Out to Canaan
Jan Karon
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Out to Canaan (Mitford Years #4)

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Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his talented and vivacious wife, Cynthia, are pondering the murky uncertainties of retirement. They're also trying to locate the scattered siblings of Dooley Barlowe, the mountain boy they love as their own. A brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development, and a tough survivor must hunker down for the fight of her l...more
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Published November 1st 2000 by Thomas T. Beeler Publisher (first published 1997)
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The 4th book in this beloved series. The fact that I have now read four books in the saga of Mitford and Father Tim Kavanagh is testament to the fact that I love these books. Father Tim is one of my all time favorite characters in literature. This loving servant of God tries so hard to be the good shepherd of his charming, lovable, sometimes exasperating "sheep". In this episode Father Tim is rapidly approaching retirement and he struggles to tie up some rather frustrating loose ends before he l...more
I'm going to write the same thing for the entire series. It's a syrupy sweet old fashioned read which does not demand anything of the reader. Many find the series feel good, and there are some sparkles of true conflict here and there, but mostly it's about the mundane daily plight of a vicar who finds love later in life and saves people - emotionally and physically.

If you like the first in the series, keep reading because you will be comforted by the characters and will want to see who is added...more
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Christian Singer
I love Jan Karon's wit. Her characters are so real I feel like I know them, like I live in Mitford. The affable, bumbling goofball Father Tim delights me. "He wanted to say something to her, something to let her know that having her beside him meant the world to him, meant everything. 'I'm going to buy us a new frying pan today.' he said. . . . He hadn't meant to say that. He hadn't meant to say that at all!" (page 51) He ruined a romantic moment with unintended humor, just one example of his bu...more
This book made me want to buy the cookbook at last. Actually, I haven't read many of the reviews for this volume, but I was surprised by those who said this was their favorite in the series. The book was good, yes, but not profound. God's provision in this book was, I felt, a bit contrived. I don't mean to indicate a disbelief in commonplace miracles. Perhaps the problem I have is that the human author's presence in each of these incidents was far too present. They were simply too obvious and to...more
05.2011 Number four, continuing on. I just can't say how much I love these books. Simplicity. Love. Heartache. Stress. Worry. Blessings of God in the midst of everything. If you haven't read this series, you should!

06.2013 Loved it all over again. Now I have to get my hands on the next one.... ;)
What a wholesome series! Favorite lines:
1. "He who is not impatient is not in love" (29).
2. "Perhaps almost anyone could love . . . it was the loving back that seemed to count for everything" (32).
This tiny town is getting into my bones.

Except for a frequent slang expression or two that I don't prefer and the (very) occasional profanity, I would give this a five-star rating. Some people criticize Jan Karon for over-sentimentalizing her tales, but I've found them full of human pain, the struggles each of us have to deal with--and even death, which for a Christian is a victory in itself. Yes, there are often happy endings in Mitford, but those come only by the grace of God

What I most love a...more
I'm definitely running out of Mitford steam. This one had a villain in the form of an overbearing woman who never put in an actual appearance . . . pulling strings from behind the scenes, thwarted by Good People and God at every turn. With all the praying going on, I have to wonder why Father Tim never prayed for her? Too far gone? Satan's agent on earth? (Edith Mallory is her name - an aggressive woman who had designs on Fr Tim himself in an earlier book, the minx! Now she's just after Mitford...more
Wayne S.
In this fourth novel of “The Mitford Years” series about the little town in the mountains of North Carolina with the big heart, whose endearing and eccentric residents have become like family members to thousands of readers, Timothy Cavanaugh, the Episcopalian minister of Lord’s Chapel, and his wife Cynthia are pondering retirement. In fact, Timothy’s bishop and seminary friend Stuart Cullen comes to speak at Lord’s Chapel and make the official announcement of the minister’s upcoming retirement,...more
Joyce Lagow

The word is out--Father Tim is going to retire in 18 months. Bishop Stuart Cullen has made it official in a sermon in which he likened Father Tim’s retirement as an adventure equivalent to Abraham’s venture into Canaan. Suffused with goodwill from the sermon, at first the villagers congratulate Father Tim and wish him well. However, when reality sets in--there will be (unwelcome) change--the complaints start. No one wants to break in a new priest.

But over riding all other concerns is the upcomin...more
Here’s what I like about this book. I love the relationship between Cynthia and Timothy, it is what a marriage should be. I love what they have done for Dooley. He is a great character. I enjoy the heart warming stories about the people in Midford. It is a quaint little town. One I would love to visit.

Here is what I don’t like: If you have not read the series in order, forget it. You will be lost. This author does a poor job reminding the reader of the history of this series. I always feel like...more
I understand why readers get hooked on series. It's easy to become attached to the characters, and to feel as though they're your next-door neighbors, and it becomes difficult to just move away from them. So, Father Tim, his wife Cynthia and the odd assemblage of town characters continue to amuse. At times, the religious overtones feel a bit too emphasized for my taste ... but then, it is a series in which the central character is an Episcopal priest. At times a bit contrived, but still entertai...more
It's been a while since I picked up a book from the Mitford Series. They're hard to come by overseas. The story continues with Father Tim & Cynthia Kavanaugh and their friends and family in Mitford. It was easy to pick up and read, even after putting the series to rest for a while. Jan Karon does a good job at helping you remember where you left off.

