Friday, January 22, 2010

Book Review: Dug Down Deep

(This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah)


If you're like me, you need to read this book.  And by "like me," I don't mean a crazy girl with a disturbing love of Costo and an obsession with barefeet.  I mean someone who grew up in the Church but somewhere along the way missed a bunch of important stuff.

I could relate in many ways to Josh's story of growing up in a Christian home and then later in life discovering the joy to be found in things like doctrine and orthodoxy.  Though I'm not as studied as he is (he's a pastor...I'm clearly not), I could identify with the experience of reading the Bible for yourself and learning new things.  (No joke--I didn't know until we Bible quizzed on Acts that Moses killed a man.  It's not something that Sunday Schools tend to highlight.)

In Dug Down Deep, Josh tells his own story (as well as his dad's (which is vastly different)) and uses it as a springboard for talking about many different doctrines that are the foundation of the Christian life, such as the Church, the Holy Spirit, the Bible and sanctification.  Though I thought the chapters could have been strung together better (they aren't really connected, I didn't think), he does an excellent job of focusing on what we have in common as Christians, rather than issues that divide us.

Josh's previous book, Stop Dating the Church has been instrumental in my own journey of coming to love the local Church, so it's no surprise that I really liked his chapter on that same topic, appropriately titled "The Invisible Made Visible."

Though I think this book would be most helpful to and best understood by those who grew up attending Church, I'm sure others would benefit from it as well.

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