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Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon

Shepherds Abiding

by Jan Karon

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I have not read any of the others in a series and did not realize there were others until I started book.
It was difficult to keep characters straight, although each one has a unique voice. Sometimes the scenes were so short, by the time I realized who it was about, the scene was over. Perhaps if I had read the others in the series, the people would have stuck in my mind better.

Hard to jump from scene to scene. Didn't realize until half way through the book that some of the scenes were flashbacks of one of their childhood (guess I'm slow).

It gave a warm, community feeling of a small town in winter. Problems weren't overwhelming, just what to give their loved ones for Christmas...

I could pick it up and leave it when I needed. ( )
  Sonya.Contreras | May 21, 2017 |
Having read 8 books thus far in the Mitford series, I must say, the earlier ones are better. I don't know if Karon runs out of ideas or what it is exactly, but I found this one a bit boring at times. Much of the story involved Father Tim painting figures of a creche scene. That's an interesting detail, but to include so many descriptions of the process throughout the book just rendered it uninteresting, slow and somewhat pointless. I much prefer the story lines involving dialogues among the characters and the conflicts they experience and then come to resolve or come to terms with in some way. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
  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 |
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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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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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