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Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

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A follow up to the profound message of "Crazy Love," Francis Chan offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit's direction in our lives.
ebook, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by David C. Cook (first published 2009)
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Jun 10, 2012 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 29, 2010 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Donovan Martin
Dec 28, 2012 Donovan Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Ward
Nov 19, 2015 Richard Ward rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Can't recommend it.
According to Pastor Francis Chan, American Christians don't talk about the Holy Spirit. He makes no attempt to prove this, or even to illustrate it at all, but just kinda says it. Then he beats his readers up for the rest of the book. I found no encouragement here. I didn't learn anything about the Holy Spirit. I can't name a single verse of the Bible that I understand better now. Like too many of the books sold at Christian bookstores, the central lesson amounts to try harder & be more reli ...more
Havebooks Willread
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
Robert Durough, Jr.
Mar 20, 2012 Robert Durough, Jr. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dave Jones
Apr 26, 2012 Dave Jones rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
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
Aug 08, 2011 Sean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-office
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
Jan 25, 2016 Geoffrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ministry
This is the first Francis Chan book I've read (I have copies of Crazy Love and Multiply on my shelf waiting) but I am a real fan of his speaking. His speaking is passionate, compelling and convicting. His writing is the same.

I wanted to read his book on the Holy Spirit because I felt like I needed a fresh perspective after years of teaching our ministry's standard material. It's been a while since I read some classics on the topic Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with G
Aug 06, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-growth
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
Feb 05, 2011 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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,
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
Oct 12, 2009 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Sep 13, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jonathan Rodebaugh
This book was neither here nor there for me. It had its moments, but was generally flat. There was no real depth to Trinitarian theology. Francis tries his best to convict both ends of the "spirit" debate, but there were too many verses stretched out of context along with too many of Chan's personal experiences. The problem is not that i disagreed with the book, it's that the book didn't have much that i could shout amen to. One of my issues with Chan in general is that much of what he writes ab ...more
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 repetitive 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
Nov 23, 2010 Shauna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I get what Chan saying. But I wonder who this book is written for? Either you are in communion with the Spirit or not. If he is calling fellow Christians to repent, that's good, but he is at times harsh. Then I get confused about the 'examples'. Isn't God the only One who truly knows? Doesn't Jesus talk about doing 'acts of righteousness' before others not being the point? This book is like Crazy Love in that it shows a common frustration with American Christianity (the church) that I am sure al ...more
Susan Ely
Mar 03, 2016 Susan Ely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tend to get worn out by christian books sometimes that seem like a huge call to action, but often result in Christians sitting around at book clubs describing how much it moved them. Too often churches take the great wisdom and use it as knowledge to quote to other Christians, but not let it impact their own lives. Personally, I read the books and get excited for a couple days and move on. This book could be that exact same experience if you let it. There is nothing different about this book t ...more
Barnabas Piper
Mar 07, 2012 Barnabas Piper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jack Hansen
The author, Francis Chan, challenges the reader to identify the Holy Spirit in their life. Many people, today, have questionable religion; they attend church, do their demonstrative duty, but lack any serious consideration of God. This Christian book explains God as the Holy Spirit in us, whether ignored or not. For those caught up in the demands of making ends meet, the Holy Spirit gets lost, forgotten, without engagement with others. The Gospel teaches community participation in glorifying God ...more
This book hovers between a 2.5 and a 3 star rating for me. I thought the last 2 chapters were quite powerful and are definitely worth a read, but the rest of the book is very much "Intro To The Holy Spirit: 101" … There's a lot of talk about WHY we need the Holy Spirit and how our lives can be radically transformed when we submit to the Spirit, but very little discussion on WHO the Holy Spirit actually is. Chan had some interesting insights, but I felt like he breezed through them without rea ...more
May 08, 2014 Debi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, theology
"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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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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“It is easy to use the phrase 'God's will for my life' as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience. ... My hope is that instead of searching for 'God's will for my life' each of us would learn to seek hard after 'the Spirit's leading in my life today.' May we learn to pray for an open and willing heart, to surrender to the Spirit's leading with that friend, child, spouse, circumstance, or decision in our lives right now.” 28 likes
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