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Shepherds Abiding (Mitford) Paperback – September 28, 2004
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Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
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.
The eight novel in the bestselling Mitford Years series is a mediation on the best of all presents--the gift of one's heart. Lovingly written and beautifully illustrated, it seeks to restore the true Christmas spirit and give everyone a seat at Mitford's holiday table. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
To get to enjoy Christmas in Mitford makes this book worth my time to enjoy the story. But most of all it gave me faith when I needed to replenish my soul.
What I did find in Shepherds Abiding was a book very similar to A Common Life. While not as in-depth, the story gave us a better look into the thoughts and personalities of other residents of Mitford. We have only known Hope Winchester and Lew Boyd on a fairly superficial level up until now, and it was wonderful to get more insight into their lives and, particularly, their spiritual journeys. However, I did miss some of the characters that generally play a bigger role, such as Dooley and Cynthia.
Nothing terribly exciting or dramatic happens in Shepherds Abiding. But that's never the case with life in Mitford - it's the characters and walking with them through the ups and downs of everyday life that give Jan Karon's books their charm.
The characters in this book are so real. I agree fully with all the other reviews - it was far too short - we want more and more of this series. No matter what church you attend or what your philosphy of life is, you will relate to the town of Mitford and its cast of characters. Father Tim is like a trusted comfortable friend. Words cannot express my admiration for this author and her insights.
This is a book you want to go back to and memorize some parts, underline passages, and just apply the nuggets of wisdom to your own life.
I strongly recommend this book - it is food for the soul - makes you feel happy inside.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All of Jan Karons books are wonderful.
I'm sorry I will be ending my sojurns in Mitford soon. Beautifully and soulfully written.
If Jan Karon has ever written a bad book I haven't read it. Her Mitford series books are the best. I have read them all, twice! and am saving all of these to read again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martie732