Sacred Acre, The

Genre: Biography

Sacred Acre, TheThe Ed Thomas Story

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 Ed was working with a group of football and volleyball players early one morning, one of his 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.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 7 hours
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Mark Tabb

Mark Tabb has authored or coauthored over twenty books, including Mistaken Identity (Howard /Simon & Schuster Books), which hit number one on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists the same week in April 2008. He currently lives in Indiana.
Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas was married to Ed for thirty-three years and lives in Parkersburg, Iowa, where their two sons, Aaron and Todd, were born. She is the deputy city clerk of Parkersburg and is volunteer chief on Parkersburg’s Ambulance Service. Jan is an active member in the First Congregational Church.
Aaron Thomas

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

Todd Thomas is a financial strategy specialist with the firm Financial Architects. He is also the offensive coordinator for the Aplington-Parkersburg Falcons football team. Married to Candice, they have one son. Todd claims the title of “best golfer in the family.”
Stefan Rudnicki

Stefan Rudnicki has been involved in the recording of over 1,000 audiobooks as a narrator and/or producer. He has received numerous awards, including a Grammy, the Bram Stoker Award, the Ray Bradbury Award, a dozen Audie Awards and numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile Magazine. Stefan resides in Los Angeles where he runs his production company,Skyboat Road Company, Inc.

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