Forgotten God

  • by Francis Chan
  • Narrated by Francis Chan
  • 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A follow up to the profound message of Crazy Love, Pastor Francis Chan offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit's direction in our lives."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.


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A wakeup call ALL Christians need

I read Francis Chan's last book, "Crazy Love", and it changed my life. So much so, that I bought 10 copies for my friends.

So when this book came out, and saw all the great reviews on Amazon, I was eager to read it. I commute an hour to work each way, so audiobooks are great. This book really helped me to perceive the Holy Spirit, not as some little ghost friend that helps you out here and there, but GOD's true, powerful spirit, living in me. It once again put me back in awe of my creator, humbled me, and changed my life in a biblical way.

Chan never ceases to amaze me with his writing and speeches, and this book did not disappoint. Amazing! Thank you Francis for helping me to learn to see my Heavenly Father more clearly!
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- Steven

True, but typical

Pastor Francis Chan insists that we have all but forgotten about the Holy Spirit, and we treat Him as if He were not in fact God's own Self. He urges us to revive our relationship with the Holy Spirit. The book is interlaced with biographical sketches of "Spirit-filled" people, not to mention the example of Chan himself, whose church gives 50% of its funds to the needy.

It is hard to argue with the author's ideas, however it is equally hard to grasp onto exactly what he is suggesting to be our problem, and exactly what he is saying we ought to do about it. He makes huge, vague claims, such as "clearly there is something very wrong with the church today", the remedy for which is "we ought to be walking in the Spirit".

This book-- and I suppose this domain of study in general-- has a confusing relationship with the word "should". We SHOULD be reading our Bibles diligently, giving freely of our resources, engaging with our churches as we would family, and showing sensitivity to our fellow human beings. Then again, we "can't do any of this under our own power", therefore we SHOULD be walking in the Spirit, in order to better enable our good actions. Still, if we claim to be Spirit-filled, we SHOULD be exemplifying such goodness, "more than people who are not Christians". It is to our own shame, he notes, that this is often not the case.

In the end, I am not clear on the difference between "walking in the Spirit" and "making good decisions", save that perhaps the former may generally be accompanied by feelings of intense spiritual intimacy, and is supposedly responsible for the formation of superhumanly good people.

Perhaps I lack the "spiritual literacy" to fully comprehend these concepts, and its just spiritually over my head. I suspect, however, that this is a not-terribly-creative message of Christian inspiration accompanied by familiar moral exhortations.
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- cynthia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2009
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio