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.