My favorite book of all time is Christy by Catherine Marshall.
It is the true story of a young woman (Catherine Marshall’s mother!) in 1912 who hears that there is a need in the Appalachian Mountains- the children need a teacher. And she can’t resist God calling her to go there. She packs up her safe life and moves, alone, to Tennessee. [Hmmm….]
I don’t remember the first time I read the book. The truer statement is I don’t recall a time when I didn’t have the book by my bed. I mean, I wasn’t three, but I have loved it for years. In total, I’ve read it close to 50 times. Start to finish. [I know that’s bizarro. I never claimed to be anything else.]
I’ve been sitting at this point in the post for about 10 minutes. And I can not figure out what else to say. I feel like I need to say, “This is my favorite book because…..” and then discuss the characters and the setting and the plot. But I can’t come up with an answer that I think will satisfy. Instead, I will just say what is true.
Because this novel moves me.
That doesn’t make you want to read it, I know. Nor does it make Christy stand out from any other book you’ve read before.
But it is different. I love it. It speaks to my soul. It changed me. It changes me.
I am a better person, a better teacher, a better Christian, a better woman, because of this novel and the real life example set by this woman.
I met Catherine Marshall’s grandson one time. He was dating a friend of mine. As we were introduced, my eyes filled with tears…. while we were shaking hands. I proceeded to talk too much about how wonderful his family members were. Awkward, to be certain.
But that is the power of a beautiful written word. And a beautifully lived life.
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