Friday, January 27, 2012

The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

There is no way I would put up with what this family went through.

There is no way I would allow my family to be harassed, threatened, fired upon, or so close to bombs that the shattered glass falls into the son's crib while he sleeps.

There is no way I would forgive the man who murdered my mother and father like the author, Rebecca and her brother, has. This is my weakness that I will have to deal with and wrestle for as long as I live. But there is absolutely no way that I would forgive a person who did the things recorded in this book.

Mr. Watts had a lot of influence in the town and church that Rebecca's father became pastor of. When changes began to take place and more people were turning to Christ, Mr. Watts made his displeasure known.

Before the era of caller ID, Mr. Watts would call their house with death threats. He would fire his gun at their house while they slept. He exploded dynamite around their house and the church.

Through all of this, the church begged Rebecca's father to stay as pastor.

It finally came to a horrible end when Mr. Watts invaded their home and killed both parents.

This book deals with how the children of the murdered were able to forgive this horrible human being. Rebecca walks you through the idea of "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse".

I must be a coward, but I would have skipped out of town when the threats started. Or at least I would have explained to the church that their pastor needed help. "If you want me to stay, you need to do something about this man."

Instead, he was allowed to kill two innocent people. And then he was forgiven by their children.

Extraordinary tale. You will be changed from reading this book.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Tyndale Publishing

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