A&U's publishing director Patrick Gallagher "decided on legal advice to drop the book as a defamation risk", she reports.
The Bulletin reported A&U's move in February. Gallagher declined to comment for the article. Journalist Jennifer Sexton says that A&U's lawyers "gave her manuscript the tick of approval before Christmas".
"Then she had been advised to target the church as a whole, rather than individuals, because corporations can't sue."
"Further legal advice has revealed a not-for-profit organisation can sue," writes Sexton, adding that the church "has annual revenues of about $50m". The article attracted almost 60 responses from readers.
For the record, Hillsong spokeswoman Maria Ieroianni said the church didn't lobby the publishers. Hillsong's general manager George Aghajanian did, however, write to Levin saying she was to refrain from attending any church events or entering the grounds.
"Though small, Black Inc. has muscle because it is owned by the Melbourne property developer Morrie Schwartz," writes Wyndham.
On the Hillsong Web site, dated 13 March, Bobby Houston says:
It's sad that their (Hillsong members') stories or experiences of the church have rarely rated a mention in the media's coverage of Hillsong Church. I have often wondered why that is? I certainly never imagined that I'd pastor a church that attracted such media fascination, but putting it plainly, I'd much rather be a church builder, than a church critic.
Which is really just sliding round the point. Clearly, Houston is getting ready for some sort of attack. I'll certainly be buying Levin's book when it comes out.
A long account of Levin's time with the church was published by The Bulletin in March.