Street God: The Explosive True Story of a Former Drug Boss on the Run from Life in the Hood
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A modern-day The Cross and the Switchblade for a new generation! Immersed in darkness and violence on the streets of New York, Salaberrios popped his first pill when he was 11 and entered Rikers Island Prison at 15. But when God intervened in his life, he embarked on an even riskier, higher-stakes journey---as a rescuer! 288 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: 1496402782
ISBN-13: 9781496402783

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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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  1. Deana
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful Story of Redemption
    November 24, 2015
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There are very few books that I've read that really reach into my soul and fill it with hope and freedom . This book is one of those few. It gripped me from the first page as I read the words "pop, pop, pop. Shots rang out ." I have not read a book so honest and transparent as this one. Dimas began his drug dealing career at a very young age. He had great parents, but wanted to be cool , run with the bad crowd and be rich. Be careful what you wish for, because there is a price for being famous as Dimas found out.

    He describes his early life as a drug dealer who seemed to always be a heartbeat away from death. He definitely had someone watching over him, but at the time he didn't recognize who it was. His trips to jail and then prison was so overwhelming I couldn't believe he lasted during those times. He met a lot of tough men in there and at times his anger got the best of him. As I read his story I felt sick at the many beatings he took to prove himself and how his determination to survive was so powerful.

    It is a hard book to read at times, because of the unbelievable life on the streets he led. Dimas was around some of the worst drug dealers known on the streets, but somehow always managed to survive. As time went on and he knew he needed a change, God was ready to walk beside him as he took his journey to turn his life around. There is no way he could have survived all the painful times he spent in jail and on the run without Jesus watching over him.

    Sometimes we have to reach the bottom of the pit before we ask for help. The day Dimas gave his life to Christ and made a decision to walk away from his past, was the first day of the rest of his life. After attending several churches he found the right one that he felt God had called him to. He became involved in ministry and was able to take mission trips to reach others .

    This book is filled with hard core facts about being a drug boss but it also shows how a person can overcome that and be used by God. Today Dimas is married and has three children. He pastors Infinity Bible Church in the Bronx and does many speaking engagements. God does have a plan for our lives. Will we listen to his voice? Are we ready to make changes in our lives? Let this book be an encouragement to those who are struggling and feel like there is no hope. "When we get serious about walking with Jesus, he takes care of the obstacles in the road."

    I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for an honest review.
  2. Vicky
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing story of redemption
    November 16, 2015
    Vicky
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In the beginning his street name was Daylight. But he was a nightmare.

    In the end I'm still Daylight. The difference is, my ultimate goal will never again be to become a street god.

    I know now that I'm not the one who should rule. I've given all of myself-the good qualities and the bad, the victories and mistakes--to the real God, and in his grace he's taking it all and using it for his goals, not mine. It's his job to shine the daylight through me. Those word came from Dimas Salaberrios at the end of his story, and what a story it was.What intrigued me about this book was how a kid at 11 begins to sell drugs, then at 16 finds himself in Rikers Island prison. He was so focused on being rich and a powerful ruler in the hood...or die trying. You follow Dimas as he rises through the drug world, goes to prison, sells drugs again and again in different places along with putting himself and others in a lot of danger. As you follow Dimas through the years and the dangerous journey he is on, you see just how God is in the background waiting for the right moment to show himself to Dimas. Here begins the rest of the story.

    This was a book I picked to review because it was like no other I have ever read. I was intrigued by what a "Street God" was. What I found, knowing very little, about the drug culture was eye opening, to say the least. I was hooked when I got past just how common this is in our culture. I wanted to know how and why these people did this especially since most times the deals can end in death. It was also fascinating to see how low Dimas would stoop to sell the drugs and even take them himself. All the while God was waiting to save his life and offer him the chance to go back to the streets to proclaim the name of Jesus. This was the last paragraph of the book which I loved. "Dare to offer him all of yourself-even those parts that cause you deep pain or regret. Then just watch what he will do through you. Watch the break of daylight shine.

    What a book, what a story. We see how God works behind the scenes of Dimas's life and reminds us of how God works behind the scenes of our lives. Please pick up a copy to read..you will not be sorry.

    Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for this free copy just for my honest review.
  3. Kara Lynn
    WV
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A book you won't be able to put down
    September 8, 2015
    Kara Lynn
    WV
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dimas wasn't your "ordinary" teenager living in New York. When he was just eleven he began selling drugs, and found himself becoming addicted to cocaine and soon after crack. Even before his eighteenth birthday he'd already served time in prison, and as a young adult came near killing a man. He had a goal in life- become the most powerful leader of the hood or die trying.

    He lived however he pleased, surrounded by crime and drugs. His mother knew it'd be the death of him, knew that without help he was going to die. It would probably either be a bullet to the head or an overdose, and she didn't know what to do. But that's when Jesus knocked on the door of Dimas' heart and he answered. That decision changed his life forever.

    For the longest time you couldn't get me to read autobiographies - I just couldn't get interested. However, I'm now finding myself picking up some really good and inspiring ones (Unbroken anyone?), ones I can't put down. Street God is one of those books.

    It's a powerful true story, and one of the most thrilling I've read ye, as we follow the life of Dimas from the time he's a boy until now. He's honest and real as he tells his story. He doesn't hesitate to show us how he lived before coming to the Lord. A bonus to this amazing story is that the author's not very graphic in any way when explaining different events. Some Christian autobiographies I read were at times a little too descriptive when telling us different things they saw in their life, taking my attention away from the heart of the story. Dimas never described too much violence or sex - just enough for us to understand. I was extremely happy about that.

    This book is a fantastic read - one that you'll find very similar to The Cross and the Switchblade (as so many people have already said). This is perfect for teens and adults and I highly recommend it! I enjoyed every minute, and trust me - you won't be able to stop reading.
  4. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing testimony of God's grace and mercy
    August 30, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an amazing story - from hustling drugs as a young teen to being a preacher.

    Salaberrios was told by his parents that if he worked hard he would get a good life and a good salary when he was older. But the lure of flashy toys and expensive rides right now was bait that hooked him and drew him into drug dealing as a young teen. He got trapped in an organization and was arrested for the first time when he was only thirteen. Arrested again when he was fifteen, he went to Rikers Island then got out on bail.

    He went deeper and deeper into the drug hustling culture. He nearly killed a man in a botched armed robbery. He got hooked on cocaine and then crack. He experienced something like demon possession when there was finally intervention and salvation. Even though he had a new Lord, he was still a drug lord and it took him a while to get out of it all.

    His is an amazing story of God's grace and restoration. I can tell God had His hand on Salaberrios, saving his life many times. For me, the book was a lesson on a culture entirely foreign to me. I had no idea how young urban boys got sucked into the drug culture. Salaberrios did an excellent job of explaining the bait that lures them in. It was amazing he made it out of that culture alive as death is a common experience for them.

    Salaberrios has had an amazing ministry after he was saved. He has traveled internationally and seen miracles too many to count. He has established a ministry in the drug culture he used to be a part of. What an amazing story!

    Salaberrios has written this book with the aim of drawing people to Christ, Who is active, alive, and powerful today. His is a very powerful testimony to that end. I recommend this book to parents and teens alike. It is informative to the culture of the inner city yet is so encouraging as to what God is doing today.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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