Thursday, September 29, 2011

Is Your Faith Built On A Firm Foundation?

Jesus told a parable about houses that were built on sand and on rock: the house on the firm foundation withstood the winds, rains and stormy weather, the other – not so much. In “Dug down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths That Last”, Joshua Harris gives us the information we need to know in order to have that firm foundation when the storms hit.
My first exposure to Joshua Harris was several years ago when I got a copy of “Stop Dating the Church”. I liked the way he wrote, and so was excited to be able to review “Dug down Deep”. Harris writes in a style that is pleasing on the senses and easy to read, but still gets the point across.
As he did in ‘Dating’ he cuts to the chase and gets to his point quickly and without leaving any doubt about what he believes. In this day of being afraid that everything we say will offend someone, so we don’t say anything, it’s refreshing to read a book which puts forth, without apology, Biblical principles, and then have the author attempt to tell his readers why he believes so strongly in what God has told us.
I’m familiar with many of the sources that Harris quotes, and I have to admit that he has a firmer grasp on them that I do. With that being said, this book serves as a primer of Systematic Theology. A book on theology that is eminently more readable because the author isn’t afraid to share stories that involve his family; he also tells a few tales on himself that illustrate the concepts that he is describing.
Discussing the attributes of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, along with things like sanctification and justification are generally undertaken in thick books with tiny print and a ton of unfamiliar and unpronounceable words. Harris takes some of the mystery out of some of those words, and makes theology accessible to the Christian who wants to have a firmer foundation on which to base his ever-growing faith.
This may not be a book that seminary professors will assign for a major paper, but if you’re new to the Christian life, or a pastor who needs something to help explain concepts to the congregation, this just might be the book to help you with that firm foundation.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for writing a review. I was not required to write a favorable review.
41/2 of 5 stars

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