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.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Great book to listen to and well done by the narrator.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sacred Acre?
The tornado and damage described
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both at times
Any additional comments?
Wish I could have known Coach
Would you listen to The Sacred Acre again? Why?
Yes I've listen to it a few times already. Such a story has a big impact on a person. Ed Thomas was a truly inspiring man, who loved his family, his friends and wbat he woke up everyday to do. Not just to coach, but to shape the lives of his players and town.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Not one specific character. They were all great!
Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?
Again, not one character can be portrayed as a favorite over the other.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The entire book is moving. From laughter to tears.