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Monday, November 2, 2015

#REVIEW: Street God by Dimas Salaberrios and Angela Hunt

Title: Street God
Series: none
Author:  Dimas Salaberrios and Angela Elwell Hunt
Published Date: August 20,2015
Publisher: Tyndale
Format: paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781496402783
Genre: Christian evangelical memoirs
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Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: His street name was Daylight. But he was a nightmare.

On the streets of
New York, darkness and violence reigned. Dimas “Daylight” Salaberrios began selling drugs when he was eleven years old, and by sixteen, he had served his first stint at the notorious Rikers Island prison. Dimas saw only one way to survive: by reigning over the streets. He would be the richest, most powerful ruler in the hood . . . or die trying.

Street God is the true story of one man’s dangerous journey through the underworld of crime, drugs, and almost certain death. It was an encounter with the real God that saved his life — and then made it even more dangerous. Because that God sent Dimas back down the darkest streets he’d ever known — with other lives depending on it. And Dimas had to ask the question: How far am I prepared to go?

A dramatic, compelling memoir full of twists and turns, Street God delves deep into a world from which few ever emerge — and shows how a single spark of light can illuminate even the darkest existence.
 


My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was painful to read, the entire time, I only thought, where the heck are this kid’s parents? The book is real, and scary, and heartbreaking to read as a parent of two young children. I could only think about his mother, the hopes and dreams she had for him as a baby, a toddler, a child in kindergarten.
This book shows how insidious and terrifying the street life is. However, this book also shows you that no matter where you are in life, no matter how dark the road you walk, God will always have a reason. God always watches over you no matter where you are. God always has a plan, and He will always use whatever circumstances you find yourself in, to the greaster good, if only you let God into your life.
Once the book got to the part of Dima’s redemption and turning to God, it seemed to slow down and almost bog down in the details. Overall, though, it was a fascinating book to read, and allow me to glimpse into the darker aspects of street life I don’t see.

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