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Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  18,333 ratings  ·  805 reviews
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 it.

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Paperback, 167 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by David C. Cook (first published 2009)
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Keri
This is one of those books that changes you forever. One of my favorite parts is where the author is explaining how he is giving sacrificially to the ministry he is so passionate about, which is human trafficking. He gives to the point that he draws criticism from others who say, "you've given enough, shouldn't you be thinking about yourself now? Shouldn't you be concerned about your future? Don't you think you should have save up for an emergency?" I love his answer: What part about children be ...more
John
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
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Jennifer
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 spends more of 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?", ...more
J.E. Jr.
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 toward more thorough 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
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Mike Conroy
I was more impressed by this book than I thought I would have been and more disappointed by it than I would 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 supernatu
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Donovan Martin
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
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Robert Durough, Jr.
Mar 20, 2012 Robert Durough, Jr. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Robert by: Went through the book as a study series.
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 a more apt 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) Him more than "forget" Him (this is not a book intended for nonbelievers, nor is it one on "how to become a Christian," ...more
John
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Francis Chan is on a mission to change Western Christianity.

Not a mission to make us better informed, or more culturally relevant, or even more doctrinally correct.

He is on a mission for us to walk with the "Forgotten God," the Holy Spirit. He calls the Holy Spirit such because he affirms that although we say we know and walk with Him, our lives testify otherwise:

"The light of the American church is flickering and nearly extinguished
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Jennifer
Though this book is considered “Inspirational,” I feel that Chan’s narrative voice is very distinct—he is not preaching at his readers, but rather working through what he is writing for himself and sharing it with those who decide to pick up his book and take this journey with him. This book is not merely another instructional guide for living a better life according to so-and-so’s personal opinion. Instead, this book delves into the Word of God, and Chan lets the Scripture do most of the talkin ...more
Alice
Forgotten God: Reversing our tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit, along with Chan's Crazy Love, are nearly part of my Bible! He teaches truth, and he teaches it well. He takes Biblical evidence and applies it to 21st Century living. He motivates the reader to change their life, by the power of Christ, Father, Holy Spirit. This is not some "happy clappy" rendition of Acts, or a stark, boring exegesis on how unattainable the power of the Spirit is. It challenges the Western Church's apathy, it liber ...more
Barnabas Piper
The first 1/2 of the book is fantastic. Chan has a way of digging into truth and unpacking it without amazing turns of speech or pointed vocabulary. He is relentless. He presents great challenges. And this book is well worth a read.
Debi
"But theology is still important - what you believe absolutely determines how you act. So while good theology at its best can lead us to live godly lives, bad theology will always point us in the wrong direction. When we study the Holy Spirit, bad theology can lead to ineffective lives or, worse yet, lives spent striving after what the Spirit of God opposes."

"Nowhere in Scripture do I see a 'balanced life with a little bit of God added in' as an ideal for us to emulate. Yet when I look at our ch
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John
Francis Chan's book Forgotten God was well written and worth the read. I've come from a background that for fear of being too charismatic has down-played the importance of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. As Chan works through Scripture texts, he forcefully points out the work of the Holy Spirit in redemption, sanctification, and preservation--all key components of the gospel power at work in our lives. I was struck with the simple and straight forward way his book reminds just how i ...more
Steve
A challenging, practical study on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This is not a theology study, instead it is a challenge by Chan to see what Jesus said His purpose in giving us the Holy Spirit, then putting into practice what it means to walk by the spirit.
I was constantly forced to look at how I pull back from the Spirit's direction in my life and grasp the impact that has.
I led this in a church class of about 30 people using the video, with the workbook as a resource.
The video's are
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Rene Velarde
I loved this book.

Why I read it:

I grew up in church without really talking about, or referencing the Holy Spirit; pretty much up through high school. But I was introduced to a lot of conversation and controversy surrounding the Holy Spirit in college. The sudden submersion into hostile territory surrounding who, what, how, when, why the Holy Spirit did anything, brought me to a point where I was so desperate for clear answers, yet at the same time I so was over anyone trying to convince me to b
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Jerry Simmons
I enjoy having my heart and life challenged by the Word of God, so I loved this book! The challenge presented in this book is to reverse the neglect of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the Holy Spirit, we know about the Holy Spirit, but do we allow the Holy Spirit to fill and overflow our lives? As Christians our lives are often not much different than before we received Jesus, and not much different than the world around us. Yet as we look at what the Bible has to say about the Holy Spirit, it is ...more
Zack
Jul 28, 2011 Zack added it
Francis Chan desperately desires for those who claim to be Christians to use the Bible as the guide for their lifestyle choices and everyday decisions. He is a great communicator who conveys biblical truths without being hard to understand, impractical, or watered down. In this book, he discusses the unbelievably precious gift of the Holy Spirit and the wonder of literally having God live inside of you, always with you, to guide you and give you strength to live a godly life. If this is true in ...more
Jo
I listened to the audiobook, read by Chan himself and you can tell that he's passionate about his subject -- I liked that. In a series of succinct and to the point chapters, Chan writes about why we need the Holy Spirit, who He is, and what it looks like when He is operating unencumbered in our lives. At the end of each chapter, he also includes profiles of everyday people who have been touched and inspired by the Holy Spirit's leadings and models that aspect of life with the Holy Spirit. The bo ...more
Dave Jones
This is one of the very few books here on Goodreads that I did not finish. This was an Amazon freebie.

