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Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (English Edition)

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Francis Chan , Danae Yankoski

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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 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.
Francis Chan is the founder of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California. He is also the founder of Eternity Bible College and sits on the board of Children's Hunger Fund. His debut book, Crazy Love, sold 400,000 copies in its first year, and has been published in over ten languages. Francis and his family make their home in California.


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  • Verlag: David C. Cook (1. September 2009)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Compelling Invitation from Francis Chan 25. August 2009
Von Chad Estes - Veröffentlicht auf
Picking up a book that's subtitle is "Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit" made me feel that I was heading for a tongue lashing. Instead I found Francis Chan's new book, "Forgotten God," to be a very calm and thoughtful response to the Christian community.

There have been many books written over the years about what to believe about the Holy Spirit. Battle lines have been drawn between churches and denominations about when the Holy Spirit shows up, how He does it, and what is supposed to happen next. Chan has no axe to grind with theological debates and steers away from these often bloodstained battlegrounds. Instead he writes how Christians in western culture, regardless of what they say they believe about the third member of the Trinity, live as though the Holy Spirit had long since retired.

In seven easy to read chapters Chan covers the following topics:

* The role of the Holy Spirit as Jesus' promised gift.
* Fears and concerns about the Holy Spirit
* How theology about the Holy Spirit has more to do with how a person lives than what they say they believe.
* Motivations around the Holy Spirit and his power.
* What a relationship with the Holy Spirit can really be like.
* Letting go of manipulation and control by trusting the Holy Spirit.
* Living in true community with the Holy Spirit and with others.

For a book to be as hard hitting on these themes as it is, this tone Chan takes hardly comes across as a harsh reprimand. There is a gentleness and humility that flow through these chapters, possibly because the author often uses his shortcomings as examples. It is balanced with his unbridled passion for something better. It is a contagious proposition.

At the end of each chapter Chan presents a short biography about someone who is modeling that aspect of life with the Holy Spirit. These narratives help put the chapters, and the suggested lifestyle, into context.

For readers who have already embraced the message from Chan's first book, "Crazy Love," you will find another winner here. For those who are reading him for the first time, you have found a new, encouraging friend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Forgotten God 11. August 2009
Von Bill Grandi - Veröffentlicht auf
"Another book on the Holy Spirit? You have got to be kidding me!" Those were the initial thoughts that crept into my mind when I first saw the subtitle of Francis Chan's new book Forgotten God. It is subtitled "Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit." But then again, after reading Francis' other book, Crazy Love, blogging about it and then offering a small group study of it, I was not about to write this new book off as just a dusty old rehash of "Holy Spirit talk." Man, am I glad I didn't! I will have to confess something right up front: I was stoked because of the much so that I had trouble putting this book down. I took it everywhere with me just in case I had little snippets of time to read and highlight it. Oftentimes authors writing about the Holy Spirit take one of two approaches: they sensationalize everything and make it overly emotional, almost confrontational. You know...if you don't have this or do this then there must be something wrong with your spirituality. The other approach is one that brings yawns to people like me who just want something practical, something that translates into preaching and teaching and the everyday life of people I pastor. Unequivocally, Francis did not disappoint! He laid down the gauntlet on the very first page of his introduction: "the benchmark of success in church services has become more about attendance than the movement of the Holy Spirit. The `entertainment' model of church was largely adopted in the 1980s and '90s, and while it alleviated some of our boredom for a couple of hours a week, it filled our churches with self-focused consumers rather than self-sacrificing servants attuned to the Holy Spirit." (p.15-16) From there on it is sometimes hard-hitting, sometimes convicting, sometimes wooing, but always Francis-biblical and easy to understand. He takes one chapter he calls Theology of the Holy Spirit 101 to give a brief description of the Holy Spirit but it is informative not dry. In my opinion he reached his zenith in the last chapter: The Supernatural Church. WOW! I believe if you only read this chapter it alone would "fire you up." (It would also encourage you to read the rest of it as well). :) One more thing: after each chapter he included a two or three page biography of someone he knew living out what he had just taught. That was good to read.

