Catherine Marshall
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Catherine Marshall

"America's most inspirational writer"

- The New York Times

Catherine Marshall, New York Times Best-Selling author, is best known for her novel Christy. Based on the life of her mother, a teacher of mountain children in poverty-stricken Tennessee, the story of Christy captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Christy's impact is seen in the hundreds of individuals who became teachers in underserved communities after reading the novel. Her powerful second novel, Julie, is set in the 1930s in a Pennsylvania steel mill town prone to flooding. Danger increases as Julie and her father challenge the treatment of immigrant workers by steel mill owners in a town whose very existence depends on the strength of the dam controlled by them.

Catherine first heard Dr. Peter Marshall preach as a student at Agnes Scott College. They were married after her graduation in 1936. Dr. Peter Marshall, the endearing Scottish preacher, was one of America's best-known preachers and also served as Chaplain of the United States Senate. In 1940, their son, Peter John, was born. From 1943-45, Catherine struggled with the ravages of tuberculosis, for which there was no known cure at the time. Confined to her bed, she spent hours reading, studying Scripture, and journaling, which nurtured her later writing career.

Catherine was only 35 at the time of Dr. Marshall's sudden death in 1949. With a nine-year-old son to support, Catherine initially earned a living by compiling and editing her husband's sermons and then writing A Man Called Peter, the national bestseller about her husband that was published in 1951. The 20th Century Fox movie version in 1955 became an immediate box office hit and was nominated for an Academy Award. In her nonfiction work, To Live Again, she explored some of the more challenging aspects of being widowed at a young age, single parenting, earning a living, and dealing with grief. The transparency of her writing about her own life and circumstances catapulted her non-fiction writing career to new heights and earned her the title of America's most inspirational writer.

In 1959, a decade after Dr. Marshall's untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of Guideposts. Author and editor, this dynamic team collaborated often at Evergreen Farm on Christy and Julie and many other books. She also inherited a ready-made second family with Leonard's children, Linda, Chester and Jeff, ages 10, 6, and 3.

Both Christy and Julie took nearly a decade to complete. Vivid descriptions, complex characters, and page-turning plots in these novels were enhanced by full-throttled and frequent discussions between Catherine and Len. They also worked together on many of her inspirational non-fiction books including Something More, The Helper, Beyond Ourselves, Adventures in Prayer, and her autobiography Meeting God at Every Turn. This writer-editor duo combined forces with John and Tibby Sherrill in 1974 as partners in the publishing company Chosen Books.

A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine Marshall LeSourd's enduring career spanned four decades, six continents, and reached over 30 million readers.

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Best Sellers

    • Christy

    • By: Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated by: Kellie Martin
    • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 705
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 594
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 595

    In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Christy

    • By Pamela Heiniger on 11-06-10

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Julie

    • By: Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Julie Wallace is just eighteen in 1934 when her father risks their life savings on a struggling newspaper and moves the family to a flood-prone Pennsylvania town....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story!

    • By ME on 08-13-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Helper

    • By: Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated by: Renee Ertl
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    After an intense study of the Holy Spirit, Catherine Marshall wrote The Helper, detailing lessons she learned by living them out. She offers forty inspirational "helps"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolute must listen/read for every Christian!

    • By Kurt Milliron on 05-12-16

    Regular price: $18.19

    • A Man Called Peter

    • The Story of Peter Marshall
    • By: Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated by: Renee Ertl
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Filled with humor, wisdom and loving detail, the powerful story of Peter Marshall's life has touched the hearts and minds of millions of people....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great content, sad performance.

    • By powerreviews on 10-09-11

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Bridge to Cutter Gap

    • Christy Series, Book 1
    • By: Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated by: Jaimee Draper
    • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Join Christy as she crosses from the familiar world of parties and pretty things to the different world of Cutter Gap, located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Nice story, but I'm a bit confused.

    • By GrandmaG on 10-24-12

    Regular price: $7.00

    • The Princess Club

    • Christy Series, Book 7
    • By: Catherine Marshall, C. Archer (adaptation)
    • Narrated by: Jaimee Draper
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Christy watches in dismay as Cutter Gap is torn apart by greed and envy. Can she find a way to heal the bitter divisions caused by a handful of gold...

    Regular price: $7.00

    • Silent Superstitions

    • Christy Series, Book 2
    • By: Catherine Marshall, C. Archer (adaptation)
    • Narrated by: Jaimee Draper
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Strange things are happening in Cutter Gap and everybody is convinced that Christy is cursed. After all, who can explain Bob Allens' mysterious accident on his way to bring Christy to Cutter Gap....

    Regular price: $7.00

    • Christy's Choice

    • Christy Series, Book 6
    • By: Catherine Marshall, C. Archer (adaptation)
    • Narrated by: Jaimee Draper
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    When Christy is offered a chance to teach in her hometown, she faces a difficult decision. Will her train ride back to Cutter Gap be a journey home, or a last farewell....

    Regular price: $7.00

    • The Proposal

    • Christy Series, Book 5
    • By: Catherine Marshall, C. Archer (adaptation)
    • Narrated by: Jaimee Draper
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Christy should be thrilled when David, the handsome minister, proposes marriage. So why do thoughts of Doctor Neil MacNeill keep popping into her head....

    Regular price: $7.00

    • The Angry Intruder

    • Christy Series, Book 3
    • By: Catherine Marshall, C. Archer (adaptation)
    • Narrated by: Jaimee Draper
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Christy has angered someone enough to cause a string of mysterious pranks....

    Regular price: $7.00

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