Let It Work It's Magic,
This review is from: Life Goes On: A Harmony Novel (Hardcover)Here I am, a busy mother of three wee ones, taking the time to comment on this charming little book, "Life Goes On" while I balance a squirmy toddler on my lap. This valiant effort alone speaks volumes of praise for Philip Gulley's latest book. If you have a pulse, I guarantee an endorphin-surging, belly-bursting laugh just when you need it. I even telephoned my mother and read aloud the "salting" scenes in Chapter 7. What a riot.
That's the thing about this book...it's hilarious but not ridiculous. Harmony life is your life and my life, magnified by the "master storyteller" so that we can see ourselves better by the end. Or at least, that's what happens when I read "Life Goes On."
I laugh at Dale Hinshaw and the rest of the "troublesome trio" as they make an "elaborate show of placing plugs in their ears" when battle-weary pastor Sam rises to preach. I think, "I know someone like Dale!" You know him too, the annoying legalist ever "requiring the fires of division be regularly stoked."
And then I pause and I remember that I can't see in another what I don't own in myself. And I realize that I am Dale Hinshaw. I am unappreciative and opinionated and, ughh, no more spiritual than the "Big Dissapointment" reviewer who anonymously posted his one star rating of this very same book. (Thanks, Mom, for teaching me that if I can't sign my name to something, I'd best not write it.) We're all of the same stuff. We all live in Harmony. We're all even "narrow-minded kooks" at one time or another. Some of us just handle that realization better than others.
Indeed, this book is more than just a fun read. You'll finish a better person, if you will let it work it's magic. You'll be "stretched," never to return to your "original size" and not even realize it's happening. One day you're just an ordinary person, trying to love and be loved, not even knowing "your keester for a hole in the ground." Then you read this book, or any of Gulley's fine works, and somewhere between "despising the Dale's of the world who don't march to my tune" and speculating who in Harmony bought the bikini at Ned's Five and Dime, you figure yourself out just a little more. And, just like Fern, you'll experience grace. And learn about Love.
Read it. You'll see.