Second review of the night. I read The Power of a Praying Woman and Dug Down Deep last year and am only now taking time to type up my thoughts on them. Let’s talk theology for a bit.
I got excited to read Joshua Harris’s Dug Down Deep when I first saw the book trailer.
I read I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Boy Meet’s Girl years ago and enjoyed them immensely so I was eager to get my hands on this book. With everybody arguing back and forth and debating and discussing within and without the church, and the world telling you that truth is relative, that what’s true for you may not be true for me, it’s imperative that you not only know what you believe but why you believe it. Harris challenges his readers to take a look at theology not as archaic and useless but as a means through which we can get to know the God of our faith better. Knowing why you believe as you do, to be able to back it by the Word and be able to share and prove it to others will carry you further than just fluffy Christian lingo and a sit-down in a pew once a week. Christianity is so much more than knowing a few great verses and singing feel good songs, it’s sacrifice and strength and knowledge of the Christ who loves with an everlasting love. It’s studying the Bible and allowing it to speak to your heart and transform your life. It’s building your life on the Rock of Ages and trusting completely in Him.
While I grew up with a fairly solid grasp of Bible stories I didn’t have a clear idea of how the Bible fit together or what it was all about. I certainly didn’t understand how the exciting stories of the Old Testament connected to the rather less-exciting New Testament and the story of Jesus.
This concept of the Bible as a bunch of disconnected stories sprinkled with wise advice and capped off with the inspirational life of Jesus seems fairly common among Christians. That is so unfortunate because to see the Bible as one book with one author and all about one main character is to see it in its breathtaking beauty.
There were one or two theological points that I don’t quite with him on but on the whole, this is a great read and super inspiring and encouraging. I really appreciate Harris’s writing style and look forward to reading some of his other books! Has anyone read Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God?