“Julie” by Catherine Marshall is another Christian classic that every Christian should read! “Julie” is brought to you by the same author of the beloved classic “Christy” (after which the prestigious Christy Awards are named). I read “Christy” growing up and loved the book and the movies. Somehow though, I completely missed “Julie” when it was first published, so when I saw that it was being reissued, I knew I had to read and review it! I’m so glad I did!
I love the setting and the premise of the book. Ms. Marshall writes great descriptions of the time period of the 1930s and the Great Depression. The setting is especially relevant to me as I live in Pennsylvania (the same setting as the book) and have volunteered in a town that used to be a huge steel mill town. This story really shows the incredibly rough conditions that the steel workers and immigrants worked with and how steel mills can really destroy the natural landscape. Despite the rough conditions, I like how the people of the town don’t give up, no matter what hardships they face. Julie, our heroine, is motivated by this inner strength of the townspeople and wants it for herself. She is also a journalist investigating these conditions and reports what she sees, even though she and her family could be negatively affected by telling the truth.
Julie is a relatable character who really grows up as she faces hardships and grapples with truth and faith. I love how Julie wants to be a writer and finds inspiration from L.M. Montgomery. Julie needs to make her family’s faith her own and learns more about what she believes and why she believes it. I like how Julie cries out to God in a scary situation and He gives her supernatural power. There is so much amazing faith content in this story. It really inspired me in my walk with the Lord.
“Julie” is Christian fiction at its best! It addresses prejudice in the church, social justice, the disparity between the classes and what the role of the church is in regards to the poor. It is a beautiful coming of age story that girls and women alike will fall in love with!
Content: This is a clean read with a PG rating for some minor content. Some examples of the content are: a character smokes a cigarette; a man is drunk; a reference to a couple “necking;” the word “negro” is used; some underage drinking; a man curses but the curse words are not actually written; the “s” word is used as a mistake in a newspaper; references to salons, brothels and gamblers; there is drinking at a dance, a lot of people are drunk and the punch is spiked; a man asks a woman to come to his hotel room; references to boys’ groping hands; the word “hell” is used.
Rating: I give this book 5 stars!
Genre: Christian fiction; Historical; Romance
I want to thank JustRead Publicity Tours, Catherine Marshall and Gilead Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
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