Dug Down Deep HB Hardcover – 1 Feb 2010
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More than forty years of quadriplegia has underscored to me the matchless value of knowing--really knowing--the doctrines of the Christian faith. "Dug Down Deep reveals how biblical doctrine provides a pathway to understanding the heart and mind of God. If you're looking for 'that one book' that will push you farther down the road to faith than you've ever journeyed before, "Dug Down Deep is it. I highly recommend it! --Joni Eareckson Tada, author; founder and CEO, International Disability Center, Agoura Hills, CA
In "Dug Down Deep my longtime friend Joshua Harris explains the basics of Christian theology in a way all of us can understand. He is a humble man and teaches humbly. If you are tired of hyped promises and want essential truth, this book is for you. As religious fads come and go, the truths in this book will last. --Donald Miller, author of "Blue Like Jazz"
When the apostle Peter says, "Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of "God...casting all your anxiety on Him," he implies that humble people are fearless. They have the courage to stand up for truth humbly. I love the term "humble orthodoxy." And I love Josh Harris. When they come together (Josh and humble orthodoxy), as they do in this book, you get a humble, helpful, courageous testimony to biblical truth. Thank you, Josh, for following through so well on the conversation in Al Mohler's study. --John Piper, author of "Desiring God; Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Joshua Harris lives outside Washington, D.C., in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he is senior pastor at Covenant Life Church . He speaks nationally and has led the New Attitude conferences for college students for six years. Joshua's bestselling books include I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Boy Meets Girl, Not Even a Hint, and Stop Dating the Church. He and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Emma Grace and Joshua Quinn. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The authors honesty about himself and his father is refreshing and will aid the reader to see how one may come to be on the path to learn about true faith after living a life of a superficial christian; or being a christian in name only. Harris learned as he went through life that he needed to know God personally and he shares his stories with us of his journey toward that end. This book seems to be targeted for the christian that has yet too truly accept the gift that God has given each of us.
Harris explains that theology is the study of the nature of God and on some level everyone has studied theology even if on a superficial level. For as he and many have pointed out one cannot profess that God does not exist and not call this the study of theology. The author gives us his interpretation of the basis of theology and why it is important to study. He then starts to introduce reformation Christian doctrine of the charismatic church and pneumatology. We also read that since the Reformation, protestant Christians have agreed that a church must have "the right preaching of God's Word and the right practice of baptism and communion."
I do agree that a church is built on a specific message and not just a random idea. And that message is was delivered to us in the Holy Bible. Baptism and communion are required to be part of the church. As the author points out baptism is performed once and communion many times throughout a Christians life. The New Testament spells out what is required of a local church where Christians are to join as a congregation for their own spiritual health, that of their brethren and of the world around them so that they may be introduced too Jesus Christ, the Word of God.
The Word encourages us to "watch our live and doctrine closely". Why? "It will save you and your hearers". My desire is that the people in our small church grow to love Jesus more as they know more about him. This book is a great help along that journey.
One caveat. The book is not systematic, but personally, I like that as it makes it less of an academic exercise, and more an unveiling of the beauty of God and the gospel.
Joshua Harris traces his life from being raised in an evangelical Christian family through his years of rebellion, his conversion to Christ, his time in a charismatic fellowship and on to his present ministry. The journey was necessary because, as Harris admits, "The bottom line is that my parents' faith wasn't really my faith. I knew how to work the system. I knew the Christian lingo, but my heart wasn't in it. My heart was set on enjoying the moment."
Interwoven with his voyage of discovery of self and of grace Harris teaches, explains and applies some of the core doctrines of the faith - God, the Bible, Christ, the Holy Spirit, redemption and salvation, the Church and sanctification. He has a truly engaging style and is disarmingly honest without majoring on his own sins and shortcomings. There's also a moving chapter where he weaves his father's life story and conversion into the mix.
Aimed primarily, I suspect, at a youth audience this book would also make an excellent, thought-provoking introduction to true Christianity for a non-believer who was willing to genuinely explore biblical truth or even as a theological/discipleship primer for a new Christian. I would unreservedly recommend it for either group, or indeed for anyone who wants to be reminded in a straight-forward, jargon free way of the great doctrines of our faith.
For the purpose of review, I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.
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