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5.0 out of 5 stars Chan writes a simple yet mature and substantial book about God--the Holy Spirit, September 4, 2009
This review is from: Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (Paperback)
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I was greatly impressed with Chan's ability to write in-depthly about a theological topic in simple, cohesive language that appeals to readers of any level of spiritual maturity. Chan approaches the topic of the Holy Spirit humbly and reverently admitting that he doesn't have a "right" to talk about the Holy Spirit as if he understands Him or knows him as he should. However, Chan conveys a great love of God, passion for the Holy Spirit and pastor's heart for the people of God.

In addition to providing biblical explanations of the Holy Spirit, Chan critiques some of the errors of the Western church's treatment of the Holy Spirit and offers suggestions of corrective practices to welcome the Holy Spirit and respond to Him and His gifts among the body of Christ more fully.

Chan also includes several profiles of everyday people who have been touched and inspired by the Holy Spirit's leadings to do supernatural things with their lives. This is welcoming, as readers learn about the promptings of the Holy Spirit and how he speaks to us and helps us.

I especially appreciated the theme of Chan's book that the Holy Spirit is not about leading us straight to glorious success and self-aggrandizement; rather, the Holy Spirit leads us to the cross and to sanctification so that Jesus and not ourselves is glorified. In this, Chan teaches a theology of the cross that is at odds with much of Western Christianity's current trends. Along with this theme, Chan discusses the magnitude of submitting to God and inviting the Holy Spirit into your life. What does this mean? Chan follows the course of what it means to live with the Holy Spirit.

Chan also addresses the reality of living as sinners who are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit by God's grace. He discusses the tension between our natures and the Spirit's will and process of sanctifying us.

I think this is a great book for Christians or non-Christians interested in learning about God's love and desire for each person and communities as a whole to have a relationship with him. Chan shows how the church in the book of Acts was constantly being filled with the Holy Spirit, and he leades us toward that same goal for our lives.

Craig Stephans, author of Shakespeare On Spirituality: Life-Changing Wisdom from Shakespeare's Plays
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