Earlier this year I wrote a book review of and a four part meditation/engagement with Jack Levison's Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith (Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3, Pt. 4). This is an excellent book on the Holy Spirit that draws from ancient Hebrew, Jewish, and Christian pneumatologies in order to form a modern pneumatology that recognizes the work of the Holy Spirit in all aspects of life, especially the overlooked life-of-the-mind. Recently, Eerdmans Publishing sent me a review copy of the new Study Guide that has been published to accompany the book. It was developed by Ronald Herms, an assistant professor of Bible at Northwest University (Kincaid, WA). I find that it would make a great study guide for a Church small group where people are interested in thinking deeply about the Holy Spirit.
This guide parallels the outline of the book making each chapter into a session (eighteen in all). For small group leaders there is a "Overview and Suggestions for Small Groups Leaders" section at the beginning (pp. ix-xi). Levison writes the preface where he reminds readers that his desire in this study is to ask whether our views of the Holy Spirit as biblical. Those not familiar with his other writings may be surprised to learn how diverse is the biblical tradition as regards the Holy Spirit.
For those who like visuals (Amazon.com does not currently offer a preview) here are some pictures from Session One (click the picture to expand):
As you can see there is a brief introduction, some suggested readings (usually canonical, but sometimes broader), some preview questions, a summary, questions for further study, and a final reflection and application. If you haven't read the book I recommend reading my previously mentioned review and interactions with it. Personally, I find that Levison is grappling with the sorts of questions many of us are asking about the Holy Spirit and that this book and its guide would be beneficial to any small group that uses it.
This study guide was received in exchange for an unbiased review.