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Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit [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.

About the Author

Francis Chan is pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California. He is also the founder of Eternity Bible College and sits on the board of directors of Children's Hunger Fund and World Impact. Francis spends much of his time speaking to students around the country, committed to teaching directly from the Bible. His passion is to see the church display a much deeper love for Jesus. Francis lives in California with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (1 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MT8PUQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dont Forget to read it... 2 Feb 2011
If you've ever read Francis Chan before (Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God) then you'll know that he's incredibly easy to get on with. His style is more inquisitive than lecturing. By laying out simple principles Chan then places the onus squarely on the reader, "What are you going to do about it?"

If you're expecting a strong doctrinal treatment of the Holy Spirit then you'll probably be disappointed. But if you want a book that will make you think, question, get down on your knees and pray about what your reading then this is it.

Chan's emphasis is to encourage the reader to live a life dependant on God the Holy Spirit, a life seeking to know God more intimately and serve others rather than yourself.

The book also has a strong emphasis on the fruit of the Spirit. Rather than placing a premium on showing the gifts of the Spirit (which should be used for the Churches benefit not our own) a Spirit filled Christian will be demonstrating a supernatural level of the fruit according to Chan.

He leaves us with the ultimate test, how much different would our lives be if we didn't have the Spirit?

I'd recommend The Forgotten God to anyone whose after a light read but also to anyone who wants to be challenged in their view of the Holy Spirit.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book on the Neglected God!. 8 Nov 2009
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What a superb book that describes the subject matter of the title. Being one of a Charismatic persuasion and upbringing, there exists in many "churches" a completely unbalanced stance on the Holy Spirit, either He is given lip-service only as part of the Godhead, or His presence and work in the church and our lives is given an unbiblical emphasis, which almost excludes God the Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
The proper balance is redressed in this excellent book by Francis Chan which warns the churches of the urgent and necessary adjustment required to fulfill Paul the Apostle's injunction to us in Romans 12:2 "to be transformed by the renewing of your minds"!
Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit in us AND the church, further decimation of the Christian churches will continue. I wish I could award this book more than the five stars that I have. The best book on the Holy Spirit that I have read in a good few years!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging 22 July 2011
Francis Chan, in his own easy to read, honest and personable style, lays out what difference the Holy Spirit should make in our lives, and asks why we are not experiencing that? It is not detailed and comprehensive by any means, but a challenge. And one well worth listening to. 8/10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 11 April 2012
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I read this book in one sitting and will now go back and read it slowly and prayerfully chapter by chapter .... There are many questions that the author invites us to think about and answer that will shine a light on your personal spiritual life and also your church
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 30 Jan 2012
By Rh
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In really enjoyed this book. It was very refreshing, reminding me that He is the best thing that has happened to me and the awesome truth that He lives in me! While not a theological description of Chan's views, if focuses on inspiration while still showing evidence of a strong biblical grounding. Also, through his writing style, Chan's humility shows through, so also helped teach me a thing or two about pride and having a humble heart. A friend recommended this book, and I am very glad to have bought it rather than simply borrowing it, so I can lend it to other friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 18 Sep 2012
By DPryke
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Amazing book, this has re shaped my way of thinking, worship and fellowship within my Church life. Please buy one book for you and one for a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely 16 Jun 2012
By sarah
I really enjoyed this book, it made me question what I actually think about the Holy Spirit and how I function as a Christian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking 9 Jun 2012
By Dogrose
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An easy read in the sense that it is not particularly academic but not so easy in terms of the challenge to complacency, obedience and understanding. This is not dry theology, it is about the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. If Christians have, as claimed, the indwelling of Holy Spirit then why do so many seem to be no different from those with no faith? Surely there should be some effect on the lives of professing Christians... Theologically balanced and Biblical approach coupled with real-life stories and examples to drive the message home. Should be widely read in Christian circles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So enlightening for one brought up in the Catholic church
The title was gripping for one who has been a faithful Catholic but felt "something" was missing. Thank you and God bless you,
Published 2 months ago by frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read
The best eye opener for the spirit I have ever read and has helped me teach and hopefully open many of my brothers and sisters eyes fantastic book !!!
Published 2 months ago by Darryl Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Restoring the place of the Holy Spirit
A clear and challenging little book that helps believers in the Word of God to reintroduce the place of the Holy Spirit in their spiritual life/walk. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jill walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I found the item very useful and I had no problem with it and I did not wait for it too much but exactly the time suggest at the time of the purchasing. thank you
Published 8 months ago by Stefano Guaglione
4.0 out of 5 stars have just begun to read it.
this was recommended by a minister, and so far I am finding it a good read- not too theological but making me think!
Published 8 months ago by jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Encourages you to think for yourself, get rid of any preconceptions you have gained via your church, your parents, etc. and go back to the bible to see what it says. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Karen w
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging & encouraging
This book is incredibly challenging and potentially completely life changing! It is also so well written and I love the use of personal honest examples and stories about the lives... Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Gaunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Much needed teaching
This book is a non-condemning, encouraging yet challenging reminder of the importance of the Spirit of God in the lives of all human beings. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome in the true sense of the word
After reading crazy love I wanted to know more, God satisfies in this book, francis is truly blessed. Inspiring stuff
Published 13 months ago by robin guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Take note
So often we forget the Holy Spirit is a living active part of the triune God which is indwelling and powerful. This book points us to the importance of acting on his promtings.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. S. Kavanagh
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If it’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not? &quote;
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the sin we take on becomes such a part of us that it requires this same kind of ripping and tearing to free us. The Holy Spirit does not seek to hurt us, but He does seek to make us Christlike, and this can be painful. &quote;
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