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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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This book is one of those cozy novels that always leaves you with a smile on your face and something to ponder when you're finished reading each chapter. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Upstate NY
Home to Harmony is like returning to your own hometown. We all know people who could be the characters in this delightful book. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Trudi
Enjoyable insight into small town living. Some touching and humorous parts especially the anniversary presents.Published 11 days ago by lola
If you enjoyed the Mitford series by Jan karon, you will enjoy the nostalgic writing about Harmony and its folk. Gulley is an excellent writer.Published 14 days ago by susan rinck
Love his subtle way of highlighting our human shortcomings with humor. "Oh to see ourselves as others see us!"Published 28 days ago by Gea