Tom Hafer

Tom's Bio: As a physical therapist and chaplain for a collective three decades, Tom Hafer has cultivated a unique approach to our health and wellness through synergizing the physical and the spiritual aspects of our lives. When we care for ourselves to better care for others, our efforts made towards personal fitness become a true spiritual discipline, an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving for the community we serve. Tom shares stories of triumph and compassion and uses humor and personal anecdotes from his work and travels. Through practical tips, timeless wisdom, and hands-on participation, Hafer motivates his readers and audiences to intensify their quest for physical and spiritual discipline.

Contact: tom@hafer.com or find him on Facebook

Books

Faith and fitness (with workbook)

Our efforts made towards personal fitness can become a true spiritual discipline, an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving for life. When we learn to care for ourselves to better care for others, we simplify and intensify our quest towards wellness while enhancing our ability to serve others. This is the spiritual journey of Faith & Fitness.

Anger, Fear, Anxiety & Jesus (What the Hell? part 2)

Jesus invites us to put down the heavy baggage of anger, fear, and anxiety and walk a new "Way." Without the burden of this crippling emotional weight, we lose the notion of having to fight battle after exhausting battle. With the newly found potential energy, we inspire a world of peacemakers. This was the Way of Jesus before anger, fear, and anxiety got in the Way

What the Hell?

It is for all of us to imagine for a moment what life could be, if “love” was our real currency? Love! Not romantic love or love of money. Not the love of power or love to possess. But real love the way Jesus and Buddha suggest. In this new economy our paradox would be, love compounds interest quickly only when it is free. If we were greedy, we would soon see how we bankrupted the entire economy The truly wealthy already agree, love is the only real currency. Others are so poor, all they have is money and some discount version of a religion that could be. Wellplanet.org offers this comic book of serious theology. A deep humorous dive into the mixed message of religion and judgment to the exclusion of religion and love. Enjoy this half humor, all serious faith journey intended to reframe the mess we made of religion.

Planting Peace

Selected from the books of minister and physical therapist Tom Hafer, readers will find encouragement through timeless wisdom and sacred spiritual teachings in simple and digestible modern language. In a world of increased anxiety and isolation, Planting Peace is a tool for deeper self-reflection, encouragement for healthier living, and meaningful community building. These devotions work best when read prior to a long walk, preferably in nature, preferably with a friend.

Ramble On

With only a backpack of worldly possessions, the distance hiker is acutely aware of need over want. Long silent contemplation through unspoiled woods allows him to reconnect with the Creator - shedding fears, doubts, and anxieties - while his ongoing physical efforts reduce his body weight, high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, and other chronic ailments and chemical dependencies. He steps with purpose; He is freed. With this new-found freedom, he allows himself to be open and vulnerable with others. Supportive community forms among hikers who are experiencing the same freedom. Ramble On finds our physical and spiritual center while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Aging Grace

Healthy one-hundred-year-olds tell us our Creator nourishes, nudges, and motivates us in the direction of sustainable health of body and spirit from cradle to the grave. We simply need to “be still”, listen, and be guided by their collected wisdom. We can discern God’s gentle voice from all the noise the world makes when we settle the dust we tend to kick-up while we are busy fighting the declining frailties of our aging bodies. From the wisdom of the healthy one-hundred-year-olds, we, too, can experience wellness and peace for a century.

Well Planet

Before becoming a monk, Brother Mark O’Reilly was an extraordinary small town physician. With his guru-like clarity, this one-hundred-year-old sage introduced Fitness as a Spiritual Discipline to his student, Hope. His timeless wisdom is for everyone who has fought the demons of weight-loss and won, then lost. Then gained, then lost. For the sake of our personal health, or neighbor, and the planet, we have never had a timelier message to embrace…once again.

Faith and fitness

Our efforts made towards personal fitness can become a true spiritual discipline, an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving for life. When we learn to care for ourselves to better care for others, we simplify and intensify our quest towards wellness while enhancing our ability to serve others. This is the spiritual journey of Faith & Fitness. (Includes workbook)