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Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,099 ratings  ·  154 reviews
What will you build your life on?

With startling transparency, Joshua Harris shares how we can rediscover the relevance and power of Christian truth. This is book shows a young man who rose quickly to success in the Christian evangelical world before he realized his spirituality lacked a foundation—it rested more on tradition and morality than on an informed knowledge of Go
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Multnomah Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Natalie Vellacott
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
"It's possible to be a Christian but live life on the surface. The surface can be empty tradition. It can be emotionalism. It can even be doctrine without application. I think I've done it all. I've spent my share of time on the sandy surface of superficial Christianity."

Joshua Harris is a new author for me. I recently read Boy Meets Girl and found it biblical and practical. This was a surprise as I was half expecting it to be full of emotionalism as it was so popular. In this more recent book
Hope Miller
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is an excellent book which skillfully presents an overview of the gospel and the basis of what it means to be a christian today. I would definitely recommend this book to every young christian and new believer with questions about the bible. Joshua Harris is relatable and wise beyond his years. great read.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was really impressed with Joshua Harris’ new book, “Dug Down Deep“.

It starts off with a bang and grabs your attention. He was writing about the Amish and how they choose to stay in the church or not ( I suggest you read the first chapter off of the link below! It’s really wild!), and how it changed his ideas (and his wife’s ideas) on the Amish people. He relates it to his own childhood and how he grew up in a conservative Christian homeschooling family, but walked away from it in ways, and the
Margaret Chind
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST
It is always difficult for me to really share my thoughts on reading a non-fiction book. When I read fiction, I can share a bit about the story, plot-line and what-not as well as favorite scenes and the overall opinion of how it made me feel in the end... the whole whether or not I'd look for the author again and if indeed this book is one for the keeper shelf or trade pile. I suppose within that context, I can answer a few of those questions. This one is a keeper. I will definitely look for the ...more
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
One thing is clear reading Josh Harris's new book - the years have changed and matured him. Since his first book came out when he was twenty-one ( I Kissed Dating Goodbye ) he has gotten involved in the Reformed movement and this book reflects his deeper thinking about the core doctrines of Christianity. The big difference I see between him and someone like Donald Miller is that Josh Harris is capable of transparency that includes embarrassment. In his chapter on the doctrine of the Christ he sa ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think ever Christian should read this book. Or at least one book in there life about Theology.
"Everyone has a Theology" A belief of God, who he is, how he relates to us, ect. Even atheists have a theology. Whether it is the right view of God is the thing. Harris backs his theology up with basic bible truths and Scripture.
It packs your mind with good sound doctrine, while still being easy to read. Harris also has a great sense of humor too.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Dug Down Deep was a good nonfiction read. I listened to it in audio and was a little hesitant that it would be difficult to follow (because of the topic), but it was very easy to read and I liked how the author read the book. There were several times I wanted to write down a quote, but because of only having the audio it would have been difficult. All in all, I really liked this book and recommend it.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think every Christian high school age and older should read this book! It is an amazing look at why understanding what we believe is key to everything else in our faith. Although everyone will probably not agree 100% with every detail presented here, Dug Down Deep is a fantastic book that explains the basics of theology and doctrine- which is not something that only pastors or teachers know, but something that everyone has in their own mind. Dug Down Deep will help you know the Biblical truths ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
In his new book, Joshua Harris delves into the importance of salvation through Jesus Christ. As I read the book especially in the first few chapters, I found myself tabbing pages to go back to for reference. Not only does he provide personal stories from his life and family's life, but he backs up each situation with either a scriptural reference or a simple, necessary need for God.

Dug Down Deep is a bold declaration of faith displaying how God meets you where you are. One passage I personally i
Broc Christian
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I loved this book. I was at first hesitant because the last time I heard of Joshua Harris was "I kissed Dating Goodbye," which I wasn't the hugest fan of. But in the book he really goes through a lot of the growth he's been through and the ways he has learned the importance of "digging deep" to understand what he believes. It goes through the main doctrines that Christians believe and he gives an insightful and helpful breakdown of each. I really identify with his personal experience since I gre ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a big Joshua Harris fan. He tackles a tough project in setting out the theology and doxology for a Christian believer. Too many people just go to church on Sunday because it is tradition or they want to be seen there by certain people. I think going to church is great but understanding God and what He did through Jesus is crucial to appreciate the magnitude of God's love for us.

