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Fields of Grace

Faith, Friendship, and the Day I Nearly Lost Everything

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In this remarkable tale of hope and survival, Hannah Luce tells how, as the sole survivor of a terrible plane crash, she came to grips with her faith: “a calamitous, fascinating memoir, written with surprising spiritual sophistication” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

On May 11, 2012, a small plane carrying five young adults, en route to a Christian youth rally, crashed in a Kansas field, skidding 200 yards before hitting a tree and bursting into flames. Only two survived the crash: ex-marine Austin Anderson, who would die the next morning from extensive burns, and his friend Hannah Luce, the daughter of Teen Mania founder and influential youth minister Ron Luce.

This is Hannah’s story.

In Fields of Grace, Hannah details the investigation of her faith, her coming-of-age as the dutiful daughter of Evangelical royalty, her decision to join her father’s ministry outreach to teens, and her miraculous survival and recovery following the accident. It also serves as a tribute and testament to the lives of the dear friends who perished in the catastrophic plane crash and reveals how their memory continues to inspire all that she does.

Here is the “riveting personal account” (Booklist) of a girl who grew up as the daughter of one of the most influential evangelical leaders of our time, who questioned her early religious convictions somewhere along the way and who, from the embers of that doomed plane ride, finally found her faith.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 23, 2013 – Luce's book starts and ends in a field, because that's where her life's story almost came to a close, but really just began. The tale is gripping, for numerous reasons. Not only is she heart-wrenchingly transparent at every turn, but journalist Fisher also provides detail and perspective that bring stirring depth to an already absorbing account. Luce is honest about growing up as the daughter of evangelical rock star Ron Luce, cofounder of Teen Mania Ministries. She struggles with her faith, and her relationship with her father, as she wilts under the pressure of an extreme, emotional, and experience-driven Christianity that she finds empty and lacking heart. She begins to drift away from both faith and family during college, until she connects with young men who emulate the very father she was distancing herself from. The narrative comes to a dramatic climax in a Kansas field when her plane crashes, her best friends are killed, and she walks away the sole survivor. In recovery, she not only finds physical healing, but convalescence for her soul and her relationship with "Papa." It is a calamitous, fascinating memoir, written with surprising spiritual sophistication. In some ways, Luce's story serves as a tragic microcosm for an entire generation finding a faith of their own, and it is one that deserves enthusiastic attention.

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I cried!!!

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Fields of Grace
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 22, 2013
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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