Book Reviews of Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Series, Bk 8)

Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Series, Bk 8)
Shepherds Abiding - Mitford Series, Bk 8
Author: Jan Karon
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ISBN-13: 9780670031207
ISBN-10: 0670031208
Publication Date: 10/20/2003
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 215 ratings
Publisher: Viking Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
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!!!
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a very family-friendly book that I enjoyed reading. It is not a mystery but rather a story of a small town and the folks who live there. Charming.
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Helpful Score: 2
Cute little story in the Mitford Series. All wonderful reads.
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The story of Christmas, and Father Tim's careful restoration of a nativity set for his wife.
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The eighth novel in the Mitford Year's series about a retired Episcopal priest, his friends and family.
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Helpful Score: 1
In typical Jan Karon style, she brings the spirit of the season with every page!
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This book was a warm, heartfelt book. It was a little slow at first, but it picked up more into the story.
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Great book...
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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.
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This was a cute Christmas story. You do need to read the other books in this series to understand the characters to their fullest.
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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!
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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.
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A welcome home to Mitford fans to Karon's gift
for illuminating the struggles that creep into eeryday lives--along with a vividly imagined and wonderful world.
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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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There is no place like Mitford for the holidays.
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Loved this series! This is one of my all-time favorite series, and I've read them twice already.
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Perfect little Mitford Christmas story. A quick read, has all your Mitford favorites touched with the magic of Christmas.
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very interesting christmas surprise
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Jan Karon's Mitford Series are comfort books. They invite you in and make you feel welcome, right at home. Sheperds Abiding is the perfect Christmas story.
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For fans of Mitford, I enjoyed reading this book for the second time. It's a nice easy read and reminded me of what I enjoyed about the characters in the Mitford series. It's a very nice holiday read.
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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!!
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Jan Karon makes you feel lkie you are part of the community; like you have know all the characters all your life..it is a wonderful read!
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More uplifting offerings from the town of Mitford.
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Beautiful gift copy!
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.
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Out of the Mitford Series, this was one of my favorites. A yearly reread at Christmas.
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This book, as well as the whole series; charming, uplifting, easy read. You'll hate to put it down and hate to see it end
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I loved this entire series and could hardly wait to get my hands on each book.
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You'll like this, if you like Jab Karon.
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Nice holiday story from the New York Times bestseller list!
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It is the 8th and final book of the series. It wraps up all the burning questions about Mitford.
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A story to read anytime of year but especially at the holiday season. Love the characters and the wonderful life they all have in Mitford.
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Great book!
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A special Christmas book in the wonderful Father Tim series. Many interwoven stories of everyday life in Mitford packed with interest and a heart warming sense of community and friendship.
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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.
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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.
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Wow, I love this series, start with the first book. Love it light easy read but really in depth character development.
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If you love the Mitford Series, don't miss reading this one. It's a very sweet story that adds depth to the characters
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I love all The Jan Karon books
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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!
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Classic Karon! Always a winner...!
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A very good book in the series.
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The eighth novel in the Mitford Yeas series. It seeks to restore the true Christmas spirit and give everyone a seat at Mitford's holiday table
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Another wonderful addition to the Mitford Series.
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Very good book about Father Tim and Cynthia discover again what millions of readers know there's no place like Mitford for the holidays.
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Loved all of the Mitford books...this one is a winner as well.
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Lovely book. I want to live in this town and know these people and share my life with them. This was a wonderful, uplifting tale. I loved it, loved it, loved it.
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I always love a visit to Mitford
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#8 in the Mitford series
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good Christmas time read
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8th in the Mitford series.
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Warm heartfelt story
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A Christmas read, continuing the Mitford series. Secrets at Christmas lead to a wonderful Christmas for all Mitford residents.