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Fields of Grace: Faith, Friendship, and the Day I Nearly Lost Everything

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  54 reviews
A remarkable true story of hope, survival, and faith lost and found . . .

On May 11, 2012, a small plane carrying five young adults en route to a Christian youth rally plummeted into a Kansas field. Only two survived the crash: twenty-seven-year-old ex-marine Austin Anderson, who would die the next morning from extensive burns, and his friend Hannah Luce, the twenty-two-yea
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Atria Books
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Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-memoirs
This book read like my biography, from the opening page to the evocative conclusion. I was raised in a very traditional setting, most of what I been taught were rules and legalism. Growing up, I was taught to fear God and depart from evil (any trace of it, whether it be cussing, watched R rated movies, being holy in every manner of conversation, etc.). Basically I had to "DO" in order to "Get" As a result, I questioned how God felt about me every moment. I did not see Him as a loving God that ca ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I started reading this book at the local library. I was interested because of the title, and I thought it might be an interesting read. I was right about it being interesting.

As I read though the book, I could identify with Hannah, her not hearing the voice of the Lord and being a little jaded by people "acting out their faith." I came away feeling more sorry for her, because in the end she still does not seem to understand faith. She seems to embrace the modern "buffet Christianity." Don't like
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Before I read this book I was skeptical about the idea of voluntarily reading about someone else's tragedy. In my free time I try to read a book that is up-beat and pleasant, but this book involves graphic details about a plane crash, but I somehow ended up reading it. While reading the book I was pleasantly surprised that a tragic event could be turned into inspiration and somehow connect to my own life. The author Hannah Luce is not by any means a positive person, which I am glad about. If she ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
A customer came into B&N asking for this book because he knew Austin Anderson. He had served in Iraq with him. I located the book for him and he told me a little bit about the book and showed me a picture of Austin. Now that I know this customer,(well somewhat) I feel a connection to Austin and need to read the book.

I had never heard of "Teen Mania" or Hannah Luce but the story takes place at Oral Roberts University and on a plane ride to Council Bluffs, Iowa for a Christian "Teen Mania" rally.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I've said this often and I'll say it again, I'm always hesitant to read memoirs and I really have to want to read about the person or the subject matter. I'd never heard of Hannah Luce but I have been following another airplane crash survivor, Stephanie Nielsen, as she has healed physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I wanted to hear Hannah's story.

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Nov 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-books
Definitely not the book for me. I don't mind books on faith even though I'm not religious because I find it super interesting. However, this is not well written, and it lacks style and substance. While the writer has gone through some stuff with surviving a plane crash, at the end of the day she comes across as whiny and unlikeable. I also didn't really feel like the story had anything to do with faith other than she grew up in a teen ministry family.
Would not recommend.
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Not a great testimony.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was an impactful book. This truly is a story of faith and friendship and fighting to get through hard times. Hannah is strong, and I'm amazed at how she went through such terrible experiences but came out stronger than she went in. That is the grace of God.
Hannah Luce grew up in a strong Christian family. But as she grew older, she started to question the beliefs of her parents. She didn't really know where she was in life. Then one day a plane she was in crashed, and she was the only
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Why God? Why I am the only one left?"

These would be the same questions Hannah Luce would ask herself over and over as she began the slow road to recovery and healing being the only one to survive the plane crash that killed four of her closest friends and ones who were just beginning their lives working for Teen Mania Ministries. What Hannah shares in Fields of Grace, the book that chronicles not only what happened that fateful day that would forever change her life in more ways than she could
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
"Field of Grace" by Hannah Luce which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is the most inspiring story of a young woman's journey of faith that I have read in a long time. Raised in a devote Christian family, the daughter of Ron Luce a renowned youth evangelist and co-founder of Teen Mania Ministries, Hannah feels disconnected from God but after suffering the traumatic effects of a plane crash, a tragic loss and a painful recuperation, she discovers her faith renewed and a strong determination to cont ...more
As I was reading this, I thought it would be very easy to review. Now having finished it, I'm at a bit of a loss. I really identified with Hannah's journey, except my plane was a car, the boys were my aunt, and my scars are not from burns. I understand the compulsion to document it, and the frustration that the world continues on, ignoring or not understanding that things will never be the same. The PTSD struggles are all too familiar and I know that Hannah's healing process will have many more ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not only is this story "of hope, survival, and faith lost and found" but also about finding ones self.

The book begins as Hannah is walking towards where her plane had crashed 6 months ago. As she is walking towards where the wreckage was she tells her story...

Hannah's father is Ron Luce, cofounder and CEO of Teen Mania Ministries, who raised his children to believe in his God and to save others. At first Hannah is compliant and does all she can from ministry work to creating a website for pre-t
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway.
While I follow the news quite closely I do not remember having heard of the plane crash involving Hannah Luce. Hannah Luce is the daughter of minister Ron Luce, who is also the founder of Teen Mania which is where she was heading with her friends when the plane they were aboard crashed. This is the story of Hannah's life thus far, as well as the plane crash she survived last year which took the life of four of her close friends.
The reason I gave t
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fields of Grace is a memoir about Hannah's experience growing up with her Evangelizing Christian parents, especially her Father who founded Teen Mania, a Christian teen camp. She starts to doubt and question her parents fundamental Christian faith in her teenage years, and goes through a lot of hard times with this. I can say I understood a bit of how she feels. The last third of the book is about a plan crash she was in, and what she went through with that in coming to terms with her faith and ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction, 2014

This book intrigued me on many levels and to be very frank, the plane crash was not the most interesting part to me.

