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Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why - by Harris, Joshua

Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2010. 256pp.
Whitney Hauser, wife of TMS student Jason Hauser

The Lord used one of Joshua Harris' first books, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, to challenge and then totally revolutionize my thinking about dating, love, and marriage. His new book, Dug Down Deep, is no less meaningful and not any less challenging to me. Pastor Harris takes his reader on a journey into discovering why having a solid base of sound biblical truth is necessary for Christian living. In a review posted to the West Hickory Baptist Church blog on June 9, 2010, Pastor Scot Frady wrote, “Dug Down Deep is an interesting mix of theology and biography as Harris skillfully weaves the story of his own spiritual journey into a discussion of the foundational beliefs which should shape our lives as Christians.” Joshua Harris' vulnerability in relating his personal struggles, coupled with the engaging way he shares is story made the book a page turner for me. Harris explained how those struggles drove him to better establish a firm basis for his faith. As he started to dive deeper into profound theological truths laid out in the Scriptures, He came to understand God more . . . the God who wrote these truths . . .whose very essence is truth.

From this book I learned that biblical doctrine and theology are important for all of us and should not be dismissed as only for seminarians. By ignoring these subjects, we may fail to appreciate who God is and what is important to Him. For Joshua Harris, studying these truths drew him nearer to the Lord. He urges readers at the end of the book not to measure spiritual maturity by what we know, but instead to “measure ourselves by the practice of what we know” (228). In other words, don’t be a knowledge-filled, passionless person characterized by “knowledge that puffs up” (1 Cor. 8:1). The last chapter is a battle cry to let the Word of God and truth of God transform and renew your mind and then set your feet and hands to action. Too many Christians would rather win an argument than win a soul. What a great book this was! I highly recommend it to everyone, especially to anyone desiring to understand the importance of walking the talk we speak.

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