Author & Speaker

Author & Speaker

Author & Speaker

On the Power of Forgiveness

On the Power of Forgiveness

On the Power of Forgiveness


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Rebecca Nichols Alonzo is a speaker about betrayal and the power of forgiveness. Her story has been featured on Dr. Phil, The 700 Club, Lifestyle Magazine, and CNN. She has been involved in ministry, including church plants, youth outreach, Bible studies and missions for over twenty years. Rebecca’s autobiography, The Devil in Pew Number Seven, is the amazing true saga of relentless persecution, one family’s faith and courage in the face of it, and a daughter whose parents taught her that forgiveness is the language of Heaven. She attended Evangel University and is a graduate of Missouri State University. Rebecca and her husband, along with their two children, live in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Rebecca never felt safe as a child. In 1969, her father, Robert Nichols, moved 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. Determined to get rid of anyone who stood in his way, he unleashed a plan of terror that was more devastating and violent than the Nichols family could have ever imagined. Refusing to be driven away by acts of intimidation, Rebecca’s father stood his ground until one night when an armed man walked into the family’s kitchen . . . And Rebecca’s life was shattered. If anyone had a reason to harbor hatred and seek personal revenge, it would be Rebecca. Yet The Devil in Pew Number Seven tells a different story. It is the amazing true saga of relentless persecution, one family’s faith and courage in the face of it, and a daughter whose parents taught her the power of forgiveness.

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More than ever before, the poignant importance of Rebecca Alonzo’s uniquely riveting message of radical forgiveness is an absolute must today. Embodied in everything she says and does, Rebecca rocks the heart with insightful grace that breaks the deepest strongholds of the soul. Her ministry at our church prepared us for one of our toughest stretches ever and equipped our people with courage and faith for their own journeys.

Norman Nakanishi | Founding and Senior Pastor – Grace Bible Church Pearlside

Rebecca is absolutely fabulous sharing her testimony of how God worked forgiveness in her life toward the man that did the unthinkable against her family. I would fully recommend having her share in any venue. The words that she speaks & the truth that she brings is life changing!!

Pastor Howard Walden | Director/President – Inspire Church Ministries

As little girls, we’re all scared of something. For five-year-old Becky, 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.

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. Becky’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 Number 7 is a riveting true story of one woman’s journey of forgiveness, the depths of which most of us will never experience. Ultimately, Becky’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 vicious 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 and perplexed by the seeming inactivity of God at times. And you will marvel at the grace of God to enable His children to 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 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 and Morning Star

Get ready to be captivated and inspired by Becky’s testimony. We simply could not put the book down.

Sam and Kathi Katina | The Katinas


Rebecca has been sharing her message of forgiveness in front of audiences around the world for over 20 years. To book her for your organization email us and someone from our office will be in touch with you right away. We look forward to sharing this message of hope with you!