I could relate to Hannah's feelings about her father Ron Luce's evangelical faith and reaching a point in her own life when she began to question if he was missing the point, if faith was meant to be so exclusive, so black and white. I have experienced the same realizations regarding faith versus man-made religion. This caused a rift between them and left Hannah floundering as she
Liz Toone
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect to become so captivated by this book, but once I got going with Hannah's story, I couldn't put it down (I literally read the majority of it over one morning). Hannah is so honest in her perceptions and writes in such a genuine way; you really feel she is opening up to the reader without trying to manipulate their perception of her. She communicates her faith and beliefs without being preachy, and I found her open-mindedness and curiosity refreshing and inspiring. You can't argue ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Hannah Luce is the daughter of Ron Luce, the founder of Teen Mania. This is the story of her life as the daughter of a very public ministry figure as well as the plane crash she survived last year which took the life of four of her friends. Hannah’s story was familiar to me–one of the chapters was titled “Growing Up Evangelical” and I remember attending a Teen Mania event once–but it was written so soon after the plane crash that there wasn’t really a lot of time to reflect on how it changed her ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway, first-reads
I received a copy of Hannah Luce's personal memoir: Field's of Grace via Goodreads First-reads giveaway. I was emotionally moved by her story. It is one of strength, courage and love. Hannah Luce experienced tragic loss in an event that changed her life forever. The love that she holds for her friends who lost their lives, and the trauma that she endured is overwhelming. Hannah was raised in a home where faith in God was at the forefront and she continued to be challenged by the beliefs held by ...more
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully , inspirational love story on so many levels. Hannah it truly was my honour to be allowed to step into your life. You truly have an "old soul wisdom" beyond your years. Thank you for allowing us as readers into what may have begun as your pain & anguish but is now continuing on in your strength & courage. Bless you for being so honest about everything that you thought & went through spiritually, physically & emotionally. I felt like we have been sister's sharing much of the s ...more
The author, Hannah Luce, is the daughter of evangelist Ron Luce who founded Teen Mania, a world renowned ministry to teens. Growing up in that atmosphere left Hannah searching for a faith that was real, that she could embrace. This story tells of how, in the face of a great tragedy that almost took her life, Hannah confronts her guilt, pain, and fears, and in her darkest hour finds the faith she had been searching for and the strength to go on. I found myself very much able to identify with her ...more
Devonne West
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Hannah Luce, daughter of well-known evangelist Ron Luce, and also the lone survivor of a plane crash that killed 2 of her best friends. She tells of her struggles - emotionally, physically, and spiritually - as she deals with the aftermath of the crash and the decision to not only survive, but to begin living.
One of my favorite quotes in the book is a Kurt Vonnegut quote from the Player Piano that states, "And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the righ
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very honest account of a young woman, the daughter of a well known teen evangelist, who questioned the confines of her parents' specific beliefs. She learned to fake her spiritual life. Then surviving the plane crash and the struggles that followed: psychological, physical and spiritual. returning to the crash sight, she began to experience healing in soul and spirit. See my full review at ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the beginning of his book. Learning what led to a crisis of faith in a teenage girl and how she dealt with is while growing up in an evangelical home. Everything up to the plane crash was really good, however, afterward we heard about her physical recovery and her addiction recovery but very little about how she recovered her faith and what her new found faith meant to her. This made for a disappointing end to me.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it

Written by the daughter of Ron Luce with the assistance Robin Gaby Fisher, FIELDS OF GRACE, is the story growing up in the Teen Mania culture, going to college at Oral Roberts University, and Hannah’s near death experience in a plane crash in a Kansas field. She tells her story well, expressing her doubts about some of her father’s religious stands, but admiring his qualities as a Christ follower and as a father.

Recommended for public libraries.

Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. I couldn't put it down... Hannah Luce is truly an inspiring young woman, who lived a traumatic experience. She relates it honestly, with the ups and downs that she encountered, and that is what makes the story so beautiful and inspiring. The ending brought me to tears... I absolutely recommend it. ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel bad giving this a low rating because this is her story - whatever she wants to tell is up to her. But as the reader I was kind of bored and then confused. Most of the story is about her crisis of faith and then a quick disjointed summary of the actual plane crash and then not really sure where she stands faith-wise in the end.
Dondee Koscilski
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book because it's a true story about a girl who is trying to find her face again after a tragic airplane accident with two of her best friends.Garrett died right on the spot and Austin died later in the hospital.She was left with tragic burns and had to learn how to walk again. I recommend this book because it shows that even when the worst happens you can still be your best. ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
this book was relly good it teaches you.How to have hope in the bad time and good.Even
when you lost the people you loved so much. And The past you shod never be afraid of doing what's
right and whats rong. and to all ways throust the people who care about you. and your religion dose not relly mater. the rest of the book i did not finish. Because i was not intrested.
Ranjan M
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Living lives with deceased loved ones in heart is reponsibilty of being alive.Learning to live for others too is Gem of a learning.May be we do not realise this from where we are.But that is way to realy become truely happy.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful but tragic experience Hannah endured!! She is amazing and I feel this book deserves way more recognition! God bless and remember that God is always around even when you think he doesn't listen to you.. ...more
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