Of the nonfiction books written in this century so far , this is the most helpful, edifying one I ve ever read.Through simple, vulnerable introspection, Chan steers the reader away from doctrinal speculation about what the Holy Spirit may or may not be, and instead focuses on what the Bible clearly states about the Holy Spirit This book is a wall shattering plea for us to allow what we know about God s spirit to affect our daily thoughts, plans, and prayers A significant portion of this smal Of the nonfiction books written in this century so far , this is the most helpful, edifying one I ve ever read.Through simple, vulnerable introspection, Chan steers the reader away from doctrinal speculation about what the Holy Spirit may or may not be, and instead focuses on what the Bible clearly states about the Holy Spirit This book is a wall shattering plea for us to allow what we know about God s spirit to affect our daily thoughts, plans, and prayers A significant portion of this small book is also geared toward missions social justice work, and the difference between doing it by for ourselves and doing it by for our God I wasimpressed by this book than I thought I would have been anddisappointed by it than I thought I would be What I mean by this is For me, pages 32 35 were worth the price of the book Seriously If you burned this book after I read page 35, I would not have wasted a penny There was one analogy he gave that was so good Here is my paraphrase because my copy is loaned out What if I told you that I had an encounter with God where He actually came into my body and gave me a superna I wasimpressed by this book than I thought I would have been anddisappointed by it than I thought I would be What I mean by this is For me, pages 32 35 were worth the price of the book Seriously If you burned this book after I read page 35, I would not have wasted a penny There was one analogy he gave that was so good Here is my paraphrase because my copy is loaned out What if I told you that I had an encounter with God where He actually came into my body and gave me a supernatural ability to play basketball But, when you watched me play you saw no improvements in the way that I dribbled, shot, passed, etc Would you believe that my encounter was real And yet, how many Christians say that God Himself has come inside of them and has given them the supernatural ability to kill sin, pray, witness, worship, etc, but there is hardly a noticeable different between them and the world around them Ouch Those words are worth the 10 or 12 of the book What Chan nails is this big problem and all of the ways the Spirit works in us that are promised in Scripture Killing sin Praying Witnessing All of those are gifts that God enables us to do by the Spirit and they are also promises Meaning you have to ask for them and God will grant them to you That is so encouraging and helpful to me This book has made me cry outdesperately for the Holy Spirit to help me in my Christian life, resting in Christ s finished work and promises.However, I was very disappointed that Chan did not develop thisThe last half of the book just drifted I thought I would have loved him talkabout the Spirit s empowering us to do ordinary Christian things, as mentioned above Because too many think and write about the Spirit s work in our lives and go right to whether there are miraculous gifts or not Forget that I want to get the promised things In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit the Helper so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ Unfortunately, today s church has admired the gift but neglected to open itBreakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church s power the Holy Spirit Chan contends that we ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan s invitation to stop and remember the One we ve forgotten, the Spirit of the living God My junior year in High School I picked up the habit of listening to the preaching of Charles Stanley Most afternoons on the way home from school the dial on my family s 79 Corolla was set to 830AM and I listened to his baritone southern cadence It s not surprising then, that one of the first Christian books I purchased on my own was Stanley s freshly printed The Wonderful Spirit Filled Life 15 years later, Chan s Forgotten God took me right back to that book.Now, it s unlikely those who pick My junior year in High School I picked up the habit of listening to the preaching of Charles Stanley Most afternoons on the way home from school the dial on my family s 79 Corolla was set to 830AM and I listened to his baritone southern cadence It s not surprising then, that one of the first Christian books I purchased on my own was Stanley s freshly printed The Wonderful Spirit Filled Life 15 years later, Chan s Forgotten God took me right back to that book.Now, it s unlikely those who pick up Chan s book will have read Stanley s Perhaps equally as unlikely is the fact that an old school Baptist preacher born and bred in the south and this cutting edge Chinese American leader who is Californian through and through would deliver the same thesis the American church has