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A Book Review on Fresh Air

Posted on by Deidre Havrelock

Posted September 19, 2012 by ASSIST News Service (ANS) – visit them at


Fresh Air: A fresh take on the Holy Spirit
Clearing up 2,000 years of confusion, Jack Levison reveals what the Holy Spirit is, what it does, and why it all matters

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

SEATTLE, WA (ANS) True or false: Only Christians have God’s spirit in them.


Jack Levison

The answer might surprise you. The truth is, according to celebrated theologian, Jack Levison, God’s Spirit is in every human being, not just Christians. And the Holy Spirit isn’t just the welcoming, hospitable third member of the Christian Trinity, either.

According to a news release, Levison clarifies 2,000 years of confusion by unpacking the mystery of the Holy Spirit for Christians who grapple with this topic. With 20 years of academic writing on the Holy Spirit, Levison is the perfect teacher.

His book, Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life (September 2012, Paraclete Press, paperback, $15.99, 978-1612610689, 218 pages), brings his vast study to everyday Christians across denominational boundaries.

“The Holy Spirit is not just about speaking in tongues, spiritual gifts or ‘fruits’—it’s about our deepest breath and our highest human aspirations,” says Levison, a college professor, an in-demand speaker, and a world renowned scholar on the study of the Holy Spirit.

With endorsements from Eugene Peterson, Scot McKnight, N.T. Wright, and Nicole Nordeman, Fresh Air combines moving personal anecdotes, rich biblical studies, and practical strategies for experiencing the daily presence of the Holy Spirit.


Cover of the book

Levison’s scholarly knowledge and infectious enthusiasm invite readers to live in an inspired way. While Christians tend to identify the Holy Spirit with the spectacular, he takes the Holy Spirit from the mountaintop to the grit of everyday life.

In brief lyrical chapters, Fresh Air finds the presence of the Holy Spirit where we least expect it—in human breathing, in social transformation, in community, in hostile situations, and in serious learning. Fresh Air will unsettle and invigorate readers as they discover fresh insight into confusing topic.

Best-selling author, Eugene Peterson, says of the book, “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. A rare and remarkable achievement. Breathe deeply.”

Jack Levison ( is Professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University. The author of many books and articles, including Filled with the Spirit, Levison is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for his scholarship. He has a B.A. from Wheaton College, an M.A. from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from Duke University. He lives near Seattle.



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