Rebecca never felt safe as a child. In 1969, her father, Robert Nichols, moved to Sellerstown, North Carolina, to serve as a pastor. There he found a small community eager to welcome him - with one exception. Glaring at him from pew number seven was a man obsessed with controlling the church. Determined to get rid of anyone who stood in his way, he unleashed a plan of terror that was more devastating and violent than the Nichols family could have ever imagined. Refusing to be driven away by acts of intimidation, Rebecca's father stood his ground until one night when an armed man walked into the familys kitchen...and Rebecca's life was shattered.
If anyone had a reason to harbor hatred and seek personal revenge, it would be Rebecca. Yet The Devil in Pew Number Seven tells a different story. It is the amazing true saga of relentless persecution, one family's faith and courage in the face of it, and a daughter whose parents taught her the power of forgiveness.
©2010 Rebecca Nichols Alonzo (P)2011 christianaudio.com
Actually yes I would. Not only did it have a great story, but it also taught me alot about forgiveness.
I would have to say it was Becky. She was an absolute rock through everything that she had endured.
Gosh, there were so many. I think it would have to be when Mr. Watts called Becky after his release from prison to ask for forgiveness.
Having trouble forgiving?
I haven't read the print version.
A true story of an evil parishioner that seems hell bent on destroying a church congregation ,it's Godly Leader and young family.
Reminded the reader that there is literally a constant war going on between good and evil.
The narrator seem to enjoy the telling of the tale.
This book is a good incentive to delve deeper into the study of spiritual warfare.
The power of forgiveness...WOW
I saw this story on the Dr. Phil show and was so impressed by the level of composure and confidence in the guests. I did not realize that the book was not about the killer, but more about the manipulator. This story was truly inspiring. I will not soon forget the lessons taught in The Devil in Pew Number Seven. I have recommended it to everyone I know!
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
What a roller coaster ride of emotions I felt reading this book! This is a book that you cannot read in one sitting because it can be very overwhelming emotionally and there is so much that goes on throughout this book that it takes time to process. The author does an incredible job of painting the picture of her life in Sellerstown, NC that you feel like you are truly right there with her viewing everything through her eyes!
Rebecca kind of Tarantino's the story by starting off with a snippet of the chaotic scene of one of the biggest things to happen to her. She then describes the story of how her parents met and lived their life before she and her brother arrived.
After Rebecca was born, her parents decided to settle down in Sellerstown, NC. Her daddy found a church there that he could be the pastor of and he started to make some much needed changes. One man, Mr. Watts, was not happy about this because he ran the town as well as the church. He is referred to as the Devil in Pew Number Seven.
Rebecca and her family live through bombings, malicious phone calls, threatening letters, and vandalism of their home for 5 years! A few days before Easter 1978, Rebecca's life is changed forever when a man comes into their home with a gun and an intent to kill! Her and her family have to learn how to pick up the pieces and heal from this tragedy. They have to learn the biggest lesson of all....to FORGIVE!
All I can say is this book snuck up on me. As I read it I was awed by all this family endured. Throughout I had thoughts of- Geez- how did you maintain your faith throughout these events? Then the final chapter came. It left me on my knees and hand in hand with my own children, praying a prayer of forgiveness and love. I felt this book was written specifically for me so that I might hear God's word and truly UNDERSTAND his message for my own life. Thank you for writing this book. I am so thankful my book club chose it as I otherwise would probably have never picked it up. I imagine I will return to that final chapter time and again. Wow.
Frightening story of a family terrorized by a dangerous neighbor, and how the author was able to find healing and forgiveness
Horrific compelling and inspirational
Rebecca. She witnessed such terrible tragedies and yet had the dignity to endure and forgive the ones who hurt her.
The scene where the neighbor called
Rebecca asking her forgiveness for terrorizing her family
This was a book that made such an impression on me that I did not want the story to end.
Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!
NO, its was ok the first time. The story is good but it could have been told in less time.
This injustice would not happen today, again its too long
She did ok, no she did better than ok but there are parts that i got boared in.
When ________ gets shot
this story is one everyone should hear. it is at times difficult but still you don't want to stop it. it is worthy of your time and attention. the narrator does an excellent job of capturing the story although she did take some getting used to
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