Hometown Prophet

Rated 3.69/5 based on 16 reviews
Following a spiritual experience, Peter Quill begins to have dreams that come true. When he correctly predicts a major event in front of the church, he is heralded as a modern day prophet. It isn’t until his dreams challenge the biases of people in the community that he comes under attack, discovering what it means to truly be a prophet of God. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781458188953
About Jeff Fulmer

I grew up in Franklin Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, and now live and work (in residential real estate) in the neighboring town of Brentwood. Hometown Prophet was the first book I self-published. It is about a reluctant prophet who must face the challenges that come with being a modern day spokesman for God. Perpetual Motion is my second book and follows a jaded private detective who is on the trail of the supposed inventor of a perpetual motion machine. Both books are written to be fun, fast reads while, hopefully, conveying a message about society's future.

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Review by: Kevin Bowser on June 28, 2012 :
This is my first foray into Christian fiction. And I must say that the plot was fairly compelling. I can sympathize with Peter Quill and the circumstances in which he finds himself. But his conversion experience did not exactly ring true with me.

I got beyond that and was able to suspend disbelief and enjoy the remainder of the book. I can especially sympathize with Peter Quill's disollusionment with the state of the modern church. I can only imagine that God must be even much more disollusioned! And because of that, I found the possibility of God speaking to and through Peter Quill to be a very interesting means of communication between God and mankind.

There were a few things that troubled me. I was not comfortable with some of the activities that Peter Quill chose to engage in. We can have a discussion about the issue of alcohol in the life of a Christian, but I have a hard time accepting the week-end getaway.

I think the issues addressed by the dreams were powerful and appropriate to today. And I was pleased to see the redemption story as played out in many of the characters.

The whole genre of Christian fiction is difficult to handle without offending some segment of those who call themselves Christians. And I think that Mr. Fullmer did a pretty good job of trying to balance those sensibilities.

This review also posted on my blog at http://iamtalkingoutloud.blogspot.com/
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gene Smith on June 26, 2012 :
I’ve not been a big fan of Christian Science Fiction. The last novel I read was Frank Peretti’s “The Visitation” back in 1999 and while I appreciated the work, the genre just didn’t stick well with my squirly reading preferences, so I was pleasantly surprised by Jeff Fulmer’s “Hometown Prophet” and the main character Peter Quill. Having lived most of my life in Tennessee and being a minister’s son I found it easy to connect with Peter’s dry and somewhat cynical bent.

At 31 he is forced to move back home with his mother after his life spirals down in utter disappointment. He has a transforming encounter with God that leads to a series of cryptic dreams that predict future events and sends him (and us) on a rollercoaster ride ditching the press, law enforcement and patriotic fundies as his journeys are fueled by his newly found passion to use this gift to help those affected by the events and environmental catastrophes he dreams about. He goes through the same sufferings and criticisms you read about in the Old Testament prophets. He soon finds his gift has changed his life and his walk with God.

I found this story to be extremely relevant and hard to put down, a really suspenseful page turner. Not only are the characters engaging and diverse, I found the message behind the story of what can happen when someone uses the gift of prophesy in a world desperate to know God is there and cares a refreshing change from the end times rapture scare rags we’ve been offered the last decade or so. Jeff Fulmer is a superb storyteller.

This review also posted on my blog at www.woodwonder.wordpress.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kevin Ruffcorn on June 25, 2012 :
I haven’t been overly impressed with modern Christian fiction. In my opinion, it tends to swing between harlequin romances with morals and epic, bloody, end time battles between good and evil. This summer, though, I found a good book to read entitled Hometown Prophet, by Jeff Fulmer.

Fulmer weaves a tale of a young man who begins to have divine, prophetic dreams. His visions of the future begin to come true and he is quickly labeled (and ridiculed) a modern day prophet.Through the main character, the reader begins to face several questions dealing with faithful obedience. “What would you do if God chose to use you in an extraordinary way?” “Would you be faithful even if it involved a significant cost?” “What would happen if God began to speak against the popular conservative Christian social and political stands?” The book doesn’t provide easy, pat answers, but is illuminating on the struggles that would be involved.

I found myself caught up in the story and in the questions that it posed. The book was difficult to put down, and I found myself wanting more at the end. If you want to curl up and escape with a good book this summer, I certainly recommend this book as one you should include on your reading list. But, be sure to allow some time to consider the questions that the book poses.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kcjones on June 23, 2012 :
The book is a story about Peter Quill, a man in his early thirties who moves back home to live with his mother. He feels very discouraged and ashamed of himself until he starts having prophetic dreams. Peter never knows exactly what his dreams mean, but he knows that he needs to share his visions with others. Through the telling of his dreams, some people come to worship him and some people come to hate him, but Peter comes to have more confidence in himself by telling others what they do not want to hear. Although Peter comes from a charismatic, fundamentalist church, Peter's dreams tell of an inclusive God that cares about the environment and loves all people. This message stretches the minds and hearts of many kinds of people, including Peter's minister.

