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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • The way out of the middle is moving forward
  • The personal and powerful nature of the Holy Spirit
  • The power and sacrifice of transformation
  • The unique calling and purpose of life involves transformation

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

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Even better on Audible!

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.

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So thankful for Bianca &her answer to God’s call in her life!

I loved listening to this book over my Spring Break as I drove back &forth across the hilly terrain of Austin, TX to dog sit &run errands.

I love that Bianca narrates this story. I was a little surprised by how calm her voice was— I’m used to her dynamic voice as she speaks on various ministry platforms.

FANTASTIC book to remind me of the wonders &faithfulness of our God as we all walk through our own personal wilderness seasons ❤️

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extraordinary!

Thank you Bianca for sharing your truth with the world. you reminded me of the promised land.

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paradise in the desert.

I needed this-so many nuggets of wisdom. I'm currently navigating my own desert season and feel like this gave me the push to keep being open and vulnerable to God's plan and blessings along the path.

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So Real!

As a 31 year old woman walking through her own desert season, Bianca's book was completely refreshing and relatable. I loved that she was so open and real with her struggles especially when it came to submitting her life to the Lord. She didn't sugar coat and it was funny. I highly recommend this book!!

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You NEED to listen to this book!

I had a free credit so I thought I'd listen to her book (I'd heard her speak at a youth conference 5 years ago)... WOW. I had no idea the impact this testimony would have on me. Such encouragement and truth, whether or not one is going through a desert season at this time in life. LISTEN to this book- Bianca is such a beautiful storyteller and I love that she gets to read her own story aloud... A story laced with her own struggle and intertwined with the Israelites' wandering in the wilderness, all pointing to the promise and faithfulness of God. Now I want to buy a copy and underline basically every other line. :) GOD IS FAITHFUL!!!

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A MUST listen :)

I absolutely loved this book! I finished it so quickly and will be sure to listen again and again. I connected to her story and her humor is a nice touch. Can't wait to get my hands on the book itself and I hope to be in the presence of the author again soon. She is an amazing woman!

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Loved this!

This is a captivating story with a message that will stick with you forever. If you're in a hard season, you don't want to miss this book. If you're not in a hard season, trust me. You don't want to miss it either! Also - I love that it was read by the author. She read it beautifully! I loved getting to hear her words in her own voice!

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Stirred up a fire in me

Bianca tells a story so passionate and powerful to draw you in and examine your own walk with God.

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EXCELLENT

The "story telling" is captivating from beginning to end! Great testimony. It's reassuring to know details of others struggles and challenges, to know what it took for someone to reach God's promises and purpose.

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  • rhoda
  • 02-23-17

Excellent

Loved every second of listening to this book. It is such an inspiration. Thank you Bianca!