The winner of last week’s “Freebie Friday” giveaway copy of Beth Moore’s So Long, Insecurity is Kristi Stoughton of Hudson, MA. Congrats Kristi! The winning post # was generated by (Yes, there really is an internet site for just about anything.)

This week I am giving away a copy of another non-fiction book: The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo. Becky’s book, written with Bob DeMoss, reads like fiction but every word is true, and it’s one of the most gripping stories I’ve ever read. It just released last month and is already going into its fourth printing.

Becky never felt safe as a child. In 1969, her father, Robert Nichols, moved with his family to Sellerstown, North Carolina, to serve as a pastor. There he found a small community eager to welcome him…with one exception. Glaring at him from pew number seven was a man obsessed with controlling the church and determined to get rid of anyone who stood in his way.

The first time the Nichols family received a harassing phone call, they dismissed it. The same went for the anonymous letter that threatened they’d leave “crawling or walking…dead or alive.” But what they couldn’t ignore was the strategy of terror their tormentor unleashed, more devastating and violent than they could have ever imagined. Refusing to be driven away, Becky’s father stood his ground until one night when an armed man walked into the family’s kitchen…and her life was shattered.

Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

Why do I find The Devil in Pew Number Seven so compelling? It’s not just because it makes every painful thing my husband and I have been through in ministry seem like a Sunday School picnic. It’s simply this: that if anyone had reason to harbor hatred and seek personal revenge, it would be Becky. But instead her story is not just one of deadly betrayal, but more importantly of divine forgiveness. You really need to read this book to believe it.

If you’d like to win a copy of Becky’s story, leave a comment below.