The focus of this book is to allow the Holy Spirit more access into your life. Worthy goal. However, way too much time is spent describing this need and not nearly enough addressing this need. I kept reading this and saying "Alright already! Get on with it!" I decided to stop reading it at about the 55% mark.

This is my introduction to Mr. Chan. I've got 2 more Amazon freebies but I'm not going t
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Tracey
I feel that there are many flaws to this book. Certainly, there are a few gems of wisdom in there. But the thing I found the most infuriating and almost caused me to stop reading was that Chan seems to spend the entire first half of the book questioning the reader's motivation for wanting to read a book about the Holy Spirit. He seems to make assumptions that the reader is probably suspicious of charismatic churches, and that perhaps the reader's motivation for reading the book is that we want t ...more
Dave Johnson
this is one of the best books i've read in a while. i was unfamiliar with Chan, having never read any of his books, but being curious about this one and Crazy Love. when i saw that i could download it for free, i was all about that!

first, this books isnt necessarily a "teaching" book, per se. it's goal isnt to expound on every biblical point about the Holy Spirit, and it's style isnt communicated through a knowledge viewpoint. this is an emotional book. Chan is trying to grab our attention thro
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Tung
Chan is one of the most popular and famous pastors in the country. He’s best known for his book Crazy Love, and for his passion and energy when preaching or speaking. Unlike Crazy Love that was written for both Christians and non-Christians, Forgotten God is written primarily for Christians and explores the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Chan’s premise is that the Holy Spirit is one of the least understood and least studied parts of our faith despite being part of the Trinity. And his belie ...more
Elizabeth
Well worth my time, but I had mixed feelings about some of the content. While Chan addressed the problem of forgetting about Grace, his themes seemed to emphasize OUR part in a transactional relationship which, if taken too far, minimizes the importance of Grace and the undeserved love of God in our lives. I agreed with his conviction that our churches need to turn more to the Bible to model the early church and its energetic and viral Spirit at work.

My personal take-aways from this book (not al
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Josh Pannell
Chan is not a theologian. This book is not an in depth theological study on the Person and works of the Holy Spirit. Chan's writing style is more repudiative and emotional and less technical.

A few times Chan worries me with phrases like "experiencing more of the Holy Spirit," or "having more of the Spirit." He also seems to make the Spirit's leading somewhat mystical. Strange evangelical phrases like these are thrown around and never defined.

Chan does have a couple of solid chapters on the work
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Kaitlynn
While scrolling down and looking at the reviews already written about Forgotten God, I noticed I have yet to see a bad review. I understand why. If you read Crazy Love and loved it, you'll love this one too. Both books challenges us as Christians to be motivated to go out and stop living normal lives. Forgotten God challenges you to have more of the Holy Spirit. In the book it tells us if we just let more of the spirit shine through our lives, we'll live more like God wants us too. So much peac ...more
Josh Morgan
This review originally appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café.

I recently finished listening to the audiobook version of Francis Chan's Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. It was not as part of one of the reviewer programs, although I did get it free through a christianaudio coupon code.

This is sometimes billed as the sequel to Crazy Love, which I really liked. The interview with Chan preceding the book itself was very nice, and Chan said he actually was more excited about
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Shakespearesgirl
While I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed it's predecessor, Crazy Love, I did think this book had some wonderful points about how we talk and think about the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. I appreciate very much that Francis Chan is not afraid to use examples out of his own life, and doesn't resort to the "THIS GUY I KNEW IN COLLEGE" tactic of storytelling.

I also appreciated how honest Chan was about his own struggle with wanting to be more Spirit-led, but not wanting to give up his c
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Sean
I love Francis Chan and his insatiable desire to "get" the Spirit. The book (with an intriguing title) doesn't focus on the depth of pneumatology that some might expect, rather, it serves as a challenge to daily submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Chapter 6 is a personal favorite, but I skimmed major chunks of other chapters. There are some great quotes, some convicting thoughts, and a few good ideas to help the reader understand more of the Holy Spirit's activity beyond Acts 2.

I was hopi
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Mark
I loved this book. There were times when I felt like Chan had written what was in my own head and heart - almost as if I had written it myself - and there were times when I was instructed and convicted. It is a book that pulls no punches in talking about the Church's "tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit," but it does so with much grace. A reader may find himself challenged and greatly convicted, but there is nothing here to make one feel condemned, which is as it should be.

Chan presents a very bal
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Alexis Neal
A decently written and unobjectionable book, but I'm still not really sure I get the point. It's a book about the Holy Spirit, sure, and Chan is clearly disturbed by the degree to which the Holy Spirit is ignored or misunderstood, but I felt like he never really got anywhere. The opening chapter convinced me that churches tend toward one extreme or the other and that both approaches are wrong (though this was something I had already been struck by), but I wasn't really sure about the purpose of ...more
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Francis Chan is an American pastor and teacher, who lives in California with his wife, Lisa, and their four children. He is the former pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, CA, which he and his wife started in 1994.
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