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Hit List: Taking Aim at the Seven Deadly Sins
(Cruciform Press, 2014) 


Endorsements:

"I am grateful that Brian Hedges has tackled the subject of our sin, first in his very helpful book Licensed to Kill, and now in Hit List.  His previous work addresses our need to mortify and not attempt to manage our sin.  He gives wise, pastoral counsel on how we can “put to death what is earthly” in us.  This new volume provides the same kind of helpful guidance.  You will want to wear steel toed boots as you read.  Be prepared to wince."

--Bob LepineCo-Host, FamilyLife Today | Pastor, Redeemer Community Church of Little Rock

"Brian Hedges goes where few dare to go:  He takes on the classic seven deadly sins in Hit List, and does not just biblically explain them well, but also gives theologically solid and practically insightful gospel solutions for them.  This author's refined writing style and pastoral wisdom that measures well beyond his years oozes from this entire book.  For those desiring a pastoral guide through these often misunderstood root sins that will leave you fixed upon the cross of Christ, you have found the right man and the right book for the task." 
--Brian Croft, Senior Pastor, Auburndale Baptist Church | Founder, Practical Shepherding

"With the exception of the Puritan John Owen, no other single author has helped me to understand the mortification of sin like Brian Hedges has. Brian, himself an avid reader of Owen, gives readers a clear picture not simply of the sinfulness of sin, but of the real means to fighting it, namely the gospel. This short book is packed with the rich theology, practical wisdom, and probing questions needed to make it useful for both personal growth and biblical counseling. I will be making use of it for years.”
--Dave Dunham, Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Counseling at Cornerstone Baptist Church

"Hit List is a great book! Hedges brings the historic framework of the seven delay sins into the 21st century. Brian's reading and research into historic Christian theology enriches this readable and thoroughly biblical examination and treatment of 'the big seven.'"
--Tedd Tripp, Author, Conference Speaker 

"Satan destroys by cloaking his schemes in darkness. Hit List is a blazing floodlight—both convicting and gleaming with gospel clarity. For the Christian soldier eager to win the daily war against sin, Hit List is a welcome field manual."  
--Alex Crain, Editor, Christianity.com

“This is a clear, vivid, insightful introduction to the seven deadly sins. Hedges argues convincingly that reflection on the capital vices—and the virtues that fight them—is central to Christian spiritual formation. Hit List is a richly rewarding read.”
--Nathan King, Philosophy Department, Whitworth University

"If you're dying from a disease, of course you want to understand what's killing you. But even more than diagnosis, you want a cure. With characteristic depth, Brian unpacks an ancient formulation of our soul-sickness, while giving us the antidote of grace and gospel. This book is medicine for the soul!"
--Del Fehsenfeld III, Senior Editor, Revive magazine 

"Quick quiz for you: Do you know how to distinguish between sinful anger and righteous anger? Do you know what's at the root of your pride every single time? How about the surprising cures for gluttony? Hit List includes answers to all these questions and so much more. It's not just an academic read, though. Brian includes application questions at the end of each chapter because none of us are immune to the disease of sin. If you've ever heard you shouldn't envy (or get angry or lust or . . .), but you don't know exactly what those sins look like in your everyday life—let alone the cure—then Hit List is for you. Brian has done his research, and I'm personally grateful for his insights on what's at the root of specific sins I deal with . . . and how I can break free. Read, repent, and live free!"   
--Paula Hendricks, Writing & Editorial Manager, Revive Our Hearts | Author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom 

"We live in a culture in which spirituality is on the rise. With this increasing interest in spirituality has come a resurgence in mysticism, Gnosticism and every other ism. Many people are confused about what they believe and why it matters. In addition to this, sin is often minimized or hidden. This is why Hit List by my friend, seasoned Pastor and experienced author, Brian Hedges is such an important book. Taking his cue from church history, Hedges draws on the wisdom of the church to help readers better understand the seven deadly sins and how the gospel frees God’s people from them. As Hedges blows away misconceptions about the sinfulness of man readers will be captivated by the magnificence of what Jesus has done so sinners can put their sin to death and grow in the grace of God. Hit List is an excellent and needed book that I commend to you and pray the Lord will use in powerful ways to convict you of your sinfulness while pointing you to the sufficiency of the finished work of the Savior—Jesus Christ."
--Dave Jenkins, Executive Director, Servants of Grace Ministries | Executive Editor, Theology for Life

"Brian Hedges' books seem to have three things in common. They are filled with rich truth --theologically precise. They are clear and understandable. They are practical and helpful. Each of those things is true of this book. This book, like the others, is personally and pastorally useful. I make it a point to read everything he writes."  
--Ken Pierpont Sr., Pastor-Evangel Baptist Church, Taylor, MI

