The Devil in Pew Number Seven Review and Giveaway.

*This drawing is now closed, and the winner is LaToya!*

When The Devil In Pew Number Seven arrived in my mailbox from Tyndale, I wasn’t quite sure what to think.  This isn’t the sort of thing I usually read.  But as soon as I opened it up all of that uncertainty disappeared.


The true story opens with Ramona, a girl in her late-twenties in the 1960’s, unsure if she’ll ever find love again after the ending of her first marriage to an abusive husband.  The book then continues to chronicle Ramona’s successful second marriage, her journey in on-the-road-evangelism, her struggle with infertility and miscarriage, and eventually her blessed settling into the life of a Pastor’s wife with two beautiful miracle babies.


Unfortunately, at the peak of her happiness, things take a disastrous and horrifying turn as her precious family suffers from terrorist attacks at the hand of a member of their own congregation.  For years they are harassed with threatening letters and phone calls, repeated bombings, drive by shootings, and more.


The perspective shifts to that of Ramona’s 7 year old daughter, Rebecca, as the thing they’ve always feared finally comes to pass when an angry and drunken gunman steps into their home during dinner one Easter weekend.


I cruised this book, entranced, until the last 5th of it or so when I had to keep the tissues handy as Rebecca grows up struggling greatly with depression and dealing with issues of forgiveness towards the people that ruined her happy family.

It’s a great read, especially for anyone having a hard time following Jesus’ teaching to forgive those who hurt you and pray for those who persecute you.  In fact, I’m going to give away a copy of it today. :)


Leave a comment telling me why you’d love a copy of this tale of terror and forgiveness and you’ll be entered into the drawing.  Winner will be selected Wednesday, February 22nd.


Comment away!  Or purchase you’re own copy of The Devil In Pew Number Seven.



*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.


  1. I’ve been without a good read for awhile. Feeling that nothing was meeting me where I’m at. I’ve been very thankful for your posts about leaving organized religion and those have been sustaining me (I want more :-) So, a this book may be something I’ve been waiting on. Thanks for the give away!

  2. I’d love to read this. I struggle with unforgiveness like you wouldn’t believe {or maybe you would}. And I’m always up for a good read.
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  3. I’m always up for a good read and between your review and this video, this book looks intriguing.
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  4. Well I love to read. Reason enough? :-)
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  5. I think I need to read this book.

  6. Kristina Best says:

    This looks like it would be a good read. I am always looking for something to read.

  7. Sounds like a really interesting book. I have also been struggling with forgiveness, and probably not even for things that are as serious as this woman dealt with.

  8. Sounds like an interesting story.

  9. Crystal Taylor says:

    The title alone caught my attention. My intial thoughts were- Hmmm. Ive known some devils sitting in the pews. I wondered if this was going to help me feel better about my bitterness that I can’t seem to let go of- but boy, was I wrong! Now I am wondering if I can swallow my foot or maybe it isn’t too late to remove it from my mouth. I would love a chance to read this book and see an example of true forgivenss & sacrifice. Thanks for the chance, Jessica!! :)

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