Fresh Air, published this month by Paraclete Press, comes alongside Levison’s more academic-oriented titles Filled with the Spirit (2009) and The Spirit in First-Century Judaism (1997). Levison’s newest title is aimed at a wider audience and has been lauded by scholars N.T. Wright, Eugene Peterson and Scot McKnight for its “spot on” and “accurate and unpretentious” presentation of the Holy Spirit and how he works in individuals and entire communities.
A transcript of Levison’s interview with The Christian Post is below.
CP: Comment briefly on the title, Fresh Air.
Levison: First of all, we had a great deal of difficulty coming up with a title. The “freshness” is based upon the reality that there is a lot in the book that is iconoclastic. There’s a lot in the book that’s groundbreaking. Even though it’s a popular book with a lot of personal stories. By now, I’ve spent 20 years studying the topic. I began in 1992 at a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar in New York at Yeshiva University. Although the book is popular and I hope winsome and welcoming to people, there’s a lot that’s fresh and new that you just won’t find in other books.
CP: How would you describe Fresh Air, and what’s the audience you have in mind?
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