Active Spirituality: Grace and Effort in the Christian Life (Shepherd Press, 2014)


Endorsements:

“When you start reading this little book, you may have the feeling of reading someone else's mail, for after all, Active Spirituality is a series of letters written by a pastor to a new believer named Chris. Before long, however, you begin to realize that these letters are actually written to you. Full of practical, biblical wisdom, these friendly pages from Brian Hedges are engaging, encouraging, and helpful to Christians at any stage of spiritual maturity.” 
--Don Whitney, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality | Senior Associate Dean for the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky; Author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life 

“The path through discouragement in the Christian life does not lead away from activity, but toward the right kind of activities:  spiritual activities that are enlivened by an active spirituality.  This book is a wonderful treatment of a desperately needed message that manages to hold together the grace we have in Christ with the shape of our response.  This little book is both elegantly written and pastorally rich.  I highly, highly recommend it.” 
--Matthew Lee Anderson, Author of The End of Our Exploring and Earthen Vessels; Lead Writer for Mere Orthodoxy

“Put a fork in it! Brian Hedges has resolved the debate over the distinction between law and Gospel.  If you have been confused about the state of your soul, read Active Spirituality.  If you feel like you need to do more as a Christian, read Active Spirituality.  If you want to live under grace while working out your salvation with fear and trembling, read Active Spirituality.” 
--Todd Friel, Wretched Radio

“Do not judge a book by its cover or by its size. Here is a book with a wealth of godly instruction disproportionate to its dimensions. Many Christians, both youthful and seasoned, wrongly fall prey to the popular notion that grace and effort are antithetical. This compact collection of letters packs an effective theological punch that, God willing, will correct this false dichotomy for readers who are willing to engage thoughtfully the progression of correspondence Brian Hedges presents. Along the way, readers will be exposed to a wonderful array of instructive classic Christian literature—both fiction and non-fiction—that ought to be added to readers’ “books to read,” if not to their own libraries.”
--Ardel B. Caneday, Professor of New Testament & Greek | Biblical & Theological Studies Department, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota; Co-Author of The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance

"Active Spirituality is a timely and important book.  Brian Hedges has threaded the needle of the relationship of justification and sanctification with great precision. The free grace of the gospel compels the Christian to strive after holiness in warm reverence for God. Through a series of letters to a friend, Hedges encourages active pursuit of holiness. Active Spirituality is a fresh take on ancient truth. It is sure to strengthen many believers." 
--Tedd Tripp, Author, Conference Speaker

“Biblically balanced, theologically precise, and warmly pastoral, Active Spirituality will counsel your mind, encourage your heart, and feed your soul. Chew on its nourishing truth and you are sure to grow as you pursue the holiness that can only be empowered by God’s grace.” 
--Paul Tautges, Pastor, Author, and founder of Counseling One Another

"What Pastor Brian Hedges writes, I read.  Why?  Because his love for the beauty of God's grace is matched with his passion to see Christianity work in the real world.  I need that!  Once again Brian has served me and my church well by providing a fresh treatment of how our spiritual lives should work.  What's more he's given it to us in a format of a friend:  a series of letters!  This book is a treasure of godly counsel for the daily journey of Christlikeness." 
--Mark Vroegop, Lead Pastor, College Park Church, Indianapolis, Indiana

"Every believer struggles to maintain the healthy balance between grace
and good works. Brian Hedges, in a wonderful readable style, gives us the
biblical insight and practical balance we need. This will be a book you
read over and over again and give to those you're discipling. Some books
don't help much. This one will lead you to a vibrant spiritual life!" 
--Bill Elliff, Senior Teaching Pastor, The Summit Church, Little Rock, Arkansas

“In a compelling (engaging) series of letters to "Chris", Pastor Hedges (or Brian) does a wonderful job of explaining a fairly complex theological idea, perseverance of the saints, simply and warmly. Often, it seemed many of the letters were actually addressed to me! You will be blessed, as I was, by reading this book.” 
--BG Allen, Outreach & Education Investing Team Leader for Ambassador Enterprises


Licensed to Kill: A Field Manual for Mortifying Sin (Cruciform Press, 2011)


Endorsements:

"Are there things you hate that you end up doing anyway? Have you tried to stop sinning in certain areas of your life, only to face defeat over and over again? If you're ready to get serious about sin patterns in your life - ready to put sin to death instead of trying to manage it - this book outlines the only strategy that works. This is a book I will return to and regularly recommend to others."
--Bob Lepine, Co-Host, FamilyLife Today

