Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Devil in Pew Number Seven

This is a true story told by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo and how she grew up in a Christian home and from the age of 18 months old, their being terrorized for years by a member of a church her Father pastored.

The man that tormented their family for years went to their church, although not a member, but had tons of money and influence over this church until this Pastor took over.

It started at church with little gestures and disruptions during service and escalated to phone calls in the middle of the night and eventually setting off dynamite near their home numerous times, trying to run the Pastor over with a car and escalated to the eventual killing of the Pastor's wife.  But, I am getting way ahead of the story.

What the book is really about is forgiveness and Rebecca tells her story of how she and her brother chose to forgive this man for the years of tormenting he put their family through.  

I cannot for the life of me understand how this was allowed to go on for as long as it did, by the other community members, the police and whoever else was involved...but it did.

It also proved to me, once again, how a person/people can get so wrapped up in what he/she/they believe is right and are going to win no matter what the cost to others.   

It was a very interesting read and I found my emotions running the gamut!


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