I thought this book was great. It describes doctrine in an understandable way. In fact, you wouldn't even know you were reading about all the different doctrines except he tells you. The examples he gives are down to earth and make sense. There's humor as well as humility in the writing. I like that in the end he gives statements of I am wrong but its through faith in Jesus I can be made right before God. I appreciate the message he's getting out in this book. We need to know what it is God wants from us and how else can we do that except to study His word. We need to build a solid foundation and this book helps to understand that. I recommend this book highly.
I received this book free from blogging for books in exchange for my review.
Explaining why we believe, what we believe, seems to be a pretty daunting task for anyone and in Josh Harris's book, "Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why it Matters", Josh shares a personal, emotional filled book, of moving from a faith based on just knowing enough to go through the emotions, to having a faith, filled with a deeper understanding of why he is a follower of Christ, why he believes what he believes, and why we need to go beyond the Sunday-Church attendence, and move into a deeper understanding of what it means to be a christian.
Truth is, manner, have a superficial understanding of Christian doctrine, maybe barely read the bible, other than on Sunday and would have a hard time explaining or even defending their faith, and in "Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why it Matters", we meet someone who struggle with those very same issues, who lived a life that many would consider, "just on the surface" and takes us on a layman's understanding of discovery, awakening and growth.
This is a wonderful and powerful book, that I would personally recommend to anyone, who wants to live a more authentic faith and its written in a non-complicated, non-academic, we're not the only one to feel what we feel,way that in a world where the church is becoming an empty shell for many, and more are just walking away from the faith, unearthing the reasonings behind why-many of us, simply don't understand basic doctrine as well as we think we do.
"Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why it Matters" is hard hitting in an emotional way; This is a pastor who shared a common background like many Christians, who probrably live a faith that is just enough, but never deeper than that and for him, Joshua Harris, searched for a deeper reason why and understanding.
He shows too that we don't have to have theological degrees, go to seminaries, but simply read God's word, the Bible, and many of the books, he shared he read, is available to everyday people as well, but the simple truth, is that as we will see in, "Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why it Matters", many times, we take being a Christian for granted, until the hard questions come our way.
What I love about this book is that, he really shares about basic principles about doctrine that is scriptural strong and helps both new Christians, the "mature" Christian and even the "Growing" Christian, how to have a stronger foundation, but also see how that, no one is perfect and like many, often just don't understand their faith, beyond the Sunday School teachings or the weekly sermons, but if asked to explain, not many honestly can explain the basic doctrines/theology as Joshua Harris discovers.
From "Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why it Matters", Joshua Harris, shares, "The doctrine of Scripture teaches us about the authority of God's Word. Scripture must be the final rule of faith and practice for our lives. Not our feelings or emotions. Not signs or prophetic words or hunches."
This is a book that will encourage you...challenge you...provoke you to ask yourself...what is it about Scripture that you really know and will have you re-searching, reading, re-learning and digging deep into Scripture to understand, why and what it is you believe.
****Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for the opportunity to read and review this amazing book****
I really don't want to sound like an ad campaign parrot, just repeating over and over again how much I loved this book. But truthfully, I couldn't put it down. Joshua Harris has done a stellar job with this book, walking through the core, fundamental beliefs of Christianity, as well as taking the distant, Ã¢â¬Ëholier-than-thou' feeling and sound out of words like Ã¢â¬Ëdoctrine' and Ã¢â¬Ëorthodoxy' by explaining their essential meaning versus what they've come to be taken as.
The author begins the book with a recounting of his own years in which the gospel meant little, if anything, to him. He then shares the story of how he began to truly desire God's word and to learn more about God Himself. He does this while cautioning Christians against coming to view God as an object we can study under a microscope rather than a living person we can know and have a deep relationship with.
The book dedicates a great amount of page time to the person of Jesus Christ, who He was, His complete uniqueness, and the purpose for which He came and died. I think that is a very necessary thing for Christians todayÃ¢â¬âespecially new ChristiansÃ¢â¬âto be told, since so often the essence of who Jesus is and the truth of His mission to Earth is lost amid diluted, child-friendly Sunday school stories.
There is also a chapter dedicated to discussing the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians, clarifying much common confusion.
Another chapter discusses the churchÃ¢â¬âwhy it's so incredibly important, what it really means to be the church rather than simply Ã¢â¬Ëgoing to church' on Sunday morning (although the author does clearly urge church attendance) and how we the church are supposed to function as the bride of Christ.
There was so much more to this book that I could go into, but I'll leave off with simply telling you that you must read it! Even if you've been a Christian for years and years, read it anyway. I've been a Christian for years too, but this book still helped me to see things and think about things in ways I hadn't considered before.
Read this book. Loan this book to your friends. Add this book to your libraryÃ¢â¬âit's definitely staying in mine.
This is one of those books about "the basics" of Christianity that challenges readers to slow down and really think. I found myself not only bookmarking where I left off each day, but also several pages that contain quotes I want to remember.
For those who think theology and doctrine are dry terms that only apply to academia, they may be surprised by Harris's words: "...sound doctrine has to begin in a heart drawing close to Jesus." I'm all about relationships, and it seems, from this statement, they're important to the author as well.
Doctrine simply defined, according to Harris, is "the meaning of the story God is writing in the world."
Hearts drawing close and meaningful stories don't sound like dry subjects to me.
I could have said, "I already knew that" to many of the observations in Dug Down Deep. However, I've found there are those Ah Ha moments in life when I come to know something at a deeper level than before. There were a number of such moments as I read this book.
Salvation is God's work. Christian growth means becoming more like Jesus. What we do is important, not just what we don't do. As John Piper puts it, "The issue is not separating rules but consecrated hearts." It's vital that Christian brothers and sisters, the church, work together for the common goal of making Christ known.
Harris teaches these truths in a very down-to-earth, sit-across-the-table-from-the-reader kind of way. The book is very engaging, and I appreciate the author's openness and honesty about his own shortcomings. (I'm not a huge fan of those who come across as "I've already arrived; hurry and catch up.")
The book ends with a challenge to dig down deep into the truth of the Scriptures to discover who God is and what that means to us.
I received a free e-copy of Joshua Harris's Dug Down Deep from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.
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Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe And Why It Matters, written by Joshua Harris, is a book about Theology written for the everyday Christian.
Dug Down Deep brings a new look to the study and necessity of doctrine within the lives of Christians. Joshua takes his readers through deep theological truths, as they follow his own personal journey into understanding the place and presence of God within his life.
The truth and simplicity within Joshua's writing/teaching is seen throughout the entirety of this book. In his words, Joshua states the following in chapter one: "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 we believe about God's nature-what he is like, what he wants from you, and whether or not you will answer him-affects every part of your life. Theology matters, because if we get it wrong, then our whole life will be wrong."
This book is a refreshing look at theology, one that doesn't cross through 1500 pages, that keeps its readers attention from cover to cover. Thus it is a recommended purchase.