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Bathed in Prayer

Father Tim's Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series
By: Jan Karon
Narrated by: John McDonough, Jan Karon
Series: Mitford Years
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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A new must-have collection for fans of the New York Times best-selling Mitford series, featuring the prayers, sermons, and inspiration from beloved Father Tim, as well as new essays and reflections on faith from author Jan Karon.

Over the course of 14 novels, millions have fallen in love with the faith, encouragement, and wisdom that are at the very heart of Jan Karon's Mitford series. Now, for the first time, listeners will have the chance to walk with Father Tim through a collection of prayers, sermons, and inspirational passages that incorporates material from each of the novels. In addition, fans will get to hear directly from author Jan Karon, in a brand-new essay about her own personal journey in faith and the ways that the Mitford novels have impacted her. 

Full of advice and inspiration from the characters that fans have followed for years, this compilation will soon become a staple for any Mitford fan.

©2018 Jan Karon (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Just in time

I have been given much peace by reading all of Jan Karon stories of Father Tim. I have been fighting cancer the last 3 years and the strength and comfort of visiting these stories has been a true gift.

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Awesome! great all time best!! thank you!

Wonder memories of my favorite story. i will listen over and over. thank you so much for writing!

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grab your tissues!

Jan Karon is back, but not with a new book about everyone’s favorite small mountain town Mitford. Bathed in Prayer is a compilation of 30 years of laughter, tears, sermons, prayers, stories, Barnabas, Dooley, Cynthia, Father Tim, and everyone else who has come to make Mitford a town as real as most of the places we readers live.

Anyone who is a fan of Jan Karon’s books will appreciate this walk down the lane of memories, as she starts with At Home in Mitford and goes through the original Mitford series, on to the two novels that focus on Father Tim (Home to Holly Springs and In the Company of Others, not originally considered part of the series but they have since been folded in), and finishing with the last three Mitford novels that see a wedding for some of the most-loved characters in the series.

Anyone wanting an overview before committing to reading a series of 14 books can use this as a gauge of whether they’ll like Mitford or not. But if this is you, know that the shorter format leaves our a lot of the humor, love, and spirit of the town and its denizens. There is so much more to these novels than the handful of stories that you get here.

Bathed in Prayer takes us back through each story from the perspective of Father Tim’s prayers and sermons. These moments focus on many of the most emotional points in these novels, so you get a chance to revisit all the celebrations. The down side to this is that you also revisit the funerals, so if you listen to audiobooks in your car like I do, be prepare to find yourself crying as you drive home from work. Losing Miss Sadie all over again is heart-breaking, and then it’s Uncle Billy’s time. For this reason, there are times this book is painful. But even then, it’s so worth it to get a chance to head back to Mitford for a while.

I listened to this on audio, and not only do you get the iconic voice of John McDonough as Father Tim, you get to hear Jan Karon herself as she introduces each novel and reads an essay she wrote about her decision to start this series in the first place. The two voices together make this a truly beautiful experience, richer and more life-affirming than simply reading the words on the page. For me, it’s become the only way to experience a new Jan Karon book.

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A wonderful devotional while reliving the series

This is best enjoyed in small segments so you can absorb the spiritual inspiration. You can pray along with Father Tim and apply it to your life, while recalling the best moments of Mitford.

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My favorite bedside companion!

I've loved the whole Mitford series so.much and have listened to them many times! I was so thrilled to see Bathed in Prayer added to Jan Karons Audible books and also thrilled to have John McDonough as the narrator! Some nights i can't get to sleep, or awaken in the night and I just listen to 15 or 30 minutes of Bathed in Prayer, and my heart and mind are calmed. What a wonderful way to fall asleep; having the prayers of Father Tim and recaps of heartwarming episodes from the Mitford series read to you by John McDonough! My appreciation and heartfelt thanks to Jan Karon,John McDonough and Audible!!!

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Such a Blessing!

I'm sure Ms. Karon receives buckets full of fan mail daily. The Mitford series has been such a blessing to me throughout my life. I've listened to several of the stories over and over and have always written down quotes from the books. This book has it all in one! I've used it as a " Bible study " as I've listened to it these past few days. It has resonated with my soul and comforted me. John McDonough is Father Tim!
Thank you Ms. Karon!

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A beautiful & joyful listen

I have enjoyed all the Mitford books so this of the prayers was a treat. And at a time I needed something to point me
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The last gift from Jan Karon.

This is not new material but a farewell gift from the author who has written her last Mitford novel. It is a thoughtful selection of the best prayers Father Ted prayed from each of the many books about our beloved priest. Also included is an autobiographical essay at the first. And also new from Jan short commentaries about what is coming up. I really enjoyed this and will listen again and again all the while enjoying hearing John McDonough reading Tim’s inspired words.

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Wonderful !

Like a wonderful conversation! My only suggestion for improvement is that it would have been longer. 😊

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We needed this book!

Having read all of the books in the Mitford series, this one touched my soul.

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  • Alice
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Devotional bliss

A real treat of a devotional, fleshed out by excerpts from Jan Karon's Mitford stories. Narration is superb, both in bringing it all to life and getting behind the scenes too. Highly recommended.