Beyond Baptism

Fannie Houck, Review and Herald Publishing Assn., Hagerstown, Maryland, 1987, 95 pages, paper, $6.95.

Reviewed by Marian Brincken Forschler, a free-lance writer who has developed a new member program for her church in Renton, Washington.

This book offers great promise for helping new members understand and ease into the Adventist subculture. When I worked as a new member teacher and leader, I wished for a book like this. It's a handy source of vital information.

There is so much for a new member to learn. For example, many new members fail to notice that Adventists don't use profanity, and only the most brazen would reproach the new member if he or she did so. In this book the subject is treated briefly, positively, and tastefully, as are many other delicate lifestyle issues.

The book explains the Adventist Church organization from the lowest to the highest levels. It tells how to fill out an offering envelope and pictures the scope of Adventist ministry around the world in a way that builds a sense of being part of a significant, Christ-centered, vibrant organization.

An appendix, "Those SDA Idioms," provides a priceless treasure. The new member may easily look up unfamiliar words and phrases that Adventists bandy about. The list is concise and thorough.

This significant contribution to the task of integrating new people into the Adventist Church provides not only a breezy, readable style but will function as an en during reference book. It also contains suggested readings and has an index.

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Reviewed by Marian Brincken Forschler, a free-lance writer who has developed a new member program for her church in Renton, Washington.

October 1988

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