neglected the Holy Spirit and needs to reclaim and understanding of and a responsiveness to the Spirit and his work Chan s message in the book is consistent with the concerns he has voiced and acted upon publicly The light of the American church, Chan says, is flickering and nearly extinguished, having largely sold out to the kingdoms and values of this world 17 American affluence has created spiritual cataracts on our eyes and we re in need of a radical answer to the crisis Chan responds with a simple solution I believe that this missing something is actually a missing Someone namely, the Holy Spirit 16 Chan doesn t believe our problem is fundamentally theological in nature He likens the American church to freshwater spring in James 3 11 that pours forth saltwater Our problem is one of faith response to the Spirit of God We say we are born anew and yet the Spirit sits stultified on our theological mantles and not living and active in our hearts What are we afraid of Chan asks Perhaps we re afraid that God might not come through, but even deeper, Chan believes, is that we re afraid that God will come through and call us to a radical Spirit led life.Chan then spends a chapter working out a theology of the Spirit in which he tries to tread some middle ground between those conservative churches who may quench the Spirit by ignoring His working 56 and those charismatic churches who tend to practice prophetic utterances without rejecting false prophets and prophecies by calling them out on their biblical inconsistencies 56 Chan also spends some time fleshing out what a theology of Spirit response might look like.The final four chapters are spent reflecting on what our response to the Spirit ought to look like Seeking the Spirit, Chan says, ought to be driven by seeking God himself his holiness and godliness, and the accompanying fruits his gives us love, joy, peace, etc This stands in contrast to those who seek the Spirit to seek out his miraculous gifts or those who seek the Spirit to seek out the will of God as though it was something other than seeking God himself One of Chan s fundamental calls in these chapters is for us to turn to the Spirit in prayer and in committing our lives and concerns to him.Chan s book is deeply practical and personal Each chapter ends with a story of a different friend of Chan s who has responded to the Spirit in a radical way, and like so much Chan writes about and preaches on, he is always holding up his own life and his church to the light and considering what dramatic changes he personally needs to make Just as with Crazy Love, this makes Chan both authentic and trustworthy as an author Those who read Chan will inevitably be inspired to follow Chan s bold faith.It is worth noting that Chan does not put on airs about his deep convictions Chan s generosity and willingness to make radical changes have always been part of his ministry In fact, this year has brought about perhaps the most radical of those steps In April Chan stepped down as Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, a church he founded in 1994 with 30 people that has grown to several thousand Chan stepped down without any clear direction from God other than that God was calling him to a new chapter Chan and his wife have spent the last several months praying and walking cities where they feel God may be leading them One has to deeply respect such radical and humble faith and Chan s genuineness.Despite my high esteem for Mr Chan, there were several components of the book that I felt could have been significantly improved The first is the basic argument itself Chan argues that we have neglected the Holy Spirit Almost always, Chan frames this argument around our neglect in terms of responding to the Spirit, which I think is spot on But there are times where Chan at least implicitly argues that we have improperly neglected the Spirit as an area of focus in the church And he doesn t hold up a simple but important truth that the Spirit s purpose is to point to the Son Jn 14 26 1 Jn 4 2 This leads to the second component of the book I felt could have used improvement In the book, Chan admirably tries to bridge the charismatic conservative divide in terms of our study of and response to the Sprit In so doing, Chan tends to downplay some significant debates I don t want to get caught up in abstract and nebulous distinctions 65 pushing us to consider instead just those theological issues that shape our faith and behavior 65 That is a noble intention, and Chan does well in not turning his book into a theological textbook, but I think he s pushed too far the other direction and downplayed some critical debates Take, for example, his contention that it s needless for us to debate about when the Holy Spirit becomes a part of someone s life 68 On the contrary, the debate about when one is or isn t filled with the Spirit and how one can or cannot lose the Spirit are of the utmost importance as we consider the security of our relationship with God and what he requires of us and calls us to I appreciate why Chan didn t want to get caught up in the minutiae, but I think that he really could have