#48. Christy

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"You a feminist already, Miss Huddleston?"

"I don't think so. Because there's always the danger that the extreme feminist will end up quite unfulfilled as a girl."

Author: Catherine Marshall

Synopsis: A young city girl goes as a missionary to a small community in Appalachia. It takes all of her courage and faith to deal with wretched poverty among the families, stubborn parents, cruel children and vulnerable ones, and the two very different men who compete for her.

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My copy of this book is rather battered. I found parts of the story quite powerful, and the ending almost never fails to bring tears to my eyes--in a good way, of course.

The TV series never did the novel justice, though Kellie Martin did a good job in her role as the title character. Tyne Daly turned Miss Alice from queenly and gentle to stern and bossy, which didn't sit well with me at all. There were also some nonsensical storylines in some of the episodes--Fairlight's son falling for Christy, etc. All that, and the series ended on a cliffhanger. Which, as shown, was also not in the book.

Most "Christian fiction" bothers me a bit. It usually follows a set pattern: Take a basically secular paperback storyline, and either a) make the main character have a conversion experience, or b) make the main character a Christian and have him/her convert someone else. It gets annoying after awhile.

Christy is a story of deepening faith and living for others, and is told without didactic writing or cliche. It's also just well-written and moving.

Recommended Related Reading (RRR): Julie, Catherine Marshall's other novel. I liked that too.

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