As you can see from the majority of my posts I like to read and share about the books. I tend not to buy books these days since I have a large selection from the publishers I do reviews for. I do tend to pick books that peak my interest and “Forgotten God” is no exception to the peaked my interest category however I did buy this book. <GASP> Yes, I parted with $14.99 and made this purchase but now that I have finished the book I believe that it was very much due to a prompting from The Holy Spirit.
<Double GASP>”did he say the Holy Spirit told him to buy a book? Oh, great, now he’s really lost his mind!” Say what you will but this book by Francis Chan is turning my world upside down. I can’t even give him the credit. It is from an opening of his life to the Spirit that even put these words on paper.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe all of the books in my previous postings are God and Spirit inspired and the authors have truly embraced and obeyed the calling of the Spirit. But, Forgotten God has helped me to better understand how to put all of that and all of this “Jesus stuff” into perspective. The perspective that I believe God intended.
I love to tell my story as well as hear other’s testimonies to how their lives have changed through an acceptance of Jesus Christ as their saviour. Now, I better understand why though. It’s because a these stories are a testimony to an amazing God. They are evidence of the Holy Spirit acting in people’s lives.
We all too often take or give credit to those performing some act or feat when in fact the credit goes to the one who gave them that gift or ability in the first place. The glory goes to the Holy Spirit in them. I’m not here to debate the Trinity either. (just read the book) Jesus Himself told the disciples in John 16:7 “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” The Counselor He speaks of is the Holy Spirit promised in John 14:16-17 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
I’m also not hear to “officially review” this book I am simply responding to a calling to pass on this knowledge as Francis Chan has done in writing the book. I know the words “Holy Spirit” raise concern or caution for many people but just read the book and you’ll understand. Here’s a tasty quote that should smack us all upside the head…
“You would think that learning more about God would be a good thing… and it can be. But when we gain knowledge about God without responding to Him or assimilating His truths into our lives, then it is not a good thing. According to the Bible it’s sin.”
So, trust me get this book and read it! You can find it anywhere. And, thank you Holy Spirit for inspiring and engaging Francis Chan and all those involved in “Forgotten God.” To God be the glory.