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Book Review: The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo with Bob DeMoss

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http://www.tyndale.com/The-Devil-in-Pew-Number-Seven/9781414326597
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Published by Tyndale House 2010, 288 pages
Christian Non-Fiction/Memoir/Forgiveness/Hope/Suspense

This book was purchased by me for reading/reviewing.


"Forgiveness is the language of heaven."

Is there a limit to what you cannot forgive? Is forgiveness based on our own will power or emotion? How many times will you forgive someone that continues to inflict pain to you or your loved ones?
Will there ever be a feeling of peace after forgiving someone?

Rebecca Nichols Alonzo answers these questions in her true life story, The Devil in Pew Number Seven.

The book begins with the horror that unfolded on March 23, 1978. We are given a brief prelude of this day, and then later in the book more information will be given about that ominous day. Then the author Rebecca (who is the voice in the book) backs up in the story, by telling the readers of how her parents met (Robert and Ramona Nichols), and about their past lives before marrying. The emphasis is always on the love, courage, dedication, faith, and commitment to the Lord that her parents had. Soon after her parents marriage they travel as evangelists. Later moving to Sellerstown, North Carolina to begin their ministry in a church. Robert Nichols is the pastor of a small congregation. Rebecca and then later her brother Daniel is born. When Rebecca was a small child even before Daniel was born the threats began. Harassing phone calls, letters, death threats, all of which terrorize the family. This terror continues for years. Rebecca's parents are strong in their faith and their resilience is in Christ Jesus alone. An intensity of the violation on the family escalates. A dark fearful storm is getting closer, the reader knows it, can feel it.

This was a difficult book to read. Just from reading the back cover of the book I was already aware that the conclusion of the book would not be positive.
The book is written eloquently, honestly, and with what must have taken great courage to write.
My heart raced at times, and tears definitely flowed at times.
I believe that this is the most profound modern testimony on forgiveness.
It is a story that I will not forget, and it is not meant to forget. Rebecca's story is meant to plant a seed in our minds and in our hearts, in order for us to search over our lives to see if their is someone we need to forgive.
We are taught through her story what forgiveness is, how it feels afterwards, and how our forgiveness affects those watching.
This is not a book that I feel comfortable with in stating "what an awesome book". Instead I will state that it is a powerful book that every Christian should read. Why? Because at some point in our walk with Jesus it is assured we will need to forgive someone, and as a Christian---a follower of Christ Jesus---we are commanded to forgive.

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."
Matthew 18:21-22 NIV
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Matthew 6: 37-38. NIV 

The author gave a reference to another book, one that I read years ago and I also recommend.
The Art of Forgiving by Lewis Smedes
http://www.amazon.com/Art-Forgiving-Lewis-B-Smedes/dp/034541344X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1287684774&sr=8-1-spell
and another book I've read I also highly recommend:
http://www.amazon.com/Forgive-Forget-Healing-Hurts-Deserve/dp/006128582X/ref=pd_sim_b_1

Blissful Reading!
Annette

Comments

Linda said…
As monstrous as the activities were, the message of faith sure stands out!!! Great book.