In This Mountain

 
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"Moving. Soul searching. Timely. In This Mountain is Jan Karon's newest and best. Father Tim and Cynthia have been at home in Mitford for three years since returning from Whitecap Island. In the little town that's home-away-from-home to millions of readers, life hums along as usual. Dooley looks toward his career as a vet; Joe Ivey and Fancy Skinner fight a haircut price war that takes no prisoners; and Percey steps out on a limb with a risky new menu item at the Main Street Grill. Though Father Tim dislikes change, he dislikes retirement even more. As he and Cynthia gear up for a year-long ministry across the state line, a series of events send shock waves through his faith - and the whole town of Mitford. In her seventh novel in the bestselling Mitford Years series, Jan Karon delivers surprises of every kind, including the return of the man in the attic and an ending that no one in Mitford will ever forget."

Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife, Cynthia, return from Whitecap Island to "the little town with the big heart" in Jan Karon's seventh novel in the bestselling Mitford series, In This Mountain. Retirement holds challenges Father Tim hasn't anticipated, and even as Cynthia's career as a children's book author and illustrator brings her new accolades, he finds himself dogged by health troubles and dissatisfaction with the way his life is turning out. However, the beloved villagers of Mitford are on hand to offer support and humor through every crisis, and a few new characters are introduced to keep interest in the series fresh. Throughout the tale, Karon folds in themes of grace and forgiveness, and offers hope for even the most difficult situations. Fans will be delighted to find that this installment of the series is full of the engaging descriptions and charming depiction of life in Mitford that first won Karon the loyalty of legions of readers. --Cindy Crosby

Customer Reviews:

  • More of a Good Thing
    I was the first to read Jan Karon's 7th book when it arrived at our local library branch. I devoured it over the week-end, turned it in on Monday morning, then went immediately to buy it so I could enjoy it again slowly. Now I'm ready to begin with At Home In Mitford and re-read the whole series. I've begun to include Father Tim, Cynthia, Uncle Billy, and all the other wonderful characters in my conversations like they're real people. Jan Karon, through the voices of her characters, has preached some of the best sermon material ever. She must be a wonderful person to have such wisdom, insight, and inspiration. No fictional work has ever made a greater impression on me. I also have every audio version, and John McDonough is the best!...more info
  • Karon has done it again
    Thank you, Jan Karon for giving me the opportunity to bask in the glow of the Mitford occupants. I learn to depend on my family and my God as I read about your wholly imperfect characters. It is through observing them in trials, listening to their thoughts, and seeing the way events unfold that I am continually reminded of the One who is in control, and of love which is to be poured out of me....more info
  • Let Us Be Thankful And Rejoice In It
    This is the book Jan Karon has made; let us be thankful and rejoice in it. An amazing addition to the Mitford series, one that left me gasping at one point and re-reading it almost as soon as I finished it. Once again Ms. Karon presents the reader with the gentle village life of Mitford and the lovable but occasionally cankterous Father Tim, and shows us a gentle side to some very difficult issues. Far from syrupy, the books in this series manage to tackle some really hard turns in the road without becoming a soap opera - more an approach to life through faith and kindness and devotion. For some people, this might be a difficult read but the message of thankfulness and hope will guide you through the darker parts. Life with Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley, Puny, Emma, the Turkey Club, Harley, Hessie, Hope & Helene - well ALL the favorite Mitford character, continues to challenge and enrich anyone opening the cover of this truly wonderful book....more info
  • They Just Get Better and Better
    I have been a fan of the Mitford Series ever since a friend told me about them a few years ago. I have had "In This Mountain" for quite some time and finally sat down to read it. I was spellbound, eagerly waiting to see what came next.

    Karon's stories are believable because they take one into the mind and soul of the characters. I just know that if I were to run into Father Tim and Cynthia on the street, I would recognize them instantly (Father Tim would probably be in need of a haircut!)

