This is the 8th novel in the best-selling Mitford Years series. I loved every one of these books, but this is special because it is a Christmas story. When I finished the series I was sad to leave these friends behind. Write more, Jan Karon!!!
Karon works more homespun magic with this latest uplifting story set in sleepy Mitford, N.C. Father Timothy Kavanagh, stalwart of the Mitford series, is approaching 70 when he comes across pieces of an old English nativity scene at his friend Andrew Gregory's antique shop. The set has definitely seen better days, and Andrew is hoping that someone will volunteer to restore it. Who better than Father Tim, who seems to have reached a turning point in his life and needs a project to distract him? Inspired by memories of a manger from his childhood that was destroyed in a rainstorm, Father Tim, after much deliberation, takes up the cause, planning to surprise his artist wife, Cynthia. Meanwhile, Hope Winchester, manager of Mitford's Happy Endings bookshop, learns that the shop is in danger of closing at the end of the year and struggles to save it and make it her own. Tear-jerking moments and humorous scenes featuring Mitford's more ornery denizens make for a cozily familiar trip into town. The restoration of the creche proves to be transformative for Father Tim, and a snowy Christmas Eve brings happiness to everyone in Mitford. Steering readers far from the "craziness and commerce of Christmas," Karon stays true to the adage that all things are possible with hard work, ingenuity and a little faith. Written in light, breezy prose that shimmers with faith and good hope, Karon's story goes down like hot cocoa by the fireplace. The author's warm spirituality and vibrant holiday spirit make this heartwarming eighth series entry a welcome one.
After a vacation reading thrillers, spy novels and mysteries, it was so refreshing to pick up Jan Karon's Shepherds Abiding. I gently eased back into Mitford with Father Tim, Cynthia and all the wonderful individuals whose lives I've followed through this 8th book in the series. Aaaghh! This was a wonderful book, as usual, and brought tears to my eyes with the shared moments of family and brotherly love, the neighbor watching out for neighbor and the simple things in life making for the greatest joys. What a heartwarming book for these troubled times! Enjoy this read!
Another home run from Jan Karon. Shepherds Abiding made me long for the crisp, chilly air of winter and the joy that Christmas always brings. If you need a Christmas fix, but the holiday season is several months away, this is the book for you.
This book is about the Mitford characters at Christmas!! As always it is very uplifting, and has the magical spirit of Christmas all through!! I loved it as much as all the books in the Mitford series!!
The eighth book in the Mitford Series. This is another one of Jan Karon's excellent books. When I read these books, I want to live in Mitford. In this book Father Tim is trying to repair an old nativity scene for his wife, Cynthia, for Christmas.
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Since he was a boy growing up in Mississippi, 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, at Andrews antique shop including a flock of sheep, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the Wise men and Shepherds and many others 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.
This is a beautiful Christmas story about the whole town. All your Favorite characters are back Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley, Velma, JC, Uncle Billy, Lew Boyd, Andrew, Mule and Hope.
I love the audio version of Shepherds Abiding. It's a good story about Father Tim preparing a special Christmas gift for his wife Cynthia. Such a sweet and special story to enjoy during the Holy Season.
First time I visited Mitford, and I'm going BaCk!! I was looking for a good read for the CHistmas Spirit Season. The Title caught my eye and the excerpt about the story of rescuing a creche. Finding that it was the 8th book was hard on my OC which manages my "must read the series from the beginning," but championing that I read it anyway, knowing I wouldn't be able to read the series that quickly. I was pleasantly surprised that the book was able to stand very well on it's own. Also for those of different religions, than the Main Character Father Tim, but are of the same faith in Jesus Christ; This story was WONDERFUL! Don't let religious affiliations stop you from enjoying this wonderful and thoughtful book!! I'm looking forward to going back and enjoying the rest.
I enjoyed the book, but felt it isn't as good as the prior books in the series. Story line a bit weak and too limited in the time period covered - only the Christmas season. But an easy lightweight read, and reader keeps up with those endearing characters!