Tom Hardin's novel The Kingdom
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A powerful and gripping story of how the revelation of a secret unlocks the door to the meaning of authentic love and forgiveness— of oneself and others.

"Tom:  Your book. Oh your book. It was amazing. Compelling, beautifully told. Heartbreaking. I loved the way you told the story from each family member's point of view, allowed us to loath Matthew, then your story-telling switched to Matthew's story of redemption. It was just stunning. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.  Bravo!!!"

-Del Shores, screenwriter, director and producer of Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies

"Clergy who have put the fear of God in their congregations through their words and actions should read The Kingdom where they can learn how to put the love of God in the minds and hearts of those they serve. This is a story that goes far beyond the need for unconditional love of family.  If all Americans read The Kingdom and embraced Tom Hardin’s wisdom, we would ALL be better."

-Mitchell Gold, co-founder of Faith In America; editor of Youth in Crisis; co-founder Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams home furnishings

A powerful story of redemption and transformation, The Kingdom by Tom Hardin, takes a hot-button issue of our day, makes it human, and helps us think and stretch and grow.  This book is living proof that the greatest truths are found in stories. 

-Philip Gulley, Quaker minister; author of the Harmony series, also If The Church Were Christian, Front Porch Tales, If Grace Is True and If God Is Love

It is often painful to read beyond the blistering stigma that Tom Hardin exposes in The Kingdom, but one is deeply rewarded with the promise of hope and healing. It is, ultimately, a story of resurrection, and a chilling reminderof the cost of a closed heart.

-Addison Ore, Executive Director, Triad Health Project; freelance contributor to Go Triad, Greensboro, N.C.

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THE KINGDOM.... Backed by the American Christian Coalition for Biblical Authority, Reverend Matthew Winslow mounts a city-wide campaign to halt a Gay Pride celebration. The self-serving, self-righteous minister lunges at this opportunity to publicize his 8,000 member Holy Bible Fellowship congregation, curry favor with the Coalition, and earn the approval of his deceased father and God.

Matthew’s eighteen-year-old son, Nathaniel epitomizes the perfect child—valedictorian at Holy Bible Academy, athlete, winner of the coveted Bible Scholar Competition, a full scholarship to Freedom Bible University, and most importantly heir to his father’s ministerial throne.  He fervently prays to be deeply attracted to his girlfriend Martha Davies instead of Jason Daniels about whom he has sinful, unnatural dreams.

Matthew’s wife Miriam Winslow has but one marital vow—obey her husband.  Her intuition tells her that Nathaniel is grappling with a problem, but her desire to reach out to her son is trumped by obedience to Matthew.

Sarah Elizabeth, Matthew Winslow’s daughter, also senses that her older brother is troubled. She knows that her father will never be as proud of her as he is of Nathaniel. She accepted long ago that she is both a B student and a B offspring. 


Tom is featured in the December 2013 issue of
O. Henry Magazine

Tom talks about The Kingdom on Second Chances with Midge Noble (podcast)

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What Readers Are Saying About The Kingdom

"I finished the book last night. I find myself thinking about the characters today. It's that kind of book..." - Amazon customer review

"A thoughtful, well written novel that will keep the reader turning pages to find out what happens next..." - Amazon customer review

"I feel like I know the characters personally and the book provokes thoughts long after you stop reading..." - Amazon customer review

"It reminds us all that Jesus taught 'love thy neighbors' not hate, and welcomed outcasts into his life and teachings. - PFLAG Greensboro


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Tom Hardin