Catherine Marshall

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Catherine Marshall
Born(1914-09-27)September 27, 1914
Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
DiedMarch 18, 1983(1983-03-18) (aged 68)
EducationAgnes Scott College
Notable worksChristy, A Man Called Peter

Catherine Sarah Wood Marshall LeSourd (27 September 1914 – 18 March 1983)[1] was an American author of nonfiction, inspirational, and fiction works. She was the wife of well-known minister Peter Marshall.


Marshall was born in Johnson City, Tennessee.[1][2] She was the daughter of the Reverend John Ambrose Wood and Leonora Whitaker Wood.[1] From the age of 9 until her graduation from high school, Marshall was raised in Keyser, West Virginia,[1] where her father served as pastor of a Presbyterian church from 1924 to 1942.[1]

While a junior at Agnes Scott College, she met Peter Marshall, marrying him in 1936.[1] The couple moved to Washington, DC, where her husband served as pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and Chaplain of the United States Senate.

In 1940, Marshall contracted tuberculosis,[1] for which at that time no antibiotic treatment was available. She spent nearly three years recovering from the illness.[1] Her husband died in 1949 of a heart attack, leaving her to care for their 9-year-old son, Peter John Marshall. He later also became a minister and author.

Marshall wrote a biography of her husband, A Man Called Peter, published in 1951. It became a nationwide success and was adapted as a film of the same name, released in 1955. Her success encouraged her to keep writing.

Marshall wrote or edited more than 30 books, which have sold over 16 million copies."Obit". New York Times. Retrieved 28 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link) They include edited collections of Peter Marshall's sermons and prayers, and her own inspirational writings. Her most successful books were A Man Called Peter (1951); and her novel, Christy (1967), which was inspired by the story of her mother's time in the mountains teaching the impoverished children of Appalachia. Christy was adapted as a CBS television series, starring Kellie Martin, beginning in 1994.

In 1959, Marshall married Leonard LeSourd,[1] who was the editor of Guideposts Magazine for 28 years. Together they founded a book imprint, Chosen Books.[3] Marshall had three stepchildren, Linda, Chester and Jeffery.[4]

Marshall died on March 18, 1983, at the age of 68. She was buried alongside her first husband.

Works published[edit]

  • A Closer Walk (co-author)
  • A Man Called Peter
  • Adventures in Prayer
  • Beyond Our Selves
  • Catherine Marshall's Story Bible
  • Catherine Marshall's Storybook for Children
  • Christy
  • Footprints in the Snow
  • Friends with God
  • God Loves You
  • Heart of Peter Marshall's Faith
  • John Doe, Disciple
  • Julie
  • Let's Keep Christmas
  • Light in my Darkest Night
  • Meeting God at Every Turn
  • Mr. Jones, Meet the Master (co-author)
  • Moments that Matter
  • My Personal Prayer Diary
  • Prayers of Peter Marshall
  • Quiet Times with Catherine Marshall
  • Something More
  • The Best of Catherine Marshall
  • The Best of Peter Marshall
  • The Collected Works of Catherine Marshall
  • The First Easter (co-author)
  • The Helper
  • The Inspirational Writings of Catherine Marshall
  • To Live Again


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Moore, Phyllis Wilson (October 8, 2010). "Catherine Marshall". The West Virginia Encyclopedia / West Virginia Humanities Council. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  2. ^ "Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals: Catherine Marshall". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
  3. ^ "About Chosen". Baker Publishing Group. Retrieved 15 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Information on children is from the biography in Christy (novel)