It’s the time of year when we look towards the supernatural. So why not read about it? I thank TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy of Playing with Fire by Billy Hallowell at no charge for my honest review.
About Playing with Fire:
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 8, 2020)
What is our fascination with the other side?
Join investigative reporter Billy Hallowell as he delves into the strange phenomena of supernatural activity. Themes of demonic possession have overtaken Hollywood, with countless films and TV shows delving into the age-old struggle against evil. Why?
Yet, with so much focus on the topic there seems to be very little public knowledge and discussion about the real-life nature and reality of demons.
In many foreign countries, however, supernatural activity is often recorded and discussed
- Government officials watch a nine-year-old boy walk up a wall
- A sheriff hears a demonic voice over his radio
- Doctors witness a child exhibit extra-human strength
It’s no surprise international media took note. Quite often, though, many people remain silent about their experiences or resort to quietly whispering about what they’ve seen, heard, or felt for fear of being labeled insane or crazy.
The truth is, even pastors, priests, and clergy who have observed firsthand accounts of possession and deliverance can succumb to the strange and terrifying effects of intense spiritual warfare.
For people of faith, Playing with Fire will address these core questions:
- Are demons active today?
- If they do, indeed, exist, what are they? Are they fallen angels? Nephilim?
- Can demons inhabit human beings?
- If they exist, what can be done to stop them?
Playing with Fire will explore the theological underpinnings surrounding demonic forces. Relying on firsthand accounts, newspaper reports, and Christian experts, Billy Hallowell will take readers through the various views and perspectives surrounding supernatural activity.
About the Author:
Billy Hallowell has been working in journalism and media for more than two decades. His writings, interviews, and social commentary have appeared in Deseret News, TheBlaze, Human Events, Mediaite and FoxNews.com, among other outlets. He has served as the faith and culture editor of TheBlaze, senior editor of Faithwire, and he has written four books. Hallowell has a BA in journalism and broadcasting from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York, and an MS in social research from Hunter College in Manhattan, New York.
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Talk about a book being out of my usual wheelhouse! But that is what makes reading so enlightening. A book will intrigue and the reader is sent on an adventure they did not expect. Now, I am interested in things that cannot be explained so that is what called to me from the synopsis of this book. I will note that it is written from a Christian point of view using the Bible as a touchstone. I have a grounding in Catholocism but am an Atheist. This gives me the advantage of understanding the Biblical referances but not being a slave to dogma.
This is well researched look at various reports of demonic events and was a fascinating read. It’s not going to be for everyone but if you have an interest in the topic it will draw you in. Just understand that it is really focused on the Biblical view of demonic events and really doesn’t stray from that so the narrative is not as broad as it could be. An understanding of Christian religion helps in reading.
Two lucky US readers will each win a copy of Playing with Fire (I was sent an extra copy so I am giving it away.) Just enter as many ways as you would like on the Gleam widget below. Good luck everyone.