SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Light has been a critical component of existence since the very beginning when the universe heard the directive from the Sovereign God, "Let there be light." Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, lead pastor of New Season and President/CEO of one of the world's largest evangelical organizations, shares about the laws that govern light and the parallels that can be drawn from them in "Be Light: Shining God's Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World" (WaterBrook, ISBN: 987-1-60142-816-5).
"Scientists know so much and yet so little about light," said Rodriguez. "In examining the properties of light, I have found many intriguing insights that also help me understand what it means, spiritually, to 'be light.' Like all facets of creation, light reveals clues about God and His characteristics, so understanding more about light helps us know more about Him."
"Be Light" is a biblical mandate. The word "light" is mentioned more than 200 times in the Bible. Light is an important part of the Christian narrative, beginning in Genesis, that carries through when Jesus exclaimed, "You are the light of the world."
"The light that God has given us can never be obsolete. There is no more efficient or powerful version to come in the future. His light is not subject to decay that is an inherent part of our daily lives. It gives 'truth.' It 'makes us good.' This is the light of the world that we must seek so that each day is a living testament of worship to our God," writes Rodriguez.
"Be Light," can be read as a 30-day journey, with each chapter portraying a spiritual analogy to light, including:
- The Law of Reflection and how Christians reflect the light of Christ
- Refraction: Bending Light and the process of God working in us to bring us to a place where we can be used more effectively
- Lasers and wavelengths and how they can show us about unifying our hearts and minds to God
- Stars and being beams of truth
- Lightening and being good conductors
- The Milky Way and being a magnet field to draw ourselves and others into an eternal orbit around God
Each chapter also shares real-life examples and testimonies, scripture and a reflection to lead the reader to action.
"Be Light" released from WaterBrook, an imprint of Crown at Penguin Random House, LLC, in May, and landed on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers List for the week of May 29.
Roma Downey, producer, celebrated actress, and president and chief content officer at LightWorkers Media, a division of MGM Studios, wrote the foreword to the book. "Be Light" has also been endorsed by a number of Christian leaders including: Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president, Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Cross Church, Robert Morrison, founding senior pastor at Gateway Church, and James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. He has been named by CNN and Fox News as "the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement" and Newsmax included him in the "Top 100 Christian Leaders in America." For more information, visit http://pastorsam.com/.
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SOURCE National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference