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Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians Book Cover Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians
Brian G. Hedges
Shepherd Press
September 30, 2016
176

A thousand schemes and to-do lists may threaten to enslave you, but Christ died to free you from them, and he is enough.

Paul’s letter to the Colossians is short, but it delivers a roundhouse kick to religion as it reveals the complete and inexhaustible sufficiency of Jesus Christ. Jesus really is everything we need! Paul reveled in the good news that had captured his heart. He never got over it and never moved beyond it. He knew that no one could advance beyond the essential message of the crucified, risen, and exalted Christ. And he didn’t want anyone to retreat from it.

Who should read this book?

  • Pastors, seminary students, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders who want a Christ-focused, gospel-rich study of Colossians
  • Anyone weary of the hard yoke of legalism or the empty promises of man-made religion
  • Anyone thirsty for the simple, life-transforming truth that all we need is found in Christ alone

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. Hedges.

“This is a great commentary on Colossians. I truly hope Brian Hedges tackles other Pauline texts as I truly enjoyed his exegesis of the text. He has provided the perfect balance of devotional thoughts and sound theological insight. If you are searching for a commentary on the book of Colossians, I highly recommend you look no further than Brian Hedges’ excellent effort. You will not be disappointed and you will most importantly grow in your knowledge of how Christ is truly all sufficient.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“Brian Hedges’ book gives the reader an excellent look into some of the deeper, richer meanings of what the Spirit spoke through the apostle.”
Reviewer: Stuart Brogden
Rating: 5 Stars

“Hedges commentary is very readable… It is a commentary I find very commendable.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 4 Stars

“Hedges leaves no room for formulaic approaches or legalistic methodologies for sanctification. The gospel, from start to finish, is an integral component of Hedges’ understanding of the Christian life and that shines through his writing in every respect.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

Christ All Sufficient is an exposition on the book of Colossians. It would be a great resource for the next time I read through the book of Colossians – to have it side by side and consider what another author thought and wrote.”
Reviewer: Cindy Cook
Rating: 4 Stars

“I believe there is a great need for more resources like the one Hedges has provided here. There is in this exposition a laser focus on the text, which as I noted is rare to find in commentaries.”
Reviewer: Steven Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

“He has accomplished what he set out to do in his exposition of Colossians.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 4 Stars

Christ All Sufficient provides clarity on the meaning of Colossians, but goes even further by providing challenging application, as well. This makes the book more than a resource for teachers of the Word, but not less than that. ”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson
Rating: 5 Stars

“What I enjoyed most about Christ All Sufficient was Hedges’ balance of presenting the great commentary while remaining relatable and easy-to-understand. This is not a commentary meant only for theologians or pastors who are well steeped in systematic theology. Hedges does an excellent job of discussing relevant theological issues such as the Colossian heresy concisely and wisely for the reader who has not received training or done in-depth study on New Testament or historical theology. He is very thorough in taking each phrase of each verse and presenting readers with relevant instruction and explanation.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend Christ All Sufficient as a resource for studying the book of Colossians. Whether you are preparing for a sermon series, Sunday School class, small group, or personal study Christ All Sufficient is a great resource.”
Reviewer: Zach Kendrick
Rating: 5 Stars

“I really enjoyed this commentary. I know when I read through Colossians again, I will consider reading this book along with it.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pastors will find this a good addition to their libraries because it will offer a practical balance to technical, scholarly works. I personally benefited from it and wish I had it in my library while I was preaching through the book of Colossians.”
Reviewer: Bill Mazey
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are looking for a highly readable and theologically rich commentary on Colossians, Christ All Sufficient is definitely worth a look. ”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

” This would be the perfect gift for a seminary student. It does teach you a great deal about the text, in a clear and simple format and it isn’t heavily involved. It is concise, straight forward and to the point.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a pleasure, and it is a pleasure to be savored.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“I have read Hedges before and like his earlier works this one does not disappoint. I can’t wait to reread this with a few other commentaries as I work through Paul’s letter to the Colossians in my long-term study time. Thank you for a great book.”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“In about 156 pages, it is rich piece of literature – one that reminds us to rejoice in our gift of salvation, and challenges us to be fruitful, growing and serving as light-bearers of Christ in this world.”
Reviewer: Krista Rodriguez
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simply put, if you are looking for a tool that is both theological and practical for your Bible study, consider picking up Christ All Sufficient by Brian G. Hedges.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would recommend this to those that want to study Colossians, bible study, book groups and those that are in missions work or the ministry.”
Reviewer: Deb Stanhope
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is very readable, from a decidedly evangelical viewpoint, and will be a very helpful aid for future lesson and messages from the Book of Colossians.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering preaching or teaching through Colossians. Even if you’re just planning on reading through the letter, Hedges book will bring out great insights you probably would have missed without doing an in-depth study.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“You’ll find this to be a joy to read & study as you walk through Colossians for devotion or for teaching. Let’s hope there is more to come from Brian Hedges in regards to commentaries.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“This commentary would be a very helpful addition to the library of any preacher, Bible teacher or diligent student of the Bible.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Christ All Sufficient is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Preparation Book Cover Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Preparation
Ernie Baker
Shepherd Press
August 29, 2016
185