Wasn't a lot new for me but I love the way Harris tells it. The doctrine he covered that I enjoyed most is sancti
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book a lot. It was a good book about Christian doctrine on a very accessible and readable level. Pastor Josh Harris uses many meaningful anecdotes about his life to show the points about the Christian faith that he is talking about. He also uses abundant scripture references throughout, which is of course important for a book on Christian doctrine. He covers many key topics, including justification, sanctification, the work of the Holy Spirit, and many more. Josh Harris uses referen ...more
This isn't a book on systematic theology proper. It's more like a mixtape of biblical truth that I've found personally significant. Dug Down Deep is my reveling in theology in my own simple way--not too polished, sometimes awkward, less than scholarly, hopefully gracious and faithful. Even thought these are deep truths, I don't pretend to be swimming in the deep end of the pool. I'm splashing in the shallow end. But if my splashing can inspire you to dive in, I will have succeeded.
In 1997, Joshu
Rachael Posley
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal. It presented theology in a practical and refreshing way. With every page, every story, I was convicted, challenged and intrigued by Harris' spiritual journey and those who had influenced him. His words were genuine and humble as he admitted to his own wrongs while challenging readers to do the same. I was extremely encouraged and motivated by every word and every truth that seeped out of every page.
Hanna Lee
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
There was nothing wrong with this book, I’m just not sure it was for me both in writing style and content. This book clearly articulated truths from the Gospel and I think would be wonderful for a new believer. Harris explains what exactly he has come to believe and why based on the Bible. It is a memoir of sorts and some chapters I did enjoy but overall I wouldn’t say it is a must read.
Janet Leman
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
I am hoping that I can get my teenage kids to read this as it seems more geared to the younger generation and urges the reader to consider why it is important to know what they believe. It uncovers the "mystery" of theology and brings it down to a simple level for any high schooler to understand.
Emily Harrison
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simply put theology. Not too much "religious" jargon. An excellent book for beginners to understand the foundations of what they believe. I needed this!
John Gardner
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"We're all theologians. The question is whether what we know about God is true."

So begins the first book from Joshua Harris to hit the shelves in almost five years. Those familiar with his previous books and magazines will recognize his winsome and engaging writing style, but the content is very new for him. "Dug Down Deep" tackles some weighty theological issues in a simple, accessible way... something not easily accomplished!

Rather than approach theology from an academic perspective, Harris dr
Michael Boling
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Joshua Harris, pastor and author of the bestselling books I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Why Church Matters tackles a much deeper and arguably more relevant topic of discussion in his latest effort appropriately titled Dug Down Deep. The thrust of the discussion in Dug Down Deep is the need to passionately pursue and understand the foundational doctrines of not just the Christian faith, but more importantly the truths found throughout Scripture. He saliently notes "what we think about God - what we ...more
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “theology”? Do you picture a pastor? A PhD locked away in a sea of 1,000 page books? Does the word excite you or fill you with a sense of dryness? Do you think of vibrant, living faith or an academic, intellectual faith that fails to connect to “real life”? Do you just want Jesus without the baggage? Do you even care about theology?

If you’re answers to those types of questions are negative, Pastor Joshua Harris has written a book for you. Honestly,
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Explaining why we believe, what we believe, seems to be a pretty daunting task for anyone and in Josh Harris's book, "Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why it Matters", Josh shares a personal, emotional filled book, of moving from a faith based on just knowing enough to go through the emotions, to having a faith, filled with a deeper understanding of why he is a follower of Christ, why he believes what he believes, and why we need to go beyond the Sunday-Church attendence, and move in ...more
Bob Hayton
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
In today's world, doctrine and orthodoxy get a bad rap. Many sincere Christians assume studying doctrine is primarily a waste of time. Doctrine usually leads to cold and dead religion, or else it promotes a divisive and bitter spirit that splits churches and wounds people. What really matters is one's personal relationship with God, and his love for fellow believers.

