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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."
Selected Quotes from Patches of Godlight
None can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee . . .
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.
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.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
One man with courage makes a majority.
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
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.
Well conceived, and beautifully written. Nice to see the series branching out in new directions, while still maintaining that sense of familiarity the readers hope for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deborah Crockatt
Excellent collection of the quotes we read during the series about Father Tim in Jan Karon's "The Mitford Years" series. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Marmar
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 morePublished on April 12 2013 by Alberta girl
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 morePublished on April 28 2002 by Jomo
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 morePublished on Oct. 31 2001