Book report, kinda

ForgottenGodForgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, Francis Chan

I like Chan. A lot. His Crazy Love messed me up. I made it required reading for our staff of pastors and workers in Brazil. I highly recommend it.

I purchased Forgotten God before it was published and had been eagerly anticipating it for several months. When it came in last Monday, I read it in one setting. I then reread parts of it over the next few days. I intend to give it another going through in its entirety, this time marking it up.

I found myself  doing fist pumps on multiple occasions — he was asking the same questions I’ve been asking and describing the very problem I’ve become so aware of in the church today. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with as much excitement as I did this one.

But, I found my enthusiasm waning as I passed the halfway point. I began to sense that he was going to pull up short.

And he did.

I honestly didn’t care where he came out on the issue of Holy Spirit but I really wanted to see where he landed and the thought process that got him there. He purposefully didn’t draw a conclusion.


This book started with such promise of addressing a serious problem in the church, and Chan typically does such a good job of addressing the problem, but he took “the easy way” out.

There is much good in it. That’s why I’m going to reread it. I’m not opposed to anything he said, and he stated some really good points that I want to delve deeper into.

I’m disappointed that he left that which he alluded to multiple times floating around like an ethereal cloud that you just couldn’t grasp.


5 responses to “Book report, kinda

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  2. patrickandchristy

    Sounds like he neglected (in its fullness) the very thing he is telling us not to neglect.

  3. patrickandchristy

    Not yet. Still working through Crazy Love. You know I read it but now my Life Group is starting the Study that goes along with it. I’m pumped about that. Man, we’ve got a good group. Sunday night, we had a really good “session” with Michael. I’ll fill you in.

    It’s kinda like working with a mother that has malnourished her child. She knows how to nourish the child and the importance of ensuring child’s nutrional needs are met so he/she can develop fully and properly. But the mother only gives the child a small fraction of what is needed, and the child becomes malnourished, develops physical, developmental and mental deficiencies that either kills the child or ruins the child’s chance of living a full, healthy and happy life.

    The mother knew what to do and how to do it but withheld what was vital to the child. That’s why you have children two years old that weigh 13 lbs, and why we have Christians experiencing spiritual malnourishment. The proper portion, or Truth is/was withheld.

  4. Kinda sad news. Chan usually shoots straight at the heart. I’m still planning to give it a read….just because its Francis Chan! Thanks for the review Joe. I had really been hopeful especially for the title.

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