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Light from Heaven (A Mitford Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Jan Karon

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It's never too late.

Father Tim Kavanagh has been asked to "come up higher" more than once. But he's never been asked to do the impossible-until now. The retired Episcopal priest takes on the revival of a mountain church that's been closed for forty years. Meanwhile, in Mitford, he's sent on a hunt for hidden treasure, and two beloved friends are called to come up higher. As Father Tim finds, there are still plenty of heartfelt surprises, dear friends old and new, and the most important lesson of all: It's never too late.


About the Author

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (April 25 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
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128 of 143 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS SEQUEL IS WORTH THE LONG WAIT Nov. 8 2005
By VAL ODUENYI - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Well-written, well-bound, and overflowing with dynamic gists; this long-awaited final volume of "Light from Heaven" took almost eternity to be published. But the good news is that its contents truly justified the long wait. Expectedly, the book imbibed some new characters in addition to all the old ones with whom previous readers are familiar.
And whatever your opinion on Father Timothy Kavanagh's intriguing life, one thing is guaranteed: this latest volume did bring out the best from Jan Karon's narratives. This sequel is so captivating that even after devouring its close-to-400 pages, one will be left wondering why the author chose to 'summarize' such an exciting story. Without question, this book's 380 pages could have yielded a dynamic 580 pages with a little effort. Anyone who reads it would testify to this fact.
Meanwhile, in the course of tracing their steps across the domestic minefield they called home, the priesthood of Father Timothy was consummately tested: just as the mystery and the muscle of Cynthia's house-sitting were laid bare.
Despite its late arrival to the market, this book is a well-laid-out sequel, which will earn the interest of any story-lover. Another fine piece from Jan Karon!
40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HEARTWARMING STORY WITH A MESSAGE OF HOPE Nov. 30 2005
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Thanks to Jan Karon, Mitford has become a literary heart's home for many. And, thanks to John McDonough, Father Timothy Kavanaugh has become very real, a voice both rugged and kind, only slightly accented, appropriately rich and mature. One can imagine him delivering a homily to a rapt congregation.

In this, the final installment in the highly popular series, we find Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia, doing a favor for friends. They're house sitting on a farm where, as the beloved cleric says, There's naught to do but "read, rest, and walk four dogs." Cynthia asks him to go into town to pick up supplies for their son's visit. While he's happy to do so, he also ruefully acknowledges that he might wish to be called upon to do something a bit more interesting.

His wish is granted when the Bishop assigns him to Holy Trinity, a small church in the mountains that hasn't had a viable congregation in four decades. Father Tim and Cynthia arrive with little hope of finding very much in the way of a structure, but are delighted to find that Holy Trinity has been well maintained by loving congregants.

Light From Heaven is the story of how Father Tim and Cynthia become acquainted with the people who live in the mountains and try to build a congregation. Throughout, listeners are treated to visits from characters met in previous installments, and enchanted by the Kavanaugh's new friends.

Once again, Jan Karon has penned an entertaining, heartwarming story carrying a message of hope.

- Gail Cooke
47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Father Gathers the Family; Moving On Nov. 22 2005
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Saliently Ms. Karon summarizes the series and this final installment in the Mitford series: the Father gathers the family; then moves on.

Weaving with her demonstrated skill at keeping multiple storylines going and keeping the reader's interest perked (or not all it seems from some of the reviewers with this finale) she marvelously weaves her magic through tales of ordinary folks on a mountain wrapped with Mitford folks we've come to know and love over the series.

From runaway kids of dysfunctional homes to lead poisoning to hidden money to a chicken thief. Notably, however, this offering has more Scripture, more witness to the faith than the others. Thus, easily this reviewer's esteem and enjoyment following the reopened spiritual outpost. The interspersing of hymns and prayers and emails show that faith of old still functioning even in age of technology. What marvelous seaming together of the wonder of it all!

Especially touching is ASL signing with Clarence and small congregation's learning to communicate with this neglected language group.

What begins in the spring seems so encouraging to a book introduced as chill of fall turns to winter approaches, renewing one's longing for it. Ending as it does with a June scene and paths yet untrod ahead for our Father Timothy and Cynthia, seems the perfect jumpoff for what is to come from our beloved wordsmith Karon.

Can't wait for Fr.T series, but now relishing this wonderful finale read!
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment for the closer Nov. 17 2005
By Rachel A. Hickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been a reader and re-reader of the Mitford Books. But I am very disappointed in this book. The first four books were outstanding, the fifth one (Whitecap) pretty entertaining, but In This Mountain began a slide and Light From Heaven sinks hard to the bottom.

The "resolved" story lines are done only minimally. (I can't say too much lest I spoil this for someone.)

There are hints of what's to come for past characters -- Hope's sister apparently taking a shine to George Gaynor -- but we will never know what happens since the series is ending. This was probably not the book in which to introduce new plots.

Only very minimal attention is paid to Mitford characters who made the past books so much fun -- Esther and Ray, Andrew Gregory, and others -- and the Turkey Club visits are no longer very satisfying (read the book to find out what happened to lunchtime). Minister Tipton was introduced late and significantly in the book immediately prior, but has no part in this one. There is very little about Buck and Pauline. Edith Mallory's return to Mitford is just silly, given how much everyone hated her. There is one great scene with Tony Nocelli, one of the few times we ever really see what he's like, but it does not lead anywhere.

Particularly annoying, given the scant attention paid to already-loved and developed characters, is the introduction of so many new ones in this book. Karon could have told her story without a lot of those. Even in Whitecap there were not so many new people to keep track of.

I will read the Father Tim Novels (assume they are about his pre-Mitford life?) but I really wanted more as a closer to this series.
41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Here...and It's Fabulous Nov. 9 2005
By Victoria Vanderslice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
We waited a long time for Light From Heaven, but now that it's here, we know it was worth the wait. A fun and feel-good novel, Karon has given us just what we asked for.

As we reaquaint ourselves with the residents of the North Carolina town of Mitford, we find that Father Tim is called away to bring life to a tiny in size (but big in spirit) mountain church. Even though this is the end of a series, we are introduced to just a few more interesting and entertaining folks--the parishioners of Holy Trinity church. Like every Mitford novel, Light From Heaven is not overbearingly religious, but it does always pay respect and paint a beautiful picture of the special feeling that is Faith. By ministering this new group of churh-goers--unlike any the pastor has seen before--Father Tim inevitably finds himself closer to nature (and heaven) because of the people he meets, and the events that occur at this small and simply vibrant vocation. It should also be mentioned that, like the rest of the series, scrumptuous southern cooking plays a big role in the interaction of the characters. (I was interested to learn that Karon also recently published a cookbook.)

So, as we say goodbye, we are pleased to find that Light From Heaven does an excellent job at answering many of the questions we had after reading the previous eight books. It also acts as a transition book for Father Tim and his wife, as "The Father Tim Novels" are set to be published in 2007. Newcomers to the series should consider picking up the Mitford Series boxset, as it wouldn't be fair to start at the ending, and the whole series really is exceptional. Fans might also enjoy the Left Behind Series by Lehaye and Jenkins. It has many similar morality themes and religious references. A book titled Calling in the Night by Michele Geraldi fits right into this style, too, as it is eloquent and respectful to faith and beauty. (I believe it is the first in a series, so it is fun to be at the beginning of something new.) Goodbye, Mitford. It's been wonderful.

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