Review: Street God (Dimas Salaberrios)

street god coverThis ebook was provided by the publisher for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

I didn’t find this book an engaging read, though the potential was there. The real-life tale of a drug dealer who became a pastor could have hooked me with a divine love story between the Creator and a man who ran from him for years. Instead, I was left a trifle bored. I wanted less details about the drugs he used and sold, the people who beat him up or wanted to, the money he made and what he bought with it, the times he went to jail… Where was the good part about Dimas realising how much God loved him? Halfway through the book, I felt I might finally be getting to that, yet it still dragged on for a while after Dimas accepted Jesus and began to live for him. Perhaps the story felt like it was too much about the man and not enough about his Saviour.

I think if it came down to a conversation with the author, I’d have been drawn in much quicker and more fully. I suspect some people’s stories need to be told in person for us to really get them.

Book description: 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.

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