served his reader better by discussing some of these important discussions that have a direct impact on our faith and our life with God.Despite some weaknesses, this is a book I would recommend to readers at all levels of spiritual maturity The book may not build as sturdy a theological foundation as I might like, but I do believe that God will continue to use it as he has used all of Chan s ministry, to build His church, an unstoppable force, empowered and sustained by the Holy Spirit 156 This title fits nicely into a category I would call Vernacular Theology because, while it isn t up to the level of academic or even advanced lay level theological writing, it isn t exactly mere Christian Living either.I appreciated Francis Chan s effort to challenge Christians towardthorough and faithful consideration and reliance upon the Holy Spirit In that way, it was a very strong work on a needed topic The Holy Spirit and our theological reflection on His presence and work in o This title fits nicely into a category I would call Vernacular Theology because, while it isn t up to the level of academic or even advanced lay level theological writing, it isn t exactly mere Christian Living either.I appreciated Francis Chan s effort to challenge Christians towardthorough and faithful consideration and reliance upon the Holy Spirit In that way, it was a very strong work on a needed topic The Holy Spirit and our theological reflection on His presence and work in our lives is probably one of thewoefully neglected topics in the broader evangelical tradition apart from our Pentecostal and Charismatic brethren, at least , and certainly among Reformed or Calvinist folk.There were times when I wasn t 100% with Chan in his particular points, like when I felt he was being provocative for the sake of it or even throwing down a gauntlet of if you disagree then maybe you aren t a Christian though never in those words These occasions weren t enough to sour my overall impression, however.Chan s writing isn t bad, and it is generally engaging enough He s not up to the level of a Nouwen, Wangerin, or Sinclair Ferguson in his ability to engross his readers in a page turning literary feast.I read this one as a free, borrowed title froms Prime Kindle Lending Library, so I didn t have any financial stake in liking it but I did anyway I read this using the kindle app and now face the dilemma of wanting a bound copy Back in my early education days I took a class on the Holy Spirit and have always been convinced that we often neglect this aspect of God I worship in a denomination that seems to have many of its roots grounded in reactionism The Holy Spirit has been abused and taught poorly so we maybe just me have stayed clear of that topic and by doing so missed out on important aspects of faith There are two statements t I read this using the kindle app and now face the dilemma of wanting a bound copy Back in my early education days I took a class on the Holy Spirit and have always been convinced that we often neglect this aspect of God I worship in a denomination that seems to have many of its roots grounded in reactionism The Holy Spirit has been abused and taught poorly so we maybe just me have stayed clear of that topic and by doing so missed out on important aspects of faith There are two statements that Chan makes that I will quote here The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God pg 18.and So much of what we see today is anything but unstoppable It can easily be derailed by the resignation of a pastor or an internal church disagreement or budget cuts Churches we build only by our own efforts and not in the strength of the Spirit will quickly collapse when we don t push and prod them along I spent years asking God to be part of whatever I was doing When I read the book of Acts, I see people privileged to play a part in what God was doing pg 155This book is a good reminder of the power and mystery of God In Forgotten God Chan invites his reader to take a deeper look into one s understanding of the Holy Spirit, the seemingly forgotten part of the Trinity It appears aapt description may be ignored or quenched , since it is acknowledged that the reader is aware of the Him the pronoun preferred by Chan over the commonly used it , but tends to quench 1 Thess 5 19 Himthan forget Him this is not a book intended for nonbelievers, nor is it one on how to become a Christian, In Forgotten God Chan invites his reader to take a deeper look into one s understanding of the Holy Spirit, the seemingly forgotten part of the Trinity It appears aapt description may be ignored or quenched , since it is acknowledged that the reader is aware of the Him the pronoun preferred by Chan over the commonly used it , but tends to quench 1 Thess 5 19 Himthan forget Him this is not a book intended for nonbelievers, nor is it one on how to become a Christian, but the offer is extended Forgotten God is not a theological treatise on exactly who or what the Spirit is, nor does it explore exactly how the Spirit works rather, the focus is that the Spirit is, works, is necessary, and that we need to be open and willing to allow the Him