- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah (May 17, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601423713
- ISBN-13: 978-1601423719
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 235 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Dug Down Deep
"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
"Via vivid autobiography, Pastor Harris takes readers on a personal journey into the biblical theology that, belatedly, he found he could not manage without. A humbling, compelling, invigorating read."
—J. I. Packer, author of Knowing God
"Josh says that this book is his 'reveling in theology in my own simple way.' Having read it, I can say that it is also a popular defense of the importance of theology and, at the same time, an introduction to it. I enjoyed reading it. And my mind immediately began to go to how I could use this book. Josh has given me a new tool! It is interesting, well written, and excellently illustrated. Josh has succeeded again in giving us a book that is clear, engaging, direct, solid, easy to read, sound, God centered, balanced, humorous—and it even has pictures!"
—Mark Dever, author; Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC
"Dug Down Deep is an incredible book! It's a tangible and incarnate look at theology. I would give it to any young Christian who wants to understand their faith."
—Lecrae, hip-hop artist
"As two young guys who have been deeply blessed and influenced by Josh's books and example, we couldn't be more excited about Dug Down Deep and how God is going to use it to transform a generation. It's a gripping and honest read. In it we learned things about our older brother that we had never, in twenty-one years, been told before! But more importantly, we learned things about our Savior that caused us to fall more deeply in love with him and his Word. Get this book. Read it. And join us on a journey to rediscover what has always been true."
—Alex and Brett Harris, authors of Do Hard Things
"At Boundless, we've enjoyed watching young adults cultivate a fresh desire to go 'further up and further in' as followers of Christ. Few writers fuel that desire quite like Joshua Harris. With humility, humor, and honesty, Dug Down Deep shows the difference that a foundation can make—how vulnerable you can be when it's weak and how transformed you can be when you're willing to go deep."
—Ted Slater, editor, Boundless.org; Focus on the Family
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About the Author
Joshua Harris is senior pastor of Covenant Life in Gaithersburg, Maryland, which belongs to the Sovereign Grace network of local churches. He is the author of Why Church Matters and several books on relationships, including the run-away bestseller, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. He and his wife, Shannon, have three children. Find out more at www.joshharris.com.
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Personally, I really appreciated his chapter on the Holy Spirit. Coming from a liturgical/charismatic/evangelical background, I could relate so much to a lot he had to say. He summed up my feelings on the matter well and reassured me on some things that I still struggle with based on my mixed experiences with Spirit teaching.
I also appreciated the chapter on Humble Orthodoxy. He reminds us of something that Rich Mullins once said. "God is right, the rest of us are just guessing." We are all saved by grace. We have all been wrong. We need to share the truth and the love of Christ, but not in a prideful, spiteful way. As Paul taught Timothy, "The Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness."
Joshua Harris has done both serious and light-hearted on this subject of uber-importance. As he writes early on, "all of us are constantly 'doing' theology." Since "all of us have some idea or opinion about what God is like" we might as well 'do' theology properly.
See, we all know things about God. But we have to be pushed to make the applications for that knowledge. For instance, it's one thing to know that God is good. But what does that mean for us in a practical sense? Sigh if you must, but it's the working out of in depth questions, like how a good God can allow bad things to happen or even knowing if God can make a burrito so hot that even He can't eat it.
Yeah, it's deep stuff.
So Joshua tackles all the basics, from reading the Bible, redemption and sanctification to the 3 personalities of God. He even tells us why church is important. As a pastor, I have to give that chapter 2 thumbs up.
He does it all with an understated humility, which is where he ends his book as well. The truth is not something for Christians to use as a weapon, against other Christians or non-Christians. The truth is something that exists outside of us. Since we cannot control it or own it, but only claim it, we need to be careful how we use it. Joshua emphasizes that our main task is to live by this truth. Much like the parable of the wise and foolish builders, our job is to dig down deep and continue discovering core truths and then shaping our lives by the Truth.
I received this book from my good friends at Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing. They send me books for free and ask that I say something about said books. This latest edition comes with an in-depth study guide, which would be great for small groups.
You can purchase this book here. I recommend that you do.
Enter Joshua Harris and his new book, Dug Down Deep: Understanding What I Believe and Why it Matters. It's not hard to guess what this book is about. Quite simply, it's about theology. But not only does Harris explain fundamental principles of who God is and how he loved us, he indicts himself as the main case study. Acting as a pseudo-biography of himself, this book is relatable because it gives people an opportunity to look at their own lives from a different perspective. It's refreshing. It's convicting.
Dug Down Deep covers a plethora of biblical doctrines, all neatly packaged and delivered in a coherent writing style. "It's only as we study and consider truth about Jesus with our minds that our hearts will be moved by the depth of his greatness and love for us," writes Harris. Reading this book wasn't like other theological books either: theology was woven into life stories that were tangible and real. I was hooked from the beginning and before I knew it, I had blown through eleven chapters that had covered at least twenty different doctrines of the Christian faith. Everything from God and the Bible to the Holy Spirit and church were covered in great detail and with proper biblical support. Harris doesn't try to fit into a category or camp (charismatic, conservative, etc.) but sifts through controversial issues in order to point people towards the truly important details of theology---namely, glorifying Christ and him crucified.
This book lived up to its billing and encouraged me personally. I've known for quite a while that theology is important to the Christian life, but it's been hard to articulate these everyday concepts to myself. Harris helped me have a higher view of God and his work on the Cross while motivating me to pursue sanctification with a reckless abandon. Wisdom is meant to be used and theology is meant to be life-changing.
I would highly recommend this book to readers of all ages, though it may be more effective for people who have grown up in the church and have some basic understandings of the Christian culture. As a college student, I can't help but want all my friends to pick up this book and soak up all the truths revealed in it. It will undoubtedly proved to be worthwhile and paradigm shifting.
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