Sunday, January 17, 2010

Book Review: Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

I grew up in a Christian home where the Scriptures had been read & taught to me as far back as my memory will take me, yet it wasn’t until 10 years ago when my faith was shook to the core, did I begin to really know my God and apply that knowledge to my everyday life.

  Dug Down Deep is Joshua Harris story of how he discovered the relevance of the Scriptures, specifically, orthodoxy.  Joshua is transparent and brutally honest about his background and struggles.  His confession of pride and misunderstandings about the Word are refreshing and easy to relate to.  

Joshua’s passion for Christ is evident in this book; his passion to build his life on the truths of God, not ideas of man flowed freely through each chapter.  Joshua’s humorous and honest approach exudes grace and love to his readers.

By taking his readers’ on a journey through his own experiences, he explains theological terms in a way even the youngest of Believers could understand.  He covers doctrine such as; sanctification and justification in a way that makes his readers want to learn even more, because now they see what it looks like and how it should be lived out. He challenges you to dig down deep in the Word of God, thus coming into a deeper understanding of who God is and how much he loves you.  

This book will become one of our required reading books for our teenagers as we teach them the doctrine of the Scriptures.
One of the last paragraphs of the book, summed the message of Joshua’s book perfectly, I think.  He wrote,

“The message of Christian orthodoxy isn’t that I’m right and someone else is wrong.  It’s that I am wrong and yet God is filled with grace.  I am wrong, and yet God has made a way for me to be forgiven and accepted and loved for eternity.  I am wrong, and yet, God gave his Son, Jesus, to die in my place and receive my punishment.  I am wrong, but through faith in Jesus, I can be made right before a holy God.” (pg 213)

Dug Down Deep will be available for purchase, January 19th at Waterbook

Read more about Josh Harris on his website-

Read the first chapter of this book on his book blog

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