Books by Dr. Levenson
Published Books by the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
A Vision for Tomorrow’s Priests and Pastors
When it comes to priests and pastors, today’s crisis of vocation isn’t just about the numbers. It runs … into issues of identity and purpose. Originally delivered at the 177th Commencement Address at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, “Go!” seeks to reignite the passion of priests and pastors everywhere.
Dr. Levenson reminds us that pastoral ministry can always be renewed so long as we are willing to obey the fundamental command of Jesus Christ: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.”
“These are though days for the Church, and we need a united Christ-centered ministry for the service of Christ. Russ crafts an attractive vision of ministry.” George Carey, 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury
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In God's Grip
What Golf Can Teach Us About the Gospel
In 1953, as legendary golfer Ben Hogan accepted the U.S. Open Championship Trophy for the fourth time, he pointed to several specific elements that he felt made his accomplishments possible. He referenced "adequate preparation and knowledge of the course." He thanked his wife, who, in his words, "has helped me more than she knows." Tucked within his gratitude were words that might have surprised some: "But there's something else I'm thankful for...you just can't do this sort of thing without God's help."
This is a book about God's help.
Dr. Levenson employs Hogan's timeless Classic "Five Lessons" as a metaphor for growing and living the Christian Faith. This book is for those who love the game of golf and want to know more about living an active and vibrant faith. Golfers and Disciples alike will love this journey with Ben Hogan and Levenson, as the words blended together within the fabric of a deeper understanding of how one comes to faith, grows in their faith and shares their faith with others.
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Witness to Dignity
The Life and Faith of George H.W. and Barbara Bush
This is the untold intimate and eye-witness account of the character, integrity, service, faith, and dignity of former President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush by their priest, pastor, and friend.
George and Barbara Bush belonged to and were active members of a St. Martin's Episcopal church for more than 50 years. The Rev. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., believes he was invited into private moments with these public individuals so he could serve as a witness: a witness to observe, and a witness to tell.
With never-before shared correspondence, experiences, and personal stories, Levenson offers new insight into the Bushes’ wit and wisdom; their commitment to family and friends; their tireless desire to bless the lives of others; and their steadfast loyalty to their church, their faith, and their God. Before embarking on writing this book on faith, Levenson sought and received the blessing of all the Bush children, including the 43rd president.
This is book is for readers who yearn for our public officials to serve with faith and integrity like the Bushes. But above all else, this book shows how powerful it is when world leaders are humbled before the power that rests above all powers.
Devotionals by Dr. Levenson
Press and Accolades
Witness to Dignity
The Rev. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. is featured on Day1 Podcast with Host, Peter Wallace, on April 23, 2023. Click here.
The Rev. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. discusses his new book on KPRC’s “Houston Newsmakers” with Khambrel Marshall, on April 8, 2023. Click here.
Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Author Announcement for A Celebration of Reading 2023. Click here.
The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. shares his message of finding strength from “Witness to Dignity” with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on Feb. 20, 2023, here.
Read about the “Celebration of Reading” event by Shelby Hodge in “Paper City” published Feb. 10, 2023, here.
The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., Samford University, Beeson Divinity School alumni, speaks to Co-Hosts Doug Sweeney and Kristen Padilla on Beeson’s Podcast on Jan. 31, 2023. Click here.
Hear the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. speak about “Witness to Dignity” on the podcast “Personally Speaking with Msgr. Jim Lisante” Jan. 12, 2023 here.
The Rev. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. shares insight about his relationship with George H.W. and Barbara Bush with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Dec. 23, 2022 here.
In God's Grip
Christian author and blogger Elizabeth Hoagland offers insight into “In God’s Grip” and “Witness to Dignity” on Dec. 13, 2023 here.
The Catholic Channel Podcast, “Personally Speaking,” featured the Rev. Levenson, Jr. talking to Monsignor Jim Lisante about his new book on Dec. 9, 2023. Watch and listen.
Watch a conversation with the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. at The Center in Birmingham, Ala. On Nov. 17, 2023, here.
See a clip here from the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. discussing the book, “In God’s Grip: What God Can Teach Us About The Gospel,” in advance of the book launch on Nov. 15, 2023.