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Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths That Last by Joshua Harris

December 3, 2011 Leave a comment

“What are you building your life on?” This is the opening sentence in the book and a question we should ask ourselves often. The title of the book is taken from the story of the foolish man who built his house on the sand and the wise man who built his house on the rock. Sometimes we have to dig a little to find the bedrock of truth to lay the foundation of our life upon. In this book, Harris points to the bedrock of Christian orthodoxy to show us where to start digging.

The book is laced from beginning to end with Harris’ personal experience. He is a winsome writer and I found myself engaged with his story from page one. The first two chapters are his apology of why he has written this book. I found myself identifying with his story in almost every way. The next eight chapters cover the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Harris fleshes these doctrines out in a way that is conversational and fresh. The last chapter answers the question,”Now that I know this truth, how do I live in it’s light?” The answer is well worth the price of the book. This edition also has a study guide that can be used individually or with a small group.

Dug Down Deep is a much needed message in today’s quagmire of relativism. This is an excellent introduction to theology for a young or new Christian, a good refresher for a seasoned Christian and a corrective for those who have strayed away from humble orthodoxy. I recommend this book as a thought provoking yet easy to read addition to anyone’s library.

Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers provided me with this copy free of charge for the purpose of review.

  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah (May 17, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601423719
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Desiring God DVD by John Piper

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The desire to have an intimate relationship with God is something that many claim to want. But desiring the relationship is not enough. John Piper  shows us from scripture that it is not enough just to want a relationship with God. We should desire God Himself.

In this dvd study, Piper shows us what he means by desiring God. “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” This is the mantra of Piper’s life and ministry. Piper sets the foundation for Christian hedonism by walking us through the influences (mainly scripture) that formed his thinking. He moves on to how this impacts our lives. Finally, he gives us instruction on how to keep the desire burning.

This presentation is saturated with scripture and practical, personal examples. If you have ever heard Piper you know that he is a gifted communicator. This presentation is no exception. My six year old daughter insisted on watching the whole ten-part series with me. The picture is excellent and the audio was flawless. You can hear every word and inflection but it is not so sensitive that you hear every nose whistle.One word of caution: this is but a bird’s eye view of the book. There were many verses and quotes that Piper simply did not have time to present. It will leave you wanting more. For that I would recommend the book. Even if you have already read the book you will benefit from hearing this straight from the man in all his passion for the subject.

I received this DVD series for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Content: 2 dvds (10 sessions) each session is 20-30 minutes in length

  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1
  • Studio: Multnomah Books
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
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