Sam Gardner has been pastor of Hope Friends Meeting for just four months when ninety-eight-year-old member Olive 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 like a godsend. Yet as word of the unexpected windfall spreads, it stirs up a storm of conflicting opinions amongst the church members as to how the money would best be used. And before the estate is even released to the meeting, Olive's estranged niece, Regina Charles, turns up tipsy and furious in Hope and threatens a lawsuit over what she believes is rightfully hers. Although it may be an opportune time to ask for a raise, Sam finds himself questioning his future in Hope while trying to guide his lively congregation and find a peaceful way to deal with Regina.
Having never read any books by Philip Gulley or any books in the Harmony series, I found "A Lesson in Hope" to be light hearted, funny and very true to life. This book has some laugh out loud moments and you'll wonder if Pastor Same Gardner is really like your own pastor with the thoughts he shares in this book with how he feels about his members of the church and family. I think this book is relatable to all walks of life and I found it humorous. It seems that in this book, everyone has an oponion and coming to an agreement is impossible to reach. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would read another book by Philip because I thought it had some funny moments, light and relateable. I give this book 4/5 stars. Thank you to Center Street for providing me a complimentary copy for my honest review.