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  • Unknown Binding
  • ASIN: B003LYW9I8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,413,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris is a book that concisely outlines the importance of Biblical theology for the Christian's life.
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I love books that make me feel like the author and I are chatting as opposed to me reading a book and trying to trudge my way through it.
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Its a great book that will open your curiosity to learn more about God, the bible and living your life the way God wants you to live.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In today's world, doctrine and orthodoxy get a bad rap. Many sincere Christians assume studying doctrine is primarily a waste of time. Doctrine usually leads to cold and dead religion, or else it promotes a divisive and bitter spirit that splits churches and wounds people. What really matters is one's personal relationship with God, and his love for fellow believers.

Joshua Harris would have agreed with this basic sentiment at one time. Dug Down Deep is the story of how he came to realize how important and even life-changing the study of the Bible's doctrine really can be. Harris invites the reader along as he explains what the basic doctrines (or teachings) of the Bible are and illustrates the impact they have had in his own spiritual walk.

Harris writes in a refreshing, open manner. He lets you into his life even sharing some of the dark secrets of his past. He shares the story of his father Gregg's conversion to Christ, as well as his own journey from a seeker-sensitive church youth group to being pastoral intern to C.J. Mahaney.

The book's readability helps it to communicate so effectively when Harris explains such doctrines as the sovereignty of God, sinfulness of man, substitutionary atonement, and the gospel of God's grace. It is the books focus on grace which most dramatically stands out. This is what drew Harris to the joy of knowing Bible doctrine, and it is worth quoting him at some length on this point.

"...it was this message of the gospel of grace for which C.J. Reserved his greatest passion. Most preachers and zealous Christians I knew got fired up over what we needed to do for God. But C.J.'s greatest passion was reserved for exulting in what God had done for us.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lori Kasbeer on February 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been writing book reviews for almost three years and sometimes you know when a book is going to make a difference. I received this book while I was away on Christmas vacation and when I arrived, for the first time in three years a book arrived almost destroyed (this was NO fault of those who sent it). Something leaked from someone else's mailbox, I knew this was a book Satan did not want me to read. This made me even more determined to dry the pages out and read the book. Boy was I glad I did. If you have ever thought studying orthodoxy is just for scholars, well Josh shows you that is not true. His book is easy to read, easy to understand and written in a smooth conversational tone. Readers will feel like they sitting across the table listening to Harris share some of his insights of why theology matters.

This was a GREAT book to begin 2010.

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?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ashertopia TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Joshua Harris takes the well known, but not well understood, parable of the builder (who builds his home on the sand vs the builder who builds his home on the rock under the sand) and applies it in a rich and insightful way to our understanding of Christian doctrine and theology. Dug Down Deep calls the reader to a deeper understanding of Christianity; to the why not just the what of our belief. It is a call to a firm foundation that will lead to a revived love for and appreciation of God. Each of the chapters in the book, after the first couple which serve to introduce us to the topic, go into greater depth on a specific orthodox theology, explaining why it matters and how we apply that knowledge to our walk with Christ.

In reading this book I found a balance between head knowledge and its affect on heart. Too many times I have seen someone go to the extreme on either side. I've seen people go too far to knowledge side where they know so much about God but they may not actually know God, and I've seen the opposite where people experience God but have no idea what their experiences mean. This book is a great resource for those in your life (including yourself) that fit into one of those categories.

Highly recommended.

This book was supplied by WaterBrook Multnomah as a review copy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Harkness on November 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
As you might notice from the title, this book has no illusions of literary style. In fact, I found the author's style sloppy. However, I had agreed to read the book, so I plowed ahead. The author of Dug Down Deep is Joshua Harris who also authored the book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Joshua Harris describes Dug Down Deep as follows:

These pages hold the journal entries of my own spiritual journey--a journey that lead to the realization that sound doctrine is at the center of loving Jesus with passion and authenticity.

I would characterize Dug Deep Down as an overview of theology that is designed to awaken the reader to the basic theological beliefs and understandings one must have in order to be called, "Christian." But primarily, it stood out to me as a self-indulgent memoir structured around precepts of theology.

The language is of the sort a youth pastor might use to identify with teenagers. When I was a teenager, there was no youth pastor. Instead I sat under a man who had more knowledge of scripture than I may ever possess. Although difficult for a teenager to understand, his high level explications probably impacted me in ways I do not fully comprehend and helped shape a life of inquiry.

On the other hand, Dug Deep Down assumes that the reader is unwilling to dig and will be satisfied with a superficial explanation of doctrine. The author both underestimates and proves a disservice to all true followers of Jesus.

This book is at its best when it quotes or references other authors such as J.I. Packer, Wayne Grudem, John Piper, Sally Lloyd-Jones, C.S. Lewis, John Frame, Mark Dever, Timothy Keller, and the Bible. In fact, this could have been two smaller books: the memoir and a summary of the books listed below.
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Since writing his breakout book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, at the age of twenty-one, Joshua Harris has enjoyed tremendous publishing success, with total book sales exceeding 1.5 million copies. His later books, including Boy Meets Girl and Stop Dating the Church firmly established him as a trustworthy voice to his generation. Harris is senior pastor of Covenant Life in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He and his wife, Shannon, have three children.

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