Monday, February 11, 2013

Book Review: License to Kill

Licensed To Kill: A Field Manual For Mortifying SinLicensed To Kill: A Field Manual For Mortifying Sin by Brian G. Hedges
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brian Hedges has written a good, practical book on mortifying sin. He strikes a pretty good balance between resting in Christ and yet growing in sanctification. I especially enjoyed the section on replacing sins with graces. Too often I merely try to stop doing things, but do not replace the sins with its opposite virtue. Hedges made me think more carefully about doing right and not just trying to stop sinning.

I also appreciated his emphasis on reading God's Word and prayer. It is easy to believe that the reading the Scriptures and prayer are insufficient foundations for dealing with sin. But he rightly points out that we will never adequately deal with sin if we are not doing these two things.

The questions at the end of each chapter were helpful as well.

I would recommend this book for someone looking for a basic primer on sin and how to deal with it. There are a lot of gaps because the book is only 100 pages. It does not go in-depth but it will get the reader headed in the right direction.

The book also made me want to look more carefully at Romans 7:14-25.

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8