A Change of Heart: A Harmony Novel

A Change of Heart: A Harmony Novel

by Philip Gulley


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Now in paperback, in the fifth full–length novel in the beloved Harmony series Philip Gulley reunites us with the quirky cast of Quakers in Harmony, Indiana.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060834555
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/27/2006
Series: Plus Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 464,460
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

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. 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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A Change of Heart: A Harmony Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ALincolnNut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Author Philip Gulley returns to Harmony for Sam Gardner's fifth year as pastor of his home Quaker church. The quirky and lovable residents of the Indiana small town are still causing Sam headaches, even as he sometimes looks at their example of love and forgiveness in amazement.Like the previous books in the series, the story unfolds in chapter-length stories focusing on specific people; unlike previous books, there are three key storylines running throughout the full book. The most dramatic is the unexpected medical problems for Dale Hinshaw, the elder who is a persistent thorn in Sam's side. The most unexpected is the sudden return of Ellis Hodge's no-good brother Roger and his wife, who want another chance at building a relationship with their daughter who's been living with Ellis and his wife. The most charming is the love story of Deena Morrison and her marriage to the new doctor in town.The book is written in Gulley's flowing, gentle style, filled with perceptive observations of church folk and people in general. There is an understanding warmth in his presentation of all the characters, and the situations are presented in simple, direct language, without melodrama or over-the-top emotion. And in this way, Gulley quietly approaches many significant issues: life and death; alcohol abuse and rehabilitation; marital discord; the negative power of gossip; the positive power of love and forgiveness.In many ways, "A Change of Heart" is a book-length meditation on the nature of forgiveness, exploring the reasons why it is difficult to forgive and also the reasons why it can beneficial, and maybe even necessary, to forgive. Even so, it is never preachy, and never loses its wonder at the way we live our lives, from our foibles to our moments of grace.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major ConflictsGulley takes us back to Harmony, through the eyes of Pastor Sam. This time around his worries center around Deena Morrison's wedding, which Harmony is looking forward to as the event of the summer. Things get a bit riled up though when Amanda Hodge's parents return after a long absence. They claim to have recovered from being alcoholics and to have returned to the faith, but Amanda's Uncle Ellis is not buying this at all and is very angry at his brother and does not want Amanda to see them. Amanda and her Aunt Miriam, Ellis's wife, have other ideas though. Then there is Dale Hinshaw, the self righteous thorn in Sam's side who collapses from a heart attack and then undergoes a heart transplant. Despite their differences, Sam and the rest of Harmony need to learn to get along.Style Characteristics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.Sam's story is interwoven with loads of gentle humor, I found myself laughing out loud several times. The action revolves around the relationships of the people and their struggles to live in a peaceful, Christian-like manner with one another. The setting is important, as small town characteristics and values play a big part in the story. The characters are somewhat stereotypical, but in the way that you recognize them as being similar, if a bit exaggerated, to people you typically meet in real life. How Good is it?A nice gentle, humorous read, good for light entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If he keeps writing them, I'll keep reading them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago