Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris has just been republished in paperback by Waterbrook Multnomah and I was given the chance to review the book for the cost of an honest review. The new edition features study guide questions and sports a different cover – a nice foundational stone kind of look that would offset the original hardback white version, if you’re some kind of avid Joshua Harris book collector.
That new cover reflects the key Scripture that the book is based out of – Luke 6:47-48 – in which Jesus tells the story of the man who builds his house on the rock and the man who builds on sand instead. Devastation ensues for the latter, whilst security and longevity are the marks of the former.
In an age of glitz, glamor and passing fads, Joshua Harris is here to offer us something more substantial, and what would we expect from the man who kissed dating goodbye? Clearly he isn’t a man interested in superficial things, and here in 11 chapters is the story of his growth from fledgling faith to mature belief. The book is unique in that rather than being a memoir with smatterings of theology, or a theological textbook with anecdotal information, Harris lays out key doctrines and beliefs, teaching them through the Scriptures and his own life experience. It is laid out like a theology book in cohesive chapters, but it tells his own story too.
This makes topics like sanctification, the incarnation and spiritual gifts more readily accessible to people but without watering them down until there is nothing substantive left. It’s an easy writing style to get lost in, and will certainly aid in studying the book as a group.
I have to say the experience was not as world-shaking as when I read Desiring God a month or so back – that book is still reverberating in my heart and challenging me – but instead I found a quiet comfort and companionship as I read of Harris own journey into the deep foundations of biblical theology, and the practical implications of those same foundations.
I would recommend this book for personal devotions, and especially for discipleship – it could be a great tool for introducing new believers to the riches of theology, and a welcome reminder that we are theologians – “the question is whether what we know about God is true.”
A review copy was provided to me at no charge by the publisher. No attempt was made to gain a favorable review, and all opinions and recommendations expressed are the author’s own.