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Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

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by Francis Chan

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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


Revised & Updated—and now available in Hardcover!

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.

Breakthrough 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.

A study session for individual or small-group use appears at the end of each chapter is included in this book. If you’re leading a discussion, the included notes for discussion leader’s guide make this a valuable resource for individual study, small-group study, churches, youth groups, college campus ministries, and retreat weekends.


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The author of the bestselling Crazy Love pleads passionately for the church to live by the power of the forgotten God: the Holy Spirit. Calling Christians to more than just a better life, Chan says he wants to live a life unexplainable without the Holy Spirit, so dependent on the Spirit that, he says, “if he doesn't come through, I'm screwed.” He offers vivid personal stories and illustrations about how the church ought to help Christians discern the powerful gifts of the Spirit, rather than toning down radicals. Biographies of people “keeping in step with the Spirit” conclude each chapter. Not a comprehensive study but intended for application, it consequently lacks depth of context in most Bible references. Ultimately, though, this serves Chan's aim to end ceaseless talk and follow God's lead to assist the poor, the abused and anyone without hope. Chan himself has given all royalties from Crazy Love to a ministry to children trapped in sex trafficking, explaining that God said to him, “I want you to love them as your own children.” Chan's voice is fresh, earthy and fiery. (Sept.)

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A pastor and church planter based in San Franciso, Francis Chan speaks to tens of thousands of people around the world every year. Known for his passionate, biblical style, Chan is on the board of World Impace and is the author of Forgotten God, Erasing Hell, and Crazy Love, which has sold nearly two million copies.

