19 October 2020

Playing With Fire | Book Review + Giveaway


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. 

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: September 8, 2020


Especially this time of year—with all things spooky, horror, and supernatural embraced for Halloween—Billy Hallowell’s Playing With Fire makes for an interesting read. It offers an overview that blends accounts of supernatural activity with biblical context and theological understanding. I have spent nearly no time diving into this sort of topic before Playing With Fire, so it certainly provided me with plenty of information on which to think—and I think it can for many other Christians. The supernatural and the spiritual are important to consider, and this book helps to prompt some necessary thought.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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.


  1. This book sounds intriguing and I'm curious as a Christian myself to read about these topics and decide for myself if any of it is real.

  2. This sounds so creepy, but perfect for Halloween! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours