Book Review: Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

The Bible image is familiar. The wise men built his house on the rock. The foolish man builds his house on the sand. Storm comes, the wise man’s house still stands, the foolish man’s house goes splat. The image even has its own song. It’s a truth we know, Joshua Harris in Dug Down Deep reminds me that it is a truth to live.

Dug Down Deep is a book on Christian doctrine. Sounds like a dry topic, but not when Joshua Harris is writing. He starts with a simple question, “What are you building your life on?” Is it on the rock or on the sand?

The invitation and challenge to dig down deep in doctrine is to build on the rock. Joshua Harris’s writing style interweaves his own story, practical application, and Biblical truth in a language you can understand. Doctrine matters because theology matters. Our default mode is “me-ology” what I think about me. Theology is what I believe about God. Doctrine matters to make sure that my thoughts about God line up with God’s thoughts about God. As Josh writes, “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.” We all have theology. We all have doctrine. The question is are we building on sand or on the rock?

Dug Down Deep is Joshua Harris own story of how he discovered the beauty of Christian theology, doctrine and orthodoxy. Even better, it’s how we can join him.

Josh does more then talk about faith in Christ. He tells the incredible story of his dad came to faith in Christ.

Josh does more then look at old beliefs of the faith of the past, but of the living faith of today and how it can be part of our lives.

My favorite chapter is the last chapter entitled, “Humble Orthodoxy.” Too often doctrine/orthodoxy has become a weapon to club others we believe are wrong, then a tool to build life together.

Wise people build their house on the rock. The wisest of all do so with love and the invitation that when the storms of life come (and they will come), we have a solid foundation to see us all through.

In inviting us to dig down deep, Josh digs down deep into his own life — what has worked, what has not worked, even more how God has been at work and is at work in this world and in us. That Josh does all this with humility, honesty and feeding one’s hunger for God’s Word makes this book a great read.

I give Dug Down Deep 5 out of 5 stars. It helped me to drill down deeper into my own faith, and to make sure what I believe, teach and confess is built on the solid rock of God’s Word. Dug Down Deep is a great book for new Christians seeking to learn about what it means to be a Christian as well as life long Christians who want to make sure they are building on the rock, not sand. The book also features a reflection and study guide that is suitable for individual as well as small group study. If you want to read an excerpt from the book, click here. You can also watch a great 2 minute video on the book here.

My thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for a free copy to review and for letting me be part of the great Blogging for Books program. I was not required by them to give a positive review. My thanks also to Joshua Harris for writing another great book. His first book that I read is Stop Dating the Church: Fall in Love with the Family of God revised with a new title Why Church Matters. That 5 out of 5 star book reminded me of the value of church membership. This book reminds me of the great depth of being connected to God’s Word and His family.


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