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AREA BOOKS: Park River native writes about near-fatal accident

“Finding Faith in the Fields” by Ben Hylden; Retelling, 2014, 117 pages.

Ben Hylden of Park River, N.D., recently released “Finding Faith in the Fields” about an April 2007 accident that left him near death.

On the way to an appointment in Park River, Hylden lost control of his car on the ice, flipped it and was thrown out of the passenger side door, plunging face first into an icy field. While the accident marked the end of his dreams to become a basketball star, it instead became the beginning of a journey of faith that Hylden hopes will inspire others.

Hylden is a senior at UND and hopes to graduate with a masters in counseling, eventually becoming a public speaker and college basketball coach.

“Finding Faith in the Field” is available for $3.99 in e-book format on