Church Library Replacement for well-used Paperback
February 28, 2014
"Christy Miller" series are of the top choice of our young church library patrons according to the frequency of check-out.
Content ~ I agree with the positive reviews before me. Words that come to mind = Relatable - Realistic - Readable - Faith Builder. Thumbs up!
Style ~ Draws in an older adult like me, and yet with her writing style seems to draw interest of our youth. She "shows" activity with colorful & interesting crafting of words.
Details if interested: Book Design
~As a library assistant at our church, I love the spine for browsing. Easily read words to quickly figure out title, collection number, and which 3 books are contained within. Also, the colors to this series are attractive & draw the eyes to the books on the shelf.
~As a reader, the book is surprisingly light to handle & lays well once opened. Fonts chosen are easy on my eyes.
But the most important ~ I see wonderful lessons on living a Christian life. If you're a small church library like us, I'd put a priority on these for your Youth (Young Adult) Fiction Series Section.
I wasn't expecting too much from this book when I received it to review. I had heard of this series before but had never read it. It was great to have one book that had three individual books. I got a three-in-one! As I was reading the first book, "Summer Promise" I found Christy to be extremely relatable. It focused on real life issues teenagers face from day to day. I loved that about this book. I know that many teenagers, including myself can relate to this book.
As I read through this book, I think it would be an excellent book to give to a "baby" christian. Robin Jones Gunn does a fabulous job of writing the process of growing in the Lord. She made the story very realistic in a Christian's day to day walk with the Lord.
Robin does a great job of making the Gospel clear and understanding. As the story progresses you notice Christy becoming more and more strong in the Lord. It definitely reflects the highs and lows of your Christian walk. Even though she was saved her life wasn't always 'Peaches 'n Cream'. There will always be tough times, but you can always relay on God to see you through. that's probably one of the reasons I loved this book so much. I'm looking forward to reading the whole series!
Never having even HEARD of these books before, I was not entirely sure what to expect. I was delightfully surprised! I found that the story was very intriguing, quickly drawing me in for good!
This volume contains three separate books, Summer Promise, A Whisper and A Wish, and Yours Forever. Each one adds to the story of Christy Miller, a young teenage girl who desperately desires to just fit in. After giving her life to the Lord over summer vacation with her aunt and uncle, she also desires to please the Lord. But both may turn out to be MUCH harder for her than she had imagined.
I definitely liked these books! I was hooked as soon as I began book 1, and they never left me go. When I was done, I found myself thinking I have got to find volume two! Gunn's writing style was very interesting, with characters whom you quickly became attached to. I love how each book does so well of adding onto those before it (unlike some series, where the books just do not go well together), and enhancing Christy's story.
The only issue that I had would be how obsessed Christy was with guys. It almost seemed that her thoughts were constantly on the boy that she liked_which became somewhat irritating at times.
Outside of that one fact, I loved this book! I would most definitely recommend this to others! (I would be cautious, though, of younger readers. Drugs alcohol were mentioned more than once).
Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.
Several years ago, my friend lent me the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. I read them in an incredibly short amount of time and loved each one. I was thrilled to be able to get a copy of Volume 1, the first three books in the series, from Blogging for Books. These books were such an encouragement and a good example for me as a preteen. Throughout the whole series, there is a strong theme of the importance of following God, purity, influencing friends for Christ, and many other things which made the characters wonderful role models, while at the same time staying true-to-life. This series influenced me to make a lot of good decisions and because of that, I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read these books. I hope that reading this series will also influence many other preteen and teenage girls to live life for Christ. Reading the first three books in the series again years later was a breath of fresh air. I felt like I was reuniting with old friends! I have thoroughly enjoyed re-reading Volume 1 over the past few days. I recommend this book, as well as the rest of the series.
The Christy Miller Collection, Volume 1, includes the first three books in the series- (1) Summer Promise, (2) A Whisper and a Wish, and (3) Yours Forever. Any description that I could write would not give the books justice! You simply must read them for yourself! :-)
Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for giving me my free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
My 15 year old daughter started reading the first volume which includes books 1-3 two weeks ago. She tells me she can't stop reading. She's really enjoying this series and wants to continue to the 2nd volume set.