The Devil in Pew Number Seven: A True Story
Alonzo gives a personal account of a nasty man in a tiny NC town who tried to (literally) bomb her family into leaving the church where her dad was a pastor. The story itself -- in short form -- is pretty gripping. The author uses her personal experience to appeal to others to forgive those who have wronged them. I appreciate the "heart" of the book very much, but it suffers from gl ...more
The author relays events beginning when she wasn't even born. She uses journals/diaries and later records her own memories. Her Christian parents move to a small town for her father to take up a pastoral position in a church. On arrival, however, they ...more
Few books have touched me like this one. If I had to summarize it in two words, it would be ‘Forgiveness personified.’
The book begins by Rebecca telling her story. In a short time her life went from being a daughter of a happy country preacher, to a living hell when a power hungry man realizes he can’t rule the young preacher and decides it’s time for him to go. The preacher is determined not to be driven away by the vindictive man, but to serve the congregation he loves and tough it out. The ma ...more
Back cover blurb:
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 te ...more
As a parent, I don't agree with the author's parents' decision to continue living in such a mentally and physically threatening environment, but as a reader, I couldn't put this book down.
Rebecca (Becky) shares an unflinching tale I found depressing, frightening, and ultimately inspiring. I applaud the author for giving us an insight into the ...more
When Mr. Watts, a "pillar of the church," disagrees with the pastor and decides that he's going to run the preacher out, the conflict escalates dramatically with random harassing phone calls, anonymous letters filled with threats, dynamite explosions, gun shots into ...more
And I will not concede on this: When your neighbor shoots through your bedroom window the FIRST time, God wants you to move.
(view spoiler)[ This is a true story set in the 1970's about a small town preacher whose family is the target of a commu ...more
While there were moments when I had to set the book aside, unable to press on because of the horrid nature of what was happening to the author's family and the anger I was feeling toward the perpetrator, for the most part I could ...more
Author: Rebecca Nichols Alonzo
Release: August 2010; 2012
What happened in the Spring of 1978 that would irrevocably change lives? How was a community so radically changed by these events? Where was God when all this was happening and why didn’t it stop? Would those closest to the event follow God with all their heart despite the depth of pain then and still living with now?
“Devil in Pew Number Seven” is a book for people everywhere to rea ...more
It's the true story of a Preacher and his family being tormented by a person in the community who does not want him there and how they use the strength of their beliefs to make it through.
This book not only is amazing in the story but in the message it sends to the reader. To be as strong as Becky and her brother Daniel are is something to strive for.
This book is the true meaning of a Christian.
It's a quick read. I was done in about 3-4 hours. That wouldn't have a been bad except - I started it as I was going to bed. Sleeping, even after finishing it in the early morning hours, wasn't easy, and would have been impossible without finishing it.
By every standard that we use to measure success, this family was a failure. They lost their job, their friends, their home, their family. They were even run out of town. They were failed by the system. Justice was never really served.
While the book summarizes well the events and terrorization of the victims on a physical and emotional level, I have to believe there was even more to the story on a spiritual and "church politics" level. I can only imagine the division within the ch ...more
Firstly, as many people have noted, she has no real understanding o ...more
One, the author's use of simile. It's bad. Really, really, really bad. So bad that it distracts from the author's story.
Two, the author' slack of critical distance from her parents. The common assumption is that we spend our youth viewing our parents as infallible or god-like; the beginning of our independence and adulthood happens when we recognize that our pa ...more
I am still trying to find the words to express my mortification of all the events that took ...more
Rebecca Nichols Alonzo is the minister's daughter, looking back as an adult on those hellish experiences that dominated her childhood. God's grace has kept her from bitterness and enabled her to forgive the ones who shattered her family and normalcy. S ...more
The Devil In Pew Number Seven is a heart-wrenching read! I found myself thinking about Rebecca, her brother Daniel and what their family endured long after I finished the last page of this book.
I felt so much pain for Rebecca and her brother and what they lost during their childhood, due to the hatefulness of one man and his demonic behavior. The hell that this family was put through was unbearable at times for me to read. I often found myself wondering why Pastor Nichols and his wife chose to ...more
Rebecca described how she felt when his family was going through hell with this man. Eve ...more