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‘Everybody’s Beautiful’

Gulf Coast Village pastor, physical therapist Tom Hafer releases eighth book

September 28, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Gulf Coast Village pastor and physical therapist Tom Hafer has released his eighth book to address divisive ideologies that are fragmenting the human population.

"Everybody's Beautiful," now available on Amazon, carries a tagline of "One Love. One God. One Human Tribe." The book discusses how loving faith communities can become fragmented, hostile tribes when the religious double down on divisive ideologies. They desperately try to be right, often to the exclusion of inner peace and love for their neighbors. When this failure happens, Hafer writes, everyone suffers.

"There are so many soundbites out there today that are meant to be divisive," Hafer said. "Everything you look at seems to be dividing us more and more, but it's nice to remember the stillness of scripture that the Christian faith is not about battles to fight as much as it is a long journey toward inner peace and love toward our neighbor."

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In addition to his role as pastor at Gulf Coast Village, Hafer also is a physical therapist. The dual roles allow him to cultivate a unique approach to health and wellness by synergizing the physical and spiritual aspects of residents' lives.

Hafer received his bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Florida A&M University and he's been a licensed physical therapist in Florida for nearly 30 years. He attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia and received a master's degree in religion.

Hafer and his wife of 28 years, Eileen, have three grown children. Their oldest is a special education teacher in Lee County, the middle is a U.S. Marine and their youngest is finishing her master's degree in gerontology at the University of South Florida.

Hafer, an accomplished motivational speaker and author at, offers a digital newsletter, titled "My Weekly Ramble," on his website at Hafer is available for workshops or talks by emailing

His other books are "Happy & Healthy" (2018), "Ramble On" (2017), "Soul Man" (2016), "When You Pray Move Your Feet" (2016), "Aging Grace" (2012), "Well Planet" (2010) and "Faith & Fitness" (2007).

About Gulf Coast Village

Founded almost 30 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is a premier Continuing Care Retirement Community in Cape Coral. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well.

The community also offers the full continuum of care, including assisted living, skilled nursing, secured memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991.

For additional information, call 239-772-1333 or visit



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