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Shepherds Abiding (2003)

by Jan Karon

Series: Mitford Years (8)

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Since he was a boy growing up in Missisippi, 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, including a flock of sheep, 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.The eighth novel in the bestselling Mitford Years series is a meditation 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.… (more)

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As the cover and title suggest, this is a Christmas themed story. The story begins in October, but Christmas is already on the minds of many in the town of Mitford. You will watch and learn as Father Tim finds a "derelict" nativity scene, with lots of animals and characters, and sets out to repaint and repair the set before Christmas, as a gift to his wife Cynthia. Along the way, others will help him and along the way he will be reminded of his past growing up years as a young child during the Christmas season. And the giving of the gift and Cynthia's gift to him was a very precious scene. ( )
  judyg54 | Jul 22, 2020 |
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. ( )
  Gmomaj | Jun 6, 2020 |
Shepherds Abiding is a simple story that unfolds over a span of ten or twelve weeks—a time in which Father Tim and a lot of villagers discover something new and surprising in themselves. It's October, and already, the excitement of Christmas is in the air.
  StFrancisofAssisi | Mar 19, 2020 |
Shepherds Abiding is a simple story that unfolds over a span of ten or twelve weeks—a time in which Father Tim and a lot of villagers discover something new and surprising in themselves. It's October, and already, the excitement of Christmas is in the air.
  StFrancisofAssisi | Feb 1, 2020 |
*happy sigh* This is just such a beautiful book, y'all! Such a sweet, fun, simple Christmas read. Highly recommended! ( )
  SarahGraceGrzy | Oct 2, 2018 |
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To the honor and glory of the Child, Emmanuel. God With Us
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The rain began punctually at five o'clock, though few were awake to hear it.
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Christmas - Fiction Mitford series Father Time and Cynthia discover again what millions of readers know, there's no place like Mitford for the holidays.
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