If you are a book lover like me, I am sure you have at least one favorite fiction book or series. When I was twelve years old my mom introduced me to some of my favorite books of all time which are the “Christy Miller Series” by Robin Jones Gunn. At the end of each book, I could not wait for the next one to be released and would call my local “Waldenbooks” to have them pre-order each new book in the series. I then made my mom take me to the mall on the day it was released to pick it up. I just could not wait. It was pure delight every time I got to read the latest book and find out what the gang was up to. Well not much has changed since I was twelve because I am now twenty-seven, and still pre-ordering books from this series. The mark of a fantastic writer is when they are able to take a reader through the journey of life and Robin has done this beautifully in her writing.
In these books you meet a young teenager named Christy Miller, and her circle of what become her “forever friends.” The reader is able to follow Christy and her group of friends from the early teenage years, college, and beyond. I have so many memories of these wonderful stories and feel like these “people” have grown up alongside me. How can I forget when Christy accepted Jesus as her Savior, Todd’s VW Van, or all the fun moments Christy shared with her best friend Katie Weldon.
There is not enough clean entertainment in today’s world for young teens. I am so thankful that my mom heard about these books so many years ago from Focus on the Family. Yes, these stories are completely fiction but the life-changing truths in them are very real. They echoed what my parents were teaching me, and most importantly what the Bible taught.
Robin’s series consists of The Christy Miller Series, The Sierra Jensen Series, Christy and Todd: The College Years, and The Katie Weldon Series. Recently, the fourth book in the Katie series was released called “Finally and Forever,” and it does not disappoint. In this, Robin takes the reader on Katie’s adventure of life after college as a missionary in Africa. Katie is presented with many challenges along the way as she is living in a new culture learning about life, love, and the plans God has for her future. I will never get too old to read about my favorite God-Lovers so Robin keep writing! I highly recommend these books to all teenage girls. If you have young teens in your life this series would make a great gift. You can find the books mentioned here.