Be Light: Shining God's Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World  -     By: Samuel Rodriguez
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These are dark times. What can we do to overcome the spiritual, physical, emotional, relational, and financial shadows that threaten us and those we love? Calling the church to be "the bright city on a hill," Rodriguez shows how to overcome obstacles and break through walls as we endeavor to shine with the light of Christ. 224 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)
ISBN: 1601428162
ISBN-13: 9781601428165

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The Blueprint for Overcoming Darkness and Living in God’s Light.

Our world unravels more each day. It feels as if we’re drowning in a sea churning with greed, violence, and lust. As darkness advances, hope dims.
Yet within that reality, God gives us a profound mandate...
             Be Light.
Light has always defined God and his followers. At creation, God spoke light into existence. Jesus is the light of the world. And we are born to absorb and then reflect God’s light.
In Be Light Samuel Rodriguez--described by Fox News and CNN as "America’s most influential Latino Evangelical leader"--provides a blueprint for confronting darkness in every realm of our lives. He issues a clarion call for individual believers and the church to rise up and once again be that bright city on a hill, which doesn’t simply expose the invading darkness, but overcomes it with God’s blazing light.

Author Bio

Samuel Rodriguez is president of NHCLC/Conela, an international organization of more than 500,000 evangelical churches. He is a sought after voice in White House and congressional meetings and is regularly featured on CNN, Fox News, NBC Telemundo, and other major news outlets. The author of The Lamb’s Agenda, Rodriguez is senior pastor of New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California, where he resides with his wife Eva and their three children.

Editorial Reviews

"Sammy Rodriquez is light. In this darkening hour in the world, God has raised up a godly man who is passionate spiritually, blessed intellectually, and gifted in leading masses of people. Through his book Be Light, he calls us to know what we believe, to stand for it courageously, and to change the world! Get this book. Share it with others. Let’s change the world together."
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president, Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor, Cross Church

"I believe God’s hand is on Sam Rodriguez as a prophet to our generation, and his message in Be Light comes at a time when the world we live in seems dark in so many ways. Delivered in thirty short, easy-to-read chapters, his insights, thoughts, and prophetic words will inspire you to be light."
Robert Morris, founding senior pastor at Gateway Church and best-selling author of The Blessed Life, The God I Never Knew, and Truly Free

"As my friend Sammy Rodriguez passionately shares, our mandate as believers in Jesus Christ is to be light in this dark world—together becoming a ’shining city set on a hill that cannot be hidden.’ His use of Scripture, scientific facts, and profound reflections will challenge you to pierce the darkness and radiate God’s love and grace. Light exposes danger and reveals the best way. As we allow the light of Jesus to shine through us, we will bring glory to Him and hope to a world in great need."
James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International and founder and publisher of The Stream

"What a book! Sam Rodriguez is definitely one of those few voices God raises for a generation.
His clarity, insight, and passion leave no doubt he has heard from heaven. Even though we know darkness is increasing, the light of the church will arise far higher and brighter. This book will only cause the ’great light’ to shine brighter and brighter to those sitting in darkness."
Phil Pringle, founder and president of C3 Church International and senior minister of C3 Church, Sydney, Australia

"Sammy Rodriguez is a dynamic leader. His influence impacts other leaders, both spiritually and politically. Yet his compassion touches the hurting, the marginalized, and the underrepresented. His message is compelling. He does not just articulate problems; he also gives solutions. His book, Be Light, is a must-read if you are tired of the darkness. Share it with your friends and help turn on the light."
Dr. Alton Garrison, assistant general superintendent, Assemblies of God USA

"Sam Rodriquez is a genius and a kind of prophet to our time. When he speaks, the world shakes and I listen. The truth is, you can’t afford to not read this book."
Johnnie Moore, president, The KAIROS Company

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    Inspiring and Stirring
    May 21, 2016
    Dallas, Georgia
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    Pastor Rodriguez did a lot of research, you can really sense his passion throughout the book to stir the Church to be a witness to this darkening world who needs God's Light. It has stirred me, and opened my eyes personally.The book is broken down into 30 short daily devotionals. Based on Scientific analogies about the properties of how light works, and that the Church as a whole, and the individual believer in Christ should shine the light of God's love. There are "reflections" at the end of each chapter reading that are a real blessing, with nuggets to take away and apply to your life. Also, I saw Pastor Sam on TBN's Praise the Lord program this past week, and he was so excited talking about the subject of his book, I believe the Holy Spirit has given him a true burden to reach this world for Jesus. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. I do highly recommend this book to those who have a desire to shine brighter for Jesus.
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    Absolutely Amazing !!!!!
    May 7, 2016
    T.J Serrano
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    Be-light is an absolutely amazing book for Christians to read. It not only teaches you how to be a light to a dark world but to properly show the world the love of And hope that only comes through Jesus. Furthermore it teaches us how to shine light into our personal lives, be it day to day or be it while confronting trials and tribulations that arise. Be-light by far has to be the best guide to date on how a Christian needs to walk talk and show the light of Jesus to 1st ourselves and then the world.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Discover Your Destiny To Be Light
    May 4, 2016
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    Be Light by Samuel Rodriguez is a phenomenal book to read. As you read through it, it will transform you. This book is truly anointed! I appreciated learning about the many different forms of light existing that we take for granted daily and the discoveries of them. In this book, readers will learn of many properties of light, how they transform and ultimately discover how to Be Light.

