Christy Miller starts off her summer thinking she's a Christian, whereas when she meets some new friends at her aunt and uncle's place in Newport Beach, she figures out it takes a lot more than just knowing about God.
Christy Miller has the summer of a lifetime with her rich uncle and aunt in Newport Beach. As well as getting everything she can imagine, she meets some great new friends, God-lovers; Todd, Tracy, and Doug. They show her that being a Christian is more than knowing about God. It's about knowing God.
Christy Miller and her family have moved to California just in time for her sophomore year. But she soon figures out they're not going to Newport Beach, where her aunt and uncle live and where she's just spent the summer. She soon has to start over at a new school and meet new friends. An embarrassing escapade at a overnight slumber party leads to some trouble... her new faith is being tested... Does God actually hear her whispers?
Christy is back at her Aunt Marti and uncle Bob's for the summer. she gets to see her 'beach' friends again! Todd has completely captured her heart last summer, so she wants to spend every spare minute with him. But things soon go wrong, with a triangle forming in the group. Christy likes Todd, Doug likes Christy, and Tracy likes Doug. It seems Christy's life is all muddled. Does God help her through all her tangles?
After a friend recommended these books for my girls, I researched reviews on them and purchased the 4 volume set.
This is exactly what I was looking for! I wanted engaging books written for teens that would serve as "edutainment" while navigating the joys, sorrows, and challenges of growing up, with an emphasis on male/female relationships, all from a Christian perspective.
Robin Jones Gunn has done an excellent job of addressing many of the issues our children face as they grow from a child to an adult. She does it in such a way that one is engaged in the book and relationships within and wants to keep reading more!
My 14 year old daughter just finished volume 1 (489 pages) in a few days. I am reading volume 1 with my 12 year old, and I am currently reading through volume 4.
Every girl could benefit from reading the ups and downs of Christy's life as she navigates middle school and high school. The lessons that come through loudly and clearly about dating, courtship, not giving away your heart before it's time, and true friendship, are all lessons I pray will penetrate my girls' hearts and be a springboard for some intimate conversations between me and my daughters. I could have benefited from having these books when I was in middle school and high school.
We are getting ready to do Passport 2 Purity with our oldest daughter, and our younger soon after. However, I think the Christy Miller series of books may be a more effective tool that will bring issues to life in a way that is more relevant to my girls. At the very least, I think they will make our Passport 2 Purity weekend more effective and relevant.
As a side note, these books would also be good for pre-teen/teen boys to read. There are some winsome young Christian men in the book that are wonderful role models to help a young man learn what a Godly relationship with a young woman might look like. The struggles that go along with that are not ignored in these stories.
My 15-year old read these on the gushing recommendations of her friends at church. We were both slightly disappointed with the content of these, knowing that the original Christy Miller book is very good. It seems as if most of these stories are simply Christianized versions of t.v. after-school specials, using stereoptypical "teen issues" in every one, with a very naive Christy to help out. We were looking for more inspirational drama than this, but dd still finished the book and may read more. I just hadn't counted on these being so fluffy. We usually do not do romance reads at our house because you never know what "advice" the characters are going to get or what will be portrayed as normal teen behavior (i.e. stereotypes and peer pressure-led behavior). I want my daughters (and I) to write our OWN love stories and not pine away for what we think we should be experiencing! All in all, these are mostly harmless, if mediocre quality, books for teen girls.