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Books For The Spirit

Jeremy Richards

In Jolo, West Virginia, there are members of a small Christian church who handle live, poisonous snakes. The snake handlers believe the snakes can't hurt them, because they're protected by something called "the spirit." The notion of the spirit goes back to some of the earliest documented religions, and Jack Levison believes the spirit acts in similar ways even today. Jack is a professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University. His latest book is called "Filled With the Spirit." Today, he shares two other books that describe how the spirit acts in people's lives, and he explains how even nonbelievers can connect with the notion of spirit. Jack Levison talks with KUOW's Jeremy Richards.

Segment music: "Rain on Me" by Thierry David.

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