    I loved all of the scientific references of light and how they are relevant in our spiritual life. It was truly refreshing to have a veil lifted off my eyes and come to the understanding that God is Light and that we should also be light in the midst of darkness. This is a truth, that although I've heard it before, didn't hit me until I read it in this book. If God is Light then we being His children should be a reflection of that Light.

    One of my favorite chapters was Chapter 21, "Light and Our Crown". Pastor Rodriguez tells us that "When light enters the mind, darkness is overtaken." He says "the remedy for dark thoughts is not merely positive thinking; it is the introduction of God's holy light into the mind so that mental patterns are transformed." He continues to say, "A new standard for thinking becomes a new standard for living. Christ becomes a new space occupier and mental pacesetter." This paragraph is important so that we understand what takes place when we turn our lives over to Christ. When we get this understanding in our minds and spirit, deliverance takes place and we are being filled with light. Throughout the reading of this book I was filled with light and being transformed.

    In this chapter, Pastor Rodriguez also talks about beginning a good work, completing it, receiving our crown and running our race with Jesus as the goal, as He awaits us at the finish line.

    Pastor Rodriguez says "we should be determined to run like a runner who wins." He compares this race and the process of transformation as synonymous. And says, "as runners run while they discipline their bodies they go through a process of being refined." He says "it cost Christ His life to provide the avenue of holiness, but is also something that should cost the runner." "So we "count the cost," we make the effort, we allow, the transformative light to renew our mind, our body, and our spirit."

    This chapter stands out to me because it explained the process of transformation as something that occurs when we run a race. And, if we discipline ourselves and go into strict training then the race will be won and we will receive a crown of light.

    This book was informative, scientific, enlightening, prophetic, transformational, and overall as powerful as light. I'm thankful that God inspired Sam with this message and clarion call for God's people to Be Light.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Be Light gives light!
    May 3, 2016
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    Be Light by Samuel Rodriguez is unlike any book I have read before. It is so well researched and thought out that it just compels you to continue to read it. I could not put the book down! The great thing is that it appeals to all types of readers. If you're the type of person that breezes through books in a day, this book is for you. If you're the type of person that likes to take reading day by day, this book is also for you. Pastor Sam has written a book that can be used as a daily devotion as well. Everyday you can read through a chapter and see how it touches your heart. Furthermore, Pastor Sam has provided you with a short reflection at the end of every chapter to keep you focused on what matters.

    I guarantee as soon as you read the first page you will be taken on a journey like never before. A journey where the light you are meant to be comes forth, front and center. Pastor Sam teaches you what it means to be a true light in this world of darkness. It's not about letting a light shine, it's about being the light that shines. You have to shine in every situation and every circumstance. There's so much to share, but enough! Go read it and be transformed!!
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    Be Light by Samuel Rodriguez
    May 3, 2016
    Perla A.Uresti
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Be Light

    By Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

    Sam Rodriguez does it again. In Be Light: Shining Gods Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World he provides a blue print on how to influence and overcome dark times in life. We all have them. Here Pastor Sam help you identify with the way Christ regards you, the light of the world. Pastor Sam beautifully expounds on the scientific properties of light and offers us applications on how we can embody light in every realm of our lives. More than a book, this is a 30 day journey to help you rise up and confront every darkness.

    One of my faves is Day 7 pg. 43 (Refraction: Bending Light and Bending Lives). Pastor Sam states: the size of your praise is proportional to the hell God freed you from.

    With deep insight, Pastor Sam reminds us about not giving up and being adaptable in our confrontation with darkness. Just as light bends and separates when it strikes water and glass, we can learn to do the same when we meet an obstacle, and in the process see the fullness of Gods glory refracted through us- living prisms waiting to receive the light from above. Pg. 44

    Recently I was diagnose with a disease (Cadasil) in which doctors say there is no cure, I found myself knowing that God is in control while also wondering whats the purpose of this trial. I found biblical wisdom and insight in Be Light. I am so thankful that Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is a conduit of the Lord in teaching, empowering, and equipping us with Be Light.

    A few examples are

    Knowing light (what you know is more important then what you feel) Day 2 pg.9

    Overcoming darkness (when life throws your rocks build an alter) Day 3 pg. 15

    Why is the sky blue? (There is a difference between existing and living). Day 8 pg.49

    Day 8 pg. 54 Give God all your waste! God will release FRESH spiritual oxygen into your life. Breathe!

    That is just one of the many quotes that made my shoulders & heart feel physically lighter. There are so many more quotes that have changed my present & will impact my tomorrows. I now know that I am his child & will let my light shine, shine brightly, even in times of discouragement and threatened by darkness. Be Light is an experience that will change your life. My hope is that you would join me and countless others in this journey.

    Learning to Be Light

    Perla Alcaraz U.
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