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A Lesson in Hope: A Novel av Philip Gulley
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A Lesson in Hope: A Novel (utgåvan 2015)

av Philip Gulley (Författare)

Serier: Hope Series (2)

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Sam Gardner has been pastor of Hope Friends Meeting for just four months when ninety-eight-year-old member Oilve Charles passes away. What's more shocking news is that Olive has left her entire estate--worth nearly one million dollars--to the meeting. At first the gift sounds to Sam like a godsend. Yet as word of the unexpected windfall spreads, it stirs up a storm of conflicting opinions among the church members as to how the money would best be used.… (mer)
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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. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Dec 22, 2016 |
Title: A Lesson in Hope (Hope #2)
Author: Philip Gulley
Pages: 272
Year: 2015
Publisher: Center Street
My rating is 4 stars.
I’ve never read any Philip Gulley books so I did look at some of his previous books as well as what other readers thought. Some of the reviews weren’t clear enough for me to know whether the reader enjoyed it or not, plus it would have been advantageous for me to have read the Harmony Series to understand the main male character, which I haven’t done.
As a Quaker Pastor, Sam definitely is in many situations that are hard and challenging as are many pastors. Sam is supported by his wife Barbara. His parents drop in for a visit and his brother then decides to introduce the woman he is dating. The background characters are various, intriguing and can be found in any church. Sam doesn’t seem to me to be held by convictions of a pastor as he is of what others think he should or shouldn’t do. The story really places a heavy concentration in what or where Sam finds fulfillment. In one place, he doesn’t seem to understand the blessings around him until he calls a meeting house only to learn the letter he received was sent out to many and not just to him.
There were some very funny parts in the book that caused me to burst out laughing and they came when I least expected them. I appreciated those moments as well as the tension in the congregation when it learns it is to receive a large sum of money. Perhaps if I had time to read the other series or understood the Friends beliefs I would understand more what the author shares. However, authors need to realize that some readers draw conclusions, rightly or wrongly, from fiction as they do nonfiction. Be careful of what and how you present a denomination in life, beliefs or mannerisms.
I do suggest readers read the Harmony series to get a better understanding of the main character Sam as the pastor, as well as the congregations.
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  lamb521 | Oct 15, 2015 |
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Sam Gardner has been pastor of Hope Friends Meeting for just four months when ninety-eight-year-old member Oilve Charles passes away. What's more shocking news is that Olive has left her entire estate--worth nearly one million dollars--to the meeting. At first the gift sounds to Sam like a godsend. Yet as word of the unexpected windfall spreads, it stirs up a storm of conflicting opinions among the church members as to how the money would best be used.

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