Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff
Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris
"With personal stories and stories of real-life people, the author helps the reader to understand more about the Christian faith and why we believe what we believe."
Dug Down Deep,
by Joshua Harris, is not your normal, run-of-the mill book about theology.
This book’s mission is, “Unearthing What
I Believe and Why It Matters.” When I first read the premise to this
book, I really wondered if it would be like my college theology text, another
dry, boring read on all the facts of theology…. not that theology
is boring, but most of the theology books out there are thick, filled with
overwhelming facts, and honestly, hard to understand and comprehend for
the average reader.
In this book, the author really tries to make theology real for the reader; he breaks down the facts and makes it personal. He uses Scripture over and over again to back up the things he is writing about. One thing that I noticed right off-hand was that He really wanted the reader to understand that Jesus, and really, the Trinity, is the root of our theology. By his shaping the facts around events and examples throughout the Bible, the reader can grasp the truths of the Christian faith.
It’s sad to say, but so many Christians really don’t have this kind of grasp on the foundations of their faith. One part of the book that really spoke to me was when the author specifically talked about God and how we see God. Is He Someone Who’s so far away, that we feel it’s impossible to truly know Him, or is He someone we see a reflection of our own selves in? God is so much bigger than ourselves….His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. This passage so convicted me as I read because it’s so easy to judge God’s standards by our own, and I’ve found myself doing this very thing.
With personal stories and stories of real-life people, the author helps the reader to understand more about the Christian faith and why we believe what we believe. At times, the text felt a bit dry for me personally, and I’d have a hard time focusing, but for the most part, if you’re looking for a book that will explain the major tenets of the Christian faith in words that anyone can understand….this is a great resource.