Item description for Light From Heaven (Mitford V9) by Jan Karon...
Overview The final volume in the "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.
Publishers Description The ninth novel in the beloved Mitford series, by the bestselling author of "At Home in Mitford" and "Somebody Safe with Somebody Good" Father Tim Kavanagh has been asked to "come up higher" more than once. But he's never been asked to do the impossible--until now. The retired Episcopal priest takes on the revival of a mountain church that's been closed for forty years. Meanwhile, in Mitford, he's sent on a hunt for hidden treasure, and two beloved friends are called to come up higher. As Father Tim finds, there are still plenty of heartfelt surprises, dear friends old and new, and the most important lesson of all: "It's never too late."
Community Description Father Tim Kavanagh has been asked to "come up higher" more than once. But he's never been asked to do the impossible---until now. The retired Episcopal priest takes on the revival of a mountain church that's been closed for forty years. Meanwhile, in Mitford, he's sent on a hunt for hidden treasure, and two beloved friends are called to come up higher. As Father Tim finds, there are still plenty of heartfelt surprises, dear friends old and new, and the most important lesson of all: It's never too late.
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Citations And Professional Reviews Light From Heaven (Mitford V9) by Jan Karon has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 12/12/2006 page 40
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.24" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2006
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Mitford Years
Series Number 9
ISBN 0143037706 ISBN13 9780143037705
Availability 0 units.
More About Jan Karon
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.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Light From Heaven (Mitford V9)?
Light from Heaven Jan 30, 2007
A wonderful read. Takes you to a place where there is peace, love and a genuine sense of "family". One MUST read the whole series.
I don't really care to have met Agnes, Clarence, et al Jan 28, 2007
I waited until the book came out in paperback to finish my collection for my bookshelf and purchased the Bedside Companion at the same time. I have been a Mitford Missionary since I read the first book. Clean, charming, engrossing, enlightening, encouraging, blessing were the adjectives I used. I was grossly disappointed in the last book, like so many others. It seemed as though the characters we all knew and loved were an afterthought. Having read the Bedside Companion, it seems that Ms. Karon felt the need to defend this sad finale by telling us that without it, we never would have met Agnes, Clarence, blah, blah, blah. Did anyone really CARE to meet these people? Did anyone even care about them much AFTER you'd met them? I certainly didn't, based on how many of their names I actually remembered. It all seemed so aimless and rambling. How many pages can it possibly take to tell Father Tim you'd had a child out of wedlock? The language even seemed either stilted or so over-the-top colloquial that it was difficult to digest at times. All the other books were something to look forward to in the evening. This one was a relief to put down.
Light from Heaven Jan 19, 2007
Wonderful continuation of the Mitford series, too bad this is her last installment, but hey, Father Tim is 70 now... I understand her next series will be about his childhood, interesting to read about his youth after you know how he turns out as an adult. Probably will read this new series as I love how Karon writes.
great reading Jan 16, 2007
Not as good as the first four books, but still a must to read.
Heavenly Entertaining Jan 11, 2007
Father Tim is still the glue that holds the town together. This series of books are heart warming and inspirational. As you read the series you will become part of this loving and funny town. The characters seem so real you will feel you have known them all your life. I am sad to know this series had ended, but enlightened to know I can pick up and reread all the books again.