To read the full review, visit my blog
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Review by: Jonathan Somerville on June 23, 2012 :
Set in contemporary Nashville, Tennessee, Fulmer's novel ponders on what might happen if a prophetic gifting like that of an Amos or Micah might appear on the charismatic church scene today.

I’m writing from the perspective of the UK church, so the sharp divisions that appear to exist in the American church between the Christian Right (which is here portrayed to be neither Christian nor right...) and more open evangelicals are less apparent in the church in Western Europe. Nevertheless, the attitudes towards prophetic ministry are worryingly similar, with prophecy being reduced to some encouraging "the Shepherd loves his sheep" message as opposed to the call to challenge corrupt systems and institutional wrongdoing.

So the central question -what would happen if that kind of gift were exercised? - and the responses the book suggests would come from the wider church, people of other faiths, the media, government agencies and wider society have a resonance here too.

Peter, our central character is not a flimsy carapace upon which to project the story, but realised as a person with depth, with failure as well as success, and who is, ultimately, a human, just like us.

The story does, at times, seem to rely on stereotypes and issues rise and are included seemingly aimed at irritating the section of the church the book sets out to challenge most strongly; so our hero speaks in favour of environmental protections, prophesies to bless people of another faith, and challenges issues around human sexuality. These may be seen as the big issues from some perspectives, but I wonder if God were to raise up prophets to speak into western society these would be the issues He'd address. That might just be an interesting discussion for a dinner party, and ultimately these are the issues our prophet is inspired to speak out on.

So, faced by a varied response, our prophet's influence rises, and so does resistance and rejection.

How this all works out, including a good twist, makes for great reading, and although Fulmer's no Shakespeare, the story romps along, with this reader keen to see how the hero fares in the end.

The questions behind this book and the challenge to the church that has made prophecy a comforting thing alone could have been an angry preach, or a long treatise urging reform. By presenting us with a story Fulmer invites us and involves us in a more exploratory journey, giving us space to consider issues and people, and perspectives sometimes overlooked.

I'd want to recommend this to charismatics and non-charismatics, to evangelicals and to liberals, and to those who don't know what they are. Perhaps as a result they'll join with me in a prayer for a true restoration of prophecy to the church, not the sham we often see dressed up in its clothes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jim Collier on June 23, 2012 : (no rating)
One of the elements of a good story is that you have strong three dimensional characters that change over time. Peter Quill, the Hometown Prophet in this book certainly fits this requirement as you see him grow from an aimless young man lacking purpose into someone who lives with a sense of calling. But just when Peter starts to become interesting this story is over.
Hometown Prophet starts out with a good premise, God chooses to invade the dreams of Peter and over time these dreams are shared and come to pass, hence the Hometown Prophet. There are various other characters introduced who either aid or oppose Peter – or a combination of both of these things. This is where I had the greatest problem with this book, the lack of development of the other characters. We are introduced to them but they are still strangers at the end of the story.
The rest of this review can be read at: Kingdomrisingpodcast/blog.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Daniel Kassis on June 21, 2012 :
Please read my full review of Hometown Prophet on my blog:

http://www.fencepostblog.com/2012/06/book-review-hometown-prophet-by-jeff-fulmer/
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: julie moore on June 20, 2012 : (no rating)
Hometown Prophet by Jeff Fulmer is a story set in Nashville about a down and out character – out of a job, living with his mother, sour at life and at God... who starts having prophetic dreams... a flood, an economic crisis, an industrial disaster... as well as a few more personal ones. Once it becomes clear that they are actually coming true, he tries to get the warnings out to those concerned. And while a few close associates rally around, Peter, the main character, experiences a fair share of abuse from acquaintances, some local churches and the secular media.

While not a great work of literature – it's got that certain something (whatever it is) that marks it as "too Christiany" – it is a fast, absorbing read, and I thought it gave a pretty good picture of how a prophet might fare in today’s power-, money- and media-driven society.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donald McKenzie on June 20, 2012 :
Sorry, too full of cliches. I couldn't get past the first chapter. This is why I don't read "Christian" fiction.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bill Colburn on June 19, 2012 :
A very enjoyable and thought-provoking read. Jeff engages many contemporary issues through the lens of a fictional modern day prophet - which in itself raises a question. Does God still speak through dreams? How would you respond to the gift of prophecy in your town. The setting for Hometown Prophet is my current hometown - Franklin TN - an added delight.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: JR. Forasteros on Jan. 22, 2012 :
http://jrforasteros.com/2012/01/18/hometown-prophet-by-jeff-fulmer/
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rick Nier on Jan. 16, 2012 :
I recently read Jeff Fulmer's novel Hometown Prophet. The story follows Peter, a classic story of a man who lives with his mom and receives visions from God.

