Item description for Home to Harmony (Harmony - Harper San Francisco #1) by Philip Gulley...
Overview In the fictional small town of Harmony, Indiana, Sam Gardner becomes the pastor of his hometown church, Harmony Friends Meeting. In this delightful, first-person book, Sam describes in a warm, down-home style the moving and humorous adventures he encounters his first year home to Harmony.
Welcome to Harmony ...
In this acclaimed inaugural volume in the Harmony series, master American storyteller Philip Gulley draws us into the charming world of minister Sam Gardner in his first year back in his hometown, capturing the essence of small-town life with humor and wisdom.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Mar 16, 2004
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series Harmony - Harper San Francisco
Series Number 1
ISBN 0060727667 ISBN13 9780060727666
Availability 0 units.
More About Philip Gulley
PHILIP GULLEY, a Quaker pastor, has become the voice of small-town American life. Along with writing Front Porch Tales, Hometown Tales, and For Everything a Season, he is the author of the Harmony series of novels. Gulley lives in Indiana with his wife, Joan, and their sons.
Philip Gulley currently resides in Danville, in the state of Indiana. Philip Gulley was born in 1944.
Philip Gulley has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Home to Harmony?
Sheer joy and fun! Nov 9, 2006
I love these books. I love the whole series! They are books that I recommend to everyone who wants a good, gentle and funny read. I plan to give this book and the rest of the series as a Christmas gift.
Pleasant debut novel Oct 27, 2006
Harmony, Ohio, is the home of Sam Gardner, the pastor of The Harmony Friends Meeting. As the narrator of the book, Sam's gentle humor pervades throughout with his wry observations about members of his church. Each chapter is like a short story in which a humorous person or event is described. Despite the humor, this would have been a better book if the characters and situations had been developed a little more fully. Philip Gulley began as a short story writer and he continues in that genre despite this being a "novel". I also would have liked to gain more insight into the worship practices of the Quakers, but didn't really feel that I learned much about this religion by reading this book.
Great in the car or working listening. Mar 14, 2006
If you can get past the author's voice--he didn't sound anything like I thought he would--this is a great collection of stories. Anyone with any history in the church will be able to relate and laugh.
I even got a copy of this for my parents-in-law.
Laughter and wisdom Jan 20, 2006
I had never heard of this book until I saw it on my this site recommendations list. I was really in need of something light and this sounded like it had possibilities. Just in case, I bought one of the very low-priced used copies. However, now I would pay full hardcover price because it was wonderful. I was sad when I finished it last night! There were so many times that I just burst out laughing while reading it. This author has a way of writing about fictional people as if they live next door. What I particularly enjoyed was the "tie up" at the end of most chapters. Mr. Gulley usually ended with a common sense observation that put relationships, money, position, family, etc, in their appropriate positions for a life that really counts. I would love to recount some of the stories, but you as a reader deserve more than some sort of "cliff's notes" rendition of some truly wonderful writing. One thing - although the narrator is a pastor of the Friends' Church (more commonly known as Quaker), every story, every character will remind any reader of an experience or a person they have known, no matter what your theology.
Home to Harmony is a great feel-good book! Jan 13, 2006
Phlip Gulley takes us into Harmony, Indiana for Sam Gardner's first year as the town's Quaker pastor. Returning to Harmony Sam blends into the warm adventures and miss-adventures revolving in this quiet, small town, being part of the good and the bad, as life is not always harmonious in Harmony.
The book features great characters, all of them resulting very likeable in their own way, from Sam himself, to the close-minded and rather ignorant Dale Hinshaw (Who's actually quite memorable). Each member of the town is put in the spotlight as blessings and struggles cross their lives, each of these leaving behind a moral lesson, ending each chapter with warm peace. Some happenings are funny, some are happy and some are sad, but in the end, the good lesson wins and we're taught something that makes the sadness fade and a good deep breath is all we need to keep going.
The only criticism I would make is that "Home to Harmony" is too "chaptery", some events happen, but don't tie into the rest of the book, they're described as they happy and in the next chapter they're totally forgotten, I wish each chapter transition would be smoother connecting with the chapter or chapters before it.
Either way, this book is wonderful and I look forward to reading the sequels, I've read Signs and Wonders which was just as delightful. I like this author's writing style and would really want to also read his non-fiction books.