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A new must-have collection for fans of the New York Times bestselling 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 fourteen novels, millions of readers have fallen in love with the faith, encouragement, and wisdom that are at the very heart of A new must-have collection for fans of the New York Times bestselling 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 fourteen novels, millions of readers 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, readers 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 beautifully designed compilation will soon become a staple for any Mitford reader.


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A new must-have collection for fans of the New York Times bestselling 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 fourteen novels, millions of readers have fallen in love with the faith, encouragement, and wisdom that are at the very heart of A new must-have collection for fans of the New York Times bestselling 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 fourteen novels, millions of readers 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, readers 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 beautifully designed compilation will soon become a staple for any Mitford reader.

30 review for Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim's Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    This book will be a welcome addition to the shelves of die-hard Mitford fans, of which I am one, but be warned: 95% of this book is material, quoted verbatim, from previous Mitford books. Outside of Karon's foreword and a brief sentence of two introduction of each chapter, it's all material from the other books. Now, I love Mitford, but this bothered me a teeny bit. Essentially, you are paying for a hardcover book that you've already read. Karon is leaving Mitford, a fact for which I am deeply s This book will be a welcome addition to the shelves of die-hard Mitford fans, of which I am one, but be warned: 95% of this book is material, quoted verbatim, from previous Mitford books. Outside of Karon's foreword and a brief sentence of two introduction of each chapter, it's all material from the other books. Now, I love Mitford, but this bothered me a teeny bit. Essentially, you are paying for a hardcover book that you've already read. Karon is leaving Mitford, a fact for which I am deeply saddened, so I suppose this is her going out, so to speak. I still wished I'd known this before I purchased the book. It still garners 4 stars cause it's ….well, MITFORD!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    There are fourteen Mitford books and I've only read one -- #13 -- and I remember feeling totally lost because this is definitely a series to read in order. But that's a lot of catch up to do so I haven't gotten around to it yet. Anyway, I've been intrigued by the series for awhile now so when I saw Bathed in Prayer in my public library I scooped it up. And guess what? It's actually the perfect introduction to the series! Karon sets up each scene from her books perfectly, so it was easy for me to There are fourteen Mitford books and I've only read one -- #13 -- and I remember feeling totally lost because this is definitely a series to read in order. But that's a lot of catch up to do so I haven't gotten around to it yet. Anyway, I've been intrigued by the series for awhile now so when I saw Bathed in Prayer in my public library I scooped it up. And guess what? It's actually the perfect introduction to the series! Karon sets up each scene from her books perfectly, so it was easy for me to get the most out of them without feeling lost or confused (as I felt when trying to read that 13th book!) I got a real feel for what the series is all about and understand now why Mitford has so many fans! Stunning, touching, sweet and tender and poignant -- this book touched my heart. I can only imagine how much more of an impact it would make on Mitford fans. A revisiting with old friends at pivotal points in their lives. Inspirational quotes and Karon's new essay on her faith journey bring an extra depth and I could totally see using this book as a daily devotional. An ingenuous celebration of a much-loved series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    BATHED IN PRAYER is a collection of prayers, sermons and inspiration from Ms. Karon's bestselling Mitford series. It also includes and overview of each book that it's quoted from as well as Ms. Karon's personal insights on the sections shared. Ms. Mitford also shares the story behind the Mitford series. BATHED IN PRAYER is a collector's copy for fans of Mitford as this is closing that fiction line. It is also an introduction to the series in case a reader gets their hands on it and is intrigued b BATHED IN PRAYER is a collection of prayers, sermons and inspiration from Ms. Karon's bestselling Mitford series. It also includes and overview of each book that it's quoted from as well as Ms. Karon's personal insights on the sections shared. Ms. Mitford also shares the story behind the Mitford series. BATHED IN PRAYER is a collector's copy for fans of Mitford as this is closing that fiction line. It is also an introduction to the series in case a reader gets their hands on it and is intrigued by some of the selections. My husband and I were introduced to Mitford when they first came out by a leader in a Mom's Time Out or Mothers of Preschoolers group I attended. The leader raved about the book and being an avid bookworm I had to check it out. Back then they had Christian bookstores around every corner just about and online wasn't a thing. Now you don't even have to get dressed to find your favorite bookseller online, type in BATHED IN PRAYER and buy a copy for the serious Mitford fan on your Christmas gift. They will be all squeally happy as my teen daughter would say. Truly a book that needs to be added to the Mitford shelf in a fan's library. Or the public library. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Meadows

