Endorsements and Reviews

“As little girls, we're all scared of something. For five-year-old Rebecca, it was a bomb-setting madman in her daddy's church—with her family as the target. Against the odds she survived and has had to learn that ‘forgiveness is the language of heaven.’ This is must reading for anyone struggling to forgive and find.”

Shelley Breen

Point of Grace

“As Christians we often pray, ‘Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.’  It’s a lot easier to ask God for forgiveness for our own failings than it is to extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us.  Rebecca Alonzo’s story shows us that, with the Lord’s grace, forgiveness and healing are possible, even in the most horrific of situations.”

James D. Daly

President and CEO, Focus on the Family

“What if someone were to do something unimaginably horrific to you or your family? The Devil in Pew #7 is a riveting true story of one woman’s journey of forgiveness, the depths of which most of us will never experience. Ultimately, Rebecca’s harrowing account serves as an inspiration to us all, especially to those who are struggling with forgiveness in their own lives.” 

Dr. Tim LaHaye

President, Tim LaHaye Ministries; coauthor, Left Behind series

“Without a doubt, this is one of the best books I have ever read. I believe Becky's story will be greatly used of our Lord to change the lives of countless numbers of people.”

Sherrill Babb, Ph.D.

Chancellor, Philadelphia Biblical University

“Becky re-lives the ‘shop of horrors’ in which she grew up, as her pastor dad and family were the target of unrelenting, vicious, malicious attacks. You will be dumbfounded and heartbroken over the extent to which evil can be perpetrated by bitter hearts. You will be vexed by the apparent triumph of injustice in this world and perplexed by the seeming inactivity of God at times. And you will marvel at the grace of God to enable His children to persevere through the fire, forgive their enemies, overcome evil with good, and hold fast to hope that a Day is coming when He will right all wrongs and vindicate those who are His own.”

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Author, Revive Our Hearts radio host

“Forgiveness seems so unnatural.  For the offended to be able to remove the debt of the offender can only be a ‘God thing.’  The Devil in Pew #7 proves that point very well.” 

 H. B. London, Jr.

Vice President, Church and Clergy, Focus on the Family


“At the heart of solving most of our relational conflicts is one all-important word—forgiveness. Becky's remarkable story will unlock multitudes from their past and propel them into a life of freedom, success and peace. I highly recommend this book.”

Larry Tomczak

Author and Speaker

“Becky has reached a level of forgiveness where few will ever have to go. In going there herself she leads us on a path of freedom that is riveting and revolutionary at the same time. Thank you, Becky, for having the courage to put this in print. We loved every page."

Ron and Lynette Lewis

King’s Park International Church, Durham, North Carolina, and Morning Star New York, New York City


Get ready to be captivated and inspired by the testimony of the Nichols' family. This book will touch your heart, challenging you to walk in forgiveness and believe in the power of God’s forgiveness and grace. We simply could not put the book down.

Sam and Kathi Katina, The Katinas

Contemporary Christian Artists


”There are moments you forget this story is true because it reads like a nail-biting suspense novel, but it is.  Yet what is also true is the powerful ability God can grant the human heart to forgive and heal.  Those who read this book will feel the impact of life’s pain and the beauty of heaven’s healing.”

Denise Hildreth Jones

Author of “Hurricanes in Paradise” and “Flying Solo: A Journey of Divorce, Healing and a Very Present God.”


Rebecca Alonzo's The Devil in Pew Number Seven details her horrifying childhood story of a terror campaign intended to expel her family from their home and her father from his pulpit. The account covers more than a half-decade of living in fear of harassment, bombings, and shootings, as well as the family’s unceasing prayers for protection. Rebecca's thrilling narrative, all the more chilling for its truth, is ultimately a message of reconciliation, mercy, and amazing forgiveness in the face of heartbreaking tragedy.

The tale highlights how Mr. Watts, a religious power-broker, used every means available to drive away Rebecca’s father, Robert Nichols, and regain his lost influence in the community. Following Rebecca as she grows, living under the constant fear of death, the book ranges from touching romance and spiritual revivals to tension-filled hostage situations and acts of terrorism. The firsthand account and emotional testimony make apathy impossible; Rebecca’s experience is as compelling as it is realistic.