In this book, I got to take a trip to Lakeland, FL with Father Tim. Funny to me since I just moved to Tokyo from Lakeland, FL. I also got to rea...more
Longtime mayor Esther Cunningham, revered for preserving the traditions of the town, finds a formidable foe in Mack Stroupe, a free-spending industrialist who stands for the two most reviled words in Mitford: change and development. If that isn't enough, a suspicious company called "Miami Development" wants to buy Sadie Baxter's home--a Mitford landmark--and turn it into a hoity-toity spa. Father Tim has his hands full again with Dooley, his foster child who is back from prep school for the summ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Vanessa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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guess what? I think I read this. I double checked the info on the back/inside cover. Don't remember it. I'm sure its not my memory to blame....So I'll leave it as a to read and hope to read it someday soon.
I love this series of gentle small town life seen through the eyes of a roly-poly Episcopalian priest. He reminds me so much of the character of Father Brown currently portrayed on the PBS series—likeable, quirky, socially-inept and absolutely true to his faith. The secondary characters are also enjoyable—Cynthia, Dooley, and the town folk. This one has Father Tim and Cynthia contemplating retirement, but the town seems to have a multitude of problems only Father Tim can fix. Love the series.
I enjoy these books more every time I read them. In Out to Canaan, Mitford contemplates change. In this sleepy little hamlet, change can sometimes be a bad word, but sometimes change represents new life and hope. It's up to Mitford's beloved residents to decide which circumstance is which. Father Tim and Cynthia contemplate retirement with equal parts reservation and excitement. Main Street's long held establishments contemplate closing their doors and taking lucrative offers from Florida real e...more
Another year in the life of Father Tim and Cynthia Kavanagh. This is the fifth of Jan Karon's Mitford series (chronologically) but even reading them one after another, I didn't find myself bored. The characters are charming, the setting delightful, and there's just enough humour and sadness to make each book both moving and enjoyable.

It would probably be confusing for anyone who has not read at least some of the previous books... most of the people recur in each one, and some of the subplots run...more
Find myself charmed by the characters in these books, even though the relationship of the priest and his wife is a little sappy at times.
Thousands of readers have found a home in Mitford, the little town with the big heart. But now change is coming to the village, Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife are pondering the murky uncertainties of retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development; a shady realtor with plans for a health spa is cycling the beloved house on the hill; and, worst of all, the Sweet Stuff Bakery may be closing. Meanwhile, ordinary people engage in the extrordinary strug...more
I've been in quite a Stephen King mood lately, culminating in another journey to The Dark Tower. I guess I needed a little respite along the way, and where better to set down than in Mitford.
I reread my reviews of past Mitford books,and each one said something along the lines of "just keeps gettin' better" so it should come as no surprise that I thought this was the best one yet. However this one really got me. Why? I'm not sure. Somethings (well many things actually) just seem to throw me int...more
This is the fourth in the series about Father Tim Kavanaugh and the small, North Carolina town of Mitford. In this one, after being the mayor of Mitford for 16 years, Esther Cunningham finds that she actually has a formidable opponent in the upcoming election who wants to bring change in the way of big business to quaint, little Mitford. Of course, there are always about a dozen other sub-plots in these stories. For a small town, there sure is a lot going on.

I just find the series so delightful...more
Just a wonderful series - something pleasurable to read and continue on in the lives of the characters. Book 4 of ???
As someone else has pointed out, it is hard (for we two, at least) to put events into chronological perspective. I have tried to read these books in order, and have read 9 of them, but the chronology escapes me, as do some unanswered questions...

In this book I found out that the rectory in Mitford has been sold, but I have yet to find out why. This would be a major decision by Father Tim or the diocese, but I have yet to know why this happened.

Another big question is "Who ran over Barnabas the...more
The continuing saga of Father Tim continues. Again, I cannot emphasize how wonderful it is to read such a wonderful series about life in a positive and uplifting way. Anything more I say about this book would ruin the story for those of you who want to read it.

This is a well written story, characters are well developed. You fall in love with all the little shenanigans and issues going on between them and all the other towns folk. Then when tragedy does come along, it is so respectfully and real...more
This is Book #4 of "The Mitford Years", a charming series about life in a small North Carolina town. Father Tim has his hands full taking care of things in town, being a good steward of Sadie's house and estate, and trying to find lost kids and put a family back together for his foster son. And everyone wants to know who is he backing for mayor in the up-coming election?

I read most of these books long ago, and have re-read some of them for book club. This is a wonderful series and I recommend it...more
This was my favorite so far! The author has taken several books to accomplish what some do in one book, which is to make me really care about what happens to these characters and this town. I was dying to know if someone was going to save Fernbank, and was so worried about Barnabas! I still think that Father Tim is a just a bit slow and waffles too much -- I figured out that Edith Mallory was behind it all WAY before he did, and am interested to see how she'll play out in the books to come. Defi...more
This is Book #4 of "The Mitford Years", a charming series about life in a small North Carolina town. Father Tim has his hands full taking care of things in town, being a good steward of Sadie's house and estate, and trying to find lost kids and put a family back together for his foster son. And everyone wants to know who is he backing for mayor in the up-coming election?

I read most of these books long ago, and have re-read some of them. This is a wonderful series and I recommend it to anyone wh...more
Enjoyable as always. Now I need to find something else to read!
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Born Janice Meredith Wilson in 1937, Jan Karon was raised on a farm near Lenoir, North Carolina. Karon knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a writer. She penned her first novel when she was 10 years old, the same year she won a short-story contest organized by the local high school. Karon married as a teenager and had a daughter, Candace.

At 18, Karon began working as a receptionist for...more
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