Item description for Audiobook-Audio CD-Light From Heaven (Unabridged) by Jan Karon & John McDonough...
Overview A final volume in the popular Mitford Years series finds Father Tim contemplating the revival of a remote mountaintop church, a challenge he hopes will be his ultimate calling, but fears will be an impossible task. By the author of At Home in Mitford. Simultaneous.
All good things--even laughter and orange marmalade cake--must come to an end.
And in Light from Heaven, the long-anticipated final volume in the phenomenally successful Mitford Years series, Karon deftly ties up all the loose ends of Father Timothy Kavanagh's deeply affecting life.
On a century-old valley farm where Father Tim and Cynthia are housesitting, there's plenty to say grace over, from the havoc of a windstorm to a surprising new addition to the household and a mystery in the chicken house.
It's life on the mountaintop, however, that promises to give Father Tim the definitive challenge of his long priesthood. Can he step up to the plate and revive a remote, long-empty mountain church, asap? Or has he been called to accomplish the impossible? Fortunately, he's been given an angel--in the flesh, of course.
Light from Heaven is filled with characters old and new and with answers to all the questions that Karon fans have asked since the series began nearly a decade ago. To put it simply--it's her best. And we believe millions will agree
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Studio: Penguin Audio
Running Time: 900.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5" Height: 6" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
Series Mitford Years
Series Number 9
ISBN 0143057928 ISBN13 9780143057925
Availability 0 units.
More About Jan Karon & John McDonough
Born Janice Meredith Wilson in 1937, Jan Karon was raised on a farm near Lenoir, North Carolina. Karon knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a writer. She penned her first novel when she was just 10 years old, the same year she won a shirt-story contest organized by the local highschool.
Karon married as a teenager and hand a daughter, Candace. At 18, Karon began working as a receptionist for a Charlotte, N.C. advertising agency. She advanced in the company after leaving samples of her writing on the desk of her boss, who eventually noticed her talent. Karon went on to have a highly successful career in the field, winning awards for ad agencies from Charlotte to San Francisco. In time, she became a creative vice president at the high-profile McKinney & Silver, in Raleigh. Wile there she won the prestigious Stephen Kelly Award, with which the Magazine Publishers of America honor the year's best print campaign.
During her hears in advertising, Karon kept alive her childhood ambition to be an author. At the age of 50 she left her career in advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, to pursue that dream. After struggling - and failing - to get a novel underway, Karon awoke one night with a mental image of an Episcopal priest walking down a village street. She grew curious about him, and started writing. Soon, Karon was publishing weekly installments about Father Tim in her local newspaper, the The Blowing Rocket, which saw its circulation double as a result. "It certainly worked for Mr. Dickens", says Karon.
The Father Tim stories became Karon's first Mitford novel, At Home in Mitford. The book has since been nominated three times for an ABBY (American Booksellers Book Of the Year Award), which honors titles that bookstore owners most enjoy recommending to customers. The fourth Mitford novel, A New Song, won both the Christy and Gold Medallion awards for outstanding contemporary fiction in 2000. A Common Life, In This Mountain, and Shepherd's Abiding have also won Gold Medallion awards. Out to Canaan was the first Mitford novel to hit the New York Times bestseller list, subsequent novels have debuted on the New York Times list, often landing the #1 spot.
Karon says her character-driven work seeks to give readers a large, extended family they can call their own.
Jan Karon currently resides in Blowing Rock, in the state of North Carolina. Jan Karon was born in 1937.
Jan Karon has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Audiobook-Audio CD-Light From Heaven (Unabridged)?
True to Fr. Tim's calling Nov 30, 1999
While I can understand how many of the previous reviewers feel about the many new characters in this book, I don't see how it could have been written any other way. One of the things I love about Jan Karon's books is how true they are to the Episcopal Church...her characters are so real, I could almost name some of them from the church of which I am a member!
Father Tim is retired from The Lord's Chapel, so what was he to do in a new book in "the Mitford series" and still be close to his former parishoners in Mitford? Any priest who had been as involved in the lives of his parish as Fr. Tim would not stick around to make the new priest have to live in his constant shadow...and a priest with the energy and calling of Fr. Tim wouldn't want to just hang around the Turkey Club all day and be a vegetable, either. I think the readers would get bored with his retirement. There wouldn't be enough story line to make the final book.
Becoming a vicar in a nearby church was the perfect solution. And in a new church there would be a whole new congregation of characters. A priest's life isn't lived in the past, it is lived in the present and looks to the future...there were plenty of encounters with the favorite characters in the Mitford series, and I believe from interviews I've read with Jan Karon that we haven't seen the last of them.
The Father Tim novels, according to Karon in an interview with USA Today, will continue to follow Fr. Tim and Cynthia as they travel back to his hometown of Holly Springs, Miss. after the year at Holy Trinity, then to Ireland, then to England. The Mitford characters aren't gone...just the name "the Mitford series". At least that is the way I have interpreted it. See the article on USA Today's website, and see if you agree: http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2005-11-09-bchat-karon_x.htm
I loved the new characters, cherished the time with the old characters, and look forward to spending more time with all of them (and some new ones) in the Father Tim Novels!!
A tender and satisfying ending to the Mitford Years novels Nov 30, 1999
It's the final encore for the characters of Mitford, "the little town with the big heart," as the curtain rings down on the long-running series. Fans who have devotedly read each of the Mitford Years novels will be delighted that this long-awaited conclusion is everything that might be hoped for, and a little bit more.
