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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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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.

About the Author

I was born in February of 1961. My mother went into labor while she and my father were watching Gunsmoke. My father was taken with that program and wanted to name me for one of the characters. Unfortunately, my cousin was named Matt, which left the name Festus for me. My mother, a Catholic, wanted to name me after her favorite pope, Cletus. They compromised by naming me Philip, the guy in the Bible who became a disciple of Jesus and was never heard from again.

I live in the same town where I was born. I moved away at the age of 19 to work, where I met my wife, Joan Apple. We were married on June 2nd of 1984 at the Quaker meetinghouse in Paoli, Indiana. I began attending Marian College in Indianapolis where I studied theology and sociology. I then enrolled at Christian Theological Seminary where I graduated with honors, to the utter amazement of everyone who knew me.

While in seminary, I became the pastor of Irvington Friends Meeting in Indianapolis. While there, our two sons were born, and I began writing essays for our church's newsletter. One Sunday, Paul Harvey, Jr. and Dina Kinnan attended our meeting for worship and began receiving our newsletter. A few months later, they were approached by a publisher with an offer to write. Already committed to a publisher, they recommended my writing instead. I was invited to send the newsletters I'd written to the publisher, who agreed to publish them. That was my first book, Front Porch Tales. I've been writing ever since.

In 1998, my family and I moved back to my hometown. I took a year off to write, then agreed to become the part-time pastor of Fairfield Friends Meeting, a small Quaker meeting near my home, where I continue to minister.

I write five days a week, usually in the morning. I knock off for lunch and a nap, then am back at it until my boys get home from school. Once a week or so, I travel somewhere to give a speech. This is not nearly as exotic as it sounds. If humanity has invented a more dismal way to travel than the airplane, I'm not aware of it.

I don't work on Saturdays, unless I've goofed off through the week and need to catch up, a not uncommon occurrence. Sundays are spent at Quaker meeting for worship and in my recliner, asleep, with the newspaper in my lap. I have single-handedly raised the Sunday afternoon nap to an art form.

This marriage of pastoring, writing and speaking is one that appeals to me. Each activity complements the other. I once spent a summer during college working for the state highway picking up roadkill. Compared to that, what I do now is a breeze.

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ChefTonito, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by ChefTonito)
One of the best reaxing reads I've found in years. In turns funny and poignant,a really good examination of the minds of those in the religious community who actually believe.
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feliciablasi, April 7, 2009 (view all comments by feliciablasi)
The entire series of "Harmony" novels by Gulley are great reads, each one both funny and true, about a Quaker congregation in the Midwest, narrated by the Pastor. Both the characters' foibles and endearing qualities, will keep you turning the pages, as the pastor's insights, so keen and sometimes wry, are cause for laughter at times, and also provide the us with a true knowledge of the recurring characters, a group both diverse, yet all part of the Quaker congregation and the local community. When you finish one book in the series, you will crave the next one. Trust me!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060727666
Author:
Gulley, Philip
Publisher:
HarperOne
Author:
by Philip Gulley
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Christianity - Quakers
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Christian fiction
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Harmony Novels
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.00x5.36x.62 in. .49 lbs.

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