Does marriage matter anymore? If so, is it even possible to have a stable marriage? How do you choose the right one? Is there anything to work on now, even before being in a relationship?

Marry Wisely, Marry Well teaches you how to start building your future marriage house even before you begin a relationship. Learn to make a wise choice of a spouse, and how to start preparing yourself for a future relationship that is truly built on Christ.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Preparation (Shepherd Press, 2016).

“Recommend to those intending to get into marriage in the near/far future…”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 5 Stars

Marry Wisely, Marry Well is a good examination of what makes a good relationship.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’ve encountered a lot of books on courtship and dating during my college years, many of them being by Josh Harris and Elisabeth Elliot. This book stands out in its pursuit of applying biblical wisdom to the area of dating and preparation for marriage. If you work with singles and students this a resource that will provide them an understanding of God’s design for relationships that will guard them from much heart ache in the future. I would especially recommend walking a young adult through this book in the context of mentoring.”
Reviewer: Steven Dressen
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book which is simple and easy to read is filled with scripture reference and stories. I think what impressed me the most was the Marriage Project at the end of the book.”
Reviewer: Sherry Legan
Rating: 5 Stars

“I love the evaluation of dating, courtship, online dating, and other spouse finding methods in relation to scripture. As a parent, it can be difficult to find the right Biblical mix for your teenagers without being overly legalistic. I like that Baker cuts through some of the arguments for and against each method by evaluating where it is adding to or taking away from scripture… All in all, I found this book to be a very helpful addition to our library, and it is one that I will refer to often as we continue into the years in which my children will begin to evaluate marriage and the relationships that they wish to have in the romantic sphere of life.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“As a married man reading this book, I see so many aspects of my life that are still in need of improvement. Marry Wisely, Marry Well could be a useful resource for Christians who made some major mistakes in the pre-marital phase of their relationship with their spouse. For the single person, this book is a gold mine for areas that may not be on the radar (or that are being ignored because singleness is an area of struggle and weakness).”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 4 Stars

Marry Wisely, Marry Well is a much-needed drink of biblical wisdom for equipping singles in preparation for marriage. Ernie Baker points us back to Scripture in considering how those unmarried as myself can begin to prepare ourselves for marriage even before we are in a romantic relationship. His work both examines and equips. He asks heart-probing questions throughout the book.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book could well be used in counseling prior to marriage, but I would recommend even that parents and junior high and high school students read through this and settle their hopes and dreams of marriage in God and His Will.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book would be an excellent addition to a homeschooling character study since a lot of homeschooling is about building strong character in children. Parents and young adults alike will benefit from Baker’s biblical approach and parental wisdom. Marry Wisely, Marry Well is a top-notch book on the topic of preparing for marriage and should read by anyone who will be facing these life decisions in the near future.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think this book should be on the shelf of anybody who is planning on getting married, thinking about it, or who teaches about it. This book will help you have a solid blueprint for your marriage.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall it is a nice, concise book on marriage, wisdom, and loving God with all your heart.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are desiring to get married or are working towards getting married and want to have a God glorifying Christ honoring marriage, then this is the Biblical and practical book for you. It will help you immensely.”
Reviewer: Harold Cameron
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is so detailed and intimate, I would highly recommend it for premarital couples. It is easy to read and stands on the Bible.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a strong book that will be a great tool in the hands of ministers, singles who are desiring marriage, and for the pre-marital sessions before the marriage is official.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Preparation is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

Marry Wisely Marry Well by Ernie Baker Buy Now:

Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. HedgesThank you for your interest in reviewing Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. Hedges. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

A thousand schemes and to-do lists may threaten to enslave you, but Christ died to free you from them, and he is enough.

Paul’s letter to the Colossians is short, but it delivers a roundhouse kick to religion as it reveals the complete and inexhaustible sufficiency of Jesus Christ. Jesus really is everything we need! Paul reveled in the good news that had captured his heart. He never got over it and never moved beyond it. He knew that no one could advance beyond the essential of the crucified, risen, and exalted Christ. And he didn’t want anyone to retreat from it.

