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Home to Harmony

Home to Harmony

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Welcome to Harmony ...

In this acclaimed inaugural volume in the Harmony series, master American storyteller Philip Gulley draws us into the charming world of minister Sam Gardner in his first year back in his hometown, capturing the essence of small-town life with humor and wisdom.

Welcome to Harmony ...

In this acclaimed inaugural volume in the Harmony series, master American storyteller Philip Gulley draws us into the charming world of minister Sam Gardner in his first year back in his hometown, capturing the essence of small-town life with humor and wisdom.

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Categories:Books, Religion
Publish date: Oct 13, 2009
Added to Scribd: Aug 28, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780061869846
List Price: $8.99

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stephaniesmithrn reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Wholesome, heartwarming with a sense of humor you wouldn't expect from a Quaker minister. It was just what I needed after the last book. It's a simple quick read. Gulley's writing style is very easy to like, as is his personality which shines through it.
alincolnnut reviewed this
Rated 5/5
"Church would be a wonderful thing, if it weren't for all the people." This is a common quip among pastors and church members alike sometimes, when the quest for spiritual growth runs up against the bureaucracy of the church and the stubbornness of some church members. Sam Gardner, the Quaker pastor in Philip Gulley's charming and very funny Home to Harmony (the first of Gulley's "Harmony Novels"), would certainly agree. By an unlucky coincidence, Sam finds himself called to pastor the church in which he grew up, located in small town Harmony, Indiana. In his first year, he adjusts to life in his hometown, dealing with an assortment of odd, yet endearing, church folk. This book at once celebrates many components of American small town life: the local diner, the local newspaper, the church, the special annual events. It gently presents the challenge any newcomers face when they try to move into a small town. It shows the power of small town gossip and the pervasive watchfulness, and subsequent discussion, that follows almost every action in a small town. But Home to Harmony is squarely focused on the eccentricities of the local Quaker congregation. Go to any church long enough, and you will recognize the denizens of the Harmony Friends Meeting. The unspoken seating chart in the sanctuary. The ill-advised but earnest plans of a couple of the elders. The frustrations of church meetings. The underlying power of the women in determining what's really important on the church calendar. Gulley is a pastor (as am I) and he knows these people and these situations. It is clear that they have frustrated him over his career. But it is also clear that he loves them: he loves them for their earnest, if misdirected passion, loves them for their subconscious assumptions, loves them for their quiet moments of honor and love. The book is filled with gentle humor, and is a pleasure to read. In fact, it is such an easy and enjoyable read that Gulley's skill is not immediately apparent. In the midst of these almost self-contained chapters, each of which ends with a delicate moral (sometimes posed more as a question than as an assertion), Gulley gives life to the fictitious town of Harmony and many of its citizens.
lesaholstine reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Sam Gardner, pastor of Harmony Friends Meeting, describes the life of the small town & his church community.
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