A Gathering in Hope

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, Co-president of ECLA and long time book discussion leader



Title: A gathering in Hope

Author: Philip Gulley

Publisher: Center Street

Publication Date: 2016

Format: Print book

Length: 258 pages


Philip Gulley is always amusing and enjoyable, some of the funniest Christian fiction I have read has been authored by him. For readers who enjoy this book it is actually the third in a series, preceded by A Place called Hope and a Lesson in Hope.


Any small thing in the Hope Friends’ meetinghouse can cause a rash of long standing problems but when an expansion is planned by the congregation, the resulting chaos is incredible. Mix together some rather crusty characters, endangered Indiana bats making their home in the attic and even engaging in sinful acts (!) in said attic, you have a group of believers without a place to meet and an overzealous congregant taking matters into his own hands.


The characters are meant to be meddlesome and frustrating but the scenarios in the book became a little tedious towards the last one-third yet the reader will be amused by this church and their  generally mild mannered leader Sam Gardner.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Fiction fans, fans of Philip Gulley, those who love a little humor

Christian Impact

The reader will glimpse a church at its worst and best, reminding us of how we should act in a fellowship and get along with one another in Christian fellowship.

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A Gathering in Hope: A Novel

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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