Sacred Acre The Ed Thomas Story

ISBN-10: 0310318971
ISBN-13: 9780310318972
Edition: 2012
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Description: On a Sunday in May 2008, an F-5 tornado struck the town of Parkersburg, Iowa, killing eight people and destroying 250 homes and businesses within 34 seconds. The next day, Parkersburg's beloved football coach, Ed Thomas, made a stunning prediction:  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 9/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

On a Sunday in May 2008, an F-5 tornado struck the town of Parkersburg, Iowa, killing eight people and destroying 250 homes and businesses within 34 seconds. The next day, Parkersburg's beloved football coach, Ed Thomas, made a stunning prediction: 'God willing, we will play our first home game here on this field this season.' One hundred days later, the home team scored a victory on the field they dubbed 'The Sacred Acre,' serving as a galvanizing point for the town to band together and rebuild. But just as Parkersburg was recovering, another devastating tragedy struck. While working with a group of football and volleyball players early one morning, one of Ed's former students walked in and gunned him down point blank. Ed Thomas was 58. The murder of this hometown hero spread across national news headlines. Ed's community and family reeled from shock. Yet the story doesn't end here. What happened next proves that even a double tragedy is no match for faith, love ... and the power of forgiveness.

Mark Tabb is 1986 graduate of the Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, and served as a pastor for sixteen years before quitting to write full time in 2002. As well as being a bestselling writer, Mark Tabb is chaplain and a volunteer firefighter with his local fire department. Mark has authored and co-authored over 20 books, including the number one best seller, Mistaken Identity, New York Times bestseller, A Promise to Ourselves with actor Alec Baldwin, and I Surrender All, with Dove Award winning artist, Clay Crosse. Mark and his wife have been married for over twenty-five years. They have three daughters ranging in age from twenty-two to eighteen. He and his family live in Indiana.

Foreword
A Note from the Ed Thomas Family
Introduction: The Sacred Acre
EF5
No Place Like Home
A Storm of Doubt
"We Will Rebuild"
Starting Over
Unparalleled Opportunity
"You Would Do the Same Thing for Me"
After the Cameras Disappear
Half time
A Summer of Change
First Glimpse of Normalcy
More Than a Game
The Final Season
The First Family Vacation (Ever)
An Ordinary Day
The Unthinkable, June 24, 2009
A Nightmare Unfolds
Grief and Grace
The Hardest Part
Good-Bye
Epilogue: Getting Up, Moving Forward
Team Rosters
Coaches
Acknowledgments

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