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Patches of Godlight: Father Tim's Favorite Quotes [Paperback]

Jan Karon
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Sept. 24 2002 Mitford Years
Written in Father Tim Kavanagh's own hand, this wonderful collection of quotes brings to life the personal reflections of Mitford's beloved Episcopal priest. Here Father Tim has carefully recorded his favorite quotes from a variety of thinkers, philosophers, and poets whom he has admired over the years. Next to the quotes are Father Tim's personal comments, scribblings, and doodlings. From C. S. Lewis and Mark Twain to Aristophanes and St. Paul, these heartwarming words on love, life, and faith are a perfect addition to the Mitford series-and a must-have for Jan Karon's millions of readers.


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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."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

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Selected Quotes from Patches of Godlight

None can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.
           —Milton

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee . . . 
            —Isaiah 26:3

God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life so we overcome. The strain is the strength. Are you asking God to give you life and liberty and joy? He cannot, unless you will accept the strain. Immediately you face the strain, you will get the strength.
           —Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost for His Highest”

As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
           --William Hazlitt

Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.
           —Martin Luther King, Jr.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
           —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
           —Edmund Burke

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
           —Philippians 4:13

One man with courage makes a majority.
           —Andrew Jackson

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
           —Solomon

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
           —St. Paul

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength. Industry and determination can do anything that genius and advantage can do and many things that they cannot.
           —Theodore Roosevelt


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4.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Quotes You'll Love This Book! Jan. 7 2003
Format:Paperback
This is the only book I have read from this author, and I really enjoyed this book. It is not something I would have probably selected and read on my own... it was given to me by a friend, so I gave it a try and found it to be delightful.
The book is basically a collection of quotations from a variety of religous, political and social leaders. If you are like me and enjoy reading or collecting quotations, you will find this book to be very entertaining.
The book is written in a "journal" format, in handwritten script with one to four quotes per page. The quotes, although being geared to christianity are not exclusively religious. They are thought provoking, smile creating and varied in content and tone. The book is a just one of those books that makes you "feel good" to read.
I would have liked this book to be a little longer... with even more quotations, which is why I din't give it 5 stars. It is a very short and easy read, so enjoy it while it lasts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Karon is a blessing ... Nov. 28 2001
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Format:Hardcover
I stumbled on the Mitford series a few years ago and have since recommended, loaned and purchased these books for many family members, friends and friends of friends. What an oasis of serenity, wisdom and spirituality Ms. Karon's books offer in an ocean of uncertainty. She doesn't avoid life's challenges (friendship, love, death, illness, alcoholism, homelessness, for example), but addresses them in a way that gives readers hope for their own lives. "Patches of Godlight" is a book that you can pick up again and again, open to any page, and come away filled with hope and optimism. This is a perfect addendum to "The Mitford Series" and a perfect Christmas gift (along with "The Mitford Snowmen") for "Jan's fans."
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must have! Sept. 13 2001
Format:Hardcover
My copy arrived on September 12 - the day after the "Attack on America." What a blessing. For those of you who have read all of Jan Karon's Mitford series and admired her work, owning this book is a must! Throughout the series, Father Timothy Kavanagh has shared his wisdom and his heart through quotes for the famous and not-so-famous. This book is a collection of thoughts forloving and living. Thank you, Father Tim.
To those of you who haven't discovered the Mitford series, get going! At this time of national tragedy, the folks in Mitford will restore your faith in humankind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad she wrote this! Sept. 29 2001
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Format:Hardcover
I'm a huge Jan Karon fan. This is going to be a great book to give as a Christmas gift to family and friends, sort of a condensing of a lot of the wisdom I've read in all her books. I'm also a prodigious fan of Homer Hickam, perfect for Jan fans who hunger for stories of small towns, great characters, and chuckles and tears. Just finished Homer's Sky of Stone. Wow, is all I can say. Two great series - Mitford and Coalwood forever!
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Format:Hardcover
The title caught my eye as I was browsing in an airport store between flights. I opened the book and found an interesting quote, then another and another.
Books of quotations are often like the frozen chicken nuggets, packaged with good chicken mixed with a lot of fat and gristle.
This book is different. The quotes were all thought provoking and inspirational.
I've read some other coffee table quote books and found them mostly full of gobblety-goop with some good verse through in for measure. The only thought provoking part of these books was wondering how quickly the author had gotten all of these useless quotations together to make his fast buck.
Many of the quotes in Patches of Godlight I had not seen elsewhere. While I didn't buy the book for business purposes I immediately used one of the quotes to begin my seminar that afternoon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, at best Nov. 23 2001
Format:Hardcover
I have been a Mitford fan for a long time. I read the first four books in the series, and anxiously awaited the next visit with all of my favorite characters in Mitford. I have been disappointed in the last three books, and I hate this! Patches of Godlight did have some of my favorite quotes from the first books, but after several pages, it seemed to be the same thing, over and over. The 'coffee stains' in the book were not in color, which would have made the book more like Father Tim's journal. And crumbs of the famous Orange Marmalade cake might have perked it up also. I thought the book, without the dust jacket, was very nice. I am glad I was lucky enough to find this book for a very nominal price- I personally would not have spent the retail price for this one. I am hoping Karon's next book will be more like the original Mitford books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Tidbits!
Excellent collection of the quotes we read during the series about Father Tim in Jan Karon's "The Mitford Years" series. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Marmar
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a spiritual boost. There are some lovely and thought provoking quotes. The book can also be used to guide devotional time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Alberta girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Faith -- The Foundation Of Mitford
This book of quotes is a wonderful reflection of the Christian faith with which Jan Karon creates her characters and writes the wonderful Mitford books which we all love so much. Read more
Published on April 28 2002 by Jomo
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, at best
I have been a Mitford fan for a long time. I read the first four books in the series, and anxiously awaited the next visit with all of my favorite characters in Mitford. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2001 by Jean Camp
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Sermons or Speeches
I am a seminary student and ordered this book after a friend in my Greek language class recommended it to me. This is the kind of book I would give to the pastors in my family. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the money
I flipped through this book at Borders and put it back on the shelf! Jan Karon and her publisher should spend more time working on an additional classic Mitford book and less time... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2001
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