Philip Gulley, author of newly published book, "Christmas in Harmony", will be at the Harmony United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a book signing. Gulley, a Quaker pastor who lives in Danville, Ind., with his wife and two sons, has written five other books. One is the best seller, "Front Porch Tales".
"Christmas in Harmony" takes place in Harmony, Indiana. The fictional town is a little different than the real burg. Gulley's Harmony sounds bigger and has Kivett's Five and Dime in an established business area.
When asked in a telephone interview where he got the name of Harmony, Gulley answered, "In one of Paul's letters to the early church he said, 'I desire therefore brethren that you live in harmony with one another'. I thought that name would be a good name for the town in my story."
The characters in the story, however, could certainly live in Harmony, Brazil or any other rural community in the Midwest. They are realistic and delightful. As you read you begin to feel like you know some of the people.
Several of the Friends meeting members didn't like it last year when they attended their Christmas Eve service and found strangers sitting in their pew.
Pastor Sam Gardner would prefer to have a traditional Christmas Eve service. But elder Dale Hinshaw, who espouses the teachings of a radio talk show host who lectures about the end times, wants to have a live, progressive nativity scene for Christmas Eve. The manger will be at one house, the wise men at a second house, the animals at another and so on.
Ever mindful of the churches financial needs, Dale wants to combine the meaning of Christmas with a way to make some money for the church. He