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Shepherds Abiding (Mitford) Paperback – September 28, 2004
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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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“Jan Karon reflects contemporary culture more fully than almost any other living novelist.”—Los Angeles Times
“The faster and more impersonal the world becomes, the more we need...Mitford.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Welcome home Mitford fans...to Karon’s gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives—along with a vividly imagined world.”—People
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. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."
- ASIN : 0142004855
- Publisher : Penguin Books (September 28, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 365 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0786544112
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142004852
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 9.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 0.59 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #115,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Father Tim is still chafing against being retired - he’s busier than most 40 hour per weekers. Deep into the Advent season, Tim is “pastoring” a couple of needy folks and they in turn are helping him with his Christmas gift for his wife, Cynthia, which will be displayed for the entire town. An huge restoration project for a 22 piece Nativity set has drawn many into the fray!
One of the favorite “hot spots” in Mitford is the town Grill and the scenes that take place here are literary gold. For sure, if you had coffee or tea in your mouth, it would be spewed, mid guffaw, and a new t-shirt might be needed! The Grill is in danger of closing, another plot twist...
The text is colored with classic Christmas carols and characters you know a love who are trying to survive the pressures we put on ourselves during the frantic time. Father Tim is discovering what it means to be as true “Shepherds Abiding” 📚
Christmas 🎄 in July 2020 #23
It had been years since I last read book seven. I jumped into 'Shepards Abiding' and instantly was home again. What more can you want from a series? Nothing.
i reread it each Christmas and never tire of doing so
Father Tim and Cynthia truely love each other, GOD blessed them when HE brought them together and their love n caring for all the citizens of Mitford is amazing, especially their love for Dooley and his siblings
this story makes me happy and wish that it i lived in Mitford
I highly recommend this book!