Length: 234 pgs
Author: Joshua Harris
Are you looking for a book that would serve as an introduction to theological terms such as: theology, orthodoxy, doctrine, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscient, inerrancy, clarity, sufficiency, the person of Christ, incarnation, atonement, penal substitution, propitiation, regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification, indwelling sin, spiritual gifts, the church? Do you also want the book to be practical, applying these doctrines and truths to everyday life? Do you further desire that the book be deeply honest and personal coming from a humble author giving great illustrations from his own life? Do you think your desires to be too big to ever be realized? Read Joshua Harris’ Dug Down Deep.
Harris doesn’t wade in the deep end of the pool, but he helps you to get there and makes you want to dive… or dig. Theology matters – Harris humbly seeks to convince you of this, and I think he does an excellent job. If you are new to the Christian faith, or new to that faith being talked about in vibrant, robust theological terms this would be a great theological primer.
But the hardest work of all is putting truth into practice. … Church affiliation and a list of beliefs are never enough. Doctrine and theology are always meant to be applied to our lives – to shape and reshape not only a statement of faith but also the practical decisions of how think and act. Book knowledge about building on rock has no value if we’re still resting on shifting sand.
Once when my little brother Isaac was four years old, he grabbed a shovel and headed toward the woods. My mom asked what he was doing. He answered, “I’m going to dig for holes.” The story has become family favorite, and Isaac is tired of having it repeated. But it’s a good description of what we do when we study and argue over beliefs without putting them into practice. We’re digging for holes.
We need to dig for rock.