    The Christian mores are woven so intricately into the story that they do not "hit you over the head." I have found life lessons in the books that I have put into my journal to refer to over and over again.

    I like the fact that Father Tim, even as a spiritual leader, wrestles with the very same emotions and spiritual issues as the rest of us and that he uses prayer to see him through.

    I am involved in a couple of Bible studies; these books are a wonderful complement, putting the principles into everyday situations.

    Can't wait for the next Mitford book! Thank you, Jan Karon!...more info

  • In This MOuntain
    Like all the other Mitford Series I loved this one and looked forward to the next one!!...more info
  • Mitford Series - In This Mountain
    Jan Karon does a great job with this whole series - haven't found a book yet I didn't enjoy!...more info
  • Nice Story
    This is another in Jan Karon's series...and it outlines the hardships that one encounters as one ages. ...more info
  • Amazing Author!
    Jan Karon's Mitford Series is a welcome reprive from today's busy world! Reading her book is like snuggling up with your favorite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy night! Once you begin her books... you don't want to put it down. She has a way of writing so that you feel as if you are really there in "Mitford". If you are thinking of purchasing it... you can't go wrong! Go for it!...more info
  • In This Mountain Audio CD
    I obviously didn't read the product info well enough - this is an ABRIDGED audio book, which I don't enjoy; I like to hear every word the author wrote, and feel frustrated when the action doesn't flow smoothly as originally written, but hops and skips all over the place....more info
  • The Jewels of Thanksgiving for Everything
    The back cover photo of the author expresses well the delight of this read, Jan truly looks like the type of person one would delight to set down with an iced tea and chat for quite a spell.

    In this latest addition to the Mitford fame, Karon develops the first book's setting around Father Tim. There's Cynthia and Barnabas and Dooley and diabetes and Lord's Chapel and Edith and Uncle Billy, et al.

    She takes life's day to day grind and makes it wholesome, entertaining and delightful. No shame for such a devout Christian woman to center this whole series around a Christian minister with such a spiritual theme and ending.

    Soli deo gloria!...more info

  • The Continuing Saga of Father Tim is a Great Read!
    In This Mountain finds Father Tim and Cynthia again living in Mitford, following their stint on Whitecap Island a few years ago.

    In the little town of Mitford, life hums along. Dooley looks toward his career as a vet. Joe Ivey and Fancy Skinner fight a haircut price war that takes no prisoners. Percy steps out on a limb with a risky new menu item at the Grill. Uncle Billy feels pressure to produce a surefire joke, and 'The Man in the Attic,' returns to Mitford as the town holds its breath to see what happens.

    Though Father Tim dislikes change, he dislikes retirement even more. His wife wins awards, receives bouquets, gets invited to tour the country. What's he doing? Father's health with his diabetes takes a turn for the very worse when he is neglectful taking his medicine. This bad spell leaves him in the throes of depression and sadness. To top it all off, Edith Mallory, who absolutely despises Father Tim, gives him more problems.

    Finally, he snaps out of his depression, and decides to take on a unique and difficult ministry. This makes him feel more energized than ever before.

    The book was a dandy one as all the preceding ones before it. I couldn't put it down once I started it....more info

