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Occasionally, a simple book feels like home, and its characters become cherished friends. These vignettes will doubtless become favorites, not only for the quarter of a million people who enjoyed Gulley's Front Porch Tales, but also for new readers who will respond to the Garrison Keillor- style humor and pathos of fictional Harmony, Ind. The town's characters include the wise Quaker pastor who narrates the book; a childless couple who spend their life savings (and then some) to wrest their niece from the grip of her alcoholic parents; and the narrow-minded church elder who "knew just enough Scripture to be annoying, but not enough to be transformed." This book is pure joy.
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Gulley's funny Front Porch Tales (1997) was much admired, selling a quarter of a million copies. Sometimes, the ironies of Home to Harmony rise to guffaws, but more often gentle and nostalgic would be better words to describe the anecdotal sermons of Gulley's alter ego, Quaker minister Sam Gardner of Harmony, Indiana. Typical is "The Aluminum Years," in which self-effacing Sam mulls over what aluminum item to give his wife for their tenth anniversary; he settles on diet soda-- attached to a diamond ring. As funny but more cautionary is his tale of the World's Shortest Evangelist, a former pro wrestler who comes dressed in fatigues to preach of spiritual warfare. Gulley is one of a kind. John Mort
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Philip Gulley is my favorite author. I'm always on the look-out for a new publication by him, and have read many of them multiple times. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Cary Anderson
Love this town and its wonderfully real characters. Makes me lol and cry. Must read for hopeless romantics.Published 20 days ago by nridge
Having grown up as a pastors kid and the marrying a pastor, I recognize some of the characters. In my mind, they have different names but similar stories and less a learned. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret Billman
Sweet stories, however was ready to have completed the book. Brought back memories of my childhood, which is the reason for the 3 starsPublished 1 month ago by Terri Walker
Entertaining, easy summer read. First one in a series that I plan to complete.Published 2 months ago by Anne C. Scruggs