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Ed Thomas stepped out in faith with this stunning prediction in the somber day after a massive F-5 tornado devastated his hometown of Parkersburg, Iowa. 34 seconds is all it took; the tornado sent Parkersburg reeling with the deaths of eight people and the destruction of 250 homes and businesses. They needed something to hope for, and their beloved high school football coach offered just that. One hundred days later, the home team scored a victory on the field they called 'The Sacred Acre.' However, just as the town was beginning to rebuild, another unbelievable tragedy struck. Ed Thomas was gunned down by a former student as he was coaching a group of athletes. What happened next, in this incredible true story provides a lesson in grace and forgiveness that the people of Parkersburg and the entire nation won't soon forget.
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2011
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Mark Tabb has authored or coauthored more than twenty books including Mistaken Identity (Howard/Simon & Schuster Books), which hit the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists the same week in April 2008.
Aaron Thomas is currently the athletic director, director of Student Services and head boys' basketball coach for Aplington-Parkersburg High School. In his "spare" time, he continues Ed's legacy of motivating people to do what's right through speaking engagements (Washington Speaker's Bureau). Aaron and his wife Ellie have three sons.
Todd Thomas is a financial strategy specialist with the firm Financial Architects. He is also the offensive coordinator for the Aplington-Parkersburg Falcon's football team. Married to Candace, they have one son. Todd claims the title of "best golfer in the family."
Mark Tabb has authored/coauthored more than 20 books including the New York Times No. 1 bestseller, Mistaken Identity, and A Promise to Ourselves (with Alec Baldwin). His solo titles include Living with Less: The Upside of Downsizing Your Life and How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen? He and his family live in a small town in Indiana where Mark also serves as a volunteer firefighter and fire department chaplain.
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 proved that even a double tragedy is no match for faith, love...and the power of forgiveness.
AmyLLaguna Niguel, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An inspiring storyJuly 1, 2015AmyLLaguna Niguel, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm from Iowa, so I was somewhat familiar with the story, but this well-written book was interesting and inspiring! It's definitely worth reading!
TootsIndianapolis, INAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best!January 10, 2012TootsIndianapolis, INAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Loved the book and recommended it to my husband, who doesn't read many books. He was captivated by it - read parts of it several times - and has shared the book with several friends.
luv2readSDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I loved this bookSeptember 30, 2011luv2readSDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This was a very powerful book about the impact one life can have and about the power of faith in God. I am not a football fan, but found so many great lessons in this book. I would highly recommend it to others.
DottieWaverly IAAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5I really found this to be inspirational.September 28, 2011DottieWaverly IAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I love football and was once a coach myself. I can relate to it. It was inspirational and a good read. I have recommended it to my family members.
Dave JenkinsCaldwell, IdahoAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A model of a life lived on mission for GodSeptember 19, 2011Dave JenkinsCaldwell, IdahoAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Sacred Acre: The Ed Thomas Story is written by Mark Tabb with the Ed Thomas Family. Ed Thomas was a man who love the Lord Jesus Christ and his family. Ed was a man who lived what he believed and made an incredibly impact on his family, his community and in his career as both an athletic director and high school football coach. Early one morning while helping out his football team with weight training Ed was gunned down by one of his former players who had mental issues and who apparently had issues with Ed.
As I read this story I was struck with the forthrightness of the authors about Ed's life and the impact his life made on authors. Many people wonder why bad things happen to good people, and what purpose they serve. The Ed Thomas story does not seek to answer these questions but to demonstrate what a life lived well on mission for God looks like, and the impact such a life can have on others.
As I finished the book, I prayed the Lord would raise up more men like Ed. Sacred Acre is a story that will pull at your heart strings. It is the story not only of a man who loved God, but also loved Christ's Church. Ed faithfully served as an elder at his local church for thirty plus years. The key to Ed making an impact in his community was his being grounded in the Word of God and prayer, which the family notes he did everyday. Ed modeled what he believed in and proclaimed it without fear or trembling.
The message of Ed's life should be the message of every believer's life that adversity in life reveals our character. Adversity Ed taught gives us the opportunity like nothing else to show what kind of person we are. I believe Ed's story will resonate with many as it did with me. Everyone goes through hard times but it is how we face those hard times that reveal who we are and what we stand for. I encourage you to pick up Sacred Acre and be challenged by the life of Ed Thomas who lived his life on mission, for God, His kingdom, and His Gospel.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."