Shepherds Abiding, Including Esther's Gift and the Mitford Snowmen

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jan Karon
Narrator: John McDonough
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Fiction & Literature, Christianity
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

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.

Reviews (3)

Written by Linda G. on April 11th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Always good but I missed Dooley and several other characters!

Shephards Abiding

Written by Anonymous on September 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought this story was uplifting and entertaining. It was the first Mitford series I have listened to and love the characters. They are a bit wholesome, but I loved them. Very sweet stories.

Shepherds Abiding

Written by Anonymous on March 30th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Uplifting and positive. Jan Karon's characters are endearing and real. Extremely enjoyable... the narrator's voice and "voices" of characters is exceptional.

Author Details

Author Details

Karon, Jan

"Jan Karon was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, in 1937 (""A great year for the Packard automobile,"" she says). Her creative skills first came alive when her family moved to a farm. ""On the farm there is time to muse and dream,"" she says. ""I am endlessly grateful I was reared in the country. As a young girl I couldn't wait to get off that farm, to go to Hollywood or New York. But living in those confined, bucolic circumstances was one of the best things that ever happened to me.""

Jan knew that she wanted to be a writer, and even wrote a novel at the age of ten. Her first real opportunity as a writer came at age eighteen when she took a job as a receptionist at an ad agency. She kept leaving her writing on her boss's desk until he noticed her ability. Soon she was launched on a forty-year career in advertising. She won assignments in New York and San Francisco, numerous awards, and finally an executive position with a national agency.

Recently she left advertising to write books, and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, a tiny town of 1,800 perched at 5,000 feet in the Blue Ridge mountains.

""I immediately responded to the culture of village life,"" says Jan. ""And I must say the people welcomed me. I have never felt so at home.""

Blowing Rock is the model for Mitford, and the similarities are strong. ""None of the people in Mitford are actually based upon anyone in Blowing Rock,"" says Jan. ""Yet, the spirit of my characters is found throughout this real-life village. You can walk into Sonny's Grill in Blowing Rock and find the same kind of guys who hang around Mitford's Main Street Grill.""

Jan is quick to assert that there are Mitfords all over the country, those hundreds of towns where readers of Jan's books cherish their own cast of eccentric and beloved characters.

Jan has a daughter, Candace Freeland, who is a photojournalist and musician."