Title: Christy (50th Anniversary Edition)
Author: Catherine Marshall
Publisher: Evergreen Farm
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
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.
Don’t let the number of pages keep you from enjoying the true story of a woman’s courage written into a work of fiction that at times it was hard for the author even to tell where fact or fiction began or ended. I meditated on how people took time to tell their life story to their children and the children listened and passed them on to the next generation. Perhaps with all the new instant everything, we can be challenged ourselves to share our family history with the next generation and the next so that the connection with our past can remain unbroken.
The novel is not just for girls, but I think boys might enjoy reading how men in the past. Reading time can be a family adventure and there is no hurry to finish the book. We need to take time to write down even some of what we have been taught and learned for those who come after us. I am amazed at how this woman at age 19 faced so much with faith and fortitude, and impacted not just her life but that of her daughter and many, many others.
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!
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