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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 2004
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.06 X .5 (inches)|
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.
"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 Karons gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday livesalong with a vividly imagined world."People
Lisa2 Stars Out Of 5DisappointingNovember 18, 2010LisaQuality: 2Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I like a Christmas story just like the next person, but this book left me wanting more...big time. This was the first book I've ever read that I had to RE-READ the first two chapters to catch the meaning of it all. I don't appreciate the "slang" talk that is printed in several chapters and I felt like there were so many different stories going on with not alot of interest with any of them except for Father Tim story. It was a cheap book but one that I'm not keeping and not recommending to others.
Jean Watson5 Stars Out Of 5November 6, 2009Jean WatsonALL of Jan Karon's books on the people in the little town of Mitford give me such comfort and enjoyment. Many times Father Tim's quotes and remarks are so uplifting and inspiring. It has given me many a lift...so peaceful, loving and down-to-earth it's a pleasure to read. As far as I'm concerned she could go on forever.
Delores5 Stars Out Of 5March 6, 2005DeloresI lost some of my "best friends" with Jan Karen's last Mitford book in the series. I could just cry at the thought of it. They are so treasured, I am saving them for my grandchildren.
Carol5 Stars Out Of 5December 14, 2004CarolJan Karon did not disappoint me yet again! Shepherd's Abiding is another wonderful story and I was very touched by it. I am sad that it is the last in the Mitford series but will look forward to other books by her in the future.