• Playing with Fire

  • A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts
  • By: Billy Hallowell
  • Narrated by: John Behrens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Provocative, insightful, and enlightening - a foray into an often-neglected topic that merits more attention than it typically receives.” (Lee Strobel, New York Times best-selling 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 demonic possession, exorcism, and ghosts have overtaken Hollywood, with countless films and TV shows delving into the age-old struggle against evil. But the question is why? 

Even with so much focus on the topic, there seems to be very little public knowledge and discussion about the theology and real-life claims surrounding demons. Quite often, 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 as 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?
  • According to the Bible, can people die and remain behind as “ghosts”?

Playing with Fire explores the theological underpinnings surrounding the supernatural. Relying on firsthand accounts, newspaper reports, and Christian experts, Hallowell takes listeners through the various views and perspectives surrounding supernatural activity.

©2020 Billy Hallowell (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Shallow treatment of a deep issue

This book reads like a collection of high school papers. Frequent citations of websites, indiscriminate quotations from authors, no synthesis of major ideas.

The narrator is annoyingly unserious. He slips into a southern drawl when voicing a demon, and uses other hillbilly accents when voicing a quoted source.

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must have!!

Every Christian should listen to this audiobook. Very well balanced and informative. He interviewed many experts in the faith-based group and also medical group. Thorough research. Highly recommend it.

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Great Book

I got this book after hearing the author on the Unbelievable! podcast. it was very good and I would recommend it highly.

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Very Informative

For me, this book was a great reminder to take evil seriously, but most importantly, I learned many things about scripture and the theology surrounding this subject.

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1 Problem. It's not long enough.

This is a great in depth study into the modern Christian perspectives (both Protestant & Catholic) on the devil and spiritual forces.
The only complaint I have is that it barely touches on so many subjects and could have gone much deeper and sited many more cases and examples.
But for a person just wading into the waters of this subject, this will serve as a great starting point.
Everyone who calls themselves a Christian, should read this book.

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Will read this again

The content is well presented. The evidence is easy to verify and understand. It is also interesting, I can't think of a boring point, but even one.

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  • 06-22-21

👍 Great Book from a Biblical Worldview

Overall very good, an easy listen. I appreciated the statistics. Gave thought provoking insight into where we're heading as a culture. I agree with other reviewers that the occasional use of a Southern accent by the narrator is not great. It takes away from the seriousness of the quotes..

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Thought provoking.

A very interesting book detailing out possessions and such from a biblical world view.

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Disappointing

I heard the author talk about this book on a podcast and, though he absolutely defined himself as a Christian with strong Christian beliefs, I thought his background as a journalist would take the lead on this book; I was disappointed.

He starts the book with some poll numbers that, though tedious, seemed relevant to the book and followed up right away with some cases...so far, so good. But then, the heart of his book:

The rest of the book turned into a sermon. Quoting chapter & verse biblical references to Jesus exorcising demons as well as minutia about how the Bible describes what demons are or could be. Disappointed.

If you’re looking for a book about paranormal cases and the facts of them, this will work for 2 or 3 chapters. If you’re looking for a book about the Bible & the work of Jesus to combat demons, this will work for you. Just know, this is NOT a secular analysis.

As far as the narrator; average. What I found irritating was that anytime he read quotes from those involved in the cases...whatever their role...he drifted into a southern accent which, for anyone who follows entertainment, knows that’s a worn trope on ignorant characters. I think the reader IS southern but, as he read the rest of the material with a Midwest accent, makes one wonder what his intent was by affecting the accent during quoted sections.

The title of my review says it all for me.

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Laid Out in Clear-headed Fashion

What sparked my listening of this was interest in hearing a Christian dissection of ghost phenomenon. It doesn't completely resolve the mysteries as to why what seem to be ghosts, in the eyes of some, behave as they do. Nevertheless, this book gave me valuable insights which help solidify my perspective on "ghosts." The book is broader than just the topic of ghosts though as it delves into fascinating and helpful issues like demonization while touching on distinctions between such an occurrence and mental illness. I'll be returning to this book as a reference on these matters.

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Simply excellent

I found this audiobook extremely informative and eye opening.
Though I thought I had some knowledge about this subject I was blown away by the depth of knowledge this audio has demonstrated.

This is a must for anyone who wants to grow in and explore their Christian faith.