Jan Karon, author of the Mitford series and the Father Tim books (Photo by her daughter, Candace Freeland)
- “the beauty of ordinary people living ordinary lives;”
- trusting in “the prayer that never fails” (Do you know which one?);
- falling in love and the difficulties involved in making a commitment;
- discerning marriage later in life;
- the evolving role of pets in one’s life and home;
- living with a chronic illness;
- the reluctant adopting of changing forms of technology, including cell phones and email, to keep up with the times;
- fostering good ecumenical relationships with the other church communities in Mitford;
- providing foster care for an abused mountain child;
- to retire or not to retire?
- the politics involved when big business wants to move into a small town;
- being forced to do things differently when you dislike any kind of change;
- battling depression, alcoholism, and other at-risk issues;
- seeing clergy as real people with real struggles and an equal need for God’s mercy;
- bringing people into relationship with God after they come to know Him;
- and much, much more.
I was so glad that I did not give up reading these volumes—tough as some of the tales were—especially Home to Holly Springs, which was so difficult for me to read. In retrospect, I found that both volumes taught so much about the consequences of uncovering of family secrets, as well as the sacred power of both interpersonal and divine reconciliation.
Hopefully, Jan Karon will continue writing for a long, long time!
It is my hope that the books you are reading leave you inspired and refreshed as all the beautiful books by Jan Karon have left me. If your reading makes you want to be a better person and keep your relationship with God centered forefront in your life, then you have found a great gift indeed.
Or recommend something for me to read next.
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