Christy is the incredible true story, by Catherine Marshall, of her mother’s experiences with the backwoods people of the Appalachian mountains. When 18 year old Christy volunteers to be a school teacher to the children of the mountain people, she has no idea what she is getting herself into. Their backward ways, their poor living conditions, their ignorance, their lack of hygiene and their vengeful family feuds confuse and discourage Christy. But with the help of God and her mentor, Christy finds her faith and learns to love despite deprived conditions. This book forever changed the way I see myself and the world!
Themes: purpose; love; faith; revenge; family; receiving; patience; mentoring
1- What is meant by “claiming”? Is this a true principle? Why or why not?
2- Compare the faith of Christy to the faith of Miss Henderson and David. What is faith? How do we build faith?
3- Why does Miss Henderson use silence in her mentoring of Christy? What other tools does she use? What can you learn about leadership from her?
4- Which actions are loving in this story? Which are not? Can we be destructive in the name of love? How can we better understand love?