  • For Your Summer's Best Read
    In This Mountain, by Jan Karon, is my pick for this summer's reading. I strongly recommend this book to family and friends, because of the lightheartedness and touching moments presented alongside the realities of day-to-day living. Set in a small town in the foothills of western North Carolina, the residents of Mitford are guided through their daily lives by Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife, Cynthia. This book, in my opinion, is the best in the Mitford series written by Ms. Karon. Her books bring Christian values and spirituality back to the forefront of adult literature, where they are greatly appreciated in this world today. I enjoy Jan Karon's books because of the homespun small-town characters, the comical and serious situations that can pop up unexpectedly, and the ability of the characters to persevere through their trials. For your best summer read at the beach or in the mountains, please take In This Mountain with you. Read it and enjoy what life and God have to offer in a small town!...more info
  • great reading
    Still not up to the first books in her series, but still worth the read....more info
  • Jan Karon Should Be a National Treasure
    Another wonderful chapter in the Mitford series. I want to move there. The characters are flawed, human, warm, real. They become part of one's life and when you read about them, it's like greeting old friends and catching up with them. So looking forward to the Father Tim series!...more info
  • Inspirational, entertaining and wonderful
    This is my kind of book. When all the world seems to be in turmoil, Jan Karon knows how to calm our feelings and help us realize that all is not bad in the world. We could all take lessons from people in Mitford.....slow down and smell the roses and know there is still much good in the world. I can hardly wait for her next "Mitford Book". I have recommended her books to countless friends and all are hooked. I have the entire series and my first order of business at the beginning of each new year is read them all in the order they were written......uplifting for the soul and the only problem I can see is the new one is not yet published. Keep up the good work and thank you, Jan Karon, for helping us see the goodness all around us....more info
  • Important topics!
    I think not only did we get an update on the "Mitford" family, but some important subjects were touched upon. We are all human and we all have faults and failings, both physicial and mental -- we just try to do better through prayer and friendships....more info
  • the perfect ending to a perfect series!
    I kept waiting for further books each time a new Mitford book came out; the characters were "alive" and I loved them all.
    Ms. Karon knows how to draw these characters as living breathing souls that we just know we'll meet on the road one day.
    Father Timothy has brought a lot of light, and laughter and an upgrade on our outlook of faith throughout my ENTIRE family.

    God bless you Ms. Karon!...more info
  • Mitford Series
    My wife tried for several years to get me to read this series. "Sissy Books", I'd cry. I bless the day when I finally succumbed to her charms and read the books by Jan Karon. I have read them once, retired, and started re-reading them again. I laughed, I shed a few tears (that's hard for a retired police officer to say)and I had some very important lessons in life re-emphasized. I saw in Father Tim a man after God's own heart, and it makes me want to be that kind of man. I highly recommend In This Mountain as well as the entire series. ...more info
  • Sadly disappointing
    While Jan Karon's characters are still quirky and interesting enough to get you through the book, this is definitely the worst book of the series thus far. First of all, she definitely needs a better editor to catch her favorite expressions. I was so sick of hearing people "thump down" into chairs that by the end of the book, I thought their rear ends must hurt! She also has an annoying habit of using the phrase "meaning it" to describe how intense her characters said something. This is not Karon's fault; it's her editor's responsibility to catch these things. It's difficult for an author to notice these things when they reread their manuscripts because the whole thing, including every rewrite, is in their head.

    Secondly, there was just not enough action or plot in this book to keep me very interested. While it's true that most of the books in this series are more character driven than plot driven, most of them have enough plot twists to keep you from noticing. This time, I noticed. Maybe it's time to end the series. While I would like to know if Dooley ever finds all of his siblings or if he learns of his inheritance from Miss Sadie, I'm tiring of Mitford. The characters seem to be losing some of their charm - and in a character driven series, that is not a good thing.
    ...more info
  • Another great book in the series
    Once again it was interesting to follow Father Tim's struggles, Cynthia's successes and Dooley's progress. I enjoy the searches for Dooley's siblings and the stories of what happens when they are found. The other characters make for a great read too. I was especially glad to see George Gaynor reappear. I had hoped he would become part of the series again. Overall it is another well written book. My only problem with it is the Edith Mallory plot. The tricking Father Tim and locking him in a room seemed too odd. Edith was an interesting villain in the earlier books but this time she was just too strange. ...more info
  • Feel a little better when you're done
    In modern times where any bit of 'entertainment' can leave you feeling a bit down, its nice to have something that lets you walk away with a smile. The quality writing and uplifting story with solid values can make you feel grounded as well as full of hope. The world is an amazing place and though this book is fiction, it gives a positive perspective that may help you get a fresh focus. The characters from Mitford always have something going on and Father Tim seems like someone that you could really enjoy knowing....more info
  • Take Heart, God walks with you through Depression!
    As a pastor I enjoy reading the Mitford series. I can relate to lots of the things that Father Tim deals with. This book spoke directly to my heart. Retirement is not something that Pastors look forward to, at least not the ones I know. A good pastor / missionary / evangelist never retires from doing the Lord's work.

