A Lesson in Hope: A Novel

A Lesson in Hope: A Novel

by Philip Gulley


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ISBN-13: 9781455586875
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: Hope Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 386,746
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

PHILIP GULLEY, a Quaker pastor, has become the voice of small-town American life. Along with writing Front Porch Tales, Hometown Tales, and For Everything a Season, he is the author of the Harmony series of novels. Gulley lives in Indiana with his wife, Joan, and their sons.

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A Lesson in Hope: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the Harmony series although by the end of it i thought Sam was getting tired I am so glad Mr Gulley moved his family to Hope instead of giving up on Sam.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Lesson in Hope by Philip Gulley is a Christian novel and is the second book in the Hope Friend Meeting series. Sam Gardner is a Quaker pastor for Hope Friends Meeting. Sam has only had the job for four months, when Olive Charles, their oldest member, passes away at age 98. Olive leaves Hope Friends Meeting $800,000, a 1979 Ford Granada, her home and its contents. This could be a blessing for the group. Unfortunately, things are never easy when money is involved (and a group of people). Everyone has an idea on how the money should be spent. Then Olive Charles’ niece, Regina Charles arrives in town. Regina has decided to contest the will. As she is leaving their meeting house, Regina “trips” on the church’s sidewalk and sues them for damages (what a coincidence). Then, Sam finds out that his parents are moving to town. Actually, just down the street. Sam’s patience is really going to be tested during the coming weeks. A Lesson in Hope is an entertaining novel. The book is nicely written and easy to read. I especially liked the quirky characters. The tone of the humor was just right in this book (and I rarely say that). We get to read about the life of a pastor in a small town. A pastor’s life is not his own and that is especially true for Sam Gardner. I give A Lesson in Hope 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I appreciated the theme that there is always a little hope. A Lesson in Hope is part of a series, but it can be read alone (easily). I look forward to reading the other books in this series and other novels by Philip Gulley.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
If you read my review of A Place Called Hope, the first book in this new series, you know that I was was less than thrilled by it. I'm glad to be able to say that A Lesson in Hope was a much better read. The story doesn't have a glaringly controversial topic and you get a glimpse of the original writing style of Gulley. Sam and Barbara Gardner have been at the Hope Friends Meeting for four months and are beginning to settle into the community nicely. Just when things seem to be going smoothly Olive Charles dies and leaves the church a small fortune. As the human condition seems to dictate, the squabbles over what to do with the money that they do not yet have begins. Through the chaos there are a few characters that I really have come to appreciate. Ruby Hopper being at the top of the list. Not only can she make a delicious pie, she is also the calm and steady leadership that this group needs. As I said you do get a glimpse of the humorous writing style that I loved about some of the first Harmony novels. The interactions between Sam and his family, particularly his parents, will make you chuckle and shake your head. The only story line that I really didn't like was that of Sam's obsession with Gretchen Weber. I know that it was supposed to be a semi-humorous life lesson but it just didn't come across that way. I did like the way that Barbara handled it. The woman is brilliant. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This former Hoosier loves Philip Gulley’s books about pastor Sam Gardner. These books make you smile while also making you think. Sam has his hands full at his new pastorate in Hope. It was challenge enough before Olive Charles left a hefty bequest to the meeting. Now it’s stirred things up even more. Is this job in Hope going to last much longer? There’s no returning to Harmony. I was born and raised just down the road from Harmony. Then later I lived in Hope for a year. That makes these books even more special. This is a good stand alone read, but it’s even better if you read the Harmony series and A Place called Hope first. I’m looking forward to A Gathering in Hope. I’m sure you will, as did I, enjoy Mr. Gulley’s Harmony series as well. Thank you, sir, for taking me back to my roots for a little while. ***A special thank you to Katie Connors of Hachette Book Group for providing a review copy.*** Submitted by sunny island breezes
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I love small towns. Perhaps it is because you truly get to know everyone in them and there are no strangers. Harmony is one of those places, in the fictional world of Philip Gulley anyway and A Lesson of Hope is the second novel for fans of the Harmony series, that takes us back once again to the people who live there. From Sam Gardener, the pastor of Hope Friends Meeting, one of several churches in town, who is trying to hang onto his job in light of those who saw him filling this position as a temporary sort. You have your long time residents who sit on the board whenever there is an issue and I would have to say that these folks are a bit vocal in how they deal with anything concerning the church. They are not your nice small town church folks, you would think of. When one of their own passes away Olive Charles, she leaves the church in a dither about leaving them a million dollars to be used as they see fit. Well of course, each of the board members sees fit to use the money in the manner they most want, from Wayne Newby who believes the church needs a new roof. But since they have insurance on the church he feels they should simply punch holes in the existing roof and call it hail damage and submit a claim. When Sam tries to argue that this would be lying, Wayne does it anyway and falls off the roof in the process. Meanwhile, Olive's niece, Regina who hasn't seen her Aunt in more than 20 years shows up at the funeral service to pay her last respects in a drunken stupor hoping that there might just be an inheritance in the making and wonders if any other family members have come forward. When she learns Olive left all her with holdings to the church, she immediately gains a lawyer to sue the church board for what she believes she is entitled to. When that doesn't seem to be working, she hires a slick lawyer on TV to sue the church for one million dollars for the uneven payment she claims she slipped on and now can no longer work. Seems like small town life for the residents of Harmony just got more interesting. I received A Lesson in Hope by Philip Gulley compliments of Center Street Publishing for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and personal opinion. Having read A Place Called Hope, I was looking for a repeat of the same, but found it extremely difficult to get interested in the lives of those in the church who seemed more motivated by selfish gains than being what I would call true believers. Perhaps that is what internally what most folks might think, but these people make it their livelihood to voice their discontent even at the expense of others. That was my biggest disappointment of all. For that reason I could only give this one a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Others might have a different viewpoint, but I found it truly hard to care about any of the characters in this novel.