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Paperback Shepherds Abiding Book

ISBN: 0142004855

ISBN13: 9780142004852

Shepherds Abiding

(Book #8 in the Mitford Years Series)

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Book Overview

Experience the joys of a small town Christmas in this novel in the beloved Mitford series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon.

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.


Customer Reviews

5 ratings


This was a wonderful book. I have loved all of the Mitford books and this one, although it was short, was a great addition to the series. I liked how it dealt more with characters other than Father Tim and Cynthia. Her books always "revisit" the characters from past books and that helps to jog your memory. It's an inspirational holiday story.I can't wait for the next book to come out!If you have enjoyed the Mitford series, you will certainly enjoy this one.

Better than I expected

I read the reviews while waiting for this book to arrive. I was disappointed in what I read. When I got the book, I devoured it. I know it was short like A Common Life, but what a sweet thing for Timothy to do.. I am a Mitford addict, so I simply loved it!


The encouragement and peace I enjoy most when reading a Mitford story are all here in Shepherds Abiding. I have not been disappointed with the length of the book as some of the other reviewers. Instead I have been thrilled because I have been comparing the length of this holiday season release with the two previous holiday books by Jan Karon, Mitford Snowmen and Esther's Gift. Several months ago I understood that there would be one final novel in the Mitford Series--and I believe that is still the case with release projected for 2005, and so considered the release of Sheperds Abiding a wonderful surprise. It is a wonderful reflection on the holiday season.

Another Wonderful Mitford Book

Everyone will love this inspiring book. This author never fails to deliver a winner. I have all her books and bought this one the moment it appeared in the bookstores. This Christmas I will buy the entire series for family members to keep and enjoy and share. Thank you Jan Karon for this early Christmas gift to the world from you.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.

An early Christmas present

Jan Karon's latest offering is a sparkling Christmas card and a celebration of the deeper meaning of the Advent season. The story revolves around Father Tim's efforts at restoring an old Nativity scene as a surprise for Cynthia's Christmas and also includes flashbacks into his own Christmases growing up in Mississippi. All the beloved Mitford characters are here -- each celebrating in their own way. I loved the way Ms. Karon further explored the story of Hope and Scott, and Uncle Billy's attempts to come up with Rose's Christmas gift were a joy. She has also laid the groundwork for some of the events that might happen in the next and final book of the "Mitford" series -- and oh, how I hate to see it end! My only complaint about this book, and it's a tiny one, is that I wish it had been longer. I hated to turn the last page and finish this book! However, I plan to reread it during the actual Advent season, and I think it will enrich my own celebration. Thanks, Jan Karon, for another wonderful book! You have blessed my life with this entire series.
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