Item description for Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years V8) by Jan Karon...
Overview Having pursued intellectual matters all of his life, Father Tim discovers the joys of working with his hands when he discovers a worn-out nativity scene and begins to restore it. By the author of In This Mountain. Reprint.
Publishers Description The eighth novel in the beloved Mitford series, by the bestselling author of "At Home in Mitford" and "Somebody Safe with Somebody Good" 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.74" Width: 5.82" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Sep 28, 2004
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Mitford Years
Series Number 8
ISBN 0142004855 ISBN13 9780142004852 UPC 9780142004852
Availability 39 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 22, 2017 09:45.
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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)?
Enjoyable and uplifting story Mar 19, 2007
This was easy reading and enjoyable, but there really wasn't a story plot. Would have liked to know who made the manger.
Shepherds Abiding (The Midford Years) Jan 30, 2007
As with all Karon's books in the Midford Series, this one does not let you down. You will contine to want to read more about the characters and find out what becomes of each one.
Shepherds Abiding Jan 13, 2007
Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon was a wonderful and perfect story for the Christmas holidays! It reminds the reader of the true meaning of Christmas in a very warm and human manner.
Superior - spiritual theme expressed through characters. Jan 9, 2007
Through Father Timothy, Cynthia, Dooley, Barnabas and each resident of Mitford, Jan Karon brings the reader into the soul of an idealic, yet realistic small town of "yesteryear." There is real-to-life heartbreaking situations, heart warming moments, lovely and loving humor, and most importantly, Jan Karon shows us, in Father Timothy, childlike innocence in a "60-something" truly gentle man; and through all the other characters, this innocence - lack of egoic self-indentification - shines from the depth of each. The Bible quotations are intertwined simply, not the least bit preachy, and provide a wonderful foundation to the theme. This is one of nine books in the Mitford Series. I highly recommend the entire series; it is my fervent hope that many of the characters will be further explored as "off-shoots" of this Mitford series and in his/her own right be the focus of a book.
Realistic Love Jan 9, 2007
The Mitford series offer the reader an opportunity to learn what love can be like, especially important to those who came from dysfunctional families. Karon offers suggestions to women in the character of Cynthia; and a reality glimpse to men of possible relationship between man and woman.
These are the books one can read over and over, and still learn something, while being entertained simultaneously! What a treat!