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Just Shy of Harmony (A Harmony Novel Book 2) by [Philip Gulley]

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Like Jan Karon, Gulley has a gift for understanding the hilarity and pathos of churches in small towns. A winner. Review

In Just Shy of Harmony, Philip Gulley's follow-up novel to Home to Harmony, the award-winning author again offers matchless slices of small-town life as he catches us up on the doings of the quirky characters that inhabit this small community. Beloved minister Sam Gardner slides into depression as his little Quaker church, which once had goals of spreading the gospel and ending world hunger, now juggles such lofty issues as what type of vanity table to put in the ladies' restroom and the progress of its chicken noodle sales. Gulley gently pokes fun at evangelical Christianity's foibles through his characterizations, including church member Dale Hinshaw's "Scripture egg project" (chickens lay eggs with Scripture in the yolks to reach the unsaved). There are poignant moments: Wayne Fleming's wife Sally has deserted him and his three kids, and now Wayne is in love with lawyer Deena Morrison, owner of the Legal Grounds Coffee Shop. When Sally returns home, Wayne must make the most difficult decision of his life. Reading one of Gulley's stories is as comfortable as sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch, listening to an old friend spin tales. This installment in the Harmony series is sure to win Gulley some new fans and please his loyal following. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0012OYBPS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperOne; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 13, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 382 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 260 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Philip Gulley has become the voice of small town American life. Gulley is a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker from Danville, Indiana. He has written 21 books, including the &quot;Harmony&quot; series recounting life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana and the the &quot;Hope&quot; series which continues the exploits of Sam Gardner, first introduced in the &quot;Harmony&quot; series.

Gulley also authored the best-selling &quot;Porch Talk&quot; essay series. Gulley’s memoir, &quot;I Love You, Miss Huddleston&quot; was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. In addition, Gulley, with co-author James Mulholland, shared their progressive spirituality in the books &quot;If Grace Is True&quot; and &quot;If God Is Love,&quot;&quot; followed by Gulley’s books &quot;If the Church Were Christian,&quot; &quot;The Evolution of Faith,&quot; and &quot;Living the Quaker Way.&quot;

Gulley's 22nd book entitled &quot;Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe&quot; will be released on September 25, 2018.

&quot;An illuminating spiritual memoir from America’s favorite Quaker storyteller shows how beliefs learned early must often be unlearned so that more helpful and enduring understandings can thrive.&quot;

You may read Philip Gulley’s essays in every issue of INDIANAPOLIS MONTHLY and THE SATURDAY EVENING POST. His weekly messages and upcoming speaking appearances are posted on his GraceTalks website at

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