Item description for Almost Friends: A Harmony Novel (Harmony Novels) by Philip Gulley...
Overview When Pastor Sam Gardner takes a leave of absence from Harmony Friends Meeting to care for his ailing father, an interim female pastor takes over his position and quickly endears herself to the quirky Quaker congregation.
It's summer in Harmony, but not everything is as sunny as the weather. The good citizens of Harmony are back and stirring up trouble as usual, sometimes with disastrous results.
Pastor Sam Gardner must take a leave of absence from his post at Harmony Friends Meeting to take care of his ailing father.
But when spunky pastor Krista Riley comes to fill his position, the quirky Quakers seem to fall in love with her, and it begins to look like Sam's sabbatical may be permanent. Krista's resilience is put to the test when Dale Hinshaw and Fern Hampton begin to question whether a woman can faithfully lead their flock, and it looks like the resulting tiff might just be the undoing of Harmony Friends Meeting. Will Sam come to the rescue? Finding the answer to this question makes the trip back to Harmony worth turning every page.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jun 27, 2006
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series Harmony - Harper San Francisco
ISBN 006075656X ISBN13 9780060756567
Availability 0 units.
More About Philip Gulley
Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor and popular author and speaker. He has written seventeen books, including the Harmony fiction series, the Porch Talk series of inspirational essays, If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person (coauthored with James Mulholland), and The Evolution of Faith: How God Is Creating a Better Christianity. Gulley holds a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary. He is co-pastor of Fairfield Friends Meeting in Camby, Indiana.
Philip Gulley currently resides in Danville, in the state of Indiana. Philip Gulley was born in 1944.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Almost Friends: A Harmony Novel (Harmony Novels)?
A rival for Sam Jan 14, 2007
Sam Gardner is feeling burned out with his pastorship of the Harmony Friends Meeting. At the same time, Sam's father suffers a heart attack and Sam feels that he should take a sabbatical in order to help both of his parents until his father gets back on his feet. His congregation agrees with this and they request an interim pastor. The pastor turns out to be a divinity student named Krista Riley who soon charms the congregation with her preaching and pastoral concern. Sam's nose is out of joint and soon he begins to fear that his flock will not want him back but will hire Krista instead. As usual Dale Hinshaw and Fern Hampton begin to find fault with Krista and soon ask her to leave. Sam is faced with an unusual situation in which his conscience is telling him to defend Krista, but his practical side is afraid that he might lose his job and his home. This crisis of conscience is at the crux of Philip Gulley's latest book, and although it may not be solved in a way which is pleasing to all readers, the book does serve to entertain and to make the reader think about some important issues for modern-day congregations.
Almost Friends Jan 11, 2007
While I may not agree with Mr. Gulley's personal opinions, there is no one who can write a book about "Small Town America" like he can.
I have tangled with everyone of his characters, through the years, only they have different names.
Keep up the good work. I have read every one of his books.
In harmony with the series Jan 10, 2007
I've read a half dozen of these Harmony novels, and thoroughly enjoy each one. Gulley does a great job fleshing out the delightful archetypical characters in his stories. And this one adds the controversial element of a interim female pastor leading the local Friends/Quaker congregation. This story was relaxing, delightfully fun, and refreshingly honest -- just like other Gulley titles.
awesome Nov 4, 2006
Any of the Harmony books by Phillip Gulley are good. They kind of remind you of Jan Karon's Mitford series books but are funnier. I recommend it highly.
Loved this latest meeting with our Harmony friends Oct 16, 2006
Philip Gulley has a way of writing about church and small town life that is inclusive to those of us who don't usually feel like we fit into those places. From the moment I started reading the first Harmony book, to the end of this latest one, I felt welcome in his world and inspired to be a nicer person than usual.
That says a lot coming from someone who doesn't go to church or live in a small town. His characters are charming and easy to relate to, and his talk about church life, morals, and God are inclusive. If you find Jan Karon's Mitford a little heavy-handed with the evangelizing, this series may be more your speed.
In this book, we are shown more of Sam and see him struggling with some very human failings. Sam takes some time off to care for his father, and while he is gone a student minister named Krista takes his place. Between Dale Hinshaw's rantings that a woman is leading the church, Fern's ire over Krista's involvement in the big Chicken Noodle Dinner event, and Sam's jealousy over the welcome that people give to Krista, we get to be along for the ride as Harmony's residents struggle with change in the church and try to triumph over their personal failings.
This is a light and easy series to read and is very uplifting. I read it in a day - I just didn't want to put it down - and finished it feeling inspired and refreshed.