The Fruitful Vine

Warren Henderson

Precious Seed

Paperback, 172pp. Published by Gospel Folio Press, 304 Killaly St. West, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. Price £8.95, ISBN 1-897117-13-2.

Any author who dares to write on such an important subject as ‘Biblical Womanhood’ in these difficult days deserves our thanks, particularly so when he turns our minds away from twenty-first century cultural pressures and back to the scriptures. This book is divided into six sections. Marriage occupies the greatest space, including a consideration of the decision to remain single. Also included are: the Vine, conditions for spiritual and moral fruitfulness; Motherhood; the Home; the Autumn years, including some pages on widowhood; and Godly character and ministry.

Commendably, the book is based on the teaching of the early chapters of Genesis, and on the New Testament truth, including 1 Corinthians chapter 11 verses 2-16. God’s gracious purpose in instituting marriage is emphasized, with clear reference to Genesis. The principle of headship, and the duties and responsibilities which devolve upon both sexes in consequence of this principle, are faithfully expounded. Lessons from scripture, notably from the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah, are highlighted and applied. Such issues as the impact of home life on the next generation are thoughtfully covered. Sexual behaviour is discussed in discrete terms, and is placed in a biblical context. Throughout, the author challenges us all to examine our own consciences in the light of the scriptural principles on which our behaviour should be based. It is hoped that some readers will not be put off by the obviously American provenance of the book and the occasionally patronising solution to a complex problem. This reviewer would also have liked to see a section dealing with behaviour before marriage. These minor issues apart, this book is to be recommended.

[Our thanks to Ed Hotchin, Hucknall, Nottingham, for this review]

There are 33 articles in
ISSUE (2007, Volume 62 Issue 1)

1 Corinthians 9-10 (4)

Part 2. The Believer and Principalities and Powers

Believers under threat

Bryn Mawr Assembly, Philadelphia, USA

The Chuch in Smyrna

Coming out and going in!


Education of Children otherwise than at a School (1)

Evangelical Mission Press, South Africa

An Expectant Assembly

Faith’s Resource in Pressure

‘Fire Safety - Risk Assesment Small and Medium Places of Assembly’

Gospel Work and other Activities

Grace and Mercy

The Greatest Disincentive To Believing That There Are ‘Signs of the Times’

If God should go on strike

The Indispensable Man

Is suffering evidence that God does not care?

Islam, The Challenge to the Church

Living Productive Lives in a Society hostile to God

The Manand the Trees

Must I really go, Lord?

The One Gospel and its Freedom

Philippians – The Mind of Christ

Rapture Fiction and the Evangelical Crisis


Some Thoughts on Godliness (2)

The Fruitful Vine

The Guide: Volume 2, Truth Under Attack

The Word and the Spirit

Views from the News

What the Bible Teaches – Joshua, Judges and Ruth

Why Does an Assembly Die?

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Seeds of Destiny - A Genesis Devotional

Be Angry and Sin Not

The Fruitful Vine

Hallowed be Thy Name

The Olive Plants

Greater than the Temple

The Pattern

Teaching and Guiding a Rising Generation - Part 1: THE SPIRITUAL BALANCE

Teaching and Guiding a Rising Generation - Part 2: WHAT IS BIBLICAL TRAINING?

Teaching and Guiding a Rising Generation - Part 3: THE GOALS