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by Philip Gulley

eBook Almost Friends: A Harmony Novel ePub
Author: Philip Gulley
Language: English
ISBN: 006075656X
ISBN13: 978-0060756567
Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition (June 27, 2006)
Pages: 224
Category: Protestantism
Subcategory: Christians
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 988
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ePub file: 1898 kb
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Philip Gulley is a Quaker minister, writer, husband, and father. He is the bestselling author of Front Porch Tales, the acclaimed Harmony series, and is coauthor of If Grace Is True and If God Is Love.

Philip Gulley is a Quaker minister, writer, husband, and father. Gulley lives with his wife and two sons in Indiana, and is a frequent speaker at churches, colleges, and retreat centers across the country.

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Almost Friends: A Harmony Novel" captured my attention from the first page to the last. I laughed out loud, I contemplated the deep truths presented by Gulley's familiar cast of characters, I met a new friend in "Krista," and I finished this book a better person than when I began.

Almost Friends: A Harmony Novel. It's summer in Harmony, but not everything is as sunny as the weather. The good citizens of Harmony are back and stirring up trouble as usual, sometimes with disastrous results. Pastor Sam Gardner must take a leave of absence from his post at Harmony Friends Meeting to take care of his ailing father. But when spunky pastor Krista Riley comes to fill his position, the quirky Quakers seem to fall in love with her, and it begins to look like Sam's sabbatical may be permanent. Philip Gulley is an author extraordinaire. Home to Harmony (A Harmony Novel Book 1). Philip Gulley.

Sam Gardner, the central character in the beloved and Harmony series, returns in a brand new series

Sam Gardner, the central character in the beloved and Harmony series, returns in a brand new series. Fourteen books later, with more than a million books in print, Gulley still entertains as well as inspires from his small-town front porch.

Pastor Sam Gardner must take a leave of absence from his post at Harmony Friends Meeting to take care of his ailing father.

It's summer in Harmony, but not everything is as sunny as the weather.

Sam Gardner, pastor of the Harmony Friends Meeting, returns for the sixth novel in Philip Gulley's well-regarded Harmony series. In this book - rumored to be the last in the series - Sam copes with an unexpected threat to his ministry, a leave of absence to care for his father after heart surgery. During this time, the Quaker meeting calls a student pastor to fill in, a woman. The opportunities and challenges of a new pastor are told in Gulley's patient and humorous way, though there is obviously a lot of real sadness underlying this story.

Barbara fixed fried chicken for dinner and let him have the legs. After supper, they went for a walk around the block, while the boys rode their bicycles, darting around and about like dragonflies. After supper, they went for a walk around the block, while the boys rode their bicycles, darting around and about like dragonflies y the time they reached home, the sun had set. A hint of autumn chill lay over the town. Bands of red and orange streaked the sky above Ellis Hodge’s silos to the west. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight, Sam said. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning, Barbara finished. Looks like tomorrow will be a good da. .What’s on your plate?.

Sam is in desperate need of a break from the day-to-day drama of some members of the Meeting. When a leave is granted after a medical emergency involving Sam's father, the new pastor steps in with amazing ease. If you go to church anywhere, you will recognize some of these characters in people you know personally. Thought provoking and filled with humor, I always enjoy my literary visits to Harmony.

It's summer in Harmony, but not everything is as sunny as the weather. The good citizens of Harmony are back and stirring up trouble as usual, sometimes with disastrous results.

Pastor Sam Gardner must take a leave of absence from his post at Harmony Friends Meeting to take care of his ailing father.

But when spunky pastor Krista Riley comes to fill his position, the quirky Quakers seem to fall in love with her, and it begins to look like Sam's sabbatical may be permanent. Krista's resilience is put to the test when Dale Hinshaw and Fern Hampton begin to question whether a woman can faithfully lead their flock, and it looks like the resulting tiff might just be the undoing of Harmony Friends Meeting. Will Sam come to the rescue? Finding the answer to this question makes the trip back to Harmony worth turning every page.

