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Home to Harmony        Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley

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by Shannon Pederson

If you’re tired of today’s fast-paced, complicated world, come home to Harmony, where the characters are quaint yet colorful, the mishaps familiar yet funny, and the moral of the story is always heart-warming and faith-inspiring.

In the fictional small town of Harmony, Indiana, Sam Gardner becomes the pastor of his hometown Quaker church, Harmony Friends Meeting.  In this delightful novel, Sam describes in a warm, down-home style the moving and humorous adventures he encounters his first year home to Harmony.

You will come away smiling about the Friendly Women’s Circle’s Chicken Noodle Dinner.  The chicken noodle dinner is just as popular as our fall bazaar and so is the effort the women of the church put into the event.  Also, you’ll quickly see how similar their newspaper, the Harmony Herald, is to our Wheel Herald.

Occasionally, a small, simple book feels like home, and its characters become cherished friends.  It feels a little like the Mitford series (you’ll see similarities between Pastor Sam and Father Tim).  Philip Gulley has a humorous and gentle writing style that draws you into the hearts and foibles of Pastor Sam Gardner’s parishioners.  At the end of each chapter, he has a subtle thought-provoking way of challenging you to reflect on God’s grace in our lives, recognizing blessing that we so often take for granted and dropping the pretenses that so often separate us from both God and one another.

The author is a Quaker minister in Indiana.  He is the bestselling author of Front Porch Tales, Home Town Tales and For Everything a SeasonHome to Harmony is the first book in the Harmony series.

“Every season of life sparkles in Philip Gulley’s stories – some through a smile, other as they gleam off an eardrop, still others as though reflected through glass.  Find a comfortable chair, unplug the phone, and learn again the lessons of faith, hope, and love in a place soon to be part of your heart.”                Former U. S. Congressman Ed Pease from Indiana

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”   Ephesians 4:32

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 October 2010 19:01