"For years the Third Person of the Christian Trinity has either been neglected or just demoted to second-class status. This book almost makes up for all that….The book may annoy some people but it will inform and (may I say it) entertain more."
–Harvey Cox, Thomas Professor of Divinity, Harvard University and author of Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-First Century
"At this first time in history when all world religions can talk and meet, it is so important to see the work of the Holy Spirit in a broader and non-denominational way. Adolf Holl has created a masterpiece of scholarship, history, readability, and a vocabulary for holiness."
–Rev. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action & Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
"Adolf Holl gifts us with an urbane, sardonic travelogue of the Holy Spirit’s manifestations through history. Writing in a punchy yet lyrical style, the author is no pedantic guide, but rather a raconteur for whom every moment is equidistant, and Joachim of Fiore (d. 1201) rubs shoulders with Hitler and Stalin. There will be no other book about the Holy Spirit quite like it."
–Walter Wink, Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, and author of The Powers That Be
"What a brilliant idea, brilliantly realized! Who or what is this mysterious third member Who (or which) proceeds from the Father and the Son: A dove-like creature? A beam of light? A violent wind? The Word spoken through the prophets? The force that could pull off an immaculate conception? The terror of the Apocalypse? Holl gives us the history, the sociology, the literature, the theology and the politics of the Holy Spirit. This ‘biography’ is a fascinating and important book."
–James Reston, Jr., author of The Last Apocalypse
"Behind every religious belief lies breath, ruach, pneuma, animus, pure spirit, the very stuff of the soul–all of it very hard to handle. But Adolf Holl has done just that. With The Left Hand of God and a generous, eclectic and evolutionary approach, he has succeeded–perhaps as well as anyone can–in laying the Holy Ghost."
–Lyall Watson, author of Gift of Unknown Things and Dark Nature: A Natural History of Evil
From the Hardcover edition.