Review: “Firm in the Faith”
Dennis D. Hustedt
Evangelical Press, 2010, 238pp., paperback, £8.99
Selecting from and sometimes slightly simplifying the questions and answers of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Hustedt sets out to give his readers a week-by-week, year-long opportunity to get to grips with fundamental Scriptural truths. The course is divided into four sections: “Christian basics,” “Jesus is Lord,” “The moral law,” and “The means of grace.” Each week a different question is taken and – on a quite busy page – we are encouraged to memorize the question and answer with a key text, consider and respond to the truth established from a variety of Scriptures, often with additional histories or activities thrown in. The course material is covered in the first half of the book, the latter half suggesting answers and explanations. Families, small groups, Sunday Schools, or a cluster of friends might all equally find this a helpful pattern to frame studies of the truth. The language is plain, and the pitch and point of the questions prompt to careful thought and principled action.