Friday, November 8, 2019

Discussion 6 ~ Christy Read-Along

Welcome to the sixth discussion of the Christy read-along! ♥ If this is the first you've heard of the read-along, you can view the schedule in this invitation post.

Today we'll be discussing chapters 33-39. If you've already read these chapters, you can share your thoughts in the comments section below or in your own post! (Feel free to use the image above, linking back to the Christy read-along tag.) If you still need to catch up on the reading, you're welcome to check in whenever you're ready. :) We're happy to have you join us whenever you can!

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Christy: Chapters 33-39
Discussion format: your favorite quotes, general impressions, and three questions to answer for each week's reading

Favorite Quotes*
  • "I learned that true forgiveness includes total acceptance. And out of acceptance wounds are healed and happiness is possible again."
  • "Only in the mountains had I seen such hues: the dark red of the sourwoods; the brown and bright orange of the red oaks; the luminous gold of the hickories; the crimson of the sumac and the scarlet oaks—always with the purple-blue Smokies for a backdrop, like the stain of ripe Concord grapes."
  • "After a while the love of God was more real to me than any old ghost. And then all the ghosts went away, and ever since the dark has seemed friendly and cozy."
  • "This love disclosing itself was no cosmic Creator of a mechanistic universe, for the revelation was intimate, personal. Perhaps the assurance always has to be personal, revealed to the inner person alone, since only man sees other men en masse, whereas God insists on seeing us one by one, each a special case, each inestimably beloved for himself."
  • "I knew now: God is. I had found my center, my point of reference."

General Impressions

Man...there have been some difficult scenes leading up to this section, but I think this week's reading has been the darkest so far between Miss Alice's painful story from her past and the awful nature of Fairlight's passing. These tragic scenes are divided by Ruby Mae's rather wild wedding and the disappointing conversation with David about the school and the creepy talk of Old Marthy, the "witch." It's a lot to take in!

Even with the really dark moments, though, I love that the light still shines through Miss Alice's recounting of her community's love and acceptance...and Christy's comforting words to Zady...and also Christy's honesty with God and her recognition of His love amid all the uncertainties and unanswered questions.

I confess I wasn't taken by surprise to find out the identity of Dr. MacNeill's wife, only because it's a big part of the TV series. But I'd be curious to know if those of you who haven't seen the show or read the book before found that to be a shock! And I'm also curious to see how that revelation might affect the last chapters of the book, if at all.

Dr. MacNeill the wedding. I like that he's a good dancer. ;) But he's definitely forthright in his opinions about sex and marriage! Not that it's bad to talk about, but if I were in Christy's shoes, I think I'd be uncomfortable hearing a widowed man discuss that topic in that place and context.

As for David...sigh. He makes me less and less inclined to prefer him as a suitor for Christy. He's preoccupied with kissing her but neglects to encourage her or value her opinions or deal with his own lack of faith. And this from a preacher! Again, sigh.

I was not prepared for Fairlight's death. That was definitely not something I remember from the show, and her awful terror that never really was soothed makes me so sad. I'm glad she had Christy with her at the end, sharing Scripture and comfort. And I'm glad Christy had Miss Alice to point her to the people in Scripture who asked questions of God and poured out their pain to Him.

It seems like there's still so much to wrap up with only one week's reading left, and I'm curious how the book will end!

Discussion Questions

Answer any or all three of these questions in the comments section or in your own blog post!

1. What do you think of the Folk School idea that Mrs. Browning shared with Christy? Do you feel like it would be beneficial to the people of the Cove?

2. Do you find nighttime and darkness bothersome or appealing? Have your feelings changed since childhood?

3. What are some of the things you hope will happen or be resolved in the last chapters? (Or, if you've already read the book, has anything stood out to you differently so far while reading the book this time around?)

Join us next Friday for our seventh and final discussion! 
(Chapters 40-46)

*Catherine Marshall, Christy (New York: Avon, 2006), 415, 444, 455, 478-479.


Julie said...

I had to laugh about the whole Dr. McNeill scene where he talks to Christy so openly about sex. But really I would rather someone confront what was going on upstairs at the time head on than sit there in embarrassment wondering what others were thinking. ha! Also being a doctor I think he has a more realistic view of sex than Christy. But maybe he should have been a bit more discreet since she is an innocent...hadn't thought about that part of it. hmmm...

Hard to believe there is only a week left! So much did happen in these last chapters. So much tragedy. And more to come I'm afraid...

Here's my post:

Carissa said...

I did enjoy this week, but it was an emotional roller coaster for sure. It's hard to believe that next week is the last week. Even though I'm excited to find out how it ends I don't want the book to end. I now want to track down the TV show so I can rewatch it as an adult. I do remember watching the show but I don't remember MacNeil's wife, but when reading the book I did picture some of the actors from the show as the characters in the book. Especailly Kellie Martin as Chirsty and Tyne Daly as Miss Alice. I can picture the actor who played MacNeil but not his name. David is a complete blank. Here's my post

Chloe the MovieCritic said...

That first quote you shared is so good! <3 I really enjoyed reading your thoughts! Miss Alice is the best. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who thinks that way about David! *sigh* Thanks again for hosting!
Time for me to catch up again, here's my post:

Amber Holcomb said...


LOL, that's a good point! I guess it might be even worse to just pretend like nothing's happening when something is very definitely happening upstairs, haha!

It's crazy that we're already at the end of the read-along. Even with this one lasting a month and a half instead of just a month, it seems to have flown by! Lots of tragedy in the latter parts of this book, for sure. :( But I'm glad it's not all heartbreak without hope!


Amber Holcomb said...


I agree about this being an emotional roller coaster! And like you I was super eager to find out how everything came I ended up reading the last set of chapters in one day. :) So bittersweet to be at the end!

It would be so interesting to rewatch the show after reading the book and to compare the two! The actors for Christy and Miss Alice were so good. :) I really liked the actors for David and Dr. MacNeill too. It's intriguing the direction they took with Dr. MacNeill and his wife in the show. It definitely adds drama, but I think I'm with Julie in preferring the book's closure in that regard.

Thanks so much for sharing your post!


Amber Holcomb said...


A thought-provoking and wonderful quote, for sure! Thank you so much for your kind words and for checking out my thoughts. :) Looking forward to reading yours! Yes, all the *sighs* for David and his choices... *sigh* And Miss Alice is great!