    An absolutely beautiful trip down memory lane with my favorite series of all time. This book features excerpts from each book in the series, which focus on the spiritual aspects from each book with a bit of narration by the author. I was given this as an ARC and will definitely buy a hardcover copy for my collection.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robbie

    I so enjoyed reading Jan Karon’s newest book, Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series by Jan Karon. However, reading it was poignant. The book highlights Father Tim Kavanagh’s and Jan Karon’s favorite verses and excerpts. The compilation will bring you to laughter, tears and to your knees, as you reminisce, reflect and ponder over the selections. Karon’s Forward gives us a brief glimpse into her life. In addition, there are insights into how Father I so enjoyed reading Jan Karon’s newest book, Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series by Jan Karon. However, reading it was poignant. The book highlights Father Tim Kavanagh’s and Jan Karon’s favorite verses and excerpts. The compilation will bring you to laughter, tears and to your knees, as you reminisce, reflect and ponder over the selections. Karon’s Forward gives us a brief glimpse into her life. In addition, there are insights into how Father Kavanagh and the wonderful town of Mitford came into being. I also enjoyed the rich weaving of Bible verses, prayers and famous quotes woven throughout the book. I particularly liked one quote. I was reminded to pray for those who seem to be cantankerous and nasty, as Matthew 5:44 (KJV) commands, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…” The quotation in the book was by William Law. It reads, “There is nothing that makes us love someone so much as praying for them.” A more fitting commemorative and celebratory memorial could not have been written, and thankfully, Karon is the one who wrote it. There are two sections titled acknowledgments. Be sure to read both, as one has interesting tidbits about how a character came into being. Thank you so very much to G.P. Putnam’s Sons/ Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read and review this beautiful, albeit bittersweet, mosaic of stories. I was not required to write a review. However, I was happy to write one. If I could, I would give it more than 5 Stars!! “Thanks for the free/gifted book, @Putnambooks”

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Barker

    Loved this peek back at some of the spiritual gems from each of the books in the Mitford series. It was not only inspiring and encouraging but also fun to recall parts of the stories of the beloved characters of Mitford. Absolutely recommend to Mitford fans and even those not familiar with the books will be blessed by reading this special compilation of outtakes. *Note - One disappointment that was the publisher's fault and not the author's - the Acknowledgements page appeared in the middle of th Loved this peek back at some of the spiritual gems from each of the books in the Mitford series. It was not only inspiring and encouraging but also fun to recall parts of the stories of the beloved characters of Mitford. Absolutely recommend to Mitford fans and even those not familiar with the books will be blessed by reading this special compilation of outtakes. *Note - One disappointment that was the publisher's fault and not the author's - the Acknowledgements page appeared in the middle of the last chapter. It really puzzled me until I realized what had happened. Messed up the flow of the ending of the book as I had to stop and figure out why it seemed to end in such an odd place. And then a slightly different Acknowledgements page appeared at the true end of the book. Very strange and I feel in poor taste of the publisher to go ahead and sell books that had such a major mistake in them. (I won this book in a giveaway, but the book was mailed directly from the publisher and was not in any way marked as an ARC so I don't think that's the explanation. Not sure.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I listened to this on CD and it was wonderful to listen to one prayer or uplifting conversation after another! And it made me want to start at the beginning of the series and reread every book. This book takes all the prayers and mini sermons from the books and puts them all together! The author also gives a little back ground to her writing career and how Father Tim and the Mitford Series came about. If you haven't tried the Midford Series and want to be uplifted and have your heart warmed read I listened to this on CD and it was wonderful to listen to one prayer or uplifting conversation after another! And it made me want to start at the beginning of the series and reread every book. This book takes all the prayers and mini sermons from the books and puts them all together! The author also gives a little back ground to her writing career and how Father Tim and the Mitford Series came about. If you haven't tried the Midford Series and want to be uplifted and have your heart warmed read this series! Start at book one and read because they build on each other!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    Looking for some inspirational words? Bathed in Prayer by Jan Karon is a collection of the prayerful moments and service moments from Mitford. All of the Mitford books are included. Lots of spoilers so this should not be your first visit to Mitford. Lots of the best, emotional moments from the series. The story of forgiveness, redemption and the messy lives we all lead. Great collection from Karon.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    When I first started reading the Mitford books, I was an Episcopalian. I found them old-fashioned and sweetly charming. I asked my priest if he’d read any of them. You mean the books by that woman who’s obviously in love with her priest, he asked? Well. In spite of the unremitting goodness of the people in these books, I still find them charming. This volume contains prayers and sermons and liturgical talismans from the Book of Common Prayer. Still sweet. Still charming. A quick, spiritually lov When I first started reading the Mitford books, I was an Episcopalian. I found them old-fashioned and sweetly charming. I asked my priest if he’d read any of them. You mean the books by that woman who’s obviously in love with her priest, he asked? Well. In spite of the unremitting goodness of the people in these books, I still find them charming. This volume contains prayers and sermons and liturgical talismans from the Book of Common Prayer. Still sweet. Still charming. A quick, spiritually lovely review of some of the crisis moments and high points of some 14 volumes. Nice.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kris Wood

