Book Reviews of Home to Harmony (Harmony, Bk 1)

Home to Harmony (Harmony, Bk 1)
Home to Harmony - Harmony, Bk 1
Author: Philip Gulley
ISBN-13: 9780060727666
ISBN-10: 0060727667
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 50 ratings
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
First book in the Harmony series about Quaker minister Sam Gardner. I enjoyed the first couple of books in this series, but after that they started to be too much alike, and some of the characters are just plain too annoying.
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Helpful Score: 3
Occasionally, a simple book feels like home, and its characters become cherished friends. These vignettes will doubtless become favorites, not only for the quarter of a million people who enjoyed Gulley's Front Porch Tales, but also for new readers who will respond to the Garrison Keillor- style humor and pathos of fictional Harmony, Ind. The town's characters include the wise Quaker pastor who narrates the book; a childless couple who spend their life savings (and then some) to wrest their niece from the grip of her alcoholic parents; and the narrow-minded church elder who "knew just enough Scripture to be annoying, but not enough to be transformed." This book is pure joy.
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Helpful Score: 2
A wonderful feel-good book, writen by a young minister.
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Helpful Score: 2
Written in a warm, down-home style, this novel chronicles the moving and humorous world of Quaker pastor Sam Gardner in his first year back in his hometown. Laugh and cry with Sam as he reflects on the quirks of human nature in such memorable vignettes as "The Aluminum Years," in which a bumbling Sam mulls over the proper aluminum item to give his wife for their tenth anniversary. In another unforgettable story, the church quilt mysteriously displays the image of Jesus, drawing throngs of the faithful to the remarkable "Shroud of Harmony." Through it all, Sam's love--for Billy Bundle, the "World's Shortest Evangelist"; Dale Hinshaw, the narrow-minded church elder who "knew just enough Scriptrue to be annoying, but not enough to be transformed"; and all the others--shines through in a collection of stories that readers will treasure for years to come.
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Helpful Score: 2
Oh what fun to read about the residents of Harmony, Indiana. This first book in the Harmony series is a little more serious than the 2nd one, but has some really good morals and messages to impart to the reader. Philip Gulley, a real Quaker minister, sure does know how to tell a good story.
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I rated this book with a 5 as the writing is extraordinary. It's such a fast read & you find yourself laughing out loud at times. However, this is NOT a Christian book...as it clearly mocks Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians and Worship Centers, but admires humanistic and Unitarian Views even though this is written by a Quaker pastor and is about a Quaker church. If you can look past that, its a great "just read for reading's sake" book. However, if the mocking and running down of what you believe irritates you, by the time you reach the 6th book in the series, you'd be very disappointed doctrinally. If you look at it as just fictional reading...its fun and entertaining...the pages fly by and you find yourself going from one book to the next...6 in the entire series.
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Very nice reading book...
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Wonderful book! Brilliant humor. Christian flavor, but not heavy handed.
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I did not think this was as good as Jan Karon's series. Did not evoke the same warm feelings as Mitford and Father Tim. It was ok, but I am not tempted to read the rest of the series.
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Good read, similar to Jan Karon's Mitford series.
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Sweet read for anyone who enjoys tales of small-town life. There is a profound lesson/moral woven into each chapter -- enrich your inner life as you enjoy a cozy read.
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What a marvelous story teller Philip Gulley is, this book had me laughing out loud. The characters are interesting and funny there is humor as well as respect in the telling of their stories.These stories are as heart warming as Jan Karon's but with much many more chuckles.

I thoroughlly enjoyed this book and I am on my way to start the next one in the series.
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First in the Harmony series, where author Philip Gulley keep you laughing and crying as he tells the story of Quaker pastor, Sam Gardner and his flock.
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This book gave great insight into the life of a small-town preacher. The characters are fun and engaging and the writing is wonderful!
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This was simply a delightful book. Philip Gulley has done a fantastic job of taking us back to a simpler place and time. This was a perfect Summer read for me. I will look for others by him. I loved it!!
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Phillip Gulley, a Quaker minister, is the author of Front Porch Tales and the Harmony Series and lives in Indiana with his wife Joan. This book is a pleasant story of life in Harmony as Sam Gardner, the new minister, deals with the hometown people and atmosphere, their problems and their lives.
Much as Jan Mitford captures life in Mitford, so Gulley captures small town life with wit and wisdom.
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Good book I enjoyed it
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Small town minister during his first year back in his hometown.
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lovely little book. looking forward to the rest of the series.
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Absolutely adorable, witty and fresh.
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If you are fans of either the Mitford or the Miss Julia series you will definately enjoy this one!

Occasionally, a simple book feels like home, and its characters become cherished friends. These vignettes will doubtless become favorites, not only for the quarter of a million people who enjoyed Gulley's Front Porch Tales, but also for new readers who will respond to the Garrison Keillor- style humor and pathos of fictional Harmony, Ind. The town's characters include the wise Quaker pastor who narrates the book; a childless couple who spend their life savings (and then some) to wrest their niece from the grip of her alcoholic parents; and the narrow-minded church elder who "knew just enough Scripture to be annoying, but not enough to be transformed." This book is pure joy.
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I enjoyed this series very much!
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Nice folksy story but not really my cup of tea....not much happening in Harmony.
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It's the series for you who loved "All Creatures Great and Small" and "At Home in Mitford". It is a comfort series, warming your heart and making you feel at home.
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Good read, warm feelings, a community that draws you in wishing that you lived there too!
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Nice and easy read. Funny characters. Makes you want to live in a small town.
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Come home to Harmony, Indiana, a peaceful slice of small-town America, as Sam Gardner, Harmony born-and raised, begins his inaugural year as pastor to a new flock of old friends, family members, and outrageous eccentics-in this unforgettable place where earth-shattering events rarely occur, but small life-altering ones happen daily.