Item description for Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years V8) by Jan Karon...
Overview 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.
Publishers Description Since he was a boy growing up in Missisippi, Father Tim has lived what he calls "the life of the mind." Except for cooking and gardening and washing his dog, he never learned to savor the work of his hands. And then he finds a derelict nativity scene--twenty figures, including a flock of sheep, that have suffered the indignities of time and neglect. Could he give the small company new life? Restore the camel's ear, repaint every piece, replace a missing nose on a wise man? "You can't teach an old dog new tricks " he reminds himself. It's when he imagines the excitement in Cynthia's eyes that he steps up to the plate--and begins a small journey of faith that touches everyone around him. 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years V8) by Jan Karon has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 06/15/2003
Library Journal Prepub Alert - 06/15/2003 page 52
Booklist - 08/01/2003 page 1928
Publishers Weekly - 11/03/2003 page 55
Bookpage - 12/01/2003 page 11
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Studio: Viking Penguin
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 6.14" Height: 1.17" Weight: 1.245 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2003
Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
Series Mitford Years
Series Number 8
ISBN 0670031208 ISBN13 9780670031207
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.
Jan Karon has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years V8)?
Inspiration for living May 27, 2008
I bought the first six books as a birthday gift for my sister. We were mesmerized right from the start. Father Tim is a real inspiration. These books have been all through the family circle and they are on the second time around.
Christmas Magic May 2, 2008
This whole series just makes you feel warm and cozy. I feel like I'm part of the community.
The kind of book that makes you say "wow!" Apr 11, 2008
I listened to this book in April when skies were clear and the California temperatures were mild. Shepherds Abiding took me right into cold and frosty Mitford, smack into the lives of the flawed and fabulous people who live there. The image of the rugged Mitford males having lunch at the local tea shop was hilarious. My favorite part was Uncle Billy's relationship with his difficult wife Rose as she waited for her "Santy Claus" to visit. I laughed, I teared up and most of all, I felt lifted up by this lovely work. It doesn't have to be Christmas to appreciate Jan Karon's wonderful gift in Shepherds Abiding.
Good story. Great Christmas gift, Flows smoothly. Apr 8, 2008
This is a good book. Very smooth story. Would make a good Christmas gift. I like Jan Karon's books
A NICE HOLIDAY STORY Dec 29, 2007
This was my first experience with the Mitford Series. The cover looked great, and it being two weeks before Christmas, I picked it up at a book sale for Literacy Volunteers. While I felt that I was missing something by not knowing the characters, it really didn't matter. Karon darts back and forth with the characters along the plot line. It is like a novel on amphetemines. (Maeve Binchy does this threading of plot from character to character- but so much better. She might even spend a full chapter on one subplot to truly engage the reader.) With Shepherds Abiding, my head was spinning. You could read the whole book in one sitting as it lacked depth. Cute story, nice story, simple story. Was there ever a doubt how all of the loose ends would tie together by the end?