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Porch Talk: Stories of Decency, Common Sense, and Other Endangered Species [Hardcover]

By Philip Gulley (Author)
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Item description for Porch Talk: Stories of Decency, Common Sense, and Other Endangered Species by Philip Gulley...

A nostalgic collection of personal anecdotes reflects on a time when porch-centered lives enabled greater family and community connections, remembering such simple pleasures as lemonade, chirping crickets, and bonding with a pet dog.

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Beloved American storyteller Philip Gulley evokes a time when life revolved around the front porch, where friends gathered, stories were told, and small moments took on large meaning. In today's hurry-up world, Gulley's observations are frank and funny, reminding us of the world we once shared, and can again.

With poignancy and humor, Gulley writes about small-town life, things he thinks about while sitting in his Quaker meeting, and why Donald Trump should pay more taxes. Porch Talk is a tribute to common folk, including Charlie the hardware priest, the Bettys at the newspaper, and other paragons of decency not many people know, but should.

From Publishers Weekly
It is no insult to this occasionally moralizing humorist and Quaker pastor to say that he is a smalltown raconteur who writes tales tailor-made for readers who would never dream of living in one. In the compilation of anecdotes, recollections, riffs and barely disguised homilies that constitute his 14th book, Gulley, best known for his Harmony novels as well as theological ruminations like If Grace Is True, skillfully mines his personal history and that of his neighbors for inspirational morsels. Family, friends, faith, community and even current events figure in meditations that span such topics as the architecture of his home, the virtues of intellectual inconsistency, his wife's passion for exercise and healthy eating, and whether it is indeed possible to have too many friends. While not afraid to be provocative on controversial subjects like creationism or politics, Gulley's general tone is straightforward, whimsical and irenic. One often wishes that he would spend more time with a particular topic, instead of giving it glancing attention before moving on. But urban readers who imbibe their literature with their lattes will find him as refreshing as do those who actually create the tapestry of homespun life Gulley so unpretentiously chronicles. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperOne
Pages   170
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.71" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 22, 2007
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0060736585  
ISBN13  9780060736583  

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More About Philip Gulley

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Philip Gulleyis 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), andThe 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.

Philip Gulley has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Art of Spiritual Living
  2. Harmony Novels
  3. Hope
  4. Place Called Hope

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Loved this book  May 20, 2008
This is the first thing I have ever read by Mr Gulley... and all I can say is WOW! It was so wonderful to read. It is written like he is talking to you. Lots of the essays are funny little jaunts, but others are serious and very thought provoking... like "The Compact" about our social compact in this country, and "The Death of Freedom" about close mindedness and religion, and "Contentment" about being content with what you have.
I am now off to the library to see if they have any more of these Porch talk books. LOL I ate this one up in one day.

The wit and wisdom of Philip Gulley  Dec 4, 2007
There's a lot of nostalgia and a bit of philosophy in this latest of Philip Gulley's books. The Quaker pastor longs for the days when porches were the social center of the neighborhood and home-owned hardware stores were a refuge and gathering-place for the men of the community. He touches on everything from the Tooth Fairy to his efforts to maintain a pond in his yard. He has a gentle wit which sees through the absurdities of life and his chief target is often himself. His religious ideas are very liberal for a clergyman, but his sense of decency and his caring spirit come shining through in these short essays.
More from the mind of Philip Gulley  Oct 6, 2007
This is a second collection of musings from the mind of Philip Gulley, the same type of work that made Front Porch Tales a catalyst for his career as a writer. I did enjoy this book because each essay leaves the reader thinking about the topic he discusses.

But I didn't enjoy it as much as his other writings which is a continuing series of the goings on in his fictional town of Harmony and the characters I've come to love. Hopefully, he won't disappoint his fans, and is working on the next book so we can "catch up" with his "interesting" congregation.
A pleasant surprise  Sep 15, 2007
I had never heard of Phillip Gulley before I was handed this book, and I have to admit the title was a little off-putting for me. I'm not an outdoorsy person and I immediately got the picture of sitting on an evening porch being eaten alive by mosquitoes. It didn't make me very enthusiastic. But I read it anyway.

Several of the essays sparked a healthy dose of nostalgia (which at 30, I'm just beginning to appreciate) and most were coated with a subtle humor that I loved. I felt a little smile on almost every page. He has a way of teaching little lessons while at the same time making you feel like you just realized something on your own. The book is fairly small and the essays short enough that it would be great to carry around for those downtimes when you could use a distraction or a little pick-me-up, like sitting in the dentist's waiting room or in line at the DMV.

Two of my favorites are the one about Thanksgiving and the one about the pond, though that one made me choke up a little at the end.
Gulley is brilliant - again!  Jul 31, 2007
I've bought this book after purchasing the whole Harmony series by Philip Gulley. I found each one of the novels brilliant and extremely hilarious. Gulley has a razor-sharp wit and sense of humor which combined with his exceptional gift of observation makes his books a real feast for every ardent book lover. It's small American town fiction but all the characters are so real they reminded me of many church members from my previous baptist church. The author portrays human nature in a very compelling realistic way. I shared my discovery of Gulley's talent with my husband and mother-in-law and they found his stories funny and involving too.
"Porch talk" consists of short essays written in first person - these are funny, witty observations and reflections on life. Each touches different topic and I find reading them light, easy and relaxing but intelligent and intellectually stimulating at the same time.

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