to work in our lives lead our lives After every chapter Chan provides a brief biography of those in whom he has seen the Spirit at work, a helpful addition that brings a bit of sight to the faith in which we are called.This is a good, introductory and practical read for those who have not spent much time thinking about the Holy Spirit, admit they are not being led by Him, or have been longing for an honest invitation into dialogue with themselves and the Spirit Originally posted on.com, December 17, 2010 I thought this book was pretty easy and enjoyable to read It wasn t an especially deep discussion or study of the Holy Spirit, but I am still glad to have read it.I think Chan had two main points that I take away from this book 1 If we are truly living by the Holy Spirit and not in our own will and self control, our lives will look different than that of the neighbor at the store I liked his illustration that if a basketball player claimed to have an indwelling supernatural ability to play ba I thought this book was pretty easy and enjoyable to read It wasn t an especially deep discussion or study of the Holy Spirit, but I am still glad to have read it.I think Chan had two main points that I take away from this book 1 If we are truly living by the Holy Spirit and not in our own will and self control, our lives will look different than that of the neighbor at the store I liked his illustration that if a basketball player claimed to have an indwelling supernatural ability to play basketball, you would expect to see amazing improvement in his game Similarly, shouldn t we haveovercoming of sin,faith and peace in times of trial,confidence and trust when others would worry,love and mercy for our fellow man If it s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit s temple, then shouldn t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not 32 When I look at our churches, this is exactly what I see a lot of people who have added Jesus to their lives People who have, in a sense, asked Him to join them on their life journey, to follow them wherever they feel they should go, rather than following Him as we are commanded 121 He asks Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh Gal 3 3 I think each of us has a strong tendency to attempt to wrestle control from the Spirit and do this life on our own Each of us tends to switch from living the gospel of grace to trusting in a system of works 131.and 2 Who gets the glory If I m living a good life out of my own strength, I get the glory But if I m living by the Spirit and keeping in step with the Spirit , it s obvious that God gets all the credit and glory I don t want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit I want people to look at my life and know that I couldn t be doing this by my own power I want to live in such a way that I am desperate for Him to come through That if He doesn t come through, I am screwed I probably shouldn t write that word here, but it s how I truly feel about this 142 No matter where you live and what your days look like, you have the choice each day to depend on yourself, to live safely, and to try to control your life Or you can live as you were created to live as a temple of the Holy Spirit of God, as a person dependent on Him, desperate for God the Spirit to show up and make a difference When you begin living a life characterized by walking with the Spirit, that is when people will begin to look not to you but to our Father in heaven and give Him the praise 156.I didn t agree with every single thought or statement in the book, but there were several points that made me think Here are some other quotes I want to remember Fear of stepping outside of a certain theological framework causes us to be biased in our interpretations of the Word We work diligently to prove that our presuppositions were correct another example of eisegesis instead of exesgesis rather than simply and honestly pursuing truth 47 What you do and how you live are absolutely vital Without action and fruit, all the theology in the world has little meaning But theology is still important what you believe absolutely determines how you act 64 I believe that if we truly cared about the Holy Spirit s grief, there would be fewer fights, divorces, and splits in our churches 73 Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the Helper or Comforter Let me ask you a simple question Why would we need to experience the Comforter if our lives are already comfortable 107 In this book, pastor Francis Chan attempts to reverse our tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit , the third of the trinity he has named the forgotten God Unfortunately, he spendsof his time apologizing for his beliefs about the Holy Spirit and asking the reader if she has the courage to change her beliefs about the Holy Spirit Several chapters can be summed up this way 1 Would you change what you believe if I showed you the Bible said something that contradicts your current beliefs , In this book, pastor Francis Chan attempts to reverse our tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit , the third of the trinity he has named the