Drop the Stones: When Love Reaches the Unlovable - eBook
Drop the Stones: When Love Reaches the Unlovable - eBook  -     By: Carlos A. Rodriguez, Jonathan Martin
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9781629119090
ISBN-13: 9781629119090

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When a woman caught in the act of adultery was thrown down at Jesus’ feet, the bloodthirsty crowd filled their hands with rocks and demanded she be put to death. That confrontation still reverberates in our lives today. Surely we can relate with the shame of the woman and her exposed sin. Unfortunately, we can also relate with the hypocritical crowd, reveling in the rejection of "the other." But can