    In many ways, "Bathed in Prayer" could be read as a light devotional for those who are devotees to Mitford. It provides snapshots of our beloved characters as they go through their joys and sorrows, praying at each crossroad. The book is set up with quotes from each of the 9 books, so if a reader wants to re read a specific scenario, it's easily discovered.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Sometimes you just need the wholesome wit and wisdom of Father Tim from the Mitford Series. This is delightful to read. If you loved the Mitford series, you will enjoy these kernels from those books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peacejanz

    This was a strange book for me. I have read all of the Mitford series and I expected this to be much like earlier compilations, like Father Tim's quotes. It is not. It is selected bits and pieces from the various books. I understood all of them. They are in no order. I do not think someone new to Mitford books will understand much from this. We get a bit of Dooley, then Sadie, then Dooley's family, then their wedding. It is just a hodge-podge. I read it, enjoying memories of the books but I can This was a strange book for me. I have read all of the Mitford series and I expected this to be much like earlier compilations, like Father Tim's quotes. It is not. It is selected bits and pieces from the various books. I understood all of them. They are in no order. I do not think someone new to Mitford books will understand much from this. We get a bit of Dooley, then Sadie, then Dooley's family, then their wedding. It is just a hodge-podge. I read it, enjoying memories of the books but I can not see how an unfamiliar reader could get anything from this. A lot of the prayer that never fails; a lot from the Book of Common Prayer. Just a jumble. I cannot recommend it to anyone. I do not know the purpose of this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol Kuehner

    Loved it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Snickerdoodle

    I'm so glad I picked up this book. If you’ve never read the series, this is a good introduction. If you have and loved it, this is a lovely revisit. I love Jan Karon's series about Father Tim and Mitford. This book made me want to go back and read them again, perhaps even listen to the audio books again. Each section has excerpts from the stories that highlight Father Tim's prayers for himself, for family, and for friends old and new. Because of the excerpts, we're shown the reasons prayers were I'm so glad I picked up this book. If you’ve never read the series, this is a good introduction. If you have and loved it, this is a lovely revisit. I love Jan Karon's series about Father Tim and Mitford. This book made me want to go back and read them again, perhaps even listen to the audio books again. Each section has excerpts from the stories that highlight Father Tim's prayers for himself, for family, and for friends old and new. Because of the excerpts, we're shown the reasons prayers were needed. They show us his thinking as well as his prayers ... and encouraged some of my own. This would be a marvelous gift for anyone who enjoyed the series ... a good one to keep on the shelf to read again and again. The excerpts, as the books themselves, are entertaining but they're also encouraging and comforting ... like a long visit from a dear friend and a good hug.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ann Gemmel