"Sanctification is a grueling process. But it's NOT the process of moving beyond the reality of our justification but rather moving deeper into the reality of our justification. This is why when Jesus was asked in John 6:28, 'What must we do to be doing the works of God?' he answered, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him who he sent.' Jesus was getting at the root of the problem because justification alone kills all of our self-salvation projects that fuel all of our bad behavior and moral failures. Brian Hedges shows the importance of fighting the sin that so easily entangles us and robs us of our freedom by fleeing to the finished work of Christ every day. Well done!" 
--Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; Author of Surprised by Grace: God's Relentless Pursuit of Rebels

"Brian Hedges hasn't written a book for our recreational pleasure, but a 'field manual' to assist us in our battle against sin. Rather than aiming at simple moral reformation, Licensed to Kill aims at our spiritual transformation in this fight by addressing the 'drives and desires of our hearts.' Like any good field manual, this is a small volume that focuses on the most critical information regarding our enemy, and gives practical instruction concerning the stalking and killing of sin. This is a theologically solid and helpfully illustrated book that not only warns of sin's danger, but also holds out the gospel confidence of sin's ultimate demise." 
--Joe Thorn, Author of Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself; Lead Pastor, Redeemer Fellowship, Saint Charles, Illinois

"Are you ready for a serious fight to the death? My friend Brian Hedges goes for the jugular by dusting off a near antique word (and worse, a scarcely-used yet lethal weapon): mortification. Are Christ-followers really licensed to kill? Read this 'field-manual' and you will discover that you have a monstrous and aggressive antagonist who is aiming to annihilate you. It's your duty to fight back! Brian has given us a faithful, smart, Word-centered guide to help us identify and form a battle plan for mortally wounding the enemy of indwelling sin." 
--Wes Ward, Senior Director of Media & Content Strategy, Revive Our Hearts



Endorsements:

"Brian Hedges brings a beautiful clarity to our understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and pulls together a comprehensive patchwork of the Gospel's implications for everyday life. The result is a precise and practical picture of a lifestyle rooted in grace. This is a Gospel primer that I will recommend again and again." 
--Paul David Tripp, Author of Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands; Pastoral Staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Brian Hedges has done the church a great service in writing this book, which reveals the God-intended path of sanctification. The ultimate goal in spiritual maturity is to transform believers into the image of Christ. Those who apply the message of this insightful book will, by God's grace, find themselves growing into authentic Christlikeness." 
--Steven J. Lawson, Author of Foundations of Grace; Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, Alabama

"With clarity, balance, common sense, and a relentless commitment to keeping his eye on the goal, Brian Hedges sets the fullness of the gospel to work on the lives of believers, wielding it like a craftsman to shape us into images of Christ." 
--Kris Lundgaard, Author of The Enemy Within and Through the Looking Glass

"Brian Hedges combines credible exegesis with astute theological balance in his approach to spiritual formation. And he wraps it all up with a thoroughgoing Christ-centeredness that is practical and winsome. Christ Formed in You is evangelical spirituality at its best!" 

--Del Fehsenfeld III, Pastoral Services Director, Life Action Ministries


Forthcoming Books: 

Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change Study Guide (Shepherd Press) 

Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians (Shepherd Press) 

With Jesus: Finding Your Place in the Story of Christ (Shepherd Press) 


Interviews

Interview on Hit List on Pilgrim Radio Network with Bill Feltner (Pilgrim Radio Network, November 2014)

Interview on Active Spirituality with Janet Mefferd (Janet Mefferd, November 2014) 

Interview on Hit List with Dave Jenkins (Servants of Grace, November 2014)


Growing Into Life: Interview with Daniel Darling (Christianity Today, August 2014) 

Interview on Active Spirituality with Kevin Boling (Knowing the Truth Radio Program, June 2014) 

The Balance Between Grace and Effort, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (Shepherd Press Blog, June 2014) 

Author Talks with Shaun Tabett (Bible Geeks Gone Wild, June 2014) 

Assurance (DVD) (Wretched Radio, August 2013) 

Interview on Licensed to Kill with Kevin Boling (Knowing the Truth Radio Program, April 2012) 

Interview on Licensed to Kill with Janet Mefferd (Janet Mefferd Show, March 2012) 

Interview on Christ Formed in You with Kevin Boling (Knowing the Truth Radio Program, December 2010) 

Articles


7 Errors to Avoid in Following Christ (Christianity.com, December 2014) 

5 Tools for Growing Your Prayer Life (Christianity.com, November 2014)

5 Motivations to Pray (Christianity.com, October 2014) 

Sharing Christ with a World That Couldn't Care Less (Christianity.com, September 2014) 

How You Can Follow Jesus on the Job (Christianity.com, September 2014) 

