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The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo



The Devil in Pew Number Seven is a true story of a family that lived in Sellerstown, NC in the 1970’s. As dramatic and terrible as her story is, the saddest part for me is that she is not alone in what happened to her. Granted, very few of us will ever go through the physical hardship of having our home bombed and destroyed by the hands of man, we won’t all lose our parents in such tragic ways, but the devil sits in far too many of our churches.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, but at the same time it drug up memories of things that have occurred to us in churches over the years and as Alonzo talks about in the book, it’s not a one-time forgiveness and you’re done, you have to reaffirm that forgiveness towards humanity over and over again. The beauty of this book is the story of Alonzo’s parents’ legacy to their children. Even though they did not have much time with them on earth, the message that they sent with their lives in that time is still being lived out through both of their children. 
This book is a wonderful read for those of us that want to leave a legacy to our children that is rich in scripture and the Gospel.  It is also wonderful reminder for those of us that have battled with the devil and the sometimes daily work that we must do in the area of forgiveness.  I would tell you that when you purchase the book, you should get yourself some tissues as well.

This book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing.

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