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Forgotten God 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 195 reviews.
Rickster2010 More than 1 year ago
The book is about the Holy Spirit and how He does not occupy the place of honor that He deserves in the lives of most of us. Honestly, most Christians will pray to God the Father in Jesus name, but how many people consider the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives and His role in the church in general? If you read this book with an open mind it will help you to thoughtfully consider the Holy Spirit's role in your life and the church. The book is well thought out and is thought provoking. If you have ever wondered about the third (but equal) person of the Trinity, this book may help you grasp some concepts. But, let's admit up front that a full and complete understanding of an infinte Creator God is not possible by a finite creation like man. But this book may help clear up a few things for some of us.
lizsmithmv More than 1 year ago
What a great book. Easy to understand. Thought provoking. Motivational. Inspires change. After I started reading for the 1st time, I ordered 3 additional copies to give to close friends who seek a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. I am a Baptist, and so excited to learn more about the Holy Spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent follow up to Crazy Love. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," which is an intimate look at the power of God in forgiveness. It's on sale here on BN. It is an eye opening book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Francis Chan does it again. I think it is amazing how he has allowed God to work through him. A must read for any believer in Jesus Christ and the trinity.
ChanFan More than 1 year ago
Pastor Chan does a wonderful job of showing us our need for the Holy Spirit. Imagine how much more powerful the church would be and glorified our God would be if more of His children would yield to the Spirit. Natural giftings can only take us so far and, at the end of the day, lead those around us to tell us how wonderful "we" are. How wrong is that?
lecocolate More than 1 year ago
Francis Chan has written yet another book that is so inspired by GOD. This book is just as amazing at Crazy Love!!!
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
Typically the Holy Spirit is one of those "forgotten subjects." Like tithing or faith exhibited through works, it's not a popular subject from either pulpit or book. So if anyone was going to find the "lost morsel" and bring it to light, it's Francis Chan. Right now, I don't even know how to describe Francis - he was a pastor of a local LA church, I suppose now he is a book author, a husband, a father, a Calvinist, a public speaker, a prophet, a sounding board for resolute doctrine and a very funny and likable guy. In Forgotten God, Chan makes a case that the true "power" and "tapability" (my own word) of the Holy Spirit is often left unaccessed, by both Christians and the Church. Chan writes, "You are most likely familiar with the fruit passage in Galatians 5 which says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, (and) self-control." You may even have the list memorized. But look over those traits right now and ask yourself if you posses each to a supernatural degree. Do you exhibit more kindness and faithfulness than the Mormons you know? Do you have more self-control than your Muslim friends? More peace than Buddhists? More Joy than atheists? if GOD truly lives in you, shouldn't you expect to be different from everyone else?" Francis is one of those voices who can look at scripture and find the "obvious" point we have all been missing - he finds some prophetic way to see something new in the same text we have all been reading. Chan tells a story about how two Jehovah's Witness knocked on his door one day to share their message - Francis "gently" told them that he found their message offensive because they believe that Michael the arc-angel is also Jesus. Francis shared that Jesus is so much more than an angel, to which the JW's assured him that Jesus/Michael is the only one. Francis then read Daniel 10:13 to them that says "Michael was only one of many chief princes." Francis went on to say that he could not believe that honest bible study had led to their conclusions. He accused them of being spoon fed and instructed them to read the bible for themselves. And I think I would offer the same advice, but to all of us.again Francis Chan ""I left that conversation feeling a bit proud of myself because I stumped them and got them to question their beliefs. Yet I couldn't help but wonder whether I was fair to them. Had I ever sat down with the Bible and sought after its self-evident truth? Or had a passively ingested what I heard from other people, much like my front-door visitors?" Forgotten God will challenge you to beak open the word and unlock the truth that the power of God resides in you - and that power and gifting is available to you today. And if you do not possess it to a 'super natural degree' may you hunger and seek after it all the more
Rose Kren More than 1 year ago
Francis Chan has such a great heart after God! I love the way he brings forth scripture and purity about the Holy Spirit. Something that the church has ignored because of doctrinal differences that is such a powerful tool and blessing from God! Great inspirational book.
John-B-Tx More than 1 year ago
Not a theological textbook, but it is well-written, approachable book on how the Spirit can work in our lives. Great use of examples and scripture references.
CSENYC More than 1 year ago
The Holy Spirit is definitely something that my denomination doesn't focus on, and Rev. Chan provides a good overview, with plenty of Scripture to back up his points.
Gguil More than 1 year ago
Another great Chan book which brings you back to biblical basics. He is definitely on fire and on target.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talking About the Holy Spirit! I love the fact that Francis Chan is talking about this often controversial issue of the Holy Spirit. There are far too many churches that remain silent on the purpose and the benefits of the Holy Spirit. And how sad is his statement in the introduction (page 15) – “From my perspective, the Holy Spirit is tragically neglected and, for all practical purposes, forgotten…..I’m willing to bet there are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced His presence or action in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can.” Chan goes on to say that “There is a big gap between what we read in Scripture about the Holy Spirit and how most believers and churches operate today……If I were Satan and my ultimate goal was to thwart God’s kingdom and purposes, one of my main strategies would be to get churchgoers to ignore the Holy Spirit.” (Pg 16) Throughout the book, believers are challenged to not forget the Holy Spirit and to get to know Him on a more personal level. Chan clearly describes that the reason to desire the Holy Spirit is not for selfish reasons but for “the common good”. (1 Cor 12:7) Another important challenge that Chan offers is for the reader to reflect on whether or not they are truly willing to yield to the Holy Spirit in all things: “Do I want to lead or be led by the Spirit?”. While this book is not designed to be a “how to” manual to develop a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit, it certainly does provide some thought provoking questions for the reader about how they are/aren’t living out their Christian faith and the greater depth that may be available to them if they seek it. This book also has a DVD and workbook available as supplemental resources that can be used for group study. Although I have not seen the DVD, I do have the workbook and it is designed to help you develop a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit and put some of the newfound revelations into action.
mmoran85 More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring, and could be life-changing. Not difficult, not heavy on the philosophy. Just awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.Short read.Filled with Truth that you need to hear.especially in these times
Benj-O More than 1 year ago
The second of Chan’s books is arguably the best of the three. In this volume, Chan tackles a subject that has divided the church for centuries—God, the Holy Spirit. The author reminds readers that while most Christians of the evangelical stripe have no issue with God, the Father (Creator of all things), nor God, the Son (Savior of the world), we have a great amount of difficulty wrapping our minds around the Spirit of God who indwells us. After addressing the extremes—the Holy Spirit is some magical power that expresses Himself the same way all the time in every Christian (represented by the strictest of Pentecostal believers) versus the Holy Spirit is there, but you don’t give more than a passing nod lest you become too charismatic (or “a charizmatick” as my mother-by-law would put it) as represented by my own Baptist upbringing. Both of these views is inadequate because they are reactionary to one another. Historically, my Baptist roots would warn me not to put too much emphasis on the spiritual side of things—accompanied by shallow emotionalism and “getting carried away.” On the other end of the spectrum, those who are reacting to my conservative reaction are so “spiritual” that they neglect the practice of real worship. Chan’s book is a much needed call to remember that we are one with the Spirit when we are one with Christ. It is a balanced view of what we should view as living the Christ-filled life. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to (1) learn more about who the Spirit of God is and what He does; (2) make the Christian life their path; or (3) truly follow Jesus in daily Christian living. After all, we cannot do what we are called and expected to do in our own strength—we must have the Spirit. Read this book. (five out of five reading glasses) —Benjamin Potter, May 23, 2012 [This is a review of the Nook version of this book.]
seekNsalvation More than 1 year ago
Heart Warming. Awesome book, haven't finished reading it yet but it is definitely a reality check on how much of a difference of a difference on how I have been blind to the Holy Spirit, Really moving and uplifting book. Thanks Rev. Chan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chan is poignant and confronting in this accessible selection. Necessary reading for the modern minister, but a most beneficial read for the layman as well. Chan explores the role of the Spirit within the Trinity, within the Church, and within the individual; shining a light on a shadowy figure we thought we knew. Much like shining broad daylight into a dark closet we rarely visit, Chan's discourse almost looks new, but feels wholly familiar. Be warned, this is a challenging read in that one cannot simply put it down and continue about life unscathed. Well worth it.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
In this book, Francis Chan expounds the often-neglected doctrine of the Holy Spirit. He presents what the Bible has to say about the Holy Spirit and His work in the Christian's life. This is not a dry theology book, but a challenges to Christians to commit to live in the Spirit, which means growing in their relationship with God and contributing to the ministry of the church. The reason I gave this four stars instead of five is that Chan brushes past the issues of when the Believer receives the Holy Spirit and the exact nature of spiritual gifts (e.g. whether tongues, prophecy, etc. are for today) with little or no exposition. I understand that he is trying to avoid controversy and focus on application, but these seem like fairly important issues when it comes to how the doctrine of the Holy Spirit should be applied.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Awesome! Some views ive never thought of/considered!
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loved it - a must read
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