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Light from Heaven (Mitford Years #9)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  7,871 ratings  ·  261 reviews
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.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Penguin Books (first published 2005)
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This is the last book in this series. I am so very happy that I chose this book to end the year and begin the new one with. It was like being with a trusted friend. All of the characters in this series have been so very interesting and even over a period of a few years, you don't forget them. (Even if you can't remember where you put the car keys.) As I was nearing the end of the book, a friend called, or maybe I called her. She was in her car, driving in northern Michigan where she lives. She c ...more
Knowing that this was the final book in the Mitford series, I was curious to discover how Karon would choose to conclude it. I thought that another change of setting for the Kavanaghs, Meadowgate Farms, as well as new, lively characters, the patrons of Holy Trinity, really refreshed the story. Father Tim's experiences there highlighted the infinite good that can come to those who choose to change their lives for the better. I enjoyed becoming acquainted with Agnes and Clarence Merton, the Mckinn ...more
Britt Griffith
Apr 09, 2009 Britt Griffith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes the Mitford series
Shelves: fiction
The final book in the Mitford series was definitely the best. It was what I’d come to expect from Karon: good people you’d like to know from a small town going about their daily lives. This book found Father Tim and Cynthia living at Meadowgate Farm. His friend, Stuart, appointed him to be vicar of a small out-of-the-way church and allows him to meet several new people from that church. Heaven ends the series nicely, with Dooley taking Father Tim’s last name and finding out that he has inherited ...more
This is the last in a series of books about the life of priest in a small town--Mitford. I love the relaxing reassuring tone of these books. I come away uplifted and edified as well as entertained. The characters are my age, facing some of the same problems and joys I face. The values are my values. Prayer is a daily part of Father Kavanagh's life and when he is really serious about something he prays "the prayer that never fails"--Thy will not mine be done. What's not to like? There are a few I ...more
Earlier this year, my book club chose Jan Karon's first novel about Mitford for our June discussion. I had read it before - many times - and looked forward to another reading. Once I had finished, I just kept going, reading all the books about Father Timothy Kavanaugh and life in the mountains of North Carolina. No matter how many times I have read them, they are like a small vacation from everyday life.

Light from Heaven takes Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia, and an assortment of characters, bo
Ahh!! I had forgotten how much I love Father Tim and the town of Mitford! The only problem was it has been some time sice I read the other books in the series that there were a few characters/events I could not quite remember clearly. I think I'll have to go back and reread them!! :-) I'm just sad that this is the last book in the series. I feel like I've lost some good friends. That's always the mark of a great book for me!
I enjoy these books, and I am excited to read Jan Karon's latest book.
I have read all of the Mitford books and although they will never be considered "great" literature, I find them a refreshing read harking back to a simpler time and good down-to-earth people. Sort of makes you wish it could realy be that way.
This book is the latest from The Mitford Series. I love these books. I love the characters and the friendly "Mayberry" feel of the town. I love to get lost in the daily goings-on of the simple yet spiritual life of Father Cavanaugh.
As Christian Fiction goes, I really liked this series. Jan Karon creates a town were life seems simpler, people seem friendlier. Every time I read one, it made me long for the same in my life.
This was actually my second time to read/listen to this book. I love Father Tim, his love of poetry and famous quotes, his love for his wife and the boys that came his way, and his love for God and his parishioners.

And John McDonough's reading makes it all come to life. I especially loved his singing in this book--and I usually don't like singing in audio books.

One thing I really enjoyed in this installment of the Mitford series was how the author wove in a little more info about the Episcopal
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This is the last in the Mitford Series. Father Timothy Kavanagh is an Episcopal priest living in Mitford, NC.

While anticipating retirement and a trip to Ireland with his wife Cynthia he is asked to farm sit for several months while the owners, the local Vet, and his wife are away.

Though not officially retired, his Bishop asks him to resurect an old country church that hasn't been used in years. With the help of the townsfolk and his wife he brings the church back to life and helps to improve the
Jan Karon's Mitford series is my "dessert" reading. The Christmas break afforded me the opportunity to savor the last chapter of the final book in the series, Light from Heaven. It turns out the timing of my reading was perfect, since the book closes with a Christmas celebration.

If you like a White Christmas, there is a decided advantage to stepping in on the Mitford celebration. You can enjoy the snow without shoveling it or driving in it!

"The snow was falling thick and fast by the time they tu
I have to admit that I am a fan of Jan Karon. I have read all of her Mitford series. "Light From Heaven" is the last in this series. Our book club read another book from her series and the ladies (most) either loved it or thought it was boring. I am one who thinks her books are very charming and this was no exception. It is a christian oriented book with lots of praying and looking into the life of Father Tim Kavanagh and into the the lives of his parish. The characters will draw you in and Fath ...more
This is the ninth and last of Jan Karon's 'Mitford' series about the American Episcopal priest Father Tim and his delightful wife Cynthia. In this novel, Tim and Cynthia spend a year at their friends' farm, Meadowgate, while their friends are away. It's not far from Mitford, so Tim (and we, the readers!) manage to keep up with news of old friends. But Tim also gets asked to take on a new job: to re-start a regular service at a small church in the mountains. There he meets the wonderful Agnes - a ...more
Joyce Lagow
Ninth book in the Father Tim Kavanaugh of Mitford, NC series.

Karon wraps it all up in this last book in the Mitford series. Father Tim and Cynthia finalize their plans for retirement, the multiple ongoing story threads are resolved, Dooley and Lace mature, mysteries are brought to light, Father Tim’s old nemesis reappears in a surprising way, and the book ends in an satisfying if improbable way. Life moves on.