This thorough, detailed, and readable exposition is perfect for pastors, seminary students, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders who want a Christ-focused, gospel-rich study of Colossians. Its pastoral application of the gospel will appeal to anyone who is weary of the hard yoke of legalism, providing refreshment with the simple, life-transforming truth that all we need is found in Christ alone.

Who should read this book?

  • Pastors, seminary students, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders who want a Christ-focused, gospel-rich study of Colossians
  • Anyone weary of the hard yoke of legalism or the empty promises of man-made religion
  • Anyone thirsty for the simple, life-transforming truth that all we need is found in Christ alone

Praise for Christ All Sufficient:

“…helpfully highlights the supremacy of Christ… a wonderful introduction to this New Testament letter and will serve pastors, teachers, and students very well.”
Tom Ascol, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, FL

“…a rich, clear exposition of this ancient letter, making modern applications of God’s eternal truth to the false ideas of our day. This book has the power to help spiritually hungry individuals and groups to biblically transform their thinking and living.”
—John Crotts, Pastor, Faith Bible Church, Sharpsburg, GA

“…mines the deep theology of Colossians and brings the gold to the surface…”
—Daniel Darling, Vice President of Communication, ERLC

“Brian shines the spotlight on Christ, and reminds us that in Christ we really do have all things…. each of us needs to grow in our understanding of the cosmic Christ who reigns over all. That’s why I am eager to recommend this book to everyone.”
—Dave Furman, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Church of Dubai

Brian HedgesAbout the Author: Brian G. Hedges is the lead pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan. He has been married to Holly since 1996 and they have four children. Brian is also the author of Christ Formed in You and Active Spirituality. For fun, Brian enjoys reading, playing golf, hanging out with his family, and watching good movies.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Shepherd Press
  • ISBN:  9781633421219
  • Page Count:  176 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  October 17-30, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi ebook (Kindle), & .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. Hedges. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Marry Wisely Marry Well by Ernie BakerThank you for your interest in reviewing Marry Wisely, Marry Well. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Does marriage matter anymore? If so, is it even possible to have a stable marriage? How do you choose the right one? Is there anything to work on now, even before being in a relationship?

Marry Wisely, Marry Well teaches you how to start building your future marriage house even before you begin a relationship. Learn to make a wise choice of a spouse, and how to start preparing yourself for a future relationship that is truly built on Christ.

Praise for Marry Wisely, Marry Well:

“…a wonderful distillation of biblical principles … a superbly practical, biblically-based handbook for young people and students who are seeking the wisdom of God’s Word in order to make sure their expectations, their affections, and their hearts are right before God as they contemplate the most important and far-reaching human relationship they will ever enter into.”
—John MacArthur, Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA

“I don’t know of another dating book that is so rigorously biblical in its approach to dating. If you want to think wisely and be Christ-centered in your approach to dating, Marry Wisely, Marry Well is an invaluable resource for singles who genuinely want to honor God in their pursuit of a spouse.”
-Deepak Reju, Pastor of Counseling, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC

“Ernie is a wise man, and he has written a book that is filled with wisdom. It is for those who are thinking about marriage, though it also functions as a fine guide for those who are married. If you know someone in your family or church who is thinking about marriage, this is the perfect gift.”
-Ed Welch, PH.D., Faculty, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

Ernie BakerAbout the Author:
Ernie Baker (M.Div., D.Min.) is Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College and Seminary in Southern California. He served as a pastor for 25 years, is a certified conciliator with The Institute for Christian Conciliation, and is a Fellow with The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Ernie and his wife Rose have six children and seven grandchildren. Along with discipling his own children to make a wise choice of a spouse and to be ready for marriage, Ernie has had extensive involvement in premarital and relationship counseling with hundreds of individuals and couples.

Connect with Ernie:

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Shepherd Press
  • ISBN: 9781633421189
  • Page Count:  185 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  Sept. 26 – Oct 2, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi ebook (Kindle) & .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Marry Wisely, Marry Well. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Counseling One Another: A Theology of Interpersonal Discipleship Book Cover Counseling One Another: A Theology of Interpersonal Discipleship
Paul Tautges
Shepherd Press
February 29, 2016
195

A vibrant ministry of counseling is sorely needed in the church today: a ministry in which believers in Christ demonstrate biblical love to one another within a gospel-centered, truth-driven, and grace-dispensing church environment. Solidly rooted in the belief that the Scriptures are sufficient for every soul-related struggle in life, and fully committed to the truth that the Holy Spirit is competent to accomplish the work of sanctification, this paradigm-shifting book will challenge every believer to be a part of the process of discipleship in the lives of their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Counseling One Another biblically presents, and thoroughly defends, our responsibility to work together towards God s goal to conform each of us to the image of His Son - a goal that will not be reached apart from a targeted form of biblical discipleship, most often referred to as counseling.

