Saturday, February 18, 2012

Wow - February is Almost Gone

I can't believe February is almost over.  Two months of 2012 are soon to be gone.  January and February have been busy as usual.  Tax season is upon us at work...lots of extra hours being put in.  We will survive it just like we always have, even though it seems very overwhelming at times.

Another season of Upward is about to go in the record books.  This  is Stephen's last year to get to play.  He wishes he could keep playing.  He has really stepped up this year.  He is a lot more aggressive on the court.  He made more shots in his first game than he even attempted in the last two years of play.  Skylar is still cheering.  She loves it and I think she will continue to cheer in the upcoming years.

I got an e-reader for Christmas and I have been putting it to good use.  I have found that I can get books free from, and I have been hoarding up almost everything they offer.  I have always loved reading, but I honestly didn't know whether I would like reading on an e-reader or not, so when I requested one, I asked for a cheaper no-name brand.  So far I love it more than I thought I would.  It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that some of them have, but for just reading books it is great.  So far I have read Child of the Mist, The Help, Explosive Eighteen, and Directed Verdict.  I also just finished reading The Devil in Pew Number Seven in paperback.  Sometimes you just can't beat the feel of a real book in your hands especially when you receive it for free just for reviewing it.  I plan to review more of the books I read - especially the ones I download for free, but you know how plans are sometimes...we will see how that works out.

Book Review: The Devil in Pew Number Seven

Cover: The Devil in Pew Number Seven

Rebecca's entire childhood was riddled with terror.  Her father and mother moved to Sellerstown, North Carolina to pastor a church there.  Seems like the ideal family setting.  However, while most of the congregation  and community  welcomed him, one man was bent on running the pastor and his family out of town.  For years this man terrorized the Nichols family, but Robert refused to back down in the face of this terror, until one Easter weekend the unthinkable finally happened.  The family was torn apart when a man entered their kitchen and began shooting.

If anyone has a reason to hold on to anger, hatred and bitterness it would be Rebecca  But this is the true store of what forgiveness is truly about.  She explains how her upbringing allowed her to forgive those responsible for taking away from her the carefree days of childhood, stealing her mother and eventually her father from her.  By forgiving, she has been able to live a life pleasing to God and has enjoyed his blessings.

I truly enjoyed this book.  The fact that it was a true story was more than a little disturbing.  To think that anyone could treat a family - especially his own pastor - the way the Nichols family was treated is unthinkable.  Her ability to forgive the people responsible is a true testimony to her love of the Lord.

I received a free copy of this book to review from Tyndale.  I have not been compensated for this review.