    But what caught me here was the fact that even Pastor's can struggle with some discouragment and depression. I have struggled for the last two years with some depression after being moved from one position to another. It has been difficult. Sometimes I wondered where God was.

    I like Father Timothy kept opening my Bible looking for the right verse that would speak to my heart. So, as I read this book I totally related.

    I would hope that as you read it you will come to understand that Pastors are just as human as everyone else. We deal with the same issues that laypeople deal with.

    God is there and is walking with us through every part of our lives. You just might not see him clearly right now. But hold on tight, He is there and He loves you and will help you find the other side of depression and bring you Joy in the morning.

    Thank you Jan for writing a truly heart felt book....more info
  • The Best Yet
    THis seventh book of the Mitford series is my favorite. It gently takes me to a place that feels real or at least possible. I'm nearly finished with it and it has made me cry and laugh and pray. If you want to figure out how to cope with life's hard times, Father Tim and his friends will show you how to do it with Grace. Thank you Jan Karon for sharing with us....more info
  • A pleasant, if fluffy read
    Once I got into the book, which has a slow start as the main character is worrying about moles in his yard (yawn....), I enjoyed it. It's a quick read. Unfortunately, much of the action is predictable and corny, but it's also relaxing to read something that isn't, frankly, challenging. Think of this as an adult version of a children's bedtime story. Peaceful and sleepy. Nothing wrong with that. I won't hold it against the author that the photo of her on the back of the book, complete with too much jewelry, too much hair, and what looks like real fur trimming her clothing, makes her look like Edith Mallory, one of the book's antagonists. Somehow, I assumed the author would look more like the sweet Cynthia character (the minister's wife). All in all, this book is delightful, undemanding, and spiritually uplifting. As someone with a number of Jewish friends, I do wish the author would downplay the Christian rhetoric, though. One can be spiritual without pushing a particular religious agenda. (I gave a hospitalized Jewish friend a copy of this book before I had read it and before I realized it had Christian overtones.)...more info
  • Heartfelt and uplifting as always
    The 7th book in the Mitford Series is a joyful read, and just what I had hoped for. Father Tim and Cynthia blossom as their years together move on. Their devotion to each other never wanes, even through the trials and tribulations that are about to test their beliefs to the core. Father Tim goes through some dark days, after an occurrence that shakes all of Mitford to the bone. As usual there are lessons to learn, for with every darkness comes a dawn, though it might be an unexpected one.

    All the regulars are back and gizzards are the Tuesday special at the grill, Percy is as cantankerous as ever, some things never change. Emma Newland is working on getting Father Tim into cyberspace, while he's still working on learning to use the microwave. Dooley is back and still searching for his brother Sammy, and George Gaynor "The Man in the Attic" returns.

    Jan Karon has created a wonderful place to come with every book of this series, and she doesn't disappoint in her latest edition of the town that everyone should spend time in. She has a wonderful way of allowing the reader to step right into the setting she has created so clearly in her minds eye. We all should spend a little time in Mitford. Kelsana 7/12/02...more info

  • Feel a little better when you're done
    In modern times where any bit of 'entertainment' can leave you feeling a bit down, its nice to have something that lets you walk away with a smile. The quality writing and uplifting story with solid values can make you feel grounded as well as full of hope. The world is an amazing place and though this book is fiction, it gives a positive perspective that may help you get a fresh focus. The characters from Mitford always have something going on and Father Tim seems like someone that you could really enjoy knowing....more info
  • Deus ex Machina
    Karon is definitely nearing her best again with this latest installment in the life of Father Tim. Well worth reading, and as always I come away from her better works refreshed in mind and in spirit.

