The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit
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.
“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
–Walter Wangerin, Jr.”
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”–Jon Tyson”
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”–Dr. A. J. Swoboda”
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”–Brett McCracken”
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 “–Tom Krattenmaker”
“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— Tom Krattenmaker
About the Author
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.