‘Playing with Fire: A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts‘ is written by author, commentator, and Pure Flix communications director Billy Hallowell. It is meant to be a breakdown of the supernatural, how Hollywood explores, and real-life testimonies.
According to the Amazon summary,
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.
In the book, Hallowell discusses an often taboo subject among Christians and nonbelievers alike: demons, witchcraft, and the ghosts in general. He does a good job of writing on these topics from a Christian worldview without giving you a headache or flooding it with university jargon. However, he does approach them with reverence and consults with other scholars, ministers, and theologians to gleam information. From this, it is easy to understand and learn about these incidents that so often impact the world. I found it an informative read that helps you understand the dangers of the supernatural world, but also finding peace in Christ.
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