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Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters - eBook
Multnomah Books / 2010 / ePub
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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 foundationit 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 scholarsit 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:
From the Hardcover edition.
"In Dug Down Deep my old 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 hype promises, and want essential truth, this book is for you. The truths in this book will last as religious fads come and go." - Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz
More than forty years of quadriplegia has underscored to me the matchless value of knowingreally knowingthe doctrines of the Christian faith. Dug Down Deep reveals how biblical doctrine provides a pathway to understanding the heart and mind of God. If youre looking for that one book that will push you farther down the road to faith than youve 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
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 Mohlers 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, humorousand it even has pictures! Mark Dever, author; Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC
Dug Down Deep is an incredible book! Its 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 Joshs books and example, we couldnt be more excited about Dug Down Deep and how God is going to use it to transform a generation. Its 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, weve 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 makehow vulnerable you can be when its weak and how transformed you can be when youre willing to go deep. Ted Slater, editor, Boundless.org; Focus on the Family
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
Praise for Dug Down Deep
"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."
"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."
"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."
From the Hardcover edition.
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