I just finished Forgotten God by Francis Chan, and I must say it was a great start to my summer reading! In Forgotten God, Chan speaks about the the Holy Spirit and His role in our lives. What I loved most about this book is that while it covers some theology regarding who the Spirit is, you mostly just feel like you are having a conversation with Chan. It is not at all presumptuous, or heady, and it just kind of flows easily!
FG has also got me thinking about who the Holy Spirit is, and how I respond to His presence my life. I really believe that most churches and Bible Colleges (I went to one) don't necessarily teach us what it means to really live by the Spirit, despite it being one of believer's greatest gifts! I know I personally always stayed away from discussing all things Spirit related because I didn't want to risk sounding too charismatic. But honestly, He must be a big deal, since Jesus tells us it is better for Him (Jesus) to leave so that the Spirit can come (check out the end of John).
All that to say, this is a great book, that I HIGHLY recommend. Here are a few quotes and a video to get you thinking!
"I don't want my life to be explainable without the power of the Holy Spirit. I want people to look at my life and know that I couldn't be doing this in my own power. I want to live in such a way that I am desperate for Him to come through. That if He doesn't come through, I am screwed. (I probably shouldn't write that word here, but it's how I truly feel about this.)"
"Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the "Helper" or "Comforter". Let me ask you a simple question: Why would we need to experience the Comforter if our lives are already comfortable?"
"To be honest I believe part of the desire to "know God's will for my life" is birthed in fear and results in paralysis. We are scared to make mistakes, so we fret over figuring out God's will. We wonder what living according to His will would actually look and feel like, and we are scared to find out. We forget that we were never promised a twenty-year plan of action; instead, God promises multiple times in Scripture never to leave or forsake us."
Hope this gets you a little interested, and if you haven't read this one yet...
Go! Get it now!