So...if you read Crazy Love you will want to read this book because you are familiar with Francis' writing. If you read this book, you will want to go back and read Crazy Love. If you are looking for a deep theological book about the Holy Spirit or a book that tells you how to get this or that gift, then look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for a practical, easy-to-read and understand book that will challenge you to the core, then read Forgotten God. You will be glad you did.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Let It Shake You Up 1. September 2009
Von Tim Challies - Veröffentlicht auf
Calling the Holy Spirit "Forgotten God" may be a bit of an overstatement. Or perhaps it is an understatement. Some Christians seem to show little evidence that they have any theology of the Spirit while others seem to emphasize the Spirit at the expense of other biblical doctrine. What seems clear is that few Christians have it quite right. In this new book Francis Chan says, "From my perspective, the Holy Spirit is tragically neglected and, for all practical purposes, forgotten. While no evangelical would deny His existence, 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." With the entertainment (or perhaps "edutainment") model of church so prevalent today, churches have become filled with self-focused consumers instead of Spirit-filled believers. Chan asks this provocative question: "What if you grew up on a desert island with nothing but the Bible to read?" If you had nothing but Scripture to guide you, would your understanding of the Holy Spirit be far different from what it is today? It is probably worth thinking about. Says Chan, "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."

It is easy to fake the presence of the Spirit, isn't it? "Let's be honest: If you combine a charismatic speaker, a talented worship band, and some hip, creative events, people will attend your church. Yet this does not mean that the Holy Spirit of God is actively working and moving in the lives of the people who are coming." It is possible for a church to be fun and vibrant and exciting even while utterly ignoring the Holy Spirit--even while outright grieving the Holy Spirit. Such churches may say much about Jesus but little about the Spirit. Yet how then do we reconcile Jesus' words that it is better for us if we have the Spirit than if we have the Son? Chan says, "I think most of us would...choose a physical Jesus over an invisible Spirit. But what do we do with the fact that Jesus says it is better for His followers to have the Holy Spirit?" Do we believe Him? If so, do our lives reflect that belief?"

Alternating teaching with stories and testimonies, Chan seeks to reverse this neglect of the Spirit. Essentially he provides a brief and basic theology of the Spirit (even titling one chapter "Theology of the Holy Spirit 101") and shows how the Spirit can and should operate in the life of the believer. It is an eminently quotable book, offering scores of statements that are worth highlighting and worth pondering in the days and weeks to come. Some reading this review will want to know his position on the continuation of the miraculous spiritual gifts. I would say his is "guarded, hesitant continuationism," though this comes from reading between the lines more than any bold statements to that effect.

If the book has a weakness I would say it is in Chan's unwillingness to draw distinctions and to clearly delineate opposing doctrine. It is all very well to indicate that a church may not quite fit within one mold or another, but sooner or later we do need to make distinctions. Either the Spirit speaks through audible voices or he does not; either words of knowledge exist today or they do not. We cannot have it both ways and the distinction can cut right to the heart of a church's beliefs. I realize that labels can be as unhelpful as they are helpful, but at some point we do need to make distinctions. I will grant that this may not be the role or purpose of Forgotten God but it is still possible that the book can confuse the reader exactly because of this lack of precision.

Nevertheless, for those who have thought little about the person and role of the Holy Spirit, Forgotten God may be just the thing to get them thinking. For those who have not thought about the Spirit for a long time, this may serve as a good wake-up call. It is far from a full-orbed or exhaustive treatment, but neither is that its purpose. Chan sets out to get the reader thinking "that by keeping in step with the Spirit, we might regularly fellowship over what He's doing rather than what He did months or years ago." It's about living a life dependent on and surrendered to the Spirit, about seeking how we can live faithfully here and now. And this he accomplishes well.

Chan's previous book Crazy Love has sold over a quarter million copies and continues to fly off bookstore shelves. Forgotten God shares a message that is nearly as urgent and undoubtedly even more important. It is a fitting sequel that bears many resemblances to the book it follows. After all, how can we show true love if not through the Holy Spirit? There are many people sharing similar messages today, but few doing so to Chan's audience which is largely young and in many cases not very well trained in the teachings of Scripture. I have little doubt that God will use this to shake them up in all the right ways.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Call to elevate role of the "still small voice" 6. März 2010
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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 all new, but worthwhile reminders):
1) Try to spend more time throughout the day acknowledging the presence of God and Spirit.
2) Pray more often and more specifically: for guidance, for inspiration, and for others.
3) Intentionally listen for the "still small voice" and expect to hear it.
4) Beware of good-intentioned quenching of the Spirit in myself and others.
5) Quit trying to do things on my own steam -- rest in God's love and power.
6) Remember that the cultivation of a relationship -- whether with God or others -- is not done by wishing or waiting for the other party, but only by an investment of time and intention to it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Holy Spirit Primer 5. September 2009
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The Holy Spirit is one of my favorite topics. Since rediscovering Him in my early twenties, I've pursued a life full of His presence: His fruits, His power, and above all else His love. The infilling of the Spirit and a life spent hearing the voice of the Counselor has become of top priority to me, and so I find any reading material on the subject, regardless of evangelical or pentecostal viewpoint, to be interesting and worthwhile. Chan is somewhere between the two camps (but certainly more Evangelical than Charismatic) and attempts to walk the line between those two distinct groups of Christiandom.

