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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.
Jim5 Stars Out Of 5Thank-YOU, ED!November 29, 2015JimQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have NOT YET read the book. After reading the synopsis: my eyes were wet.
After reading the reviews; I was more touched. I feel that WE ALL have a place in this world.
I filled in for my minister today. Too bad I had not read this GREAT book prior to being at the pulpit
Thank-you to those who have enlightened others; THANK-YOU ED, and the other reviewers.
JIM Of MAINE
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.