The People in the Pew - New Novel Explores Lives of Five Christians

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What would your pew say if it could speak?

The Pew: Does You Pew Have Secrets?

Like many people, Gail Larson often sat in church and wondered what the person sitting next to her was thinking. In her new novel, "The Pew: Does You Pew Have Secrets?" (now available through AuthorHouse), she weaves an insightful tapestry from the lives of five Christians who share the same bench.

The first in a five-part series that focuses on different significant objects associated with church, "The Pew" opens in the tiny town of Evanville and deals with the lives of people who sit in the same row at their local house of worship. The story begins with Luanne Lamont, a young librarian who sits on the end. She still sits in the same pew despite the dark secret that happened there with her boyfriend.

An elderly couple, the Petersen's, sit next to her. Although his wife relishes every Sunday with God, Bertram only comes to church because of the agreement he made with her when they were married. The only joy he receives from the service is slipping a peppermint candy to the boy who sits next to him.

Jeremy Jordan and his parents, Cass and Hank, fill out the rest of the bench. He likes Bertram's candies and watching his father read Scripture, but is unaware of Hank's real personality. Cass watches her husband in disgust and wonders how he can pretend to be a Christian when he is really a monster.

Larson follows their lives and unveils the secrets hiding behind their facades. She follows each chapter with insights from the pew itself and all the mysteries it knows. A revealing and thought-provoking story, "The Pew" reminds readers of the importance of the people sitting next to them and that the hidden hand of God works behind everything.

An accomplished storyteller and word artist, Larson has been a registered nurse for 25 years. She combines the experiences from her job with her love of God to weave tales that spread His Word. Her non-profit organization, Larson Ministries, Inc., brings the Bible to life through seminars, speaking engagements and retreats. In addition to "The Pew," she is the author of "Ordinary Orchards" and "From Kansas to Oz" (both available through AuthorHouse).

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