Signs and WondersBook - 2003
The third novel in the Harmony series, this moving, humorous take on pastoral life follows Quaker minister Sam Gardner into his third year of ministry as Dale Hinshaw introduces his Salvation Balloons project, Deena Morrison deals with spinsterhood, Jimmy Muldock hides a secret, and Nora Nagle, former state Sausage Queen, returns home.
It's another bustling year in the lives of this quirky Quaker community. Dale Hinshaw is back and floating another of his crackpot ministry schemes-this time, quite literally, with his Salvation Balloons project. Pastor Sam Gardner's wife, Barbara, the 1977 Tenderloin Queen, wins a trip to the Caribbean and thinks she might just go without her workaholic husband. Deena Morrison struggles with being single and alone, while the Friendly Women's Committee strategizes on how they can "help" her. Jimmy Muldock has a secret only his mother knows, though the ever-curious Furnace Committee is bent on discovering it.
Throughout it all, three things are certain: the Friendly Women's Circle will make more noodles, Dale Hinshaw will push Sam Gardner to the end of his pastoral rope, and the good in human nature will just nudge out the bad.
Filled with master storyteller Philip Gulley's trademark humor and depth of insight, this wise, joyous novel will delight and satisfy both those who know and love Harmony and those who are just discovering it.
Follows Quaker minister Sam Gardner into his third year of ministry as Dale Hinshaw introduces his Salvation Balloons project, Deena Morrison deals with spinsterhood, Jimmy Muldock hides a secret, and Nora Nagle returns home.