Uriel
Don't take that title as a negative! Almost Friends is probably the best and most realistic book I've ever read that deals with conflict within a church. Phillip Gulley tells the story as if he lived it...and since he is a minister, he may have. While addressing a very serious subject, church conflict, Mr. Gulley finds plenty of humor along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and gave it 5 stars. I'm really stingy with that 5th star, so take it as a recommendation to put this on your must read list.
Ghile
People who regularly attend church will be able to put the names of their congregates away and rename them with characters in this book. That’s life. Churches are only human (one of my favorite sayings). This story is written with much humor and truth. It’s a really good thing that God has the ultimate control of us.
Huston
I am not Quaker but I do go to church and I am a christian. I have really enjoyed past books by Phillip Gulley and this one is no exception. It is the epitome of a small town and what happens in churches all over the country. I love how there is a female minister in the story and how Dale Hinshaw continues to be a pest! Mr Gulley paints a great picture of his characters and I laugh so hard when I read these books. It reads like Garrison Keelor! I love it! I feel good that I can finally pick up a fictional book that is like eating a good meal very satisfying.
Helldor
Excellent narrAtive writing that pulls the readers along life in the small town of hArmony. Gully does a greAt job of shifting through implicit issues in ministry and the biases people have against women in ministry and about the boundaries sexuality can create
Loni
Philip Gulley has a way of writing about church and small town life that is inclusive to those of us who don't usually feel like we fit into those places. From the moment I started reading the first Harmony book, to the end of this latest one, I felt welcome in his world and inspired to be a nicer person than usual.

That says a lot coming from someone who doesn't go to church or live in a small town. His characters are charming and easy to relate to, and his talk about church life, morals, and God are inclusive. If you find Jan Karon's Mitford a little heavy-handed with the evangelizing, this series may be more your speed.

In this book, we are shown more of Sam and see him struggling with some very human failings. Sam takes some time off to care for his father, and while he is gone a student minister named Krista takes his place. Between Dale Hinshaw's rantings that a woman is leading the church, Fern's ire over Krista's involvement in the big Chicken Noodle Dinner event, and Sam's jealousy over the welcome that people give to Krista, we get to be along for the ride as Harmony's residents struggle with change in the church and try to triumph over their personal failings.

This is a light and easy series to read and is very uplifting. I read it in a day - I just didn't want to put it down - and finished it feeling inspired and refreshed.

This latest is highly recommended.
Vozuru
I have become a fan of Phillip Gulley. This is the 4th book of his that I've read. He is spot on in characteristics of people. And his interpretation of events and situations is clever and insightful. And he makes you laugh. Sometimes it's a chuckle but more and more it's outright belly laughing. His writing is fluid and well constructed. Short chapters filled with thought provoking and entertaining writing.
Nawenadet
Phillip Gulley is one of my favorite authors. His Quaker minister and all of the other fascinating characters in Harmony are so true to life! Also, I appreciate that the pastor suffers from sins such as jealousy, and this gives a true insight into his character. He really worries about whether it would be possible for him to be replaced by this interesting young interim pastor, whom people in the town are clearly taken with. And, of course, Dale manages to throw a monkey wrench into everything with great ease! I definitely give this book a thumbs up, as well as all the other Harmony books. I have read them all, with great pleasure.
In the next installment of the people of Harmony, Philip Gulley stretches his artistic ability by accurately expressing the doubts and disillusionment Sam Gardner feels as his parishoners stretch him to the breaking point, and as Sam's father is struck with a severe illness. Not as laugh-out-loud funny as some of his other books, Almost Friends, with gentle, stirring humor guides the reader through some serious situations, as well as brings its reader to the frustration point as Fern and Dale join forces to not only oust Sam from his position, but also the person, Krista, who takes over in his absence. As usual, Gulley brings to life the characters in his book so that you think you are reading about the neighbor next door ~ as seems what many of these fictional characters have become to those who now anxiously look forward to the goings on in Harmony, and in the lives of Sam and Barbara Gardner.
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