What gives the story its power is the humility and obedience with which Robert obeys God's calling to remain, despite the attacks on his family. “One side does its fighting with terrorist tactics-- dynamite, letting air out of tires, cutting phone lines and shooting out lights. The other side answers with preaching, prayer, patience and the sheriff.” Despite the danger, the book not only emphasizes, but repeatedly lives out the biblical maxim: “A good shepherd will lay down his life for his flock.”

The Devil in Pew Number Seven is a powerful, potentially life-changing book. It practices exactly what it preaches: sound doctrine, and grace far beyond the norm. There is violence, but it is not gory, exaggerated, or glorified. Ultimately, this book can provide anyone a convicting, modern-day example of the power of forgiveness. This book is highly recommended for all.

Ryan Dennison, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com


5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story Strengthens the Soul, July 12, 2010
This review is from: The Devil in Pew Number Seven (Paperback)
Of the 50 or 60 books I collected at a recent book convention, this was my favorite. Don't miss it.

The dramatic and beautifully told story would have been enough, but this memoir is also GOOD FOR THE SOUL. It is for anyone who's ever needed to forgive someone. (And if you don't find yourself in that lot, you're just not paying attention.)

Pick up The Devil in Pew Number 7. You won't want to put it down.
-- Margot S. Hausman "Margot Starbuck"
5.0 out of 5 stars 5.0 out of 5 stars Challenges the heart!, July 20, 2010
This review is from: The Devil in Pew Number Seven (Paperback)
A must read for all that truly challenges the heart! Forgiveness is the heart of the Gospel, and the heart of this book. You will experience a range of emotions from heart-warming romance to gut wrenching injustice. You will not be able to put it down!
 -- Maretta Rohrer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil in Pew Number Seven, August 30, 2010
This review is from: The Devil in Pew Number Seven (Paperback)
I chose this book to read and review based on the title, and this book did not disappoint. The Devil in Pew Number Seven is a true life story. The terror and horror that one family went through as well as a story of true forgiveness, no matter what.

Rebecca Nichols Alonzo shares the unimaginable story that her family went through in The Devil in Pew Number Seven, and she shares a truly remarkable lesson in forgiveness.

When Rebecca was just a small child her family moved Sellerstown, North Carolina so that her father could be a Pastor. Most of the town gladly accepted the family, except for the man in pew number seven, Mr. Watts. The story that is told is one of hatred, by Mr. Watts, and love and forgiveness, by the Nichols family. As the family is threatened day after day, they continue to show love and forgiveness, and as the family is destroyed right before Rebecca's young eyes she continues to show love and forgiveness to those that have taken the ones she loves the most.

A true story of one families undeniable faith and the ability to show true forgiveness no matter what the price.
I really enjoyed the whole story and couldn't put it down. I don't know that I would ever be able to do what Rebecca did, as she truly shows the love of Jesus in her abililty to forgive those that took so much away from her.

**Disclaimer** I was not paid for this review. I was given a free copy to read from Tyndale publishers in exchange for my review.
-- Bro2ice
A MUST READ, August 26, 2010
This review is from: The Devil in Pew Number Seven (Paperback)
WOW! WOW! WOW! This has got to be one of the most AMAZING books I have EVER read! I truly cannot grasp having to live through all that the Nichols family had to endure. Not only did they endure far too much, but the Grace in which they lived their lives year after year and torment after torment is something that ONLY GOD could do in and through them! The Devil in Pew Number Seven will astound you in ways I can't share without spoiling the story but suffice it to say, it is an unbelievable, true account of Gods amazing Grace and One families dedication to serve God & their church family.

This is a MUST READ book ~ a Powerful testimony!!! It will challenge you on soo many levels and for me....I questioned myself over and over...Could I endure, forgive, and stand strong the way Rebekah did and has continued to do! Truly, she and her family provide a powerful lesson on the "language of Heaven" and the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
 -- Loren M. Mcghee