The Sacred Acre (Enhanced Edition): The Ed Thomas Story

The Sacred Acre (Enhanced Edition): The Ed Thomas Story

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by Mark Tabb
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310332206
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Sold by:
Zondervan Publishing
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
260,879
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

 Mark Tabb has authored or coauthored more than thirty books, including the number one New York Times bestseller, Mistaken Identity

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The Sacred Acre: The Ed Thomas Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
momoffourRB More than 1 year ago
Every teacher and student should read this book- Lot of teachers could make a difference in student's lives if they would follow Coach Thomas examples. Wouldn't it be nice if every school had a Choch Thomas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not being a sports minded person, I was skeptical when my book club chose this book as one of our monthly reads. Soon after getting into the book, I realized it was not a book about sports, but about one man's dedication in helping others. Ed's love for his family, his students, his community, and especially for God was very inspiring. It was his life's example that got his family and community through that horrible tragity. I would highly recommend this book for everyone.
lucci2 More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about a great coach and it could be written about many coaches. This story inspires one to see how you can make something good come from something bad and to trust that God knows what he's doing. If everyone who reads this book just takes the example and follows it the rest of their lives then our world will be a much better place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!! After just a couple chapters you realize how inspirational Coach Thomas is, and by the middle to end of the book how inspirational his whole family is. I will definately be reading this book again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book on my nook last night. I had a very short night as I could not stop reading. After a short night I finished the book. Such an amazing story. This is a must read!
Sharon79 More than 1 year ago
I have not actually read this book, but I have just pre-ordered it. Coach Thomas was my government & economics teacher my senior year of high school and I helped him with events at the track meets (He was also the head track coach). His story is an incredible one and he continues to inspire countless people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hopeful... it tells the struggles of a town not too far from where im from... Parkersburg iowa is a town that was severely damaged from an EF5 tornado that struck in 2007... it was the scariest event to happen here in iowa.... this story is for those who feel like all hope is lost and they feel like they cannot move on.... :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read! I consider myself blessed to know some of the family. Brought tears to my eyes and made me straight out sob. A definite eye opener.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in Parkersburg, Iowa where this event took place. The things in this book has brought many people together. I request this book for everyone. It will change your life like it did ours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Know his mom goes to my church im 13
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried at the end and five more miles and my house would be a gonner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wowza this book is a real eye opener and tear jerker his brother Greg was my 5th grade teacher!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. I knew a little of the background of where this happened. I did not know what a wonderful man and role model for the people of Parkersburg. He truly was a hero...much more so than any sports figure, He talked the talk and walked the walk...living out his faith every day. Such a shame that his life ended much too soon.
read55 More than 1 year ago
What would our world look like if we all acted in such a manner? Thank you for an inspiration read.
PadenS1 More than 1 year ago
This book is about Ed Thomas the use to be head football coach of the Aplington Parkersburg football team. IN the summer of 2005 i big tornado came crashing through and destroyed most of the city and the school they went through rebuilding then one summer day during weightlifting a man came in and shot Ed. i liked this book a lot because it is like a documentary and it just is really good i recommend this book to anyone who likes biographies and who like sports
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Gervman More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. It's about a man who had drive and knew how to share it. He was an example of greatness without being overbearing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much i cried. I love you coach, you will be missed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was difficult to read through the sad parts but what an amazing life and legacy. Kudos to the family for writing Ed's story so we may know him as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and inspiring - was not familiar with the story when it happened, but found the book very good. Highly recommend this one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago