I have a running theme of not finishing my books recently in the right amount of time. I am heading out in 45 minutes to a Beth Moore conference in Houston, TX w/two of my best gals. Whoot whoot! So excited! I am halfway done with the book Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris that I am supposed to do a blog review on. So a short sweet review is that so far I am loving it. It is not a hard read but it does need thought behind it. He wrote Kissed Dating Goodbye back in the day. I read that and liked it (although, alas, I did not kiss dating goodbye:). But this book is a much more mature, spiritually insightful Harris.
It discusses the importance of doctrine and why we need to know what we believe and why as Christ followers. He also shares a lot of his journey toward really understanding what he believes. Some of it is deep weeds but it doesn’t bog you down. I am really enjoying it. It would be great for a newer believer or someone that is really wanting to “dig deep” and figure out the foundations of the faith.
Below you will find a summary and author bio:
Book: Dug Down Deep
Author: Joshua Harris
What will you build your life on?
With startling transparency, Joshua Harris shares how we can rediscover the relevance and power of Christian truth. This is book shows a young man who rose quickly to success in the Christian evangelical world before he realized his spirituality lacked a foundation—it rested more on tradition and morality than on an informed knowledge of God.
For the indifferent or spiritually numb, Harris’s humorous and engaging reflections on Christian beliefs show that orthodoxy isn’t just for scholars—it is for anyone who longs to know the living Jesus Christ. As Harris writes, “I’ve come to learn that theology matters. It matters not because we want to impress people, but because what we know about God shapes the way we think and live. Theology matters because if we get it wrong then our whole life will be wrong.”
Whether you are just exploring Christianity or you are a veteran believer finding yourself overly familiar and cold-hearted, Dug Down Deep will help you rediscover the timeless truths of Scripture. As Harris challenges you to root your faith and feelings about God in the person, work, and words of Jesus, he answers questions such as:
What is God like and how does he speak to me?What difference does it make that Jesus was both human and divine?How does Jesus’s death on the cross pay for my sins?Who is the Holy Spirit and how does he work in my life?
With grace and wisdom, Harris will inspire you to revel in the truth that has captured his own mind and heart. He will ask you to dig deep into a faith so solid you can build your life on it. He will point you to something to believe in again.
Joshua Harris is senior pastor of Covenant Life in Gaithersburg, Maryland, which belongs to the Sovereign Grace network of local churches. A passionate speaker with a gift for making theological truth easy to understand, Joshua is perhaps best known for his runaway bestseller, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, which he wrote at the age of twenty-one. His later books include Boy Meets Girl, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is), and Stop Dating the Church. The founder of the NEXT conferences for young adults, Joshua is committed to seeing the gospel transferred to a new generation of Christians. He and his wife, Shannon, have three children.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.