Thomas Hardesty has always believed in the supernatural. But he truly experienced something extraordinary after his father passed away.
In his new book “Glimpses of Heaven,” Hardesty recounts the personal dream-like visions, or “visitations,” he had of deceased family members. By sharing details of these visitations, which have been both cautionary and reassuring, Hardesty offers hope for the reader.
The novel begins with Hardesty learning of the sudden and unexpected death of his father— an event that drives the entire narrative and snowballs into the novel’s climax. During a visitation from his deceased father, Doug, Hardesty finds solace amidst his grief — and reassurance that heaven exists.
What sets Hardesty’s novel apart is the “warts and all” depiction of his difficult relationship with his father. He recalls times when both he and his father were in the wrong. But they were in the midst of mending their relationship when Doug passed, making it all that much harder for Hardesty to endure.
“I think a lot of people when they talk about this topic, they kind of sugarcoat it,” Hardesty said. “They kind of gloss over it and that everything is wonderful. I'm hoping that what makes my book stand out is everything is not wonderful. You have to take the good with the bad.”
Hardesty worked 30 years as a sports journalist for various papers in Northeast Ohio including the Record-Courier where he served as assistant sports editor from 2005 to 2017. His writing prowess shines, as each chapter leaves the reader hungry for more.
If consolation is not the goal, readers can certainly expect to be entertained by the vivid story of how one man's supernatural experiences helped him.
“It’s about family relationships, grief and guilt that come with the loss of loved ones, and most of all hope — all in the context of the visitations in the dream state that I detailed,” Hardesty said. “It’s an honest book and it was emotional to write — it forced me to relive the deaths of so many of my closest loved ones. But I think there are a lot of different facets to it that people can relate to on various levels regardless of their belief system.”
“Glimpses of Heaven” is available now and can be purchased in hardback, paperback or eBook editions on Amazon and the Barnes & Noble website. A limited number of free electronic copies of the book can be accessed from www.bookgrabbr.com, a service that allows the book to be accessed in full for free in exchange for publicity on social media.
Hardesty is a 1986 graduate of Mogadore High School and a 1992 graduate of the University of Akron where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. He lives in Stow with his wife and pets. He encourages readers to reach out to him on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/thomas.hardesty.50 or @ThomasHardesty3 respectively. Excerpts of the book can be found at www.theglimpsesofheaven.com.
Hardesty will be signing his book at the Massillon Public Library’s book fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 13.
Reporter Kaitlyn McGarvey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-298-1127