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ISBN13: 9780142004852
ISBN10: 0142004855
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There's no place like Mitford for the Holidays!

Millions of Americans have found Mitford to be a favorite home-away-from-home, and countless readers have long wondered what Christmas in Mitford would be like. The eighth Mitford novel provides a glimpse, offering a meditation on the best of all presents: the gift of one's heart.

Since he was a boy, Father Tim has lived what he calls "the life of the mind" and has never really learned to savor the work of his hands. When he finds a derelict nativity scene that has suffered the indignities of time and neglect, he imagines the excitement in the eyes of his wife, Cynthia, and decides to undertake the daunting task of restoring it. As Father Tim begins his journey, readers are given a seat at Mitford's holiday table and treated to a magical tale about the true Christmas spirit.

Review:

"Karon works more homespun magic....Written in light, breezy prose that shimmers with faith and good hope, Karon's story goes down like hot cocoa by the fireplace....[T]his heartwarming eighth series entry [is] a welcome one." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"There are two things people want from Christmas and from a Jan Karon novel — familiarity and a happy ending....Shepherds Abiding delivers on both counts." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"Karon has taken readers to Mitford several times before, in her previous books. The return trip is a mellow homecoming. People find love; they reconcile with parents or begin to understand why their upbringing was flawed." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Synopsis:

The eighth novel in the bestselling "Mitford Years" series is a meditation on the best of all presents — the gift of one's heart. Lovingly written and beautifully illustrated, it seeks to restore the true Christmas spirit and give everyone a seat at Mitford's holiday table.

Synopsis:

Millions of Americans have found Mitford to be a favorite home-away-from-home, and countless readers have long wondered what Christmas in Mitford would be like. The eighth Mitford novel provides a glimpse, offering a meditation on the best of all presents: the gift of one?s heart.

Since he was a boy, Father Tim has lived what he calls ?the life of the mind? and has never really learned to savor the work of his hands. When he finds a derelict nativity scene that has suffered the indignities of time and neglect, he imagines the excitement in the eyes of his wife, Cynthia, and decides to undertake the daunting task of restoring it. As Father Tim begins his journey, readers are given a seat at Mitford?s holiday table and treated to a magical tale about the true Christmas spirit.

About the Author

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997.

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sentina, October 2, 2012 (view all comments by sentina)
This simple-minded book sounds like it was written for perhaps ages middle school to high school, although I know many students of those ages who would find it boring. It has no meaningful conflict, no deep issues, no great resolutions, no wonderful descriptions. If you believe the word "Babe" automatically refers to baby Jesus, you might like it. That it is a New York Times best seller amazes me, but perhaps this reflects people's longing for uncomplicated lives without any serious troubles, love without ever real arguing, and faith without questioning or thought.

The author's attempt to convey local dialects is very difficult to read, and her frequent use of "he," when the identity of "he" is not apparent, caused me to have to go back and reread or read fairly far ahead to figure it out. After a while, I finally got that "he" was always the same man, but grammatically, this was very weak.

The story itself, of the love between a pastor and his wife and their actions to create meaningful Christmas presents for each other, was touching (even though they NEVER got mad at each other about ANYTHING), and their restoration of old Nativity figures was believable, because they were based on some real ones that someone restored.

There are a few sub-relationships that are also too perfect, but still sweet, and the sense of community is something we all want.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142004852
Author:
Karon, Jan
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
Episcopalians
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Christmas stories
Subject:
North carolina
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
A Mitford Novel
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations on title page and chap
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.74x5.82x.58 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142004852 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Karon works more homespun magic....Written in light, breezy prose that shimmers with faith and good hope, Karon's story goes down like hot cocoa by the fireplace....[T]his heartwarming eighth series entry [is] a welcome one."
"Review" by , "There are two things people want from Christmas and from a Jan Karon novel — familiarity and a happy ending....Shepherds Abiding delivers on both counts."
"Review" by , "Karon has taken readers to Mitford several times before, in her previous books. The return trip is a mellow homecoming. People find love; they reconcile with parents or begin to understand why their upbringing was flawed."
"Synopsis" by , The eighth novel in the bestselling "Mitford Years" series is a meditation on the best of all presents — the gift of one's heart. Lovingly written and beautifully illustrated, it seeks to restore the true Christmas spirit and give everyone a seat at Mitford's holiday table.
"Synopsis" by ,
Millions of Americans have found Mitford to be a favorite home-away-from-home, and countless readers have long wondered what Christmas in Mitford would be like. The eighth Mitford novel provides a glimpse, offering a meditation on the best of all presents: the gift of one?s heart.

Since he was a boy, Father Tim has lived what he calls ?the life of the mind? and has never really learned to savor the work of his hands. When he finds a derelict nativity scene that has suffered the indignities of time and neglect, he imagines the excitement in the eyes of his wife, Cynthia, and decides to undertake the daunting task of restoring it. As Father Tim begins his journey, readers are given a seat at Mitford?s holiday table and treated to a magical tale about the true Christmas spirit.

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