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Friday, June 10, 2011

Dug Down Deep

I don't know much about construction, but one thing I do know is that a good foundation is very important.  There is a story, a parable, in the Bible that speaks to the importance of a solid foundation.  It is found in Luke chapter 6, verses 46-49:
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?  I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.  He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.  But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.  The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."
Those three words, dug down deep, are what caught the attention of Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor of Covenant Life (part of the Sovereign Grace network of local churches) in Gaithersburg, Maryland and provided the impetus for writing his latest book Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths That Last.  You can visit Josh's blog by going to

Waterbrook Multnomah sent me a copy of Dug Down Deep for the purpose of review.

The first seven words of the book ask a very poignant question:  What are you building your life on?  Josh spends the rest of the book, using a mix of narrative from his own journey and sections on theology, fleshing out an answer to that question.  Josh covers the basics of faith - God, scripture, Jesus, the Cross, salvation, sanctification, the Holy Spirit, and the church.  Even though he covers such weighty doctrine, Josh writes in such a way that makes the book an easy read.  He provides scripture references, which allows the reader to search God's word for themselves.  You can read chapter one by going HERE.
Dug Down Deep would be a great resource for discipleship with a new believer or for use in small groups/Sunday Schools.  Because the book is readable systematic theology, I would highly recommend it for use with youth groups.  The book includes an in-depth study guide with sections covering each chapter of the book.  You can order the book from Waterbrook Multnomah by going HERE or from by following the link provided below:

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31Mommy said...

I had avoided reading this book because I wasn't uber-impressed with Harris' other books. Your review makes me think I should re-evaluate my opinion! Thanks!