forgotten God Unfortunately, he spendsof his time apologizing for his beliefs about the Holy Spirit and asking the reader if she has the courage to change her beliefs about the Holy Spirit Several chapters can be summed up this way 1 Would you change what you believe if I showed you the Bible said something that contradicts your current beliefs , 2 Are you sure Because I may say something you don t want to hear 3 Are you sure you re sure Because, seriously, I could possibly show you something that really challenges your preset beliefs I mean, let s really question your motives for WHY you want to learn about the Holy Spirit 4 Okay, you asked for it Here s several well known passages about the Holy Spirit 5 Are you okay Did I blow your mind with Holy Spirit 101 I am so sorry Really, really sorry It s just that I have these radical beliefs Again, I m sorry It takes five chapters to get to any material that is mildly connected to a believer living his life in neglect of the Holy Spirit, and even then the chapter is so basic it makes me wonder if I am have attended the only 3 churches in the world that preach and teach from the Bible All of this is old hat to anyone who has spent a little time in a pew Chapter six gets no better as it describes how whole churches are operating on their own power instead of God s Except for Chan s church who has truly pondered what it is to live like the early church did in the book of Acts And then the book is over, questioning again, Do you have the courage to live like you believe in the Holy Spirit Well, DO YOU On the whole, the basics presented in this book and workbook, sold separately are a decent starting place for a new believer with little to no knowledge of what the Bible says On the other hand, there s a few statements in here that make me think it would be a horrible place for a new believer to start because there s not enough Scripture, and a little too much commentary from Chan For instance, he writes, I don t want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit Good desire I totally agree But then he describes the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5 to be traits that anyone can have he cites Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists and athiests but that as Christians we can possess these traits to a supernatural degree Though I think he was on the right track with this thought, that the fruit of the Spirit is supernatural and only obtained through the Spirit in us, he makes it sound like anyone can have a little bit of it just through their natural goodness In chapter one he says there is a danger to reading the Scriptures and asking the Spirit to aid your understanding since the Bible is meant to be interpreted within the context and accountability of faithful community Say what He cited no verse to prove this point, since he would be hard pressed to find one.Final Verdict Chan isof a danger to those who are not mature and need guidance than he is a help I want to live so that I am truly submitted to the Spirit s leading on a daily basis Christ said its better for us that the Spirit came and I want to live like that is true I don t want to keep crawling when I have the ability to flyFrancis Chan is one of my favourite teachers I listen to his sermons on YouTube even though he recently moved to Asia with his family to serve people in need and is not preaching any and I appreciate his ability to talk about subjects that can be challenI want to live so that I am truly submitted to the Spirit s leading on a daily basis Christ said its better for us that the Spirit came and I want to live like that is true I don t want to keep crawling when I have the ability to flyFrancis Chan is one of my favourite teachers I listen to his sermons on YouTube even though he recently moved to Asia with his family to serve people in need and is not preaching any and I appreciate his ability to talk about subjects that can be challenging with a smile on his face There are many false teachers out there, and in the age of internet it s evendifficult than the past to distinguish between real and false teachings The best way to tell the difference is their relationship with the Scriptures if a person presents their opinions, ideas coming from their head and that s it, there is no guarantee they can be right Francis Chan, on the other hand, always refers to the Scriptures and even when he shares his ideas, they always come from the Bible, and he continuously reference to the passages in question That is why I trust him as a teacher and I love reading his books, because they often talk about uncomfortable or forgotten truths of Christianity in a theologically accurate way unapologetically but in a way that still it s relatively easy to accept and understand.In this book, for example, he talks about the fact that the Holy Spirit, an aspect of God like the Father and the Son, is often forgotten and referred to less and the other two Why is that Maybe because His nature is ineffable, anddifficult to define A brief, interesting and simple read just like Chan s other works I love this teacherandevery time I hear read his ideas