October 27, 2010

Book Review: Forgotten God

My Sunday School class just finished a several-week-long study on this book,

This was my first experience with Francis Chan. First of all, I found nothing unbiblical or extrabiblical in this book. I think that's an important thing to start out with. Chan was very concerned about keeping our analysis of the Holy Spirit and His place in our lives aligned with the Bible. The thing is, for me, it seemed like it took a while to get there.

Now, part of this may have been that this was sort of "assigned reading." I didn't choose the book and so my enthusiasm wasn't quite the same starting out as it would have been had I just come across the book myself and picked it up because I thought it was interesting. So there's that. And I think I was expecting something different than what I found - that is, a book with more Bible Study than commentary, whereas this was very heavy on the commentary and limited the in-depth exegesis to one chapter.

Overall, though, even though I didn't learn a whole lot of new information, it did shift my thinking regarding the Holy Spirit, specifically in how I pray. My prayers now are more specific, personal and effective. I've seen some very specific answers to prayer recently. And that's not to sound like, "Follow formula X-Y-Z and all your wishes will come true." In fact, it's just the opposite. I think it reteaches how to get to the heart of God so that your prayers and His desires are the same thing.

It's a short book. I could have read it in a week if I wasn't reading along with the class. It's in a very conversational style, too, which makes for quick reading. So while I wouldn't give it 5 stars, I do think that it's a good jumping-off point, especially for someone very unfamiliar with the person of the Holy Spirit and what the Bible says about Him.


  1. I just bought this book last night! We did a study on his book Crazy Love where we only did one chapter a week. And it just seemed to take FOREVER to get through it. I really liked the book but I just do not think his books are suited to the one chapter a week thing.

  2. Rachel @momshenanigansOctober 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    So I really like your disclaimer! The majority of Americans agree with you because of the Presidents approval rating! Good stuff!

  3. Thank you for this post.

    I have read Forgotten God by Chan, and really really liked it. It was a study the women's ministry at my church did. Because we enjoyed it so much we decided to do Forgotten God. I purchased the book and read Ch 1 and did not get any further. I have been meaning to pick it back up but well, I have not yet. ;/ So I appreciate your review on the book and will keep it in mind when I do get back around to reading it.

  4. I agree...I think if we let the Spirit teach us how to pray and what to pray for then we will more likely pray for the things we should be. On a side note, I have no idea what "exegesis" means and need to go look it up now or I won't be able to sleep tonight :)

    Done and done. Now I can sleep...with an expanded vocab at that.

  5. Thanks for sharing! I have a hard time getting excited about "assigned" books too

  6. I think that the Bible has it all and to substitute a book about something from the Bible is just not a bible study, it is a book study.
    I will stick with the Bible....and being led by the Holy Spirit....saw one clip about chan and decided not to read any of his stuff....
    Just a Word of God girl, I guess...
    Other than that, this is the first time to your blog and love it...
    Have friends who are military and are in the fight....Pray for them always...


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