Item description for The Christmas Scrapbook: A Harmony Story [With Harmony Scrapbook Stickers] (Harmony - Harper San Francisco) by Philip Gulley...
Overview Enrolling in a scrap-booking class in the hopes of redeeming himself from his history of dreadful gift-giving to his wife, Sam Gardner inadvertently raises his wife's suspicions with his marked absences from their home, finds himself involved in a series of unfortunate mishaps, and enlists the assistance of his faithful secretary, Frank. 40,000 first printing.
It's autumn in Harmony, and Pastor Sam Gardner has vowed to be ready for Christmas. Determined to redeem a dreadful history of gift giving, Sam enrolls in a scrapbooking class to make a Christmas gift his wife will never forget. However, Sam's absence from their home every Wednesday night, coupled with his fishy alibi of attending a men's group, raises her suspicions.
Meanwhile, Sam struggles in the class and must attempt to complete his project with only the help of his faithful secretary, Frank. As Christmas fast approaches and rumors of Sam's Wednesday night absences swirl along with the snow, a series of mishaps leads to a Christmas no one will soon forget.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Christmas Scrapbook: A Harmony Story [With Harmony Scrapbook Stickers] (Harmony - Harper San Francisco) by Philip Gulley has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 09/01/2005 page 122
Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 63
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 54
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.34" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 20, 2005
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series Harmony - Harper San Francisco
ISBN 0060736615 ISBN13 9780060736613
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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 The Christmas Scrapbook: A Harmony Story?
Delightful Christmas story Jan 14, 2007
Sam Gardner, pastor of the Harmony Friends Meeting, usually gets in trouble because of the pathetic Christmas gifts he gives his wife, Barbara, every year. This year he has a great idea and decides to make a scrapbook for his wife. He enrolls in a scrapbooking class and finds himself the only male there. The teacher soon discovers that he doesn't have many skills which can be used in scrapbooking and she makes his life miserable. Added to this, Barbara becomes suspicious that something is going on with Sam and he is not attending a men's meeting on Wednesdays as he has told her. Soon much of the town of Harmony is involved in Sam's subterfuge on some level. This book contains a lot of chuckles but also some insight into what makes for a perfect Christmas gift.
Another Happy Harmony Story Jan 9, 2007
If you have read the Harmony books, here's one that you won't want to miss reading during the Christmas season (or anytime!). I just love how Gulley takes a simple town and an ordinary family story and adds such humorous twists and turns. Those of us who live in a small town can relate to the rumor mill and how easily stories are created and spread. Well, our lovable Quaker minister is the victim here. It's a very funny and heartwarming story, one that will bring you old fashion comfort - like drinking a cup of hot cocoa with Grandma's homemade afghan wrapped around you!
Hilarious! Jan 7, 2007
Pastor Sam Gardner knows he's clueless about choosing Christmas gifts for his wife, Barbara. Even after 17 years together, he still winds up buying her potholders and suchlike. This year, though, Sam's determined things are going to be different. He enrolls (secretly, of course, to avoid spoiling the surprise!) in an adult education scrapbooking class, to make Barbara a gift she's sure to treasure.
Things go awry, to put it mildly, as Barbara tries to figure out where her husband is going so secretively every Wednesday evening. She moves from one mistaken conclusion to another, and before long the entire town of Harmony - a Norman Rockwell sort of community - is playing that old parlor game favorite, Gossip, with hilarious results.
Sentimental and cliched at times? Sure it is. But it's got one memorably original character in Sam's church secretary, Frank, an elderly and crusty war veteran. It's also got the Christmas spirit as it ought to be. Generally speaking, I hate cute. I hate sentimental. I hate inspirational. And I loved this story just the same!
The Christmas Scrapbook Jan 4, 2007
I enjoyed the book very much and think anyone who scrapbooks would enjoy this good read. Thanks for recommending it to me.
Great for Harmony fans, but this formulaic read isn't the best of the series Oct 16, 2006
I am a big fan of the Harmony books, and I love Gulley's writing. he has a way of writing about church and small town life that is inclusive to people of every or no denomination. I love his cast of characters and the feeling that I get from reading the Harmony books.
And, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this little 89-page book. I felt great while reading it and enjoyed thinking about Christmas a little early this year. But, the plot in this one was a bit formulaic and lacked complexity. The events that happened seemed a bit over the top to me and Gulley didn't really flesh the story out enough to make up for those over the top bits.
So, I'd say that if you are a big Harmony fan and want to read something light to get you in the holiday season, then get this book! It is a gentle and feel-good read. But if you are new to the series, read the full-length books first before getting to this one. This one doesn't need to be read in order since nothing happens that furthers the overall plot of the series, and I think this is the weakest of the series.
However, the weakest of Gulley's books is still a very enjoyable read that Harmony fans will delight in.