Sunday, April 28, 2019

You Are Next by Samuel Rodriguez

Rodriguez encourages believers to be ready for God to work in them. Like the man at the pool of Bethesda, Jesus is calling you to get up and move. You may feel paralyzed by your own thinking. Rodriguez wants to help you be free from your paralysis because you are next.

I like how Rodriguez uses biblical stories as examples for his teaching. We might feel like Abraham, that we have been waiting forever for what God promised. Like Jacob, we might feel like we are being cheated. We might be focused on the past or our weakness, like Gideon. We learn from Rahab that God can use us no matter our past.

Rodriguez encourages us to understand that our past does not determine our future. We must let go of our past to discover our identity within the future God has for us. (87) Our circumstances do not define us. God does. We must accept all that God has for us and break the cycle of excuses. We must live by faith and get rid of the baggage of failure. We must remember we are set free.

This is a very encouraging book. You'll be reminded that it is not about your ability but rather His anointing. It is not about your potential but rather God's power. (119) You'll be encouraged to renew your mind, to live in the reality God has for you and the purpose to which you have been called. Unfortunately, there are no discussion questions nor practical strategies included in the book. You'll certainly be encouraged to move but it will be up to you to find out what God has called you to and how to move in that calling.

You can watch the book trailer here.
You can watch Samuel Rodriguez talk about his book here.
You can read a sample chapter and find out more about the book at
This book releases May 7 . You can pre-order the book then go to, enter your receipt number and get freebies.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Samuel Rodriguez is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization. He was named among the Top 100 Christian Leaders in America by Newsmax in 2018, and Time nominated him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. Rodriguez has advised Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump and frequently consults with members of Congress to advance immigration and criminal justice reform as well as religious freedom initiatives. He is the best-selling author of Be Light and executive producer of two films. He serves as cofounder and lead pastor of TBN Salsa and senior pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California.

Charisma House, 224 pages.

I received a complimentary digital arc of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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