What I find remarkable about this series is what appears to be Karon's attitude toward
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I'll use this review to review the entire series:
What I liked:
-Miss Sadie's stories
-Uncle Billy's jokes
-the local people, especially the mountain folk
-the "food" talk (I got hungry every time I listened to this)
-the excellent narrator of this audio set, John McDonough
What I disliked:
-I know, I know, we are supposed to love Cynthia but I found her to be too needy, demanding and affected. Toward the end I wanted to puke everytime she zapped Father Tim with her "sapphire" eyes and when she recite
I just finished the entire series for the umpteenth time. Again, I felt uplifted and inspired as I always have. These books are like spring breezes that cheer me and bring peace. I know they are not everyone's cup of tea, but for me this series is pretty special. I am grateful Jan Karon is still writing and I wish I could find more novels like these. Many try, but it is tough to write a novel that not only entertains and is well-written, but spiritually inspires without coming across as incredib ...more
In what sounds like the last book in Karon's series about the community of Mitford, we find Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia, "farm-sitting" at Meadowgate for their friends the Owens - about to embark on Father Tim's last ecclesiastic endeavor - the rebuilding of an old church in the North Carolina mountains. Admittedly, it's been awhile since I'd last read the earlier books in the series - and a few developments of the characters were lost to me (as I think I inadvertently skipped books 7 and 8 ...more
Father Timothy is one of my favorite characters. Jan Karon does such a fabulous job creating his thoughts, his manner with people, and his caring ways. She brings in very unique people to interact with Father Tim and his wife. In this edition I liked that his adopted son and brother were involved. Tim takes on a new, challenging role during his retirement which adds wonderful flavor to this book. He continues his relationship with his friends and contacts in Mitford which allows the reader to ca ...more
Teri Zipf
Jul 16, 2014 Teri Zipf marked it as abandoned
What made me think I'd want to read a book with the word "Heaven" in the title, anyway? After the initial pages of lengthy, boring description of snowfall which I guess are supposed to set the tone for the novel as somehow literary, action begins and it gets truly boring. Not to mention overtly Christian. Didn't finish the first chapter, don't care, wouldn't go near another if I had to spend the weekend reading Wal-Mart ads.
It's great to start a series when the author has already finished it! I will use this last book of the series for my review of the all....I loved them. Still need to go back a read what I consider to be the "bonus books" in the series - The Common Life and Shepherds Abiding.
I started the series in Feb '09 and with the exception of the 2 mentioned above finished the end of Mar '09. There were those that told me these books were just fun feel good books and probably didn't have much in them for a
Sigh. This is the last book in the Mitford series. Father Tim and Cynthia are spending a year watching over their friends’ farm not too far from Mitford. Just when the good father is getting restless, he is called to revive Holy Trinity, a mountain church that has been closed for 40 years. We meet a marvelous cast of colorful mountain characters: Agnes the deaconess and her deaf wood-carving son Clarence; Jubal, who greets Father Tim with a shotgun; Dovey, who is laid up with a mysteriouus illne ...more
Jan Karon is a jewel among authors. I'm so glad a friend of mine introduced me to her writing. Her books are among my favorite books of all time. This one is no exception.
I love Father Tim and all the residents of this little town of Mitford.
Book after book bring delights to a reader.
Would I recommend it?
And every one of the books within the Father Tim series.
Al Gritten
A very appropriate ending to the 9 book series about Father Tim and Mitford. Karon has an amazing insight into ministry and the life of a minister - the thoughts and emotions and the things that drive us. She has truly done her research and reached into the heart of what it means to do ministry and to struggle with the relationships and the problems shared by the people of God. Her books are inspirational, and Father Tim and the community receive form and substance from Karon's hand, coming into ...more
Last in the series of Mitford novels, and it shows. Karon started off with the same tone and pace that she normally does, but partway through the book seems to realize that she has to wrap up a lot of story lines and does so in a way that doesn’t seem believable or satisfying. Father Tim is house sitting at his friend’s farm and is given a mountain church to re-open after many of years of neglect. Many familiar characters make an appearance, but Karon has too many story lines going and doesn’t d ...more
Final book of the series & it felt a bit rushed to me. I kept waiting for the non-stop action to stop, but I guess the author just wanted to wrap up as much as possible. Sweet series, which became more & more overtly Christian as the series progressed. Of course, the protagonist is an Episcopalian Priest, so it should not come as a huge shock to any reader!
I have enjoyed immensely Jan Karon's Mitford series. A cozier collection of everyday, inspiring heroes I have yet to find between the covers of a book. The series is easy to read, the characters feel real and easy to relate to. I enjoyed this last book in the series as well but once I finished the book I wasn't sure that it could really be called a finale. Everything seemed sewn up too abruptly. The book ended and I felt like I was still in the middle of the action and wasn't exactly sure what h ...more
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Mitford Years (10 books)
  • At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years, #1)
  • A Light in the Window (Mitford Years, #2)
  • These High, Green Hills (Mitford Years #3)
  • Out to Canaan (Mitford Years, #4)
  • A New Song (Mitford Years, #5)
  • A Common Life: The Wedding Story (Mitford Years, #6)
  • In This Mountain (Mitford Years, #7)
  • Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years, #8)
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (Mitford Years, #10)
At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years, #1) A Light in the Window (Mitford Years, #2) A New Song (Mitford Years, #5) These High, Green Hills (Mitford Years #3) Out to Canaan (Mitford Years, #4)

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