Monday, January 18, 2010

Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

You may remember Joshua Harris as the I Kissed Dating Goodybye guy. Several years have passed, he's now married, has a couple kids and is pastoring a church in Maryland. His latest book Dug Down Deep explores how he came to know what he believes and shows the reader his journey to Christian maturity with his own real-life examples and complete honesty. He shares with us about how he's messed up and what God thinks of us when we do find ourselves in sin.
I really enjoyed the chapter in which Joshua shares about Changed, Changing, To Be Changed and how our lives in Christ should be all three of those words. This is something that I've been considering a lot recently.
I also really enjoyed the chapter I Believe in the Holy Spirit and how Joshua tenderly teaches what the gift of speaking in tongues is and how it's used to edify and uplift.
This is an excellent book, one I'd recommend for both new Christians and for those who've grown stagnant in their walk.

Here's a summary of the book:

What will you build your life on?

With startling transparency, Joshua Harris shares how we can rediscover the relevance and power of Christian truth. This is book shows a young man who rose quickly to success in the Christian evangelical world before he realized his spirituality lacked a foundation—it rested more on tradition and morality than on an informed knowledge of God.

For the indifferent or spiritually numb, Harris's humorous and engaging reflections on Christian beliefs show that orthodoxy isn't just for scholars—it is for anyone who longs to know the living Jesus Christ. As Harris writes, "I've come to learn that theology matters. It matters not because we want to impress people, but because what we know about God shapes the way we think and live. Theology matters because if we get it wrong then our whole life will be wrong."

Whether you are just exploring Christianity or you are a veteran believer finding yourself overly familiar and cold-hearted, Dug Down Deep will help you rediscover the timeless truths of Scripture. As Harris challenges you to root your faith and feelings about God in the person, work, and words of Jesus, he answers questions such as:

What is God like and how does he speak to me?What difference does it make that Jesus was both human and divine?How does Jesus's death on the cross pay for my sins?Who is the Holy Spirit and how does he work in my life?
With grace and wisdom, Harris will inspire you to revel in the truth that has captured his own mind and heart. He will ask you to dig deep into a faith so solid you can build your life on it. He will point you to something to believe in again.

For more info or to purchase a copy of this book click here.

Joshua Harris is senior pastor of Covenant Life in Gaithersburg, Maryland, which belongs to the Sovereign Grace network of local churches. A passionate speaker with a gift for making theological truth easy to understand, Joshua is perhaps best known for his runaway bestseller, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, which he wrote at the age of twenty-one. His later books include Boy Meets Girl, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is), and Stop Dating the Church. The founder of the NEXT conferences for young adults, Joshua is committed to seeing the gospel transferred to a new generation of Christians. He and his wife, Shannon, have three children.

This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah for review.

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