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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers; Abridged edition (Sept. 15 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589970012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589970014
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.3 x 4.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,008,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story has your interest snagged within the first couple of pages. I found it interesting, heart-warming, funny, and very well written. I feel like I know all the characters. The author's sense of humour is unexpected and zany. I loved this book and look forward to reading all of them.
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By Jan2 on June 24 2012
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Upon recommendation by a friend I read this book.
Though it was written in 1994 the story is timeless in that it deals with relationships, humour and faith.
Father Tim can be a minister of any Christian denomination.
I purchased the large print edition for an elderly friend.
Her eye sight still prevents her from reading it,
but we are enjoying it together.
This is the first book in the series and we are both hooked -
'What will happen next in Mitford?'
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By Joan Thomas on March 16 2004
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I've been interested in the reviews I've read, being in agreement with them most of the time. Those who complain about a lack of reality, etc., miss the point all together. There is enough so-called reality everywhere we turn. A reality of crudeness, selfishness, and disdain for anything gentle. Hooray for Jan Karon, and her wonderful world of Mitford. I have even missed my favorite TV shows (Law & Order, and CSI), for a few hours of delight in the pages of Mitford. Father Tim and all the rest have won my heart!
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Well, I've about Mitford for years from my friends, and I finally got to sit down and read the first one. If I were to rate this book against all literature, I would give it 3 stars at best. Everything is too crafted, manipulated and unreal. People will argue that it's full of the "real world": people get sick, people die, people are lonely, there is theft, there are mean people, there are homeless people, there are drugs. Yes, but the story is never really concerned with delving into the realities of these things - instead, each is simply a burden on weary yet loving pastor and so he prays about it. And everything works out to the perfect ending.
I think Karon's main purpose is to try to craft a world where things go wrong but you can see God moving and so hope is restored. Scripture, prayer and evangelical "answers" to life fill the pages. And, though not bad, Karon's proposed solutions for the world are like bandaids lightly resting of top. She numbs the mind with pleasure, but she does not stir in the dark depths of each of us and address the realities there. Authors such as Dostoyevski, Tolkien, and Lewis are better at bringing forth a powerful and penetrating hope in the face of the worst evils. Karon's work is trite by comparison.
However, understanding that this book is more about escapism than it is about real life, I will say that she does a good job with this. She is a good writer and fairly engaging story teller. She develops a cast of characters that become alive for you - the pastor, the grocer, the grill owner, the vet, the housekeeper, the tough boy, the dog, the doctor. The one really weak character was Emma.
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This is such a wonderful story. I never really thought how busy a clergy man's (or woman's) life is and how much they actually do in their chosen vocation. Father Tim, the rector, in Mitford is the central character. He is just turning sixty at the beginning of the story and has reached a time in his life that he has lost a little of the joy and fulfillment he has always felt before. He is need of a vacation, which he has not taken in years, but which he always finds excuses to not take-he is getting burned out. Enter a huge bad-mannered dog (who is only controlled by hearing scriptures from the bible spoken to him) who has decided to adopt Father Tim, a young untamed boy, a new attractive neighbor, a jewel theft, a sixty year old secret love story, missing food and much more and you have a story that is so wonderful and so human and so enjoyable. I felt the urge to go to my bible and eagerly look up the many stories on Jesus because it made me feel so close to him and loved by him. Don't make the mistake that it is a preachy type story from what I just said but rather a feel good story that makes you want to reach out. The characters are all portrayed as actual everyday people we know ourselves with all their foibles and goodness combined. If you want a book that will leave you with a good contented feeling then this book will fullfill your wishes.
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This is a simple, charming book which I thought at first was going to be too goody-goody for words but which I found to be nothing of the kind. The central character is an Episcopalian priest and the locals of a small town, around whom the plot evolves-warts and all !Having come from a recent reading diet of crime and mystery thrillers, this dear little book is like a restful holiday for the mind. I would recommend it sincerely to anyone who wants a little gentleness in their lives at the moment.
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By Larrissa Vinge on July 25 2003
Format: Paperback
At Home in Mitford is the first in a series of books written by Jan Karon about a small town in North Carolina. The main character is Father Tim who has a parish in Mitford, and the book is filled with wonderful characters from the town. It is a cozy and enjoyable ride getting to know Father Tim and the rest of the townspeople -- from stray dogs to a boy in need of direction, romance to encounters with a jewel thief, and a lovable but definitely offbeat little old lady.
Jan Karon left her successful career in the fast-paced world of advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina which she credits as the inspiration for Mitford, not the actual characters but the feel of a small village. She is able to make you feel like you've been to the main street grill and that you can actually smell the flowers in the town gardens.
The character development of the townspeople was very good; you want to know them more and more and what happens to them. Father Tim is both pleasantly multi-dimensional and not totally predictable.
The "bad guys" characters could have been developed more thoroughly, but perhaps that will come further into the series.
I recommend this book for a happy and comfortable read, somewhat like drifting around a swimming pool on a float, peaceful and agreeable with a splash of excitement
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