Every morning of their dusty journey, the Jews found bread on the ground: manna. That was the mysterious bread that fed them, sustained them, kept them on the way. Pastor's book will be just that manna for your soul. The mysteries within cannot be fully understood, or even articulated, but they will feed you. I commend this book heartily. Get up. Your morning has come. Eat the mystery that this book describes.(Dr. A.J. Swoboda, author of The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith and pastor of Theophilus Church in Portland, Oregon)
With the debut of The Listening Day, I can say with great confidence and enthusiasm that Paul J. Pastor is one of the best spiritual writers of this generation. In fact, this breathtakingly beautiful offering has turned Pastor into one of my favorite writers of all time. It is clear that each meditation is the fruit of unhurried time spent in the presence of God. As you read, you will be nourished with the nourishment Pastor received from God. It has truly been a means of grace to me a great gift. I will recommend it to everyone I know.(Marlena Graves, author of A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness)
The lofty work of considering the divine can often be disembodied and disconnected from eathbound beauty and the human condition. Paul reattaches the divine and the human in a poetic and thoughtful reading experience. (Dan Haseltine, founder of Blood:Water and lead singer of Jars of Clay)
My heart's desire is to trust; to live inside the grace of one day. In your hands is a brilliantly crafted companion for your journey into living that grace. I love The Listening Day because it is helping me do just that.(Wm Paul Young, author of The Shack, Cross Roads, Eve: A Novel, and Lies We Believe about God)
The Listening Day is a devotional of creative exercise for the way we interact with both our own hearts and with God. At turns surprising, poignant, joyful, and devastating, Pastor invites us into new ways of seeing on each page. It caused me to notice both the rocky and the soft soil in the garden of my heart, and by the end, I had already discovered new places where the truly good news was able to bloom.(D.L.Mayfield, author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith)
Here is a book to be read slowly and savored. These meditations will help you become more present to God and more aware of his work in your life and the world. Read and be nourished.(Dr. Kris Kandiah, author of Paradoxology: Why Christianity Was Never Meant to Be Simple and founding director of Home for Good)
About the Author
Paul J. Pastor is a writer living in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge. His writing on Christian spirituality has won numerous awards and critical recognition for its beauty, insight, and biblical depth. With an MA in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary, Pastor brings his passionate style and unique insights to life as a frequent speaker at churches and universities. Pastor and his wife Emily serve as deacons of spiritual formation at Theophilus Church in Portland, Oregon. They have three children.