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Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon

Shepherds Abiding

by Jan Karon

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  MrsDoglvrs | Apr 24, 2016 |
This is the eighth book in Jan Karon's 'Mitford' series. It's shorter than the majority: less than 300 pages, and print well spaced out, so I read it in less than two days.

It's a bit of a novelty book rather than an important one in the Mitford story; Christmas is approaching, and the retired Episcopal priest Father Tim spots a rather scruffy set of plaster nativity figures in the antique shop. Hoping to surprise his wife, he enlists the help of a couple of friends and sets to work to repair and paint the figures for Christmas.

We meet old friends from Mitford: Uncle Billy, trying to figure out what on earth to give his crotchety wife for Christmas; Percy and Velma, about to give up The Grill and retire, Lew Boyd who has married someone from another state in secret... and many more. The author cleverly weaves in and out of their lives, also including some of Father Tim's positive reminiscences from his childhood, as he finally comes to terms with some of the problems he carried around, due to his father's apparent harshness and high expectations.

Quite a pleasant book, if a bit 'sappy', but not really one to read alone, nor a vital part of the Mitford series for someone reading the longer books. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Book # 8 of 9 books in the Mitford series. Christmas is coming and Father Tim Kavanaugh has a special project he is working on as a surprise for his wife, Cynthia. She, meanwhile, has a surprise in store for him as well. As we continue to follow the residents of Mitford in their holiday preparations it becomes clear that the best gifts are those that come from God. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 22, 2016 |
Shepherds Abiding is set right after In This Mountain, during the Advent season. Fr. Tim is determined to find a creative, surprising present for Cynthia, but the project he comes up with may prove to be a bit too ambitious during a busy Christmas season! As Christmas approaches, Hope Winchester takes on the management of the Happy Endings bookstore and a sweet romance blossoms, while on the other end of Main Street the Grill closes its doors after a long, successful run. This book is written in the spirit of the early books in the series and makes for a pleasant interlude between two longer and more serious volumes. ( )
  foggidawn | Jul 24, 2014 |
Looked and sounded so hokie that I couldn't bring myself to read it. ( )
  wagon333 | Mar 13, 2013 |
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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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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.

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Retired Episcopalian priest Father Tim, a man who has never really worked with his hands, receives a true Christmas blessing when he decides to purchase and restore an antique plaster creche as a surprise for his wife.

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