Note: I did not write any of the below. All that follows is being used with permission. This post is my recommendation that you buy Brian Hedge’s new book.
In Active Spirituality, Brian Hedges allows us to read someone else’s mail. In a series of warm pastoral letters, written to a young Christian, he dives into the paradox of grace and effort in the life of faith. Is my Christian life about trying or trusting? Would I describe my relationship to God as running or resting? Is my life more characterized by grace or effort? Hedges makes it clear that it is both: trying and trusting, running and resting, dependence on grace and exerting disciplined effort. This balance is not about getting my doctrine right, but is key to living a healthy Christian life. So pull up a chair, settle in, and read over Chris’s shoulder as he tries to find a church, overcome discouragement, live a chaste life, and develop a plan for spiritual growth, all while learning to rest in the finished work of Jesus.
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, Author
“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
“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.
Ardel B. Caneday, Professor, Author
“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
“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.
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
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