Monday, January 18, 2010

Book Review: Dug Down Deep

Holiday events and a killer sinus infection literally destroyed my workout routine last month. I've been trying to reestablish it, but my attempts have been disheartening. As I start to run, I realize there's no way I'm going to reach my goal—my usual running distance. So I stop and promise myself I'll try again another day, some day when I feel stronger.

I've finally realized that's not going to work. I won't feel stronger unless I run! I need to temporarily let go of that original goal—what I had been able to do—and go back to shorter, easier workouts, reestablishing a foundation of stamina and strength.

Sometimes Christians need to do this spiritually, too. We get caught up in the busyness of life and lose track of what we believe and why and why it led us to live the way we live, to do the things we do. Without that foundation, our actions lose meaning and we become disheartened. Life gets hard, and we get confused.

Dug Down Deep guides Christians to reestablish this foundation. In this book, Joshua Harris explores the basics of the Christian faith, clearly explaining why we believe what we believe and why it matters. Avoiding issues that divide Christians by denomination, he focuses on the essentials of Christianity—who is God, why do we need Jesus, how is a person saved, what does the Holy Spirit do, why do we go to church and what is the Church, what is sanctification, and what's the Bible all about? Harris breaks it all down so that it's easy to understand and apply. He shares his own struggles, lessons he learned from significant mentors, and his father's amazing testimony—all to help us understand, to help us dig down deep.

I highly recommend this book! I think every pastor and ministry student should read it as a model for explaining these concepts to their congregations. New Christians will benefit from the information that will help them to lay a strong foundation for their new life. Other Christians can use it as a tool for explaining their faith to others and for strengthening their own understanding. And I especially recommend it anyone who is just plain curious to know what Christianity is all about. Harris explains it so well; there's something you need to read in this book.
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This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

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