Chan's primary argument is that many modern churches lack presence of the Holy Spirit because of a failure in willingness to let Him do and be who He is--out of fear, out of lack of knowledge, or because of church tradition. Chan argues compellingly that the fullness of what it means to be a Christ follower is lost without the presence of the Holy Spirit. In a series of succinct and to the point chapters, he writes about why we need the Holy Spirit, who He is, and what it looks like when He is operating unencumbered in our lives.

Where the book is less satisfying is Chan's reluctance to engage with the debate surrounding the work of the Holy Spirit in the modern day church. He does not identify himself as a cessationist, but the fact that he doesn't even mention tongues, and that he spends an entire book describing the work of the Holy Spirit largely in terms of internal, personal change instead of radical, world impacting power through signs, wonders, and miracles leads me to believe he is very Evangelical in his views, if not a complete cessationist.

Even as he argues for more of the Holy Spirit in the lives of his readers and the Church in general, he seems to skirt around what sort of impact that really will have. If Chan pushes Evangelicals to welcome more of the Holy Spirit in their lives, he doesn't challenge them to radically reevaluate what God is willing to do and how, either through a discussion of the miraculous power of God, or through an in depth look at the gifts of the Spirit. These are mentioned, but left very vague, which is very strange considering Chan highlights 1st Corinthians 12 throughout the book. Gifts are left at the periphery, and even in his "Supernatural Church" chapter they are left on the sidelines. If the work of the Holy Spirit is in part to draw us towards Christ-likeness, in part to empower us to do the miraculous (whether you define that as supernatural freedom from pervasive sin or as empowered to do miracles) and in part to give us certain gifts, Chan spends 80% of the book on the role the Spirit plays in character change and discipleship. I would have liked to see him give each part equal time, and especially give a chapter or two to the gifts of the Spirit.

In chapter 4 "Why do you want Him" Chan spends a little time talking about miracles. He says:

"A lot of people want to talk about supernatural things like miracles, healing or prophecy. But focusing inordinately on those things quickly becomes misguided. God calls us to pursue Him, not what He might do for us or even in our midst. Scripture emphasizes that we should desire fruit, that we should concern ourselves with becoming more like His Son." (88)

This is a true statement. However, what Chan seems to miss is that Christ's life was FULL of the miraculous. Nearly constant miracles through His entire ministry. If Christ is the perfect example of walking in harmony with the Father and the Spirit, and we are called to become Christlike, it follows that our lives should also be marked by the presence of the miraculous--not that it should supplant our desire for God Himself, but that it should be a natural part of being a disciple.

Chan also says:

"God wants us to trust Him to provide miracles when He sees fit. He doesn't just dole them out mechanically, as if we put in a quarter, pray the right prayer, and out comes a miracle." (88)

God does want us to trust him to provide miracles, but He also desires that we walk in obedience to Jesus command in Matthew 10:18: "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

Being Christlike means to become like Christ, and pursuing a life modeled after His. Jesus taught his disciples to follow His example, and after they were empowered by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they did exactly that. Much of their ministry was supernatural in nature. So while I agree fully with Chan that blind pursuit of the supernatural that replaces seeking God first and foremost is a form of idolatry, I don't agree that we shouldn't pursue it at all. I would argue that a life filled with the presence of the Spirit necessitates a life modeling a demonstration of God's goodness, and specifically the release of his Power through the miraculous.

Chan's chapters each end with a brief biography of a person living a Spirit filled life. It's striking that while all his choices are exemplary individuals, none of them are someone with a supernatural ministry. I would have loved to see him reference someone like Heidi Baker or Brother Yun--The Heavenly Man is fantastic reading if you want to see what a truly radical encounter with God and a miraculous lifestyle can look like. With the emergence of the Chinese church (and eastern church in general) it seems like it would have been a good idea to include someone from that region where the supernatural is a frequent occurrence--especially in a book on the Holy Spirit!

Aside from my complaints about Chan's Evangelical bias, this is still a very well written and engaging book. While I don't agree with all of his viewpoints, I found myself agreeing and cheering Chan on more than arguing with him. Chan's biggest strength is his humility and willingness to discuss the Spirit in the context of his own successes and failures. It gives his book a friendly and convincing tone. It's my hope that many Christians read this book. That they are impacted by Chan's call to a deepening of relationship with the Holy Spirit in individuals and in the Church. Because regardless of our differences, the Spirit has been ignored for far too long, and it's time to give him the worship He so rightly deserves.
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