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Playing with Fire: A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts

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“Provocative, insightful, and enlightening—a foray into an often-neglected topic that merits more attention than it typically receives.”

--Lee Strobel, New York Times bestselling author of The Case for Christ

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 demo
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Thomas Nelson
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I consider myself to be pretty rational with scary books and movies, but demonic possession is something that is hard to shake. The idea that someone could take control of your body and mind temporarily, especially for nefarious purposes, quite frankly scares the bejeesus out of me!

In Playing With Fire, Billy Hallowell delves into the history of these, including famous cases, public perception, the Biblical view and foundations for these incidents, and why they might occur.

One aspect that I foun
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Yasmine
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
PLAYING WITH FIRE - 3/5⭐️ (DNF) ⠀

After getting through 100 pages (halfway mark), I finally decided to DNF this book.... ⠀

First let’s talk about the things I liked...⠀
-the writing was very matter of fact, Billy Hallowell is a journalist so it makes sense that his book would still reflect that. ⠀
-the cover is flipping amazing. I mean common, you see this right?! ⠀
-it’s an interesting perspective on demons, etc., through the eyes of the church. ⠀

Why I couldn’t finish it...⠀
-I’m not Christian and
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W. Whalin
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ghosts Are No Laughing Matter – Read This Book

It’s easy in our world of movies and television to laugh off the spiritual side of life—like ghosts and demons. Journalist Bill Hallowell takes a series look at this topic and backs up his insights with Scripture combined with documented stories and careful research. The spiritual world is real and every Christian needs to understand it. You can gain this insight reading PLAYING WITH FIRE.

As Hallowell writes toward the end of PLAYING WITH FIRE, “Aft
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Gmr
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Do you believe?

If you take a moment, it's actually a hard question to answer, no matter where your religious faith lies. I mean, most have experienced that mysterious breeze when no source can be found. Many have felt that phantom touch, turned, and found no one there. Quite a few have even had moments themselves where they feel they have communicated with someone or something otherworldly or previously of our own...and some are rather well documented. These are the matters that this book delves
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Patty
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 Bibli ...more
Alisson
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
As a christian and a believer, this is the worst book i've read on the subject, rather than an "investigation", it looks more like the author did a quick search on the subject on Google.
"An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels" is way better regarding the subject if anyone is interested.
only not giving one star because for someone completely new to the subject a few things could be interesting
Beachy & Co.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This book tackles an age-old question, "do you believe," and, "what do you believe?"

These questions has been asked of humanity for centuries. The base question is a simple yes or no, but the context lends nothing to the true complexity. Belief is a strong thing - it is emotional, mental, and (in some circumstances) tied to the physical. Playing with fire is written by an award winning and widely published journalist, Billy Hallowell. Hallowell approaches this topic, its questions and its more i
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Leighellen Landskov
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Do you believe in ghosts? Angels? Demons?

We often think of those beings in terms of holidays like Halloween or in our movies and books. But Playing With Fire dives deeper. This book looks at some super crazy real life situations (like exorcisms!) and compares them to biblical scriptures (like when Jesus casts out demons). It compiles a diverse perspective of Christian experts who aren’t afraid to really talk about what this looks like in real life today.

Billy Hallowell divides the book into sec
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wellreadtraveler
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I gotta tell you guys; this was a perfect read for October! Demons, Ghosts and Exorcism has spooky written all over it! Playing with Fire was the perfect mix of people’s real life experiences combined with facts about how ghosts may actually be real, or are they? Author and investigative reporter Billy Hallowell does a great job of laying out the facts vs. fiction. I’ve always wondered if people who don’t believe in ghosts are because they haven’t witnessed one themselves or choice not to believ ...more
Jess
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book covers the topics of demons, ghosts and religion in an investigative way. I enjoyed the book to some extent but don't think I would pick it up again to read. I enjoyed the perspective of the book as I already have a personal interest in this area and to see it through the eyes of the church was interesting, however when starting the book I didn't realise how heavily focused this book would b
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David Shane
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Book was OK - just know what you are getting, and what you are getting is journalism. The author has no particular expertise on this topic, except that he read a bunch of stuff online (and some of the citations did make me cringe a bit), and interviewed a bunch of people, and reported what they said. And that's valuable as much as it is, but it's a pretty surface-level coverage of the topic. The book is a reminder that spiritual forces are real and powerful, and also that the power of Christ ove ...more
Steve
Sep 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program.

This book begins with the alleged case that inspired the book and movie "The Exorcist" and a few others, takes a hard right turn into the bible and discusses old and new testament demonology, and then discusses a couple of more modern incidents with a heavy dose of conservative Christianity thrown in. If you like this kind of thing, I guess you may enjoy the book. As a non-believer, it did nothing to change my mind and ma
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Katie Eskilson
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I think this book should’ve have a side note that it was very Christian based, more catholic mostly. I read certain chapters closely and others were more skimmed. Definitely a good writer, but what I expected and what I got wasn’t the same. I half expected something along the lines of ghost hunting but lore matter-of-fact. It seemed to start off that way and then the second half seemed to drive right into what the Bible said about it all. Not a bad book, but definitely needs a better subtitle. W ...more
Michelle Ule
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
An overview without any real definitive answers--which is probably just as well for the majority of readers.

He tells some pretty hair-raising stories covered by reputable journalists, however, that lean toward the affirmative in the genre, shall we say.

It was interesting.
Kimberly
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually avoid books about spiritual warfare or demons, but I picked this one up after hearing the author interviewed on The Babylon Bee podcast. Hallowell uses the Bible as a plumb line to explore this topic. The result is a balanced and convicting presentation of a sensational subject.
Brian Tubbs
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Important Look at Spiritual Reality

It is not possible to have a full and proper understanding of reality, without taking into account the spiritual dimension of reality. For this reason, I thank Billy Hallowell for this important investigative look into that reality. This book is well worth your time. Five stars!
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