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


It is no insult to this occasionally moralizing humorist and Quaker pastor to say that he is a smalltown raconteur who writes tales tailor-made for readers who would never dream of living in one. In the compilation of anecdotes, recollections, riffs and barely disguised homilies that constitute his 14th book, Gulley, best known for his Harmony novels as well as theological ruminations like If Grace Is True, skillfully mines his personal history and that of his neighbors for inspirational morsels. Family, friends, faith, community and even current events figure in meditations that span such topics as the architecture of his home, the virtues of intellectual inconsistency, his wife's passion for exercise and healthy eating, and whether it is indeed possible to have too many friends. While not afraid to be provocative on controversial subjects like creationism or politics, Gulley's general tone is straightforward, whimsical and irenic. One often wishes that he would spend more time with a particular topic, instead of giving it glancing attention before moving on. But urban readers who imbibe their literature with their lattes will find him as refreshing as do those who actually create the tapestry of homespun life Gulley so unpretentiously chronicles. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Gulley ... leaves us thinking that he would be a good man to spend time with." -- Bob Greene, author of And You Know You Should Be Glad"Practical, poignant, funny, and frank--the Quaker Will Rogers rides again!" -- Paul Harvey, Jr."Reading Porch Talk is like sitting next to an old friend and listening to the music of his storytelling." -- Charles Osgood, anchor of CBS Sunday Morning"Gulley skillfully mines his personal history and that of his neighbors for inspirational morsels." -- Publishers Weekly"For those who like Garrison Keillor, Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry, and Kathleen Norris... " -- Booklist"A charming sense of small-town life -- and a shrewd sense of life in general . . ." -- Wall Street Journal"Gulley's "Porch Talk" provides just the thing to slow you down with the easy pace of the porch." -- Grand Rapids Press"Inspirational." -- Oklahoma City Oklahoman

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