“Dr. Jack Levison’s newest entry on the place of the Holy Spirit in the Church and the Christian life is a tour de force. Professor Levison is, in my experience, the most competent scholar and clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known.”

Eugene Peterson, author of The Message

“Levison’s careful study of the Old Testament, early Jewish, and New Testament understanding of the Spirit, the fruit of twenty years of research, signals something of a revolution in contemporary understanding of the Spirit of God. If (human) spirit is the divine breath of life already in a person, what does it mean to receive the Spirit or to be filled with the Spirit? Do only Christians and the Church ‘have’ the Spirit? Furthermore, is there a place for ecstasy without comprehension in Christian spirituality? And what constitutes inspired interpretation of scripture? Levison’s discussion will instruct those open to learn afresh and provoke fruitful discussion.”

James D. G. Dunn, Lightfoot Professor Emeritus at the University of Durham and author of Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Jesus and the Spirit

“A brilliant line of argument that is lucidly and almost affectionately delivered—brilliant in that it scintillates with insight after insight and connection after connection, lucid in that Levison writes with the simplicity and directness of genuine authority, and affectionate in that he approaches both his content and us as his readers with the warmest regard.”

— Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence

“Jack Levison probably considers himself neither a prophet nor the son of one. Yet he does what prophets do – identify the presence and activity of the spirit of God in the world, and discern with remarkable clarity the implications such work can and should have for our future. Inspired, aptly titled,will not only inform readers about the spirit but activate, nurture, and enable a spirit-filled way of life, learning, and virtue.”

Amos Yong, J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology & Dean, School of Divinity, Regent University

Book Review: Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith. By Jack Levison

— John C. Haughey, S.J.
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“Whether you agree with his approach or not, it will certainly help you discern what you really believe the Spirit does, and be open to him doing it more.”

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Inspired speaks a fresh prophetic word to the church, championing a unique blend of serious Bible study and Christian spirituality. With rich insight, Jack shows Christians of any church or denomination how they can take the Spirit into the grit of everyday life. Levison argues for an indispensable synergy between spontaneity and study, ecstasy and restraint, inspiration and interpretation. Readable and relevant, winsome and wise, Inspired sets a bold agenda for today’s church, replacing quick-fix spiritualities with a vibrant, durable experience of the Holy Spirit.