By Nancy R. Elliott
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. — Philip Gulley brings his unique, homespun style to an evening of storytelling and book signing at New Horizons United Methodist Church in Anderson this Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
“I’m thrilled we’re able to have him at New Horizons,” said Nancy Zimmerman of New Horizons United Methodist Church. “He’s just a wonderful storyteller. … you just immerse yourself.
“It’s kind of a step back in time to a kinder place, a milder place, a peaceful place - with the right amount of humor. You just laugh, you just enjoy,” said Zimmerman. She’s bringing her 8-year old grandson to the family friendly event. “It isn’t religious… but it’s inspirational.”
Gulley is a Quaker pastor and beloved writer and speaker who has become the voice of small-town American life. Gulley is the author of 17 books including the acclaimed Harmony series of novels chronicling life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Ind. and the best-selling Porch Talk series of inspirational and humorous stories.
Gulley’s memoir, “I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood,” recounts his coming-of-age years in Danville, Indiana.
Gulley and co-author James Mulholland describe their progressive worldview in their books, “If Grace Is True” and “If God Is Love,” followed by Gulley’s books “If the Church Were Christian” and “The Evolution of Faith” which propose a fresh direction for Christianity.
Gulley was raised in Danville where he lives today with his wife, Joan, and their sons, Spencer and Sam.
, in a comfortable house with a welcoming porch. Many of his characters and recollections are taken from his boyhood in this small Midwestern town.
“You can relate to anything he talks about. It fits into your life,” said Nancy Tatum of New Horizons United Methodist Church. She likened Gulley’s style to Garrison Keillor.
Tatum said that proceeds from Saturday’s event will benefit the church’s outreach programs which include missions locally, nationwide and beyond. Book sales at the event will also support youth outreach.
“This will help us with all of that. We’re just excited,” said Tatum.
Look for information coming soon about New Horizons’ People and Pets event set for July 6. The event will feature pet blessings, pet adoptions, and just plain fun with food, bounce houses and more. Visitors that day are asked to bring supplies for people or pets.
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If you go: What: Philip Gulley storytelling and book signing Where: New Horizons United Methodist Church, 611 E. 53rd, Anderson When: Saturday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, available from the church office 765-644-0949 or website www.newhorizonsanderson.org. Ticket proceeds benefit missions, and book sales benefit youth outreach.