    However! I take it Ms. Karon has an editor, and while I know that one of the most thankless tasks on earth must be the editing of a highly successful author...if Ms. Karon uses as verbs the words "crow" or "relish" ONE MORE TIME I will personally drown her in a vat of wisteria eau de toilette!

    The two largest criticisms of her work in general, and I think we can safely say in this book in particular, are Karon's propensity to be precious...suffocatingly precious...and her use of the good Lord to solve all the problems that prove a bit too taxing for her storytelling skills.

    In this novel, Father Tim suffers not only a crisis of the soul, but clinical depression. While Karon describes the disease very well indeed, she hands off the cure to a convenient religious revelation, which sells short the real life experience of this condition. It strikes me as vastly unwise to suggest that God will send a cure in the absence of prescribed medication (Father Tim ditches his for no good reason) or skilled therapy (Father Tim gets none...a rather damning omission on Dr. Hoppy's part, I thought).

    The book could also have benefited enormously from another 50 pages or so, delving into the minds of those around Father Tim. Dooley goes through some major stuff off screen, as does the Bishop, Cynthia...jeepers, everybody.

    The stuff here is good, and don't miss the wonderful diatribe against those who spurn cake-eating, but Ms. Karon needs to pull out the stops and give these books the much better shot I am sure she is capable of....more info

  • Karon takes it deeper
    While I have enjoyed the other Mitford books, if I've had any complaint it is that the stories are a little too pat and everyone is a bit too cute. I was pleased and moved by the direction that Karon took In This Mountain. I felt this book had more substance than her previous books, while retaining their charm. Father Tim's wrestlings were very meaningful to me, and sermon he delivers near the end of the book is a masterpiece. I hope this indicates the future direction of the Mitford series....more info
  • Just what I expected, meeting old friends.
    Jan Karon has continued her series nicely with this book. I have come to know Father Tim and Cynthia and the other inhabitants of Mitford and enjoy thier company. The characters develope with each book. They are people we would all recognize. The religious message is there, but does not get in the way of the story. All is not sweetness and light in Mitford though, the Barlow family and the people who populate the Hollow and hills surrounding Mitford bring in the more challenging aspects of rural life and Father Timothy's ministry.

    I recommend reading the whole series. ...more info
  • Dwindling ever dwindling
    I very much enjoyed the first few books in this series, but it seems that the author had written herself out, alas, and had nothing much more worthwhile to say. This seventh offering in the lot is just not worth reading, when there are so many other books out there waiting.

    For one thing, the author waxes more and more religious with each book. In this volume people are throwing prayers at each other on virtually every page, over the smallest of trifles. It gets a little annoying after a time, annoying and ludicrous. For example, when the bishop has chest pains, his secretary calls Father Tim and asks him to pray for the bishop. The call might have been spent to greater good in finding a competent cardiologist first. Jesus himself admonished his disciples to pray in private without fanfare or show, for those who pray loudest in public "have their reward." At various times Tim does remind himself to pray the prayer that always is answered: Thy will be done. Asking God to change his laws or abrogate the laws of nature feels wrong to me. Prayer and dogma get in the way of the story and weaken this novel to a great extent. That the prayers are answered in fiction is a matter of the writer stacking the cards that way.

    Secondly, while I'm sure some readers are much taken with Dooley, I've found him unpleasant and occasionally obnoxious (for lack of better words) since book one. He is no better in book seven. Why Father Tim takes such pleasure from seeing him is beyond me. Dooley is self-centered and thoughtless.

