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. (Copied from the Waterbrook & Multnomah website)

http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/252887/be-light-by-samuel-rodriguez-foreword-by-roma-downey/

http://www.amazon.com/Be-Light-Shining-Beauty-Darkened

The metaphor of light has always been meaningful to me. I find it rather interesting, after all there is an obvious contrast of light and darkness. I was excited to come across a book that discusses this metaphor, in depth. The book was interesting. The book contains thirty, short chapters,  for the purpose of reading a chapter per day. I did not read a chapter a day; I read the book in three sittings. Although not mentioned, the purpose of the book is to encourage readers to be a light to others. Rodriguez concludes, “It is now time to shine continuously until we leave this life and our light joins the Light Giver forever.” (p.202)

I enjoyed how he explained the science of light. He also shared the explanation of scientific advancement, which included a succinct biography of the respective scientists and their discoveries. The book contained some great quotes and potential sermon illustrations. Several biblical records were used to emphasize God’s involvement and explanation of the light metaphor, for example, Moses and the children of Israel, Gideon, and Jesus.

In some areas, Rodriguez used an allegorical approach, which I do not care for. There were more than a few expositions of Scripture that were left wanting, and some of the passages were taken out of context. The conclusion of each chapter included reflection notes. Which is great, but I was a little confused, because much of the time, the reflection notes didn’t seem to relate to the chapter.

Overall the book was a little incoherent. But, I liked the concept. The fact is, when Jesus first discusses light he is speaking to Nicodemus, at night. Although the science was interesting, and may preach well, trying to imply the complexity of light (scientifically) only adds to the original context of the simple, obvious, contrast of light and darkness used by Jesus and the apostles.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Advertisements