    A beautiful compilation of some scenes of all of Jan Karon’s Mitford novels that hone in on the prayers of Father Tim. For those who have not read her books - this would be a sweet introduction. For others, such as myself, who have savored these stories and their characters like dear old friends - this book was a precious and savored review of Father Tim to when we first were introduced to his beautiful and impactful life from ages 60-80+. Such a delight. Sparked a desire to begin again this bel A beautiful compilation of some scenes of all of Jan Karon’s Mitford novels that hone in on the prayers of Father Tim. For those who have not read her books - this would be a sweet introduction. For others, such as myself, who have savored these stories and their characters like dear old friends - this book was a precious and savored review of Father Tim to when we first were introduced to his beautiful and impactful life from ages 60-80+. Such a delight. Sparked a desire to begin again this beloved series that has so much to share in its beauty, simplicity and overarching grace! Thank you Jan Karon for sharing your gift of writing about real life, real people and the spectrum of joy and sorrow and it’s mysterious co-mingling. Your characters are beloved literary companions who I have laughed and cried with and who have taught me so much.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teri Reck

    Lovely book which travels through the Mitford Series with Father Tim and relates many of his heartfelt prayers and petitions to the one true God, the triune God, the God of love. It shares many, many of his prayers--intercessory prayers for those of his flock, for those he is trying to love as himself, for family and friends, for strangers who become brothers and sisters in Christ. He prays for his own submission and surrender to God's will by praying the "prayer that never fails"--Father, your Lovely book which travels through the Mitford Series with Father Tim and relates many of his heartfelt prayers and petitions to the one true God, the triune God, the God of love. It shares many, many of his prayers--intercessory prayers for those of his flock, for those he is trying to love as himself, for family and friends, for strangers who become brothers and sisters in Christ. He prays for his own submission and surrender to God's will by praying the "prayer that never fails"--Father, your will be done. He prays in fear, in hope, in despair, in love, in faith. This beautiful little book reminds us to "pray without ceasing." This book has lifted my spirits while coping with some difficulties. Worth reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alice Teets

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I love the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Visiting Mitford is like visiting family - at times dysfunctional, but deep down, always filled with love. Having a book that has all of Father TIm's prayers, sermons, and reflections in one place is a dream come true. It was like a visit back through all the best parts of the series and definitely makes me want to re-read the series once again, looking deeper I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I love the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Visiting Mitford is like visiting family - at times dysfunctional, but deep down, always filled with love. Having a book that has all of Father TIm's prayers, sermons, and reflections in one place is a dream come true. It was like a visit back through all the best parts of the series and definitely makes me want to re-read the series once again, looking deeper into the prayers that make up such an important part of these books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway and while it wasn't exactly what I was looking for it was and later on will be very enjoyable when I need a quick visit to Mitford. The author highlights each of the Mitford books by starting with the first At Home In Mitford and summarizes the books and then she goes through some of the more touching chapters in each book. If you haven't read all of the Mitford series there will be spoilers in the summaries and chapters that follow. A lovely addition to I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway and while it wasn't exactly what I was looking for it was and later on will be very enjoyable when I need a quick visit to Mitford. The author highlights each of the Mitford books by starting with the first At Home In Mitford and summarizes the books and then she goes through some of the more touching chapters in each book. If you haven't read all of the Mitford series there will be spoilers in the summaries and chapters that follow. A lovely addition to Mitford.

  19. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne

    It was nice to return to Mitford and characters I've grown to love in this series. Bathed in Prayer referenced different books in the series and tied it to prayers, sermons and reflections in each one. It highlighted important story lines and reminded me that I haven't quite finished the series so I do have a few more books to read. I liked that there was the ribbon bookmark like you would find in some prayer books and the Bible. Enjoyable and quick read that definitely had me reminiscing!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diane Busch

    This is a wonderful overview of the Mitford series and a reminder of Father Tim's words of wisdom and prayers over the years. I listened to the audiobook and it was so good to hear the soothing friendly voice of the beloved narrator of this series. As an avid reader of the Mitford series, it was a joy to revisit the well-known characters and scenes. This collection of prayers and words of wisdom gives inspiration for our own prayer lives. Even though this is a fiction series, God’s great name is This is a wonderful overview of the Mitford series and a reminder of Father Tim's words of wisdom and prayers over the years. I listened to the audiobook and it was so good to hear the soothing friendly voice of the beloved narrator of this series. As an avid reader of the Mitford series, it was a joy to revisit the well-known characters and scenes. This collection of prayers and words of wisdom gives inspiration for our own prayer lives. Even though this is a fiction series, God’s great name is lifted up and the power of prayer is exhibited.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I love this little gem of a book that I won from Goodreads Firstreads. I have read all of Jan Karon's Mitford and Father Tim books, but it has been a while. I had forgotten just how wonderful a writer she is. I was happy to spend time with all my favorite characters again and I think that I will have to reread the books all over again! I usually give away my books when I have finished them, but I am keeping this one for myself! It's a nice size to tuck in a purse or keep nearby to reread passage I love this little gem of a book that I won from Goodreads Firstreads. I have read all of Jan Karon's Mitford and Father Tim books, but it has been a while. I had forgotten just how wonderful a writer she is. I was happy to spend time with all my favorite characters again and I think that I will have to reread the books all over again! I usually give away my books when I have finished them, but I am keeping this one for myself! It's a nice size to tuck in a purse or keep nearby to reread passages when ever you need to be uplifted. It would also make a great stocking stuffer .

