Love Them Anyway
Love Them Anyway: Finding Hope in a Divided World Gone Crazy
by Choco De Jesús
Love breaks through defenses and destroys walls that divide us.
Love demands more of you and me than we often want to give. It’s easy to love a lovely person, but
what about...them? What about that stereotype, that race, that person or group of people in a
political, cultural, or socioeconomic class who don’t behave like you, don’t believe like
you, and if you are honest...make you uncomfortable? What is love in this context? We read that Jesus
broke boundaries to love the people that many detested. His love was transformative because His love saw
past disagreement, indifference, and offense. Loving them? Like this? That’s hard.
If you consider yourself a Christian, then love should be your primary
characteristic. But it seems that division defines us in our society where rage and anger abound. Today,
many people see Christians as angry followers of God who are more interested in winning political
arguments than loving people. If we say we follow Jesus but are not loving like Him, then what’s
the point? There is a better way.
Using the incredible story of how Pastor Choco chose to “love them anyway” to
transform the crime-ridden community of Humboldt Park in Chicago, Love Them Anyway will inspire you to
love in a way you never have. This book will pave a compelling path for you to both express and
experience a truly transformative love on a deep level. It will tap into your deepest desires, expose
your hesitations, connect you deeper with God’s love, and help you take bold steps to love the
people around you—and your love will change lives. When you learn to Love Them Anyway, your
passion will be redirected, your purpose will be refined, and you will see God use you in ways you could
never have imagined.
Love is hard. It’s not convenient, and it’s not always safe. But love is beautiful. Love is
contagious. It breaks through defenses and destroys walls that divide us. Love is the answer. So, love
Redirect your passion, refine your purpose, and see God use you in ways you never imagined.
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Publisher: Charisma House
Pub. Date: June 1, 2021
Meet the Author
Wilfredo “Choco” De Jesús is general treasurer of the Assemblies of
God and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. He is the first Latino to serve on the Executive
He served as lead pastor of New Life Covenant
Church in Chicago from 2000-2019. During that time, the church grew to 17,000 adherents globally through
church campuses, plants, and more than 75 ministries that reach the most disenfranchised: the poor,
homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts, and gang members.
Prior to this position, De Jesús served as
district youth director for the Midwest Latin District (1989-1996) and as executive assistant to the CEO
of Chicago Public Schools (1997-1999). He was nominated to serve as a Chicago alderman in 2009 and ran
for mayor of Chicago in 2010. In
2013, he was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world and recognized for
his leadership and influence within the evangelical and Latino communities.
De Jesús holds a doctorate degree from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He and his
wife, Elizabeth, have three adult children and five grandchildren.