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The Sacred Acre - The Ed Thomas Story

Mark Tabb

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stefan Rudnicki

Length:

6h 31m


Chapters

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04:25

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:34


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:23