Father Tim Kavanaugh and his wife Cynthia are farm-sitting for their friends, just 20 minutes from Mitford. It's the setting for a number of developments. Dooley is a college student studying to be a veterinarian, and about to find out he has a huge inheritance that will smooth his future career path. He's also about to make his relationship as "son" to Father Tim and Cynthia official. Those who remember the abused little boy Dooley, showing up on the then-bachelor Father Tim's doorstep in the inaugural novel AT HOME IN MITFORD, may shed a tear or two, as readers see what the love of a good man can mean to a boy starved for attention, affection and discipline. It's unabashedly poignant. Not that Father Tim's parenting work is done --- Dooley's little brother Sammy is now part of the Kavanaugh family, rough around the edges and harboring a penchant for shooting pool and planting gardens. And Kenny, Dooley's missing sibling, still must be found and returned to the fold.
Cynthia, who had planned to tackle nothing more difficult than learning how to make good home fries, read, and learn needlepoint while on the farm, ends up hard at work on a series of watercolors for a calendar featuring Violet, the cat, in the country. With Cynthia so busy, Father Tim finds that he wants something concrete to do. He's delighted when he's asked to be the vicar of a small church, Holy Trinity, that has been empty for almost 40 years. But Father Tim discovers that while the church has been empty, it's not been neglected, and a new beginning awaits him. Kudos to Jan Karon, who shows beautifully through both Father Tim and Cynthia that getting older does not mean "retiring" from life. Some of the best work we do might come after 60!
Karon issues an altar call for all the characters readers have grown to love. The irascible Emma, Father Tim's former assistant, shoots him hilarious emails full of her fears about her upcoming trip to England. Puny has given birth to a second set of twins, this time boys, and the unlikable Edith Mallory, who suffered a serious head injury seven months before the story opens, speaks a single word: "God." Many others are woven throughout the story. Some of the beloved Mitford characters are dead or dying: Russell Jacks (who made "livermush" famous for Karon's readers), Absalom Greer, Miss Sadie, and Uncle Billy. Dying is on Father Tim's mind more these days as he nears the ripe age of 70: "He wasn't however, afraid of dying; he knew where he was going, what he feared, instead, was leaving some crucial work undone..."
The plot turns easily on simple things: the restoring of the abandoned Holy Trinity church and recovery of its congregation, a search for Miss Sadie's cache of money hidden in an old Plymouth automobile, the dilemmas of Cynthia's work as an artist in the midst of farm life, and the challenges of taking neglected children in hand.
More surprisingly, perhaps (and a hint of the promised Father Tim Novels series to come?), a new cast of characters parades across the pages: Agnes Merton, one of the last faithful members of Holy Trinity and a newfound friend to Father Tim; Robert, who served time for murder in prison; Rooter, whose antics will make you smile; and Clarence, a deaf and talented carpenter. There's also the cranky, reclusive Jubal Adderholt whose cabin walls are furred with squirrel tails, and the McKinney sisters, Mary and Martha (one fat, one thin). Father Tim takes on another attention-starved child "project" in precocious five-year-old Sissie, the daughter of Dovey Gleason, who is chronically bed-ridden with a mysterious illness.
As you'd expect, there's some ruminations about the past, some wrapping up of old plotlines, and a few surprises. This is a tender tale, spiced with plenty of prayers, old hymns, homilies, good food, and country jokes that would make Uncle Billy Watson proud. Mitford lovers will turn the final pages of LIGHT FROM HEAVEN with the feeling that comes after finishing a big, delicious meal: full, satisfied, and content. [...]
Faith Nov 30, 1999
Bravo to a well written faith based book. The book will let you feel closer to the lord and reinforce your faith. Another excellent book about faith and happiness that I just read is called The Little Boy by Rohan Hall. I recommend both books highly.
A Feel Good Story Nov 30, 1999
The series has been so wonderful, I just wonder if Karon could ever top it. Her writing style is so very smooth. Each chapter just flows naturally, right into the next one. Sometimes I think we all need to get lost, but not in the wrong place. This book (Light From Heaven) touched my heart and took me to a warm and wonderful place. I felt peaceful just reading it. This is the kind of writing that makes one happy to stay home on a cold winters night, and just read. I would say: buy it - read it. And since I am on chapter three, reading it for the second time, I must say (on a non-fiction note), that you really do have to read Passenger's Side (Forosisky). This one stands out from the crowd. I am so happy to say I feel closer to the Lord, than I ever have before. My thoughts: read both, and you won't be disappointed. Now the question is, what do I read next?
A HEARTWARMING STORY WITH A MESSAGE OF HOPE Nov 30, 1999
Thanks to Jan Karon, Mitford has become a literary heart's home for many. And, thanks to John McDonough, Father Timothy Kavanaugh has become very real, a voice both rugged and kind, only slightly accented, appropriately rich and mature. One can imagine him delivering a homily to a rapt congregation.
In this, the final installment in the highly popular series, we find Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia, doing a favor for friends. They're house sitting on a farm where, as the beloved cleric says, There's naught to do but "read, rest, and walk four dogs." Cynthia asks him to go into town to pick up supplies for their son's visit. While he's happy to do so, he also ruefully acknowledges that he might wish to be called upon to do something a bit more interesting.
His wish is granted when the Bishop assigns him to Holy Trinity, a small church in the mountains that hasn't had a viable congregation in four decades. Father Tim and Cynthia arrive with little hope of finding very much in the way of a structure, but are delighted to find that Holy Trinity has been well maintained by loving congregants.
Light From Heaven is the story of how Father Tim and Cynthia become acquainted with the people who live in the mountains and try to build a congregation. Throughout, listeners are treated to visits from characters met in previous installments, and enchanted by the Kavanaugh's new friends.
Once again, Jan Karon has penned an entertaining, heartwarming story carrying a message of hope.