The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit  -     By: Paul J. Pastor
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The Face of the Deep invites you on a quest for the Holy Spirit that journeys through our world and Bible. The adventure is infused with wonder and symbolic imagination-from the black void of Genesis 1 all the way through the explosive re-creation at the close of Revelation. You'll encounter the love and power of the Holy Spirit revealed through the beauty of creation, art, history, and theology.

Can you hear the Spirit's voice now, echoing across the bright waters?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 5.50 X 42401.00 X 8.25 (inches)
ISBN: 078141332X
ISBN-13: 9780781413329

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Publisher's Description

Many Christians don’t have a clear idea of the Holy Spirit’s role in their life. Yet Scripture is full of stories that show the Spirit as a vibrant, personal being.

The Face of the Deep invites you on a quest for the Holy Spirit that journeys through our world and Bible. The adventure is infused with wonder and symbolic imagination—from the black void of Genesis 1 all the way through the explosive re-creation at the close of Revelation. You’ll encounter the love and power of the Holy Spirit revealed through the beauty of creation, art, history, and theology.

Author Bio

Paul J. Pastor is a writer and grassroots pastor living in the woods of Oregon’s majestic Columbia River Gorge with his wife and three children. With an M.A. in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary, Paul is a contributing editor for Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal and a regular adjunct professor at Multnomah University. His last name is either providence or coincidence.

Editorial Reviews

"Often while reading The Face of the Deep, I had to pause, think, and re-read a passage too rich and too insightful for a single consideration.  Moreover, what hooked me first to that passage were its sharp images and its stout language.  I have no doubt that anyone who does not skim but attends closely to Pastor's book will experience the same inspiring jolts."
Walter Wangerin, Jr. Winner of the National Book Award



"Many people today are hungry for the work of the Spirit, yet often confused and cynical by the excess they see in ministries claiming to be ’filled with the Spirit.’ But rather than standing back, we should seek for the right biblical vision and understanding of who the Spirit is, and the role he plays in the life of the believer and church. And that is what Paul has given us here: a theologically rich, soul-stirring vision of what the life of the Spirit among the people of God looks like. This book is a great step forward in helping us have ministries that not only preach the gospel but do so with the power, deep conviction, and the Holy Spirit."
Jon Tyson, founding pastor of Trinity Grace Church and author of Sacred Roots

"My friend Paul Pastor is himself a stunning mural unto the creativity and grace of the Creator God. His theological reflections aren’t inerrant but, boy, are they close. The Face of the Deep is a beatiful and brilliant book that will restore the church’s heart to the Creator Spirit for ages to come. I have been turned toward the Fire."
Dr. A. J. Swoboda, pastor, professor, and author of A Glorious Dark

"Paul Pastor’s portrait of the presence, power and work of the Holy Spirit pulsates with awe, wonder and worship befitting the topic. It’s an insightful theological work that feels more like devotional poetry! Full of organic imagery, lively metaphor and lyrical description, The Face of the Deep is a great read and one I recommend for anyone desiring a deeper awareness of the mysterious and beautiful Spirit."
Brett McCracken, author of Gray Matters and Hipster Christianity

"Paul Pastor writes with clarity, insight, and an inspiring lyrical quality that is impossible to resist. It’s hard to imagine a more original, intelligent, and poignant exploration of this surprisingly under-explored area of theological inquiry—the Holy Spirit and its crucial role in believers’ faith lives. Paul Pastor’s new book is sure to move his readers as much as it enlightens them."
Tom Krattenmaker, member of the USA Today Board of Contributors and author of The Evangelicals You Don't Know

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    This is NOT a study on the Holy Spirit, nor is it informative. This book is the strange ideas of a Pastor by name only. This has very little biblical truth and is in no way shape or form an accurate portrayal of the Holy Spirit. If you're looking for a biblically sound study go with The God I Never Knew by Robert Morris.
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Author: Paul J. Pastor
Located in: Bridal Veil, Oregon
Submitted: January 08, 2016

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a fifth generation Oregonian, and love being in our dark, beautiful woods.

My family and I garden, hike, read, cook, and play in the creek beside our house together.

I also am passionate about helping others make books--I work as an editorial consultant, story developer, and content editor for a wide variety of publishers.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  It began with a question. If the Holy Spirit is as close to us as the Bible says he is, then why does he often feel so far from our lives or worship? The answer I found was too exciting to keep to myself.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  A new and renewed love for God the Holy Spirit, and new ways to recognize his mysterious presence in their lives. I also hope people begin to think of theology not as a dry mental exercise but as a vibrant path to knowing God with the heart and even a holy imagination.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Again and again, I was taken aback by the depth and beauty of the Holy Spirit, as I was him in the Bible, in nature, in art, and in theology. He has always had my heart, but he captured it and recaptured it during the writing of this book.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My favorite authors include Jorge Borges, Herman Melville, Patti Smith, Annie Dillard, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Shusaku Endo, Basil the Great, George Macdonald, and Roald Dahl. A soundtrack of my life features Nick Cave, Rachmaninoff, Wovenhand, The Pogues, Alt-J, The Gorillaz, and Vaughn Williams' "The Lark Ascending," all on endless, soaring repeat.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I care so much about you--as a person, as a fellow son or daughter of God. I hope we get the chance to connect personally someday. If my work impacts you, will you let me know through my Facebook or Twitter pages? Truly, I'd love to hear from you.

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