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Hometown Prophet Paperback – March 25, 2012
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I grew up in Franklin Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. After graduating from Pepperdine University, I lived in Atlanta and Southern California, before eventually moving back home to Tennessee. I now live in Brentwood, Tennessee with my wife and black Lab. So far I have not had any prophetic dreams that came true. - Jeff Fulmer
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Although I was raised in a mainstream church, while in college, I joined the ranks of the born again, evangelical, fundamentalists. I even became a Republican (much to the horror of my liberal, Methodist minister grandfather). After about 15 years of this type of indoctrination, I left an Easter service in tears, realizing that what I was being fed was destroying my spirit, rather than lifting it. It took some time, but I recovered from being "born again." I did a thorough analysis of my heart, mind and belief system and discovered I was truly a devout and sensible Christian who is also a very independent thinker, with a passion for social justice for all people. I believe this is what Jesus expects of me, too.
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date published: March 25, 2012
Reviewed by Lynne
Obtained via publisher
Peter Quill is just an ordinary guy. Forced to move back home with his mother, he is struggling just to make a life for himself and substitute teaches at a local Nashville, TN school. Until one day when he has a dream that ultimately changes his life in ways he never expects.
Peter hasn't been much of a churchgoer but feels the need to share the dream with his local pastor, Dan, since it pertains to his health. Although a bit skeptical, Dan decides to see a doctor and is amazed to find himself with a heart blockage that immediately puts him in the hospital. Later, Peter begins having more dreams, which Dan believes are prophetic.
As time goes on, Peter finds each of his dreams coming true, and he quickly becomes a sort of celebrity, with news teams and other T. V. personnel wanting to interview him. As they hound him and begin prying into his personal life, Peter soon learns that being a modern-day prophet has a negative side, as he finds himself being slandered and betrayed by people he hardly knows.
It isn't until his prophetic dreams take a new direction, which challenges the beliefs and biases of many in his community, that Peter discovers what it means to truly be a prophet of God.
HOMETOWN PROPHET by Jeff Fulmer is a terrific read. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and find it well-written and fast paced. The story snags you right from the start and keeps you turning pages until the very end.
Fulmer does a great job with his characters. You truly empathize with the main character, Peter, who has this wonderful gift and feels led to follow his heart. You grow to like him quickly as HOMETOWN PROPHET progresses. You even find yourself wondering how you would react if you suddenly found yourself having prophetic dreams. Would you share them with others and just wait to see what might happen, or would you hide them under a rock and pretend they never occurred? Would you take a chance at feeling guilty if something came to pass, something bad, that perhaps you could have prevented had you shared a particular dream? HOMETOWN PROPHET gives the reader a lot to think about, especially if he suddenly find himself with such a gift, too.
Also, I really liked Pastor Dan who was a staunch supporter of Peter and a loyalist to the end.
I enjoyed the variety of events that took place because of Peter's dreams. Incorporating instances with the Muslim community, celebrities, and even immigrants was an interesting part of HOMETOWN PROPHET that I am sure many readers will like.
HOMETOWN PROPHET also has enough twists and turns in its plot to keep you riveted. Numerous conflicts add to the suspense and make the reader eager to see what happens next.
HOMETOWN PROPHET is a light, easy read that won't bog the reader down with too many details. It flows quickly and is a great book to help pass the time. I highly recommend it and look forward to more of Fulmer's work. Kudos to Mr. Fulmer for this timely story.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through SpeakEasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Author Jeff Fulmer sets the fictional story in heart of the Bible Belt Nashville, Tennessee, with church portions all centered in congregations that emphasize the more demonstratively eschatological gifts of the Spirit, practices those of us in the mainline typically don't give a thought - let alone a nod - to from day-to-day. Although "any similarities to actual persons is purely coincidental" prevails, the text references actual places and events that happened in some of those locales.
Hometown Prophet wasn't difficult to read, but I longed for more colorful descriptions, less predictable sentence structure, and [pages 218 and 264] I hope future editions will spell "publically" correctly... it's "publicly"!
The release of Hometown Prophet especially encourages me because I imagine a lot of conservative, evangelical (in the popular sense of "evangelical"), and pentecostal Christians will buy this book because the central character is one of them. When they reach the best part of the book they'll probably be surprised when (page 301) Peter acknowledges he is gay, he is Muslim, he is unemployed, a migrant worker, homeless, hungry, he is planet earth in distress, and more! In this Pentecostal time of the Church, the Holy Spirit of Life, Renewal, and Reform calls all of us who follow Jesus to live and act in solidarity with the broken, the outcast, the underclass, and the unwanted. To become Hometown Prophets? Maybe so!
Disclosure: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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