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This review is from: Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (Paperback)
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The strength of Francis Chan's ministry and writing is his authenticity and clarity. He doesn't come across as a theologian or spiritual "guru". He speaks as one who is on the path with us; one who is constantly seeking, finding and sharing everything. In this book, he addresses the often divisive topic of the Holy Spirit from the perspective of a person with experience in many faith traditions.
Much like his earlier book, Crazy Love, Chan doesn't necessarily break new ground with this work, but rather gives a powerful reminder of this "forgotten" aspect of our Christian walk. In fact, what he is sharing is the idea that the Holy Spirit is at the very core of our lives as Christians. He uses Scripture and biography to illustrate the central role of the Holy Spirit.
I recommend this book for those who are seeking to not just understand the Holy Spirit's role in their daily walk, but thirst to experience it. Chan gives a beautiful vision of God drawing us to intimacy, authenticity, repentance, relationship, security, courage, and truth. While I did find myself bored at times with some of the cliches, there were multiple points where I had to put the book down and pray for the Lord to bring these truths into my life as more than just cold concepts, but fire-illuminated changes that manifest in actions that could only be explained by His moving. My favorite quote from the book comes from page 142 of the advance copy: "I don't want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit." Isn't this what every Christian desires to live? A life that can only be explained by the power of God?
The final chapter, "Supernatural Church" is on one hand similar to the critiques of the Restorationists, but instead of simply calling us to go back to the methods illustrated in the book of Acts, Chan calls us to dependance upon the Holy Spirit. He doesn't say, the early Christians did this and that, so we should too. He says, let's depend upon the Holy Spirit to lead our faith the way the early Christians did. I applaud this because it is not method-centered, but relationship-centered.
Francis Chan has emerged as one of my most cherished voices in the Christian community. He speaks truth and does it with a Christ-like strength and love. He citicizes, but provides solutions. His input is constructive, not destructive. His ministry bears eternal fruit and relies upon the power of God, not the power of personality.