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Light from Heaven
Jan Karon
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Light from Heaven (Mitford Years #9)

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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.
Published (first published 2005)
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Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joy Gerbode
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow ... a new favorite poet (Wordsworth) and many new favorite moments. I absolutely LOVED this book (even more than some of the others) and I don't think I read it with the rest of the series many years ago. The wonders of God's love, the blessings of the Lenten season, all these have come home to me as "new" truths ... though I've known them for years. I feel a spiritual renewal beginning to work in my own life, and I'm loving it!
Ellen Trautner
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to the inside flap, this was the last book in the Mitford series. Apparently the Father Tim series (I've read the one where he goes to his hometown, and the trip to Ireland) both happen after this book. Also I've already read Come Rain or Come Shine, which happens after this book, and I thought it was a Mitford book? Reading them out of order doesn't take away from my enjoyment of them, but probably would've been helpful in keeping track of who's alive and who's dead when, and the stat ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lovely, warm story with characters that are like family - this is another excellent installment in the Mitford series. Just right for reading around the Easter season (or any time really). The story begins just before Easter when Father Tim is asked to get a small country church restarted. Tim and Cynthia are living on Meadowgate farm while the owners are away for a year when he's asked to be vicar at Holy Trinity, a small church tucked on the mountainside. There are new characters (Miss Agnes a ...more
Britt Lovelady
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Public library copy. This is #9 in the Mitford series, which I love, about the year Father Tim and Cynthia spent 'farm-sitting'.

While there were a few rough edges to this house-sitting setup, the story rang as true as ever for the Kavanagh clan. My favorites in this edition are Sammy Barlowe, his brother Dooley, and JC the Mitford Muse editor. There are many new characters in this book, many of whom are quite interesting, and it is jam packed with activity. More than one chapter produced tears.
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books
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!
Hank Pharis
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be the best of the 8 books in this series that I have read thus far. I think the reason this series is so popular is that it portrays life more like it ought to be. Mitford is not a perfect place and none of the characters are perfect. However things are so much better than they usually are that they touch our longings for this life to be better than it normally is.
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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 (1 - 10 of 14 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, #12)
  • Come Rain or Come Shine (Mitford Years, #13)
“If thou indeed derive thy light from Heaven, Then, to the measure of that heaven-born light, Shine, Poet! In thy place, and be content. . . —WILLIAM WORDSWORTH” 4 likes
“There are three stages in the work of God: impossible, difficult, done.” 4 likes
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