HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Abide in Me: Our Lord’s Supreme Invitation to the Believer
Author: N. A. Woychuk
Cover Illustrator: Jeffery Terpstra
Publisher: SMF Press, 2003
Related website: http://scripturememory.com/
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Woychuk, N. A. Abide in Me: Our Lord’s Supreme Invitation to the Believer (published in 2003 by SFM [Scripture Memory Fellowship] Press, P. O. Box 411551, St. Louis, MO 63141 [now located at P. O. Box 550232 Dallas, TX 75355). In John 15:4 Jesus is quoted by the beloved apostle as saying, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” In this book, author N. A. Woychuk, founder and Executive Director of Scripture Memory Fellowship until his death in 2009, examines what it means to abide in Christ. Included in this compilation of reflections are poetry and sermon excerpts along with selections by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Andrew Murray and John Henry Jowett. Woychuk begins, “Here is an invitation that is completely different. No person had ever expressed anything that is comparable.”
I have categorized the book under “Bible study,” but it would probably best be characterized as devotional. Depending upon their theological background, some might find a little disagreement with a few concepts presented in the book, such as how to be saved and the unconditional perseverance of the saints. For example, on page 7 the author, commenting on John 3:5, wrote, “The ‘water’ would seem to suggest the ‘word.’” Many noted and reputable Bible scholars would not concur. However, such items are relatively minor. I found a good deal of beneficial material in reading the book.