Play with Fire, the debut book by popular speaker and teacher Bianca Juarez Olthoff, is the reminder that God isn't waiting until you have more resources or a spouse or a job so he can use you. He's ready to use you now.
Using the mythical creature the phoenix, which was also referenced by early church leaders, she parallels this story with God's work in her own life, highlighting the beauty of reinvention with fire as both the impetus and the method for change. Olthoff reminds us that we serve a god who is redemptive and can take the worst situations and use them for his glory.
Play with Fire is a Bible-infused message that will help women discover:
With Olthoff's distinct style, strong storytelling gifts, and powerful Bible teaching, Play with Fire will remind listeners that God has huge dreams for them. In Bianca's words, "He's whispering in the wind and speaking through the fire and shouting in silence the extraordinary dream he is birthing in you. His dream for you is far greater than the dream you have for yourself. It's not your identity or income or influence that will make this happen. Like Zechariah 4:6 says, 'It's not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord.'" It's time to play with fire.
©2016 Bianca Olthoff (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers
I have actually enjoyed the hard copy of this book multiple times and it's honestly better with every read. It truly comes alive, though, when being read aloud by the author herself. She's an absolutely captivating storyteller and the quick cover-to-cover floats by like a long lunch with a dear, old friend. It's real and raw, filled with laughs (and some tears) but packed with unassuming candor and solid spiritual fundamentals. More than worth repeated rereads.
Love listening to Bianca teach God's Word in her own witty style! Great encouragement to push through and remember God can even when we don't see how or when.
Bianca's struggles are easily recognizable in me. From the need for external validation to weight issues and constant comparisons among peer groups. Bianca is real, vulnerable and available to the reader in her self-proclaimed imperfections. But she doesn't stop at the "woe is me" stage -- she steps into uninvited challenges and emerges transformed.
Her sense of humor coupled with her sound biblical knowledge made this book a delightful and meaningful at the same time.
She resists the urge to tie a bow on a "perfect" story and acknowledges that struggle will always be with us - but we are not alone in the refiners fire.
Fun, witty, deep, encouraging...I loved it
I wanted to listen at every free moment. I recommend it for anyone struggling with his or her faith.
There were so many parts I wanted to remember, I think I hit "bookmark" every few minutes! I will pray I can be truthful in the struggle and hopeful in the future, as I claim the verses and promises cited. This book came at the perfect time in my life, as they usually do through friends and Christ. Love, love loved it!
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