Popular speaker and teacher Bianca Juarez Olthoff uses her own coming of age and spiritual awakening to teach her audience to Play With Fire. Bianca’s life so far has been a rough ride through loneliness, obese and facing her mother being misdiagnosed and treated for cancer during years. Her upbringing as a pastor’s child would or could be a free ride into Christianity, but it wasn’t. A spiritual wandering through the proverbial desert was needed. Even more, learning to calm down, listen to God’s voice, and understand the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
God is a fire. He uses fire in the Bible to purify, make clear who’s in control, and to speak to His children. His fire cleanses, protects, refines, and invites. Do you want to play with fire? Not as a game, but as a test of faith? Do you really believe God can and will use the worst situations for His glory? In this book, you’ll learn the way Bianca had to go, how her mother eventually got healed, and how our biggest fears can be transformed into powerful manifestations of God‘s provision. “Our deliverance isn’t going to come from outside the furnace. The only way to get free is to go through the fire. (..) The very thing that is supposed to kill us can free us, helping us enter the presence of God in ways we’ve never known before.”
This well-written, honest and transparent memoir meets Bible study, including an appendix on the spiritual gifts, can be read alone, or be used in a reading group. It’s the conversation with God, friends, and family that may trigger you to set the steps towards the fire, “embrace the unknown and trust that transformation is awaiting you.”
About the author
Bianca Juarez Olthoff is the Chief Storyteller for The A-21 Campaign and the Creative Director for Propel Women. Bianca is a step-mom to Parker and Ryen and has spent the last ten years mobilizing God’s people to action alongside her husband Matt, the Executive Director and Pastor for Project Europe. Bianca has been in church ministry for 15 years inspiring women to live with unquenchable passion.
I received a free review copy through booklookbloggers in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.