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Front Porch Tales: Warm Hearted Stories of Family, Faith, Laughter and Love
     

Front Porch Tales: Warm Hearted Stories of Family, Faith, Laughter and Love

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by Philip Gulley, Paul Harvey (Foreword by)
 

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Wisdom and Humor from the Front Porch

Master storyteller Philip Gulley shares tender and hilarious real-life moments that capture the important truths of everyday life.

When Philip Gulley began writing newsletter essays for the twelve members of his Quaker meeting in Indiana, he had no idea one of them would find its way to radio commentator Paul Harvey Jr. and

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Wisdom and Humor from the Front Porch

Master storyteller Philip Gulley shares tender and hilarious real-life moments that capture the important truths of everyday life.

When Philip Gulley began writing newsletter essays for the twelve members of his Quaker meeting in Indiana, he had no idea one of them would find its way to radio commentator Paul Harvey Jr. and be read on the air to 24 million people. Fourteen books later, with more than a million books in print, Gulley still entertains as well as inspires from his small-town front porch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061252303
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
261,573
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.37(h) x 0.44(d)

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Front Porch Tales
Warm Hearted Stories of Family, Faith, Laughter and Love

Growing Roots

Had an old neighbor when I was growing up named Doctor Gibbs. He didn't look like any doctor I'd ever known. Every time I saw him, he was wearing denim overalls and a straw hat, the front brim of which was green sunglass plastic. He smiled a lot, a smile that matched his hat-old and crinkly and wellworn. He never yelled at us for playing in his yard. I remember him as someone who was a lot nicer than circumstances warranted.

When Doctor Gibbs wasn't saving lives, he was planting trees. His house sat on ten acres, and his life-goal was to make it a forest. The good doctor had some interesting theories concerning plant husbandry. He came from the "No pain, no gain" school of horticulture. He never watered his new trees, which flew in the face of conventional wisdom. Once I asked why. He said that watering plants spoiled them, and that if you water them, each successive tree generation will grow weaker and weaker. So you have to make things rough for them and weed out the weenie trees early on ...

Front Porch Tales
Warm Hearted Stories of Family, Faith, Laughter and Love
. Copyright © by Philip Gulley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet 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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Front Porch Tales: Warm Hearted Stories of Family, Faith, Laughter and Love 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was enjoyable to read. And it did seem like you eere talking to eithrr a close neighbor or dear relative about what was important to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes a great gift. It has both humorous and a tenderness that leaves a lump in your throat. Rereading it is like talking to an old friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-G More than 1 year ago
Less backyard patios inside 6 foot security fences that isolate us from our neighbors and neighborhoods, and more front porches with chairs and swings and steps to sit on and chat with the neighbors as the stroll by, or just drop by. Philip Gulley makes a clear case for the need to return to the front porch with humor, insight and lessons we all need to be reminded of on a regular basis. That is why I and my family have read this wonderful treasure multiple times, and enjoyed it every time. You will be tempted to read more that one of the 2-3 page stories at a sitting, but perhaps it is best to just read one and ponder it a while. That is what the slowed down, front porch life is about after all, isn't it? Also recommended...lemonade or tea while reading.
shanibugs More than 1 year ago
One of my alltime favorite books! I've read it a few times over the years that I've had it. It makes you slow down a bit and think of other people instead of rushing, rushing, rushing, and not really seeing anyone outside of your circle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED READING THIS BOOK. I FOUND IT FUNNY AND MEANINGFUL. IT TOUGHT YOU A LESSON WITH A WONDERFUL WITT AND HUMOR. I PASSED THIS BOOK ON TO EVERYONE I KNOW WHO LOVES TO READ. I HAVE READ IT MORE THAN ONCE AND ENJOYED IT EVERY TIME.