THE FORGOTTEN GOD – Francis Chan (2009)

Forgotten God by Francis Chan is an introductory book about the person and work of the Holy Spirit.  The subtitle describes the essence of the book, namely – Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.  Many churches through fear or ignorance have done just Chan suggests; they have neglected the Holy Spirit.  And the net results are tragic indeed.

Chan holds that many people “have an eisegetically formed concept of the Holy Spirit.”  His accusation is essentially this: These people have “cut and pasted whatever verses and ideas work for [them].”  So the author sets out to “present the core truths that have been revealed to believers about the Holy Spirit.”

Each chapter includes a brief explanation of the person and work of the Holy Spirit.  At the end of each chapter, the author includes a short vignette of real life characters who exemplify a life led by the power of the Spirit.

Forgotten God reveals much about the author.  This is solid writing that is clear and biblical.  High school students and first year Bible College students will benefit greatly from Chan’s insight.  This book may be the most helpful starting point for anyone seeking an introductory look at the Holy Spirit.

4 stars

3 thoughts on “THE FORGOTTEN GOD – Francis Chan (2009)

  1. Great thoughts David! Appreciate the review. I’m curious as I too can see it can be a “beginner” level intro to the Spirit; Do you think even today’s it’s the book that “most” Churches need? It seems the prioritization of living out all the Gifts are at the bottom of the totem pole in a “Church” structure. I feel like “we” preach the body parts of Corinthians but it usually ends with just the quarterback on stage with his skills and a few receivers. I’m not sure if the Church has grasped the idea of using all the parts on a given “Church day”; or possibility to focus on others in a service. Just curious if you see that too? Also why the 4/5? (Francis fan here.. hah.)


    Thanks for all the reviews!

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