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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,982 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jan Karon Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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Since he was a boy growing up in Mississippi, 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, it seeks to restore the true Christmas spirit and give everyone a seat at Mitford's holiday table.

Continue the holiday cheer with two more trips to Mitford with The Mitford Snowmen and Esther's Gift, both included in this audio edition. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 2/10/2014

    " Another wonderful Mitford book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/9/2014

    " I don't know how I missed this book when I was reading through the series. It was great to connect again with all of the characters. I am inspired and will probably reread the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/8/2014

    " I discovered of my 2 favorite book series EVER.... "Mitford" and "Anne of Green Gables"... Cynthia mentions to Father Tim how they should by the box set of Anne of Green Gables for there twin grand daughters. I still can not stop smiling. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 2/7/2014

    " A few years ago I started reading the Mitford series and only got through the first three books. I decided one of my New Year's goals was to start the series over and finish it by the end of the year. Since it was December, I wanted a Christmas book to curl up with, so I chose "Shepherds Abiding," hoping it wouldn't be a "spoiler" for me. Unfortunately, the books DO go on in chronological order, but I don't think I "spoiled" anything with my return to Mitford. I loved spending some time with Father Tim during the holidays :-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Klaudyna Z. | 2/6/2014

    " It was a quick read, but it was way too religious for me. Again, these books were lent to me from a friend but I would never buy these and read them because it is not something that interests me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/3/2014

    " Karon works more homespun magic with this latest uplifting story set in sleepy Mitford, N.C. Father Timothy Kavanagh, stalwart of the Mitford series, is approaching 70 when he comes across pieces of an old English nativity scene at his friend Andrew Gregory's antique shop. The set has definitely seen better days, and Andrew is hoping that someone will volunteer to restore it. Who better than Father Tim, who seems to have reached a turning point in his life and needs a project to distract him? Inspired by memories of a manger from his childhood that was destroyed in a rainstorm, Father Tim, after much deliberation, takes up the cause, planning to surprise his artist wife, Cynthia. Meanwhile, Hope Winchester, manager of Mitford's Happy Endings bookshop, learns that the shop is in danger of closing at the end of the year and struggles to save it and make it her own. Tear-jerking moments and humorous scenes featuring Mitford's more ornery denizens make for a cozily familiar trip into town. The restoration of the creche proves to be transformative for Father Tim, and a snowy Christmas Eve brings happiness to everyone in Mitford. Steering readers far from the "craziness and commerce of Christmas," Karon stays true to the adage that all things are possible with hard work, ingenuity and a little faith. Written in light, breezy prose that shimmers with faith and good hope, Karon's story goes down like hot cocoa by the fireplace. The author's warm spirituality and vibrant holiday spirit make this heartwarming eighth series entry a welcome one. (Publishers Weekly) I read this on a plane while flying from Sacramento to Dallas. Lovely story, and quickly read. I truly appreciate the small-town goodness of Ms. Karon's Mitford. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Hartshorn | 1/28/2014

    " this is a Mitford book. Just an episode, the usual " feel good" story about the inhabitants of Mitford. A fast easy read, I don,t ever dislike these stories but they really aren' t favorites either. This one was on loan or I might not ever have picked it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al Gritten | 1/23/2014

    " The continuing story of Father Tim and his Mitford parish, this is a warm tale of Christmas joy and celebrating the idea of family being those with whom we share our faith and our lives. It is a quick read and a good one for this time of year as we approach Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas. I enjoy Karon's writing and these tales of Mitford are interesting character studies with some insight into what it means to be a people of faith, a minister, and church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susi | 1/16/2014

    " these books by Jan Karon are well written and very similar to All Creatures Great and Small. Feel good books. Humor and some depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Humkeb | 1/12/2014

    " I've read the Mitford years it seems like forever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta | 12/30/2013

    " Another fabulous book in the series -- a great book to read at Christmas "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amberlee Bixler | 12/28/2013

    " This is a sweet book. Read it during Christmas. If you like Barbies, Stormie Omartin, and/or Janette Oke, you'll love this book. Otherwise... ehh. Save the space for something worth your time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Evelyn | 12/8/2013

    " kinda cheesy and fluffy, but it's a christmas story and that's where my mind is right now :o) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni Simmons | 11/11/2013

    " Like comfort food, this is a comfort book. I unabashedly love Jan Karon's novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn C. | 11/8/2013

    " This was a Book Group selection. Nice little Christmas read...although I found that if you haven't read the entire series prior to this book you might be a little lost (I was!!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Weck | 10/29/2013

    " I Jan Karon's books! They are very homey and comfortable. Life in a small town named Mitford with lots of quirky villagers. God's love is in the midst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 10/26/2013

    " This is a story I picked at random just to have a Christmas story during the holidays. Yes it does center around Christmas. No it is not one of the better stories I've read (not bad, just not particularly interesting). Apparently part of a series dealing with the townfolk of Mitford. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kw | 6/19/2013

    " These books are just wonderful. Jan Karon is great. Don't miss them. If you haven't met Father Tim, you are in for such a treat! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Etta Mcquade | 6/8/2013

    " Disappointing after having read Home in Mitford. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pammy | 5/26/2013

    " I've re-read this one, as a welcome to the arrival of the Christmas season. It can easily be a stand-alone volume, not really requiring any previous knowledge of the Mitford community so lovingly presented by the author. The theme? discovering the true Christmas spirit. Enough said! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taunya | 5/2/2013

    " I love this Christmas story about the people in Midford. I own the CD's if anyone wants to listen to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 11/10/2012

    " Great warm fuzzy Christmas read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 10/24/2012

    " A very interesting focus on Christmas in this novel and still as good as ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheri | 8/5/2012

    " This book was not nearly as good as how I remember the other books in the series. There just wasn't anything to it. It's a quick holiday read with all the old characters, but really not much of a plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 7/11/2012

    " A typical Christmas themed book but with the favorite Jan Karon characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/30/2012

    " I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading about Father Tim and the other cast of regular characters who live in Mitford. Touching, sweet and always good for at least one laugh-out-loud moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria M. Elmvang | 2/27/2012

    " Not as good as the other Mitford books, as there's not much of a plot in this one. Still, it's got practically the same atmosphere as the others, and puts on in a nice, Christmasy mood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Stroh | 2/10/2012

    " I love the enitre Mitford series. It is like lying on a blanket, in the sun on a clear day. You can savor every page ... like candy!!! You will fall in love with all of the characters and want to read every book ... in order!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 1/6/2012

    " More of the Mitford series, this one is set at Christmastime. Wonderfully warm, a genuine feel-good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 12/30/2011

    " a real treat "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 11/20/2011

    " Like visiting old friends. A nice Christmas story which caught you up on what the other people in Mitford are up to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/17/2011

    " Another wonderful Jan Karon book. Can't wait to start at the top of her Mitford series books and read the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 9/9/2011

    " This was the perfect read for this time of year and a true delight! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope | 8/25/2011

    " More accolades!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 2/27/2011

    " nice Christmas story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 2/19/2011

    " Excellent sweet read about Father Tim's surprise Christmas gift for his wife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/16/2010

    " This is the 3rd year in a row that I have listened to this at Christmas time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 10/22/2009

    " Another heartwarming chapter in the Mitford series. Very sweet and uplifting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brook | 4/6/2008

    " I love everything I have read by Jan Karon. She is a wonderful author. I feel like I have become friends with all of her characters. "

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About the Author
Author Jan Karon

Jan Karon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the Mitford novels, the Father Tim novels, a popular cookbook, and several books for children. She lives near Mr. Jefferson’s Monticello, a World Heritage site in Central Virginia.

About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.