Book Review: Forgotten God

Francis Chan is the former pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA. This book is a follow up to Chan’s best selling book Crazy Love. It is an invitation to comprehend, accept, and pursue the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives. We often pray to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but we seldom live in recognition of the Spirit.

Chan tells us the Spirit is more obviously active in places where people are desperate for Him, humbled before Him, and not distracted by their pursuit of wealth or comforts like we are. The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation. We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God.

Our modern church teaches frequently about Jesus and about God, but the Holy Spirit is seldom taught, frequently misunderstood and occasionally neglected. Pentecostals frequently misinterpret the role of the Holy Spirit, while Calvinists undervalue the Holy Spirit. The Spirit and his role as an equal and valuable member of the Trinity are imperative. Throughout the New and Old Testament the Spirit plays an active role in churches and individuals lives.

The term Holy Spirit appears nearly 100 times in Scripture and is featured prominently before the birth of Christ and after his death. The roles of the Holy Spirit in every Christian life includes: conviction of sin, bringing to conversion, enabling the Christian life, a comforter, inspiration and interpretation of scripture.

As Christians we frequently neglect the Spirit and Chan tries to nudge us to embrace the Spirit as a loving part of our faith.