On our trip to Colorado over Christmas, I was able to finish reading a couple of books. The first one was Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris. I was excited about reading this book, because it seemed to be a theology book for the masses. In short, I loved it. Harris’ style makes this a great beginner’s book on theological study. He doesn’t try to overdo it; he simply touches on the basics with clarity and great illustrations.
My favorite chapter was on salvation: “How Jesus Saved Gregg Eugene Harris.” Using his dad’s conversion as an extended illustration, Josh dives into an area of doctrine that for some reason, many protestants are quite hazy on: how is one “saved”? Whether one shares Harris’ reformed point of view or not, it’s one of the clearest explanations I’ve ever heard or read on the nature of salvation. In fact, I’d say that chapter alone is worth the price of admission.
I’m definitely going to use this book at some point in time with high school students. It’s a great place to start for students who really want to study theology, and I’ll probably have a few on hand to give away from time to time. It’s also a great read for any youth worker who has dove into youth ministry with both feet, yet knows that his or her theological depth is a bit lacking. In short, if you haven’t read this book yet, it should be on your reading list for 2011.