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The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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 w
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by David C. Cook
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Russell Threet
Nov 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Some may think this rating unfair. However, it must be said that this book reads much more like a man's ruminations on what he thinks about the Holy Spirit of God than it does a book that should drive a biblical understanding of the person of the Holy Spirit.

It dips into some very strange territory when he does thinks like quoting Cherokee pagan mystical writing to somehow support the biblical narrative. Overall, the book feels falsely spiritual. In content it is not without merit, but in its st
Kyle Robertson
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time getting into this book. I started it many times only to put it down and read something else. After I finished it I still feel as though this book just misses the mark. I was looking for a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit and searching for a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. To me, this book is more like a discussion about what and who the Holy Spirit is to the author. It is not an in-depth study of the Holy Spirit and His place in scripture. There are some valid ...more
Debi Lantzer
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a really hard book to download and read in two days as the archive date was sooner than I realized. I was hopeful that that The Face of the Deep was going to help me meet my other goal of knowing more of the Holy Spirit based upon the description of the book.but that was not the case for me. I believe the book is intended for all Christ followers who desire a deeper relationship and knowledge of the Holy Spirit. I felt that the book was the author's thoughts on the subject - sort of lik ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of the most masterfully crafted literary experiences of the Holy Spirit I have ever encountered. This book is laced with beautiful, artful language making evident the mysteries of the Spirit through biblical text, analogy, and personal experience. Incredibly formative in my understanding of the Holy Spirit, and I would definitely recommend this book.
Nani Birrell
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book immensely, if it weren’t for my children interrupting me, I would’ve finished it the first time I picked it up. I thought Paul J. Pastor did a fantastic job showing us the Person of the Holy Spirit in the descriptive beauty of his writing and from his personal experience. This combination moved me, as the Holy Spirit should because He is intimacy. In his book, Paul said, “The Spirit’s presence did not require my recognition to be utterly real”, but when we have a revelation t ...more
Poetic voice of the Spirit

Pastor is a story teller, and here there are many great stories and hints of the person and work of the Spirit. It is not a theological treatise but an whimsical exploration through illuminating experiences of the author.

All the poetic writing though seemed to oversell things other than the subject.
Blake Western
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not many books about the Holy Spirit are being written today. This is a rather unusual approach. The author is a master of words. However, there are times when you almost get lost in the words and wonder what is being said. The author paints word pictures and there are some beautiful passages.
Julia Williamson
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
As books on the Holy Spirit go this one was good. Well written and organized in a way that made sense. Good reminder of Christian belief that gets lost in the shuffle.
Jamin Bradley
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: half-read
I only read half of this book so any review I post is unfair. Being an evangelical-Pentecostal half breed of sorts, I thought this book would be a good middle ground book on the Holy Spirit. I got a few good quotes, but overall it didn't really feel like much was being said. There's a few references that make no sense and some stories that don't seem to really line up with the points being made. And while the author has a poetic spirit, it often seemed to make simple things sound odd, as though ...more
PennsyLady (Bev)
I'm leaving this unrated, simply because I had different expectations from the read. (I guess)
I read a bit daily in quiet time but still had difficulty identifying with the book's flow.

Perhaps I should read a synopsis more carefully next time.
Paul Roberts
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love it and recommend this great read. Enlightening the role of the Spirit in our lives! Step into these pages, come out singing with joy.
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Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book to read slowly, though not as slowly as I did! I took breaks sometimes, I had to be in the right frame of mind to read it and be in a quiet place. Lots of food for thought, I loved it. I was extremely moved at times, in the way beautiful music, or an epic story on the big screen will sometimes bring you to tears. Maybe it was just the right book for me this year.
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“Strange trails are good places to bloom.” 2 likes
“He brings down the haughty, you know, even when the haughty are his own, and he raises those who are low. His power can look like weakness, and his weakness is limitless strength. So we cast down our idols, even the ones that look like God. We turn ever to the old truths, to the Word, to the sacraments, to a journey of good abandonments, the inward journey. The ascent of the mountain is our business. Attention is our business. The speaking? Well, that is the Spirit’s business, and who can say how his voice will come to any one of us?” 0 likes
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