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The Sacred Acre: The Ed Thomas Story

The Sacred Acre: The Ed Thomas Story

Current price: $22.99
Publication Date: August 8th, 2011
Publisher:
Zondervan
ISBN:
9780310332190
Pages:
245
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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: "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.

About the Author

Mark Tabb has authored or co-authored over twenty books, including "Mistaken Identity" (Howard /Simon & Schuster Books), which hit number one on the "New York Times," "Wall Street Journal" and "Publishers Weekly" bestseller lists the same week in 2008." "Mark also worked with Alec Baldwin on the "New York Times "bestseller, "A Promise to Ourselves," (St. Martin's Press, 2008), and with Stephen Baldwin on the "New York Times "bestseller, "The Unusual Suspect" (Hachette, 2006). Mark's individual titles include "How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen" (2008), which World Magazine named one of the top forty books of the year in 2009.