  22. 5 out of 5

    Courtenay

    If I could live in Mitford, I would. Listening to this book as an audiobook, I heard Jan Karon’s voice & learned more about her, her life & her inspirations. Johnny McDonough reads the sections of her books with prayers & blessings. It was a pleasure to return to so many of them, to visit with the characters & listen to the prayers. I will re-read this book and listen to it again, as it filled my heart with love and hope.

  23. 5 out of 5

    viemag

    Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim's Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series by Jan Karon was a little bit of a disappointment to me. I was expecting prayers, sermons and reflections but it seemed to be more pieces of the novels so that readers could get a review of the series. On the plus size it was a gentle book and did provide ideas for personal reflection. That is why it got 3 stars rather then 2.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Over the top five stars for this beautiful and touching review of the some of our favorite moments in the Mitford series. With an Episcopal priest as the main character we are treated to many of his prayers and moments of reflection, many of them quotes from "The Common Book of Prayer." Could even be used in ones' quiet time as it is that rich with theological gems. Read this jewel of a book and be blessed all over through the gift of Mitford.

  25. 4 out of 5

    JennLynn

    I’ve read and loved all the Mitford books (and bought almost all of them). This one, though, was a real disappointment. It’s a nice enough LITTLE (i.e. SHORT) book and a good recap of the series but nothing more. I guess if you want to review the series without rereading, it could be handy, but considering there’s almost no new writing it should have been a lot longer, with far more quotes and excerpts, to make it worth my money. I’m sorry I bought it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Bingaman

    A friend lent me this book and I loved, loved, loved it! Of course I really like all of the Mitford books, but this one gave some background on how the author came to write them and was a wonderful short review of all of the books as well as excerpts of passages, prayers, and sermons from all the books. I am going to have to buy a copy of this book for myself!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    I'm a big fan of the Mitford series. It's like visiting a small town whenever I read those books. It's quaint but lively. I do love father Tim. So this book is a collection of stories from the different books. Wonderful and thoughtful reflections of Father Tim. Good chuckles are to be had by those who have read the series as you reminisce. I really enjoyed reading Jan Karon's stories about her life before she became a writer. As well learning about how she came to invent Mitford and her writing I'm a big fan of the Mitford series. It's like visiting a small town whenever I read those books. It's quaint but lively. I do love father Tim. So this book is a collection of stories from the different books. Wonderful and thoughtful reflections of Father Tim. Good chuckles are to be had by those who have read the series as you reminisce. I really enjoyed reading Jan Karon's stories about her life before she became a writer. As well learning about how she came to invent Mitford and her writing style was fascinating for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    What a beautiful walk through Mitford. As a lover of the Mitford books, I enjoyed this stroll through the important moments of all the Mitford books in one place and as always it was very uplifting to be bathed in the prayer life of Mitford. Simply beautiful. Now I need my next installment of the Mitford world.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    What a lovely way to briefly revisit all of the Mitford books in order! Includes a really lovely preface which includes Karon’s own testimony, and then excerpts from each book (she sets up each scene briefly), specifically Father Tim’s prayers and sermons. A more satisfying bedside table book than her Mitford Companion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate Loveton

    Love Karon’s heart for Christ, her insight and her views on community and love as evidenced in the character of Father Tim Kavanagh. Karon’s books feed my soul and gentle my heart. This book is a sampling of portions of her books about the fictional community of Mitford and its characters. A lot of good prayers throughout. I always come away from Karon’s stories encouraged and refreshed

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