All Christians will find Counseling One Another useful as they make progress in the life of sanctification and as they discuss issues with their friends, children, spouses, and fellow believers, providing them with a biblical framework for life and one-another ministry in the body of Christ.

Over the next two weeks the Cross Focused Reviewers are sharing their thoughts on Counseling One Another: A Theology of Interpersonal Discipleship by Paul Tautges (Shepherd Press, 2016).

“Tautges provides a theological and practical foundation for what Biblical Counseling looks like and is.”
Reviewer: Harold Cameron
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is one of those books that I wish every Christian would read. It is succinct, well-written, easy-to-read (though convicting!), and powerful… it was so good! So I encourage you to read it for yourselves.”
Reviewer: Debi Martin
Rating: 5 Stars

“As a result of reading this book, I feel more confident in my role as a mentor to other women and youth and I feel that I will be better able to disciple others as a result of the ideas that I’ve processed in this book.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book is very readable, full of biblical insights, and transitions smoothly from topic to topic. It will be an often used present and future reference. Recommended.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“Tautges goes deep and really gets to the core of discipleship. He doesn’t beat around the bush, but plainly lays out how the Word of God applies to us.”
Reviewer: Heather Hart
Rating: 4 Stars

“Tautges provides a solid theological vision for discipleship…”
Reviewer: Aaron Meservey
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book helps the lay person know how to love others well and disciple them toward Christ-likeness.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think this book is useful for giving an account of how discipleship can incorporate the one-anothers of the New Testament. As believers in the local church are better equipped to give wisdom counsel in the mundane moments of everyday life, crisis counseling might be less needed.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne
Rating: 3 Stars

“I think that it is a very important book on a very important topic, and one that many in our churches — pastors and lay people alike — should be reading to equip themselves to participate in biblical discipleship. I give it my wholehearted recommendation to it as a book that I will definitely be using for myself and those I lead in the very near future.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“Tautges helps us develop into responsible Christians who take their mission of discipleship seriously and with compassion.”
Reviewer: Jill Jones
Rating: 4 Stars

“In a world full of self-help books Counseling One Another is a breath of fresh Biblical air that will surely be beneficial to all who read it.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“Tautges does not go around in circles, he applies relevant authors and quotes as well as uses scripture as a backbone for a plan for discipleship.”
Reviewer: Krista Rodriguez
Rating: 5 Stars

“Paul Tautges shows that in order to counsel one another biblically we must be confident in the sufficiency of Scripture and live under the authority of Scripture all within the context of the local church. Counseling One Another provides the Bible basics to accomplish this aim and equip Christians to grow in sanctification but to counsel others too as well.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“Five Stars and two thumbs way up!”
Reviewer: Ben Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you’re looking for a counseling how-to book, you’ll be disappointed, but if you’re wanting to see how counseling integrates with disciple-making, then pick up this book!”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall, the author covers the topic of “Counseling One Another” from a Christian perspective well. I appreciate all of the scriptural references highlighting the importance of Biblical counseling and how the book steps through the experience of salvation and the process of sanctification. The book also does not shy away from sensitive topics such as homosexuality and cohabitation. The book addresses issues like this from a Biblical perspective and mentors the Christian on how to address these issues during counseling.”
Reviewer: Michael Brown
Rating: 4 Stars

Counseling One Another is a helpful resource for those wishing to assist others as they seek to overcome indwelling sin…”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 3 Stars

“It might sound cliche but I think every believer would benefit from this book. Certainly anyone involved in ministry and discipleship should read this valuable resource. I pray that this book will receive much exposure and in doing so will benefit the church for the glory of God.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you’re interested in exploring in a deeper way the link between preaching and counseling and the importance of community in the life of discipleship, then this is a solid read.”
Reviewer: Bo White
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book is a very positive move in fostering biblical health and growth in the church. May her tribe grow.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 4 Stars

“…convinced that the church can be and should be and must be a community of believers in relationship to the Lord and to one another and encouraging one another to love and to holiness, correcting one another, comforting one another, everyone engaged together on the goal of arriving at holiness and likeness to Jesus. It’s a great vision, and it makes for a great book.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 4 Stars

“I’ve read several books on counseling lately, and each one is driving home the point that the American church, by and large, is totally disconnected from itself. This is an issue that must be addressed, and this volume by Dr. Tautges is a great place to start.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Counseling One Another is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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