Do You Think Biblically About Your Work? (Christianity.com, September 2014)

Is the Christian Life about Running or Resting? (Christianity.com, July 2014)

Facing the Funeral of an Unbeliever (Christianity.com, July 2014) 

God Provides, Even When We Can't See It (Christianity.com, June 2014)

Three Critical Truths About Redemption (Servants of Grace, April 2014) 

Three Reasons the Resurrection Matters (Christianity.com, April 2014)

Is the Evangelical Pro-life Position "New?" (Christianity.com, March 2014)

Why is Christianity Such a "Bloody Religion?" (Christianity.com, March 2014)

What Does it mean to Abide in Christ? (Christianity.com, March 2014) 

3 Tests of Balanced Preaching (ChurchPastors.com, February 2014)

Gospel Repentance (Gospel Connections, February 2014) 

Love and Spiritual Transformation (Servants of Grace, February 2014)

Personhood, Grace, and the Sanctity of Human Life (Christianity.com, January 2014)

Christians, Alcohol, and the Bible  (Christianity.com, December 2013)

Reading for Depth (Servants of Grace, November 2013)

Reading for Breadth (Servants of Grace, November 2013)

How to Feed Your Flock a Balanced Diet (Practical Shepherding, November 2013)

The Enduring Legacy of C. S. Lewis (Christianity.com, November 2013)

What's It All About? "Not I, But Christ"  (Christianity.com, November 2013)


No One Will Pray for My Soul: 'Gravity' Reviewed (The Gospel Coalition, October 2013)

Depending on the Holy Spirit (Christianity.com, October 2013)

Growing Your Appetite for the Lord's Supper (Christianity.com, September 2013)

What to Do When You are Tempted (Christianity.com, September 2013)

The Difficulty of Waiting on God (Christianity.com, June 2013)


Why is Waiting on God So Hard? (Christianity.com, April 2013)

Cured from the Contagion of Sin (Christianity.com, March 2013)

The Woman, the Dragon, and the Child (Christianity.com, January 2013)

Why God Gave Us the Psalms (Christianity.com, November 2012)

Something Better Than Control (Christianity.com, October 2012)

Exterminating the Pests in Your Life (Christianity.com, September 2012)

Preachers and Their Critics  (The Gospel Coalition, September 2012)

Justification: The Best News in the World  (Christianity.com, August 2012)

Are You Thirsty? (Christianity.com, July 2012)

Rescue Your Prayer Life (Christianity.com, June 2012)

Killing Your Sin (Revive Magazine, February 2011)

Puritan Writers Enrich the Modern Church (The Banner of Truth Magazine, Issue 529, October 2007)



Before the Walls Will Fall (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 28, Spring 2004)

The Spiritual Legacy of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 23, Spring 2003; Reprinted in The Banner of Truth Magazine, Issue 510, March 2006)

Why We Should Read The Pilgrim's Progress (The Banner of Truth Magazine, Issue 471, December 2002)

Distinguishing Traits of the New Testament Church (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 16, Spring 2001)

Marks of a Man After God's Own Heart (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 9, Summer 1999)

Book Reviews


Review of Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything by Steve DeWitt (TGC Reviews, August 2012) 

Review of Am I Really a Christian? by Mike McKinley (TGC Reviews, June 2011)


Review of War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles by Paul David Tripp (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 35, Spring 2006)

Review of Come Down, Lord! by Roger Ellsworth (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 34, Winter 2006)

Review of Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity by Eugene H. Peterson (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 34, Winter 2006)

Review of Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications by D. A. Carson (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 32, Summer 2005)

Review of George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 19th Century Revival (2 vols.) by Arnold Dallimore (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 33, Spring 2005)

Review of Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed by Donald S. Whitney (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 31, Spring 2005)

Review of One Thing: Developing a Passion for the Beauty of God by Sam Storms (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 31, Spring 2005)

Review of On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Call and Work by Derek Prime & Alistair Begg (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 31, Spring 2005)

Review of Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change by Paul David Tripp (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 28, Spring 2004)

Review of The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance by Thomas R. Schreiner & Ardel B. Caneday (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 27, Winter 2004)


Review of Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 25, Fall 2003)

Review of Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers by Lewis Drummond (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 25, Fall 2003)

Review of Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography by Iain H. Murray (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 26, Fall 2003)

Review of The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce by John Piper (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 23, Spring 2003)

Review of Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 20, Spring 2002)

Review of A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life by J. I. Packer (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 18. Fall 2001)

Review of Desiring God: The Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper (Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Issue 18, Fall 2001)




Miscellaneous

To Illustrate (Preaching Magazine, Volume 22, Number 3, November-December 2006)