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The Sacred Acre

The Ed Thomas Story with the Ed Thomas Family

Author Mark Tabb
Narrator Stephan Rudniki
Runtime 6.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher Zondervan
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Release Date August 1, 2011
Availability: Unrestricted (available worldwide)

After the citizens of Parkersburg, Iowa, survive a F-5 tornado that nearly destroys their entire town, they are stunned by the murder of their beloved football coach, Ed Thomas, at the hands of a former player. What happens next in this incredible true story provides a lesson in grace and forgiveness that inspired the entire country.

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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.