Sunday, June 5, 2011

Book Review: Dug Down Deep

Editor's note: This book was reviewed by my adorable wife (and mother-to-be), Hannah. Don't forget to rank her review (below).

Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris covers profound doctrines of the faith in an entertaining, straightforward way. I dreaded picking up this book because theology books are often better for reference than as cover-to-cover reading material. When I finally read it, Harris peaked my interest with real-life story applications and illustrations. A distinct passion for theology comes out on every page.

Harris’s book addresses the popular idea that theology is a dry study and that we only need to know that God loves us. Actually, we need to know God in order to love and serve God. Just as the author studies his daughter to know her likes and dislikes to be closer in relationship to her, we can study God in a vibrant, enthusiastic manner. The question he always seems to imply with each chapter is, “What will we do with the knowledge of God we have?”

I especially enjoyed the chapters on the church and the Holy Spirit as these areas are sometimes overlooked or ignored in evangelical theology. This book reminded me that the church is central to God’s purpose in the world. Too often we view Christianity through our individualistic mindset, but Harris addresses belief head-on in a biblical way.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers as part of the blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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