Dec 3, 2010

a book I've been reading

Last week I started reading a book called The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo.  It's been an amazing story to read and, it's a true story.  ˚Ü˚

Here's what it says on the back of the book:

Rebecca never felt safe as a child.

In 1969, her father, Robert Nichols, moved with his family 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 and determined to get rid of anyone who stood in his way.

The first time the Nichols family received a harassing phone call, they dismissed it.  The same went for the anonymous letter that threatened they'd leave "crawling or walking ... dead or alive."  But what they couldn't ignore was the strategy of terror their tormentor unleashed, more devastating and violent than they could have ever imagined.  Refusing to be driven away, Rebecca's father stood his ground until one night when an armed man walked into the family's kitchen ... and Rebecca's life was shattered.

If anyone had 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.

This is an amazing book - while it is a fairly quick read, it is a hard book to put down.

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