Wait, that's not classic? Before you scoff, we don't really know where some of the Old Testament prophets lived. Maybe that was why Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet. You might cry to if you still lived with your mom.

Despite it's un-classical nature, Jeff does a good job of thinking through the implications of receiving, and then delivering, messages from God. Especially when you live with your mom and back in your hometown, where everyone knows your flaws. Aside from the obvious supernatural aspect, I think this story flowed very realistically through the consequences to our hero, Peter.

Good book. Good story. Good characters, despite their flaws.

I do have one minor soapbox of mine to get on. There were a handful of swear words used. I know, I know, there is a huge literary debate about what is necessary or not. I understand that if you have characters who are not Christian, and you want to portray them realistically, sometimes they use language. I get that, I do.

However, at several points, words were spelled out. At another, a f-bomb was dropped, but wasn't spelled out. Instead, he used the symbols to show a bad word was intended. So, clearly, the author had a line he did not want to cross. So why not use symbols for all of the swear words. More surprising, in my mind, was when a swear word was used outside of dialogue.

It will sound like an old argument, but for me, it didn't add to the story. Characters were angry. I already understood that. But I digress. Other than what may be an irritation for me, the story was good. I appreciated seeing an in depth look at what it might actually be like for some one who has the gift of prophecy. It wouldn't be easy, that's for sure. Despite my irritations with salty language, I was entertained by this story.

You can check out all the extras below. I received this book from my good friends at SpeakEasy. They send me books and ask that I say something about them. They don't use bad language when they do.

Hometown Prophet: http://www.hometownprophetbook.com/
Jeff’s blog: http://www.hometownprophetbook.com/news/
Video trailer for Hometown Prophet: http://youtu.be/hjufn9mjVN0

#SpeakeasyProphet
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rick Nier on Jan. 16, 2012 : (no rating)
I recently read Jeff Fulmer's novel Hometown Prophet. The story follows Peter, a classic story of a man who lives with his mom and receives visions from God.

Wait, that's not classic? Before you scoff, we don't really know where some of the Old Testament prophets lived. Maybe that was why Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet. You might cry to if you still lived with your mom.

Despite it's un-classical nature, Jeff does a good job of thinking through the implications of receiving, and then delivering, messages from God. Especially when you live with your mom and back in your hometown, where everyone knows your flaws. Aside from the obvious supernatural aspect, I think this story flowed very realistically through the consequences to our hero, Peter.

Good book. Good story. Good characters, despite their flaws.

I do have one minor soapbox of mine to get on. There were a handful of swear words used. I know, I know, there is a huge literary debate about what is necessary or not. I understand that if you have characters who are not Christian, and you want to portray them realistically, sometimes they use language. I get that, I do.

However, at several points, words were spelled out. At another, a f-bomb was dropped, but wasn't spelled out. Instead, he used the symbols to show a bad word was intended. So, clearly, the author had a line he did not want to cross. So why not use symbols for all of the swear words. More surprising, in my mind, was when a swear word was used outside of dialogue.

It will sound like an old argument, but for me, it didn't add to the story. Characters were angry. I already understood that. But I digress. Other than what may be an irritation for me, the story was good. I appreciated seeing an in depth look at what it might actually be like for some one who has the gift of prophecy. It wouldn't be easy, that's for sure. Despite my irritations with salty language, I was entertained by this story.

You can check out all the extras below. I received this book from my good friends at SpeakEasy. They send me books and ask that I say something about them. They don't use bad language when they do.

Hometown Prophet: http://www.hometownprophetbook.com/
Jeff’s blog: http://www.hometownprophetbook.com/news/
Video trailer for Hometown Prophet: http://youtu.be/hjufn9mjVN0

#SpeakeasyProphet
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wilbur Holz on Aug. 16, 2011 :
It was a good read. I appreciated Mr. Fulmer dealing with the gift of prophecy in what was certainly a biblical fashion, without playing into the stereotype.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Readin Chillin on May 13, 2011 :
Mr. Fulmer has wonderful writing skills!! This book touches every emotion possible. We all wish to know what will happen next but after reading this it would be extremely stressful, seeing the good, bad and extremely ugly.
Highly Recommending this to my church-going friends and family.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: starshiphome on April 21, 2011 :
Very nicely written story and most enjoyable. I look forward to other books by this author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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