Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris is the type of book that a new Christian, as well as a seasoned one, will benefit from. The title seems to be derived from the passage of Luke 6:46-49, the parable of the two builders. Of this, Joshua Harris writes, "Jesus is telling us that there are stable and unstable foundations on which to construct our lives. Regardless of our intentions, it's possible to base our confidences and trust - the very footing of our lives - on what is insecure and faulty. On shifting sand."
He goes on to say we need to dig deep and build a solid, stable foundation, which is to examine and learn what we believe so that it's not just on the surface, based on what we know and the traditions and stories we grew up, with but a true transformation.
Another great quote from the book is, "I've come to learn that theology matters. And it matters not because we want a good grade on a test but because what we know about God shapes the way we think and live. What you believe about God's nature - what he is like, what he wants from you, and whether or not you will answer to him - affects every part of your life. Theology matters, because if we get it wrong, then our whole life will be wrong."
In this book, Harris addresses such things as theology, uncovering who God is, reading the Bible, how wonderful and unique Jesus and the incarnation are, how Jesus redeems us, and what that really should mean in our lives. He personally relates his own story of coming to love learning about doctrine and how deeply it has enriched and strengthened his life. Readers will be instantly engaged in this book, as Harris writes in an easy-to-read, compelling manner. His passion for the gospel shines throughout these pages. – Victoria Blackmon, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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.