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Book Title: Julie|
The size of the: 8.84 MB
Edition: Zondervan Publishing Company
Date of issue: December 31st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780310246206
The author of the book: Catherine Marshall
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:I had been wanting to read Julie ever since I'd heard about it after finishing Catherine Marshall's Christy. Since I also had determined to read books set in the 1930s during January, it was convenient to kill two birds with one stone and devour Julie!
I enjoy realistic fiction, so I appreciated Marshall's way of telling the story. She wrote mainly nonfiction, and her two novels were based on her mother's young womanhood and her own young womanhood, respectively. So the details made me feel like I was watching a movie about something that really happened. The prose had no frills, and though I usually like lyricism and descriptiveness, the straightforward language made for a compelling, fast-moving story.
There were a couple of things that disappointed me about Julie's character: first, her experiences with faith in God were not as fundamental to the book as Christy's were in hers. Christy's uplifted me, but Julie's were somehow flatter and she spent most of the book not really understanding God or learning how to integrate Him into her life. However, her dad Ken Wallace, a former pastor's, experiences were much richer---I enjoyed that! Second, I thought that the three or four young men so interested in Julie, a girl not overly remarkable to me, was unrealistic. The way she handled these romances didn't seem godly to me. (Others might think differently, considering the standards of the time, but this lessened my enjoyment of the book somewhat.)
Now, on to the aspects I loved! Ken Wallace, the father of a family and a pastor who bought a newspaper office, was probably my favorite character. His story was intriguing because you don't get the full reason he left the ministry until far into the book. Dean Fleming, the strongest Christian in the book and Ken's good friend, had inspiring spiritual insight and brought forward some stimulating thoughts on the Spirit in Christianity that isn't often discussed in Christian novels. Julie kept my interest as the protagonist and I certainly did like most of her, particularly her devotion to helping the poor and bringing about change through her writing. The details of Alderton, a 1930s, flood-prone, Pennsylvanian mill town, were incredible. Catherine Marshall was a keen researcher and the things I learned from this story about history, the Great Depression, the inner workings of a newspaper (loved that part, loved, loved, loved it!), and the workings of a steel mill, really informed me. The tension throughout the book was perfectly paced; I kept holding my breath, wondering what would happen with the dam that contained a lake uphill from Alderton, and yet the tension didn't distract me from the details of what else was going on.
The ending made me cry ... I love it when a book causes that. It means I was completely wrapped up in its world. I wish Catherine Marshall had written another novel or two, but I will have to be content with rereading Christy and Julie; and believe me, there is a lot to gain from them through rereadings!
Read information about the authorMarshall was born in Johnson City, Tennessee. She was the daughter of the Reverend John Ambrose Wood and Leonora Whitaker Wood. From the age of nine until her graduation from high school, Marshall was raised in Keyser, West Virginia, where her father served as pastor of a Presbyterian church from 1924 to 1942.
While a junior at Agnes Scott College, she met Peter Marshall, marrying him in 1936. The couple moved to Washington, DC, where her husband served as pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and Chaplain of the United States Senate.
In 1940, Marshall contracted tuberculosis, for which at that time there was no antibiotic treatment. She spent nearly three years recovering from the illness. Her husband died in 1949 of a heart attack, leaving her to care for their 9-year-old son, Peter John Marshall. He later also became a minister and author.
Marshall wrote a biography of her husband, A Man Called Peter, published in 1951. It became a nationwide success and was adapted as a film of the same name, released in 1955. Her success encouraged her to keep writing.
Marshall wrote or edited more than 30 books, which have sold over 16 million copies. They include edited collections of Peter Marshall's sermons and prayers, and her own inspirational writings. Her most successful books were A Man Called Peter (1951); and her novel, Christy (1967), which was inspired by the story of her mother's time in the mountains teaching the impoverished children of Appalachia. Christy was adapted as a CBS television series, starring Kellie Martin, beginning in 1994.
In 1959, Marshall married Leonard LeSourd, who was the editor of Guideposts Magazine for 28 years. Together they founded a book imprint, Chosen Books. They had three children, Linda, Chester and Jeffery.
Marshall died on March 18, 1983 at the age of 68. She was buried alongside her first husband.
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