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Front Porch Tales: Warm Hearted Stories of Family, Faith, Laughter and Love Paperback – April 24, 2007
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About the Author
Philip Gulley is a Quaker minister, writer, husband, and father. He is the bestselling author of Front Porch Tales, the acclaimed Harmony series, and is coauthor of If Grace Is True and If God Is Love. Gulley lives with his wife and two sons in Indiana, and is a frequent speaker at churches, colleges, and retreat centers across the country.
More About the Author
He hosts "Porch Talk with Phil Gulley" on the Indiana PBS affiliate WFYI television's flagship show Across Indiana.
Gulley lives in Indiana with his wife, Joan, and their sons, Spencer and Sam--in a rambling old house with Gulley's eclectic chair collection (64 at last count) and a welcoming back porch.
Top Customer Reviews
It features real stories from real life whereby the author (a Quaker pastor) draws real substantive wisdom. Where Chicken Soup and the like were "cute" or "charming", Gulley is challenging. There's plenty laugh out loud comedy here too, and enough sweetness to aggravate a toothache, but those elements are the icing instead of the cake.
Gulley talks about raising children to be tough, the capacity people have for mid-life change, prayer, loss, flexibility, the home, the dignity of work, the debilitating effect of television, why we need more listening and less psychology, love between a husband & wife, and many other subjects. Nearly all of these short essays are punctuated with surprisingly relevant scriptural anecdotes from the Good Book.
On the first page, Gulley wrote, "I thank God I was born before Nintendo video games and all the other things that keep kids from getting out and exploring their environs. My parents turned off the television set and sent me outdoors, where I met all kinds of interesting people, like Mrs. Harvey and Doctor Gibbs and Mr. Welty."
And he isn't kidding. This is a superb read that--through the window of the author's life--manages to search out so much of what's wrong with the world, offers beautiful alternatives, and does it all with the charity, humor, modesty, and self-depreciation proper to a Christian.
This book is full of short, interesting stories of the author, the author's life and the people of his community. He, in a very short space, gives wonderful descriptions of the people and events of his community. Being from a small, rural town, I could relate to the events and people the author describes. Each town has a character like that described, and everyone has had events described in the book.
After reading the book, I felt that I had a new friend in Phillip Gulley. When I first picked the book up, I thought it would be a rather boring, dry book. I could not have been more wrong. It is a wonderful book, and goes much too quickly. I read it in an evening, and wanted more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my mom has always loved these books, and this one was just as nice.Published 1 month ago by lets go
Was a gift for my 88 year old mother's birthday and she said she loved the short stories.Published 2 months ago by Alice Bostelman
My husband and I enjoyed reading these sweet, inspirational stories to each other before going off to dreamland. Better dreams, for sure.Published 4 months ago by Marsha Thomas
Front Porch Tales always invites me to sit a spell and absorb Philip Gulley's nostalgic, memorable stories that are more than stories. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great read filled with wisdom and down to earth reflections on life. He has the ability to fill your heart with light.Published 5 months ago by James Napp
Read a friend's copy and then bought it for a birthday gift.Published 6 months ago by Florence Mcvety