    My advice to a reader who has not read any of this series would be to stop after book four. There is nothing after that worth one's time....more info
  • Couldn't Put it Down
    I stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish this book. Father Tim's struggle with depression and self-doubt was very realistically portrayed and I suffered right along with him as he fought to regain himself. As usual I enjoyed the doings of Dooley, Uncle Billy Watson, Puny and the twins, and the rest of the Mitford family. I particularly enjoyed the liberal sprinking of quotes of scripture in this book and even pulled out my Oswald Chambers to look up a passage mentioned in the book. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series but until then I may go back and re-read the earlier Mitford books....more info
  • Heart-warming
    In this recording, John McDonough catches the essence of Mitford and its inhabitants, and makes them come alive. Homespun and endearing, Mitford is a community that always warms the heart....more info
  • To all city dwellers
    I enjoy the Mitford series. However, I would like to tell Cynthia and misguided readers not to take your moles, voles, or whatever, out to the country! We who live in rural areas don't want them either, likewise your kittens and puppies....more info
  • it's over for me
    As a fan of the earlier Mitford books I thoroughly expected to enjoy In This Mountain. Sadly, this is not the case. I believe that the author is writing for those readers who are soooo glad to have a good old small town story with the right values, that she neglects character development and plotting. Even the dialogue, origanally charming, is of a sameness. I will not be finishing this book and that is very unusual for me....more info
  • This one had a sad note to it
    I love all the Mitford books. I love the characters, the town and even Barnabas. But for some reason, the whole tone of the book seemed sad. With Father Tim having his diabetic blackout and the repercussions that followed were unlike the other books. I always found them uplifting so I am wondering if the next Mitford tale will be within the same vein. Is this the prelude of Father Tim's more grim illness or just an instance of showing us that life is never perfect, even in Mitford? We will have to see....more info
  • Down in the Zero
    Reading any of Karon's "Mitford Series" is somewhat like reading about people who have been raised for their entire lives to date in some dark closet. Her characters are absolutely and purely ignorant of virtually any and all aspects of human culture, human civilization or human achievement. Their conversation reveals no inkling of what year it is, or what state they are in, much less what nation or planet they are on. In the real world these creatures would have spent the last 50 years glued to the front of the boob tube, and essentially their entire conversation would be devoted to soap operas, talk shows and televised sports.
    Yet apart from a few vague references to a "remote," or the "five o'clock news," there is little evidence anyone even has a TV... much less reads a (non-local) newspaper or books, fiction or nonfiction. [Hope, who runs the local bookstore, does seem to know who Thirkell and Wodehouse are.]

    For quite a few years Karon has been mining the vein of "non-books" diligently, rather than supplying new "adventures" (to use the word very loosely) for Father Tim and his fellow prisoners. This is finally the 6th Mitford novel (despite what the publisher claims), and takes over roughly where A NEW SONG left off. As we join the team, Father Tim and wife are getting ready to spend a year living in a tent in Goatbugger, Tennessee doing something the author never bothers to specify, because it is obvious to both author and reader that Tim ain't gonna get there (what would become of Violet, for example!). Instead Tim, in his customary mindless way, manages to seriously injure himself and another minister, and spends the rest of the novel in a deep, brooding depression. It's not that Tim is communing with his inner thoughts, because like all the other characters, HE HAS NO THOUGHTS! And that makes this novel very rough going, to say the least.

    As another reviewer noted on these pages, "pray" is almost the only verb in the book, and it seemingly appears about 5 times per page. Otherwise, nothing happens. There is some nonsense about a lunatic who wants to build a log cabin the size of a cathedral, or maybe a cathedral the size of a log cabin, his raving being unclear on this point; continuing villain Edith Mallory makes her customary pointless appearance; Father Tim gets a computer and goes online so he can read his own e-mail; some ex-cons need the good Father's support; one of Dooley's missing brothers turns out to have, gosh, been right there all along; and that's pretty much the size of it. About the only suspense concerns whether or not incidental characters Hope and Helene will become regular church attendees and I wouldn't dream of spoiling that for you!

