Friday, January 1, 2016
About the Book:
His street name was Daylight. But he was a nightmare. On the streets of New York, darkness and violence reigned. Dimas “Daylight” Salaberrios popped his first pill when he was eleven years old, and just days later, he was selling drugs to his schoolmates. By fifteen, he was facing time at the notorious Rikers Island Prison. It was never safe to turn your back, and Dimas saw only one chance to survive: to become a street god. He would be the richest, most powerful ruler in the hood . . . or die trying. But in one terrifying moment, with a gun pointed at his head, Dimas had to decide: How far would he go? Was he finished taking reckless chances to rule as a god of the streets? Would he dare to entrust his life to the real God—an even riskier path? Because that God would send Dimas back down the darkest streets he’d ever known on a rescue mission after those still in danger. Street God is the true story of one man’s against-all-odds journey from the streets to the altar and back again. A modern-day The Cross and the Switchblade for a new generation, it reveals that we’re never too far gone for God to change us—and shows how a single spark can illuminate even the darkest existence.
I have to be honest: I didn't finish this one. So I don't really feel qualified to offer you a review, but I've made a commitment. Keep in mind that this is a difficult story, and it's all true.
Dimas has a powerful testimony, and God most definitely rescued him from a life destined to end in tragedy. And calling this a modern-day version of "The Cross and the Switchblade" is spot on accurate.
As a wife and as a mom, I just couldn't deal with the reality of Dimas' life in the gang and out on the street. I kept thinking about my son, and it broke my heart.
The book is well written. And nothing is included for the sake of shock value. I just don't fit the target audience. I'm grateful for Dimas sharing his story, and I believe it will have impact for the kingdom.
It just wasn't for me. So I recommend it with a warning: be prepared to go places you never thought you'd go. Then be sure to share YOUR THOUGHTS about Street God. From me, a mild recommendation.
My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing via the Tyndale Blog Network for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Authored by Deena Peterson at 4:42 PM