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Tom Johnson, author and founder of Kepha Press, pictured above when he was 12 years old, and in a current professional image.

Tom Johnson lives with his family, in the Midwest. Tom loves ice cream (the perfect food)  and baseball (he coached Little League for eight years). He watches the movie, “Field of Dreams” at least once every year, and he has visited the movie field (in Iowa) many times.

Tom has a deep and prayerful Catholic Faith. He attends Daily Mass at various Churches, and he spends no less than 2-3 hours in prayer every day, which includes a Prayer Hour that he leads at a local Catholic Church during the Mercy Hour (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Tom routinely invites people to the Prayer Hour. His philosophy is straightforward:  the world is a mess, and God can help us fix the mess; therefore, prayer is a critical tool for people to call upon God to help us repair the messes we have made.

Tom loves books. His past includes a long stint as a Data Center Manager working for a Fortune 500 company. After suffering a severe physical injury years ago, Tom left the computer field to focus his attention and energies on writing novels and Catholic non-fiction books, which is how Kepha Press was born.

To get a feel for the books Tom enjoys, here are three of his favorite quotes: 

A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech

“Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas”

Fahrenheit 451 is a 1953 dystopian novel by American writer Ray BradburyThe temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns is Fahrenheit 451.

PART I IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN

“IT was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black. He strode in a swarm of fireflies. He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick iin the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house. While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning. Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flames.”

Tom also loves Christmas. He spends 200-300 hours every year building his outdoor Christmas display. In his display, he includes laminated prayer cards for the Biblical Christmas story and for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. He has included two images from his display below (from 2023).

In an effort to spread his love for our Lord, Jesus Christ, Tom Johnson has created a prayer card to remind us to offer prayers of love to the Lord, whenever we think of Him. Tom Has included an image of the card below–click on the image for more information.

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NOVELS AVAILABLE NOW

.What would you do if your family vanished?

On a frigid December day, sixty-six hours before Christmas, Aedan O’Beirne’s wife, Ciara, and their five-year-old son, Colin disappear. Aedan discovers he has until the first second on Christmas day to find them, or he will lose his family forever.

Set in Chicagoland, O’Beirne initiates a thrilling fast-paced struggle to find his family, while the minutes and hours tick by. His journey takes him to Chicago’s Loop where he sets out on a frantic search for Ciara and Colin.

Absorbing and suspenseful, SAVING CHRISTMAS launches readers into Aedan’s surprise-filled world, as he reacts to each clue throughout his sixty-six-hour journey. His search transforms him in unexpected ways, as he strives to find his lost family. His life will never be the same.

Will Aedan find his lost family before it is too late?

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WILL PRINCE GABRIEL RESTORE HIS LAND?

In this classic fantasy story, Tom Johnson brings us a sweeping tale of a prince and his valiant quest to restore his land after a deadly attack wipes out half its population.

The Royal House of Azarael sends Prince Gabriel on a secret mission to a well-hidden site in the impressive Custelle Range along the western shores of their Continentem, Praespero.

While crossing storm-swept seas, his royal vessel falls under a vicious attack. Lord Gabriel escapes death by leaping from the sinking ship. He struggles through tumultuous seas to the southwestern shores of Praespero, where he wanders, alone, through vacant farmlands until he encounters Aylin, a robust and brass woman from Imperium Bénézet.

As they trek across the land, Gabriel and Aylin create a company of trustworthy people to assist the prince in his plans for restoration. Will Gabriel lead his forces to victory before the enemy brings further carnage? 

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HOW WILL AARON RECOVER FROM HIS DEVASTATING LOSS?

A young newly married couple suffers a painful tragedy while on their honeymoon high in the Rocky Mountains.

Aaron and Kailyn are deeply in love with bright futures stretching out before them. They plan to raise a family in the stunning and historic Oak Valley, a small Midwest town. The village is seemingly created for newly married couples and their children—with refreshingly clear streams, ponds, forests, parks, and quiet homes filling the landscape. Their lives are set to fill with joy, despite Aaron’s painful journeys.

After their wedding, and following their reception, the newlyweds set out on a driving trip to their honeymoon location—a beautiful resort set among the peaks of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Not long after a stop at a high rest area among the mountain peaks, everything changes for them. Aaron is forced to say Goodbye Forever,

FOREVER GOODBYE is a story of intense love, painful journeys, and loss after a harsh event brings devastation into their lives.

 

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NON-FICTION TITLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE NOW

We live more than two-thousand years removed from the birth of Christ and the Christian faith. Through those intervening years, the Christian Church has experienced times of spiritual prosperity, and times of strife that sometimes shook the faithful to their core. The faith has blossomed from twelve men following the Lord, to more than 2.2-billion people professing some manner of faith in Jesus Christ. As we attempt to take an honest look at the world, and with a special focus on the United States—can we say the Christian faith is experiencing a time of growth and spiritual prosperity? Is Christianity, across all denominations, in a healthy state? Do Christians hold enough humility to look in the mirror to seek answers to our culture’s most pressing problems and issues?
               In this release by Kepha Press, Tom Johnson addresses those questions, and more. Written in a direct, and to-the-point style, Jesus is the Way compels us to contemplate our role in the many cultural shifts seen throughout society. Do people care about carrying their cross? Is Christ at the center of their lives—or have we moved the Lord to the outside? Is our nation infested with sin? Is Satan real? Do our sins have an impact on our lives and our eternity?
                Throughout this thought-provoking book, Johnson offers practical steps to help us launch toward a brighter future. We hope that the discussions found in this book will provide a  catalyst for Christians to return to a full embrace of the Lord and all His truths. 

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Tom Johnson’s acclaimed fantasy series, “Battle for Dochas contains many chapter-opening quotes. This book contains quotes from the first two novels (“Prince Gabriel’s Quest” & “The Transitus”), along with maps and reference material from the series.

In Johnson’s classic fantasy story, we encounter a sweeping tale of a prince and his valiant quest to restore his land after a deadly attack wipes out half its population.

The Royal House of Azarael sends Prince Gabriel on a secret mission to a well-hidden site in the impressive Custelle Range along the western shores of their Continentem, Praespero. While crossing storm-swept seas, his royal vessel falls under a vicious attack. Lord Gabriel escapes death by leaping from the sinking ship. He struggles through tumultuous seas to the southwestern shores of Praespero, where he wanders, alone, through vacant farmlands until he encounters Aylin, a robust and brass woman from Imperium Bénézet.

As they trek across the land, Gabriel and Aylin create a company of trustworthy people to assist in their plans for restoration.

Can Lord Gabriel lead his forces to victory before the enemy can bring further carnage?

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