    Rumors are afoot that in a later novel in the series, Father Tim will encounter for the first time in his life a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Jew, or a Catholic, or a university professor, or a scientist, or even an uppity knee-grow, and expire from shock and heart-failure. I don't think loyal readers need to worry....more info

  • I agree with my dad!
    My dad was the review I first read. This book I think is the best one in the series. Ties in all the things from the first book! I loved it.. Can't wait to find out what is going on with everyone. Feels like I am away from home and I can't wait to go back and catch up!...more info
  • Mitford book series
    After shopping the internet, I found your books to be the lowest prices. As for the book In This Mountain. It is the 8th of a series of nine books and I highly recommend everyone reading the entire series. Wonderful easy reading. ...more info
  • Uplifting
    I have read all of the Mitford Years books, and have found this one
    just as entertaining and uplifting as all the rest. It is spiritual
    without being "preachy", with a strength and gentleness that renews
    ones faith in her fellow man....more info
  • As expected
    This is a great "next chapter" to the series. If you've read the others you'll love this too....more info
  • Not her best
    Although the return to Mitford is welcome and the subject matter is timely, this book is very choppy and repetitious. If you are not a very religious Christian you may find the constant scripture quotation (more than her previous books) distracting. This book ought to be classified as "religious fiction" rather than "fiction"...more info
  • Get real!
    I've liked Karon's Mitford books, but this one was almost too much. Must EVERY exchange between Tim and his friends include, "Im praying for you," and "And Im praying for you, too"? I started noting this early on, checked each occurrence, and there's more than forty such exchanges. Now even for a priest, that'a little much. And I have come to skip over the paragraph where Tim asks Cynthia, "And what DON"T you love?" Her cutesy replies are gag material. And the description of Edith Mallory "trapping" Tim in a locked room and trying to seduce him is almsot Saturday Night Live material. All this said, the nice telling of ordinary stories in an ordinary town is refreshing, and with the above qualifications, this still is a good read....more info
  • Disappointing
    I have been a true fan of the Mitford books, always eagerly reading the newest installment. However, In This Mountain, was a real disappointment in Jan Karon's otherwise delightful series.
    The storyline was disappointing, the characters weren't as interesting, and Father Tim's depression was way too drawn out. The lengthy religious aspects of the book made it feel as if I was reading a theology book instead of a book for pleasure. I will stick with the seies in the hopes that the next book will move back to Jan Karon's usual excellent work....more info
  • Take Heart, God walks with you through Depression!
    As a pastor I enjoy reading the Mitford series. I can relate to lots of the things that Father Tim deals with. This book spoke directly to my heart. Retirement is not something that Pastors look forward to, at least not the ones I know. A good pastor / missionary / evangelist never retires from doing the Lord's work.

    But what caught me here was the fact that even Pastor's can struggle with some discouragment and depression. I have struggled for the last two years with some depression after being moved from one position to another. It has been difficult. Sometimes I wondered where God was.

    I like Father Timothy kept opening my Bible looking for the right verse that would speak to my heart. So, as I read this book I totally related.

    I would hope that as you read it you will come to understand that Pastors are just as human as everyone else. We deal with the same issues that laypeople deal with.

    God is there and is walking with us through every part of our lives. You just might not see him clearly right now. But hold on tight, He is there and He loves you and will help you find the other side of depression and bring you Joy in the morning.

    Thank you Jan for writing a truly heart felt book....more info
  • As expected
    This is a great "next chapter" to the series. If you've read the others you'll love this too....more info
  • Feel a little better when you're done
    In modern times where any bit of 'entertainment' can leave you feeling a bit down, its nice to have something that lets you walk away with a smile. The quality writing and uplifting story with solid values can make you feel grounded as well as full of hope. The world is an amazing place and though this book is fiction, it gives a positive perspective that may help you get a fresh focus. The characters from Mitford always have something going on and Father Tim seems like someone that you could really enjoy knowing....more info
  • Mitford Series - In This Mountain
    Jan Karon does a great job with this whole series - haven't found a book yet I didn't enjoy!...more info

 

 
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