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Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life Paperback – April 1, 2012
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"People told me Jack Levison was a great teacher, and when I read this book I realized why. His excitement is infectious; he tells a great story; he sets little-known biblical passages on fire and drills down to unimagined depths in well-known ones. He has a boyish enthusiasm, but his account of the holy spirit - and what the spirit can do for whole churches, not just individuals! - is mature, seasoned, challenging and wise. His scholarship is spot on, his human warmth and Christian compassion are everywhere. An unbeatable combination." --N. T. Wright
"Jack Levison's book is the most biblical, wide-ranging, innovative, and refreshing book on the Holy Spirit in years. The Spirit is here de-programmed and set loose. You may be surprised in every chapter, I know I was." --Scot McKnight
"Fresh Air is, well, a breath of fresh air. Jack Levison fuses an accurate but unpretentious examination of the Holy Spirit in Scripture with a lively and generous style that invites the entire Christian community, regardless of label, to embrace God's Spirit in the everyday ordinariness of life." --Eugene Peterson
"Fresh Air is exactly what its title promises: a lively, fresh study of the theology of the Holy Spirit by a brilliant and spirited theologian. If there is such a thing as poignant Christian midrash, then this surely is it." --Phyllis Tickle
"I've often asked pastors, 'Who is the most neglected person of the Trinity?' They always answer, 'The Holy Spirit.' In this lively and--well--Spirit-filled book, Jack Levison enjoys the exploits of the Holy Spirit throughout scripture, provoking a fresh encounter with God. Jack is uniquely qualified to lead us, combining his scholarly understanding of scripture with his deep affection for the church, both mainline and Pentecostal. No one will think about the Holy Spirit in the same way after reading Jack's book."--Will Willimon
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This book is a breath of fresh air. Written by one who has one foot on a mainline Protestant denomination and another foot on the Pentecostal persuasion, the author hopes to share a fresh air of spiritual wisdom with both camps. The hope is that the attempt will share biblical, radical, and practical values for all. The Holy Spirit (Note: for reasons explained in the book, the author prefers to use small caps. I use capitalization to conform to common usage). Some of the "radical perspectives" that Levison has proposed in his book are:
- The spirit being in EVERY human being, both Christians as well as non-Christians;
- The spirit is present in all situations, including social upheaval and during our status quo
- The spirit inspires whole communities
- The spirit drives faithful people into hostile places
- The spirit inspires both "ecstasy and restraint, study and spontaneity."
Key to the understanding of this book is our openness to letting the Spirit work as freely as He wants. Levison argues that the Holy Spirit manifests Himself through routine awakenings, our routine listening, as well as routinely encouraging us.Read more ›
This brilliant book does a wonderful job of weaving together the narrative of the Spirit, the author's personal narrative, and the story of God as revealed in Scripture.
The text has a narrative flow that makes it easy to read, and yet there are times when you must stop to think. It moves through Scripture in a sequential and logical ways, in many ways communicating a biography of the Holy Spirit and his relationship to humanity. Levison shares enough insightful stories and pithy, well-written lines that at the same time readers will pause to ponder. Each chapter has companion Scriptures to study and consider.
The book, while accessible, has theological depth. Especially, as one might consider, the theological depth relates to the person and the work of the Holy Spirit. And while some theological books on the Holy Spirit simply cause one to think, it becomes very clear that Levison's goal is to form spirits.
As I read and continue to read, I sense this book touching and forming my own spirit. For that I am grateful.
Jack Levison is professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University. He's written an engaging book with each of the chapters profiling people from the Bible and illuminating aspects of the spirit's activity. Through out the book he speaks of the `holy spirit' rather than "Holy Spirit" because he is trying to be attentive to the way the biblical language functions (he is not denying the Trinity). The Greek word pnuema and the Hebrew ruach both mean wind, breath or spirit (ruach means wind fifty times in the Hebrew Bible, but the rest of its nearly four hundred occurrences refer to the spirit from God). Levison wants to preserve the way a single word in the Hebrew or Greek `could encompass stormy winds and settled souls, the rush of the divine and the hush of human holiness(17).' And so he attends to where he hears the spirit in the text and shows us the way God's spirit is powerful and unsettling, life-giving and good.
Levison does not always go to the most common passages people use when speaking of the spirit.Read more ›
Throughout the Bible.it was a good group study. It presents the work of the Holy Spirit in individuals as well as in community.
His wrap up in the last chapter is very good. It takes it full circle back to the beginning of the book. All in all it is a good Bible study. We added several chapters from the book of Hebrews to compliment the last chapter.
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Comprehensive, yet comprehensible and utilitarian survey of the invisible, yet omnipresent member of the Holy Trinity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David L. Hicks
Book made you think about the holy spirit and the effect on your life.Published 11 months ago by Gerald E. Mead
Jack Levison has become one of the most exciting writers on the Holy Spirit to date, blending world-class scholarship with a passion for "real life," where the deepest... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark P. Stone
Recently my Bible-study group finished discussing the book, "Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life" by Jack Levison. Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by Phil
Jack Levison's Fresh Air is, in his own words, an invitation to "discover unexpected and rich ways of experiencing the holy spirit" (8). Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by James K. Linton
Excellent book, well researched, and important concepts related to the relationship between the Spirit of God and the human spirit, which Levison argues are from the same source... Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by Timothy C. Geoffrion
This book is a subtle heresy that needs to be avoided at all costs.
1) Did God breath life into Adam and is this breath considered the spirit of God - Yes. Read more
This has been one of the most life giving books I've read in a long time. As a historian and scholar Levison is one of the most knowledgable people about the holy Spirit in Jewish... Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Brian C. Leport