Joshua Harris would have agreed with this basic sentiment at one time. Dug Down Deep is the story of how he came to realize how imp
Jimmy Reagan
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How would you like to read a book on systematic theology that you could enjoy, learn from, and constantly forget that you were reading a book on theology? In this volume that is exactly what you will get. There's real depth here but it's sprung on you subtly. The cumulative amount of doctrine taken in will surprise you by book's end. In our day when Christians would rather face an IRS audit than read a book on systematic theology, this book has great potential. In fact, I don't think large theo ...more
Stephen Escalera
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What are we basing our lives upon? Does our own Christian faith have a solid foundation? Are we "religious" simply because that's what we've been taught? Why do we believe what we believe? Do we even know what we believe?

These are the types of questions that Joshua Harris challenges us with in Dug Down Deep. In simple conversational tones, Harris takes the reader through his own journey of faith, uncovering what he believes and how he got there. He uses the parable of the wise man and foolish ma
"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." (Luke 6:47-48, NIV).

We're either building our lives on the reality of what God is truly like and what he's about, or we're basing our lives on our own imagination and misconceptions. We're all theologians. The questi
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review can be found at blog.

Many people under estimate the importance of theology. Joshua Harris wants to curbs this problems. In Dug Down Deep he makes the case for needing to study theology. He argues that we need to be like the man in Jesus' parable and dig down deep to lay the foundation of our faith on the theological rock. He relates this through personal stories of learning how to apply Biblical theology to holy living. To explain how to live a holy life, he breaks down theology in t
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"What is God like and how does he speak to me? What difference does it make that Jesus was both human and divine? How does Jesus's death on the cross pay for my sins? Who is the Holy Spirit and how does he work in my life? With grace and wisdom, Harris will inspire you to revel in the truth that has captured his own mind and heart. He will ask you to dig deep into a faith so solid you can build your life on it. He will point you to something to believe in again." This excerpt from the book jacke ...more
Dec 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

I was so excited to have the opportunity to read and review Joshua Harris' book DUG DOWN DEEP: UNEARTHING WHAT I BELIEVE AND WHY IT MATTERS because it sounded like a book I really need to read right now. I believe one of the problems with Christianity today is that many Christians simply go through the motions without really thinking about why they are Christians. It is so easy for those of us who were raised in the c
Kaity-Jane Culbertson
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have read several books from numerous people in the Harris clan, so I knew to expect a great, thought-provoking book when I picked up Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris. I was not dissapointed in the least! While the long chapters made it a bit difficult for picking up and putting down throughout the day, I was amazed and absolutely loved the depth of this book.

The main point of this book is understanding what we believe and why we believe it. Harris reminds us of the parable of the two men who bu
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dug Down Deep is God-focused, Scripture-based, and contains truths that can change your life. It's a book on the character of God and how a correct view of God will change how we live. It will bring that peace we're all longing for, the sense of profound wonder and awe toward God that we know we should have, and more.

So, yes, this is a book on theology, but, to use Joshua Harris' own words,

...Theology matters....because what we know about God shapes the way we think and live. What you believe ab
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Joshua Harris lives outside Washington, D.C., in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he's a pastor at Covenant Life Church. His greatest passion is preaching the gospel and calling his generation to wholehearted devotion to God. Each January he leads a national conference for singles called New Attitude.
“I especially loved the Old Testament. Even as a kid I had a sense of it being slightly illicit. As though someone had slipped an R-rated action movie into a pile of Disney DVDs. For starters Adam and Eve were naked on the first page. I was fascinated by Eve's ability to always stand in the Garden of Eden so that a tree branch or leaf was covering her private areas like some kind of organic bakini.

But it was the Bible's murder and mayhem that really got my attention. When I started reading the real Bible I spent most of my time in Genesis Exodus 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings. Talk about violent. Cain killed Abel. The Egyptians fed babies to alligators. Moses killed an Egyptian. God killed thousands of Egyptians in the Red Sea. David killed Goliath and won a girl by bringing a bag of two hundred Philistine foreskins to his future father-in-law. I couldn't believe that Mom was so happy about my spending time each morning reading about gruesome battles prostitutes fratricide murder and adultery. What a way to have a "quiet time."

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.”
“How rare it is, even among Christians, for a person to say “I was wrong. I sinned, and I’m fully responsible. My sinful desires motivated me, and what I did dishonored God and hurt you. Please forgive me.” 6 likes
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