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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.
And equally, who's to say that it shouldn't happen?
Jeff Fulmer gives a believable account of the reactions of home-town folk when they must examine their own personal spiritual beliefs when confronted with the challenge to do what is right.
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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Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date published: March 25, 2012
Jeff Fulmer's "prophet" is a 30-year-old hometown nobody named Peter,...Read more