Book Review | Playing With Fire by Billy Hallowell @thomasnelson @billyhallowell #PlayingWithFire #Nonfiction #Christian #spookyseason #supernatural @tlcbooktours

Good Morning Friends! Today is my stop on the book tour for Playing with Fire: A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts by Billy Hallowell. Thank you to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for the review copy.

Paperback: 208 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 8, 2020)

Source: Received free ARC from the publisher as part of the book tour.

My Thoughts:

I’m sure it’s my religious upbringing, but I definitely believe that there is evil in the world and that the devil (or whatever you want to call it) can take many forms. I was raised as a Catholic and grew up in the age of movies like The Exorcist, The Evil Dead, Poltergeist, and Underworld, but I honestly never understood the appeal of them.  From a very early age, I was taught Bible stories that contained descriptions of people possessed by the devil. The Bible told us that humanity is in a battle with Satan himself.  I believe in God and therefore, I believe that angels and demons are very real and that some things are outside the explanations of science.

This book is based on a careful study of the Bible as well as multiple interviews, including with people who claim to have experienced a demonic attack in some form. The author interviews many authorities on the subject and he also cites people in the mental health field.

The book is very detailed and well-written and I thought the author did a great job of helping the reader understand the dangers of the supernatural world but also how to find peace and comfort through your faith.

About The Book:

Are Demons, Possession & Ghosts Real?

What is our fascination with the other side? Investigative reporter Billy Hallowell delves into the strange phenomena of demons, possession, and spiritual warfare in his new book, “Playing With Fire.”

What does it all mean — and is evil truly real?

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.

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Connect with the Author

Through journalism, media, public speaking appearances, and the blogosphere, Billy Hallowell has worked as a journalist and commentator for more than 15 years. He has been featured in political and cultural books, textbooks, articles, and on radio and TV shows that focus on faith, culture, politics, and current events.

Hallowell is the director of communications and content for, the former senior editor at, and the former faith and culture editor at TheBlaze; he has contributed to, The Washington Post, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Mediaite, and The Huffington Post, among other outlets.

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  1. I want to read this even though I know I will scare myself. I’m a sucker for this! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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