Encouragement for the Soul
Book Review by Dr. David P. Craig
When I listen to music when I’m reading I usually listen to what most people would describe as “Easy Listening” music. It’s not too fast, not too slow, not too loud or distracting. Jan Karon’s first novel could be described as the book version or “easy listening.”
The key characters are a pastor, various parishioners, and numerous stories that are taking place in the fictional town of Mitford (somewhere in the south of the United States). Jan Karon does a wonderful job of transporting you into this place and the lives that make Mitford a taste of heaven on earth.
As a pastor myself, I loved this book. After thirty years of pastoring I find that I can relate to almost every person, story, and event that transpires. I love the mixture of all the emotions that Karon brings to the table: laughter, sorrow, joy, tears, elation, heartbreak, and everything in-between. She also creates intrigue, romance, expectation, hope, and does not disappoint with bringing together and weaving several plots.
At Home in Mitford is pleasant, calming, encouraging, and delightful. It’s “easy listening” for the mind and soul. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series (there are 9 books in the Mitford Series).