’s a story that has everything, a rich tapestry woven through with threads of inspiration, mystery, intrigue, history, humor, and drama. Genre-defying, Christy is a toothsome novel to sink into—and to find yourself in.

    Written by Katherine Scott Jones on November 17, 2017


    Overall, I really enjoyed Christy and found it to have a wonderful historical perspective with a great story line. The book is filled with beloved characters whose realism shines through. You’ll remember them and their stories long after you close the covers of Christy.

    Written by Pray Species on November 16, 2017


    I can honestly say that Christy is my all-time favorite novel. Yes, I love it that much. Catherine Marshall’s writing is simply beautiful. Her descriptions pulled me into the story and made me feel I was in the Smoky Mountains right along with Christy. And the characters! She has a knack for breathing life into each person Christy met. I love Fairlight and the beauty she brings to her life regardless of her circumstances. Alice Henderson is amazing. How fun to read about the doctor and David. Marshall wove so much of the Appalachian culture into the story. Although the book is based on her mother’s experiences, the story is much more the tale of a young naive woman who grows up by jumping into a new experience with both feet as she finds her calling.

    Written by Hope for Today’s Heart on November 16, 2017


    A fantastic story!The author did a phenomenal job.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on November 14, 2017


    Christy was a courageous woman, one that many of us can only hope to be like, as she dove not only into a culture alien to her, but also into deeps of faith she had never dared tread. While there are portions of this new edition that could have used updating, such as where there are two people speaking in one paragraph without much distinction between the two, there is a wealth of storytelling that stands on its own as a classic that will remain for generations to come.

    Written by Backing Books on November 14, 2017


    I vaguely remember reading and enjoying this classic years (decades?!) ago when I was in junior high school, but oh! how much better it is as an adult! Catherine Marshall’s beloved novel is as relevant today as it was when it was published fifty years ago, as well as when the events occurred that inspired the book. The story is a gem, and the nuggets of truth tucked inside made me pause and reflect as I read.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on November 14, 2017


    This novel is about family, friends, hardships, endurance, determination, and understanding of a culture so different from one’s own way of life. When reading this book loosely based on Catherine Marshall’s mother’s experience as a young teacher with real people and real events, you can feel that. The characters are colorful and deep. Also there is a strong faith in commitment and yes, even a slowly evolving romance all included in this joyous novel. Reading this book, it will show you the beauty and good in all things. It compels the reader to desire to be in a better world, and for the want to learn in unexpected ways. There is even a lovely surprising twist that doesn’t conclude until the last page of this book. Christy was also made into a two hour television movie with a television series that followed staring actress Kellie Martin (starred in Life Goes On Series and several Hallmark movies). I loved rereading this inspirational uplifting novel written by author Catherine Marshall. It is hard to believe it is in its 50th anniversary edition. I highly recommend taking the time to sit down and read this heartfelt book.

    Written by The She Revelation Blog on November 14, 2017


    Christy and the book Julie remain among my favorites. She shares stories on such a way that you can see God working in their lives even in harsh circumstances.

    Written by A Glimpse of Our Life on November 13, 2017


    I was an avid reader as a child and still remember picking up my aunt’s copy of Christy on her bookshelf. I don’t remember the thickness of the book, or how old I was, but I do remember reading the book to the end completely engaged in the characters and the story and feeling slightly disappointed at how the romance ended… it wasn’t clear enough or passionate enough to my childish mind. I remember taking the book to my mom, showing her the end, and asking her. Does this mean that she marries _____? And Mom, bless her heart, not having read the book, didn’t know. She did read the book after that and bought her own copy so it is on her bookshelves.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on November 12, 2017


    I was looking forward to reading about Christy and the difference she would make in lives of others. I had high expectations. First, I have heard a lot about it from others. Second, with the book celebrating 50 years, I knew I would just love the way it was written because I love classics. I am happy to report that it did not disappoint!

    Written by A Baker’s Perspective on November 12, 2017


    This is a definite must read book for young adults and adults. While some of the topics may be difficult for teens I think they can grasp what they are learning and that it is important topics for them to learn about. We learn about faith, superstition, resilience, faith, hope, neglect and so much more. What makes it even more incredible is it based on the life of a real woman. A woman who accomplished so much in a time when woman weren’t encouraged to do so. She brought so much hope and a brighter future while maintaining respect for their beliefs to this community. This is a definite must read book!

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on November 11, 2017


    Fall in love with the heartfelt, transforming timeless journey of Christy. This 50th Anniversary Hardcover edition is beautiful and one not to miss. While this isn’t a light hearted journey, it is worth the journey and the reader will fall in love with Christy’s determination to handle all obstacles and circumstances that come her way. Christy is a story of romance, hardship, adventure and historical fiction, which I love!

    Written by Running Through The Storms on November 10, 2017


    The author gives a work of fiction. Even though this is fiction, there are still, even in this modern day, people who live in the remote mountain wilderness who are stuck in time. The characters are strong and yet, each have their own human weaknesses. Christy was a character who you could visualize. A person who cared and wanted to bring change for the good of these poor mountain people. Christy’s Christian upbringing helped to keep her standing firm even though there were many times she could have easily given up. The story brings about a mix of emotions, sadness, empathy, anger, caring, admiration and more.

    Written by BOOKS REVIEWS ETC on November 9, 2017

  • Jennifer Tipton says:

    I really liked watching that show when I was younger and I never missed a show. Pretty cool to find out that there was truth to the story. History is so interesting, and can be sad as well. Neat post.
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

  • Linda Palmer says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen the movie. It’s been years since I read the book, but now I want to find a copy and re-read it. Sounds like a great thing to do.

  • Kathy Anderson says:

    I first learned about Catherine Marshall’s books shortly after Dr. Marshall’s death. I was encouraged by her faith during that time. Since we received Guideposts I was privileged to read her articles over the years.

    I remember watching the TV show and the movie. I have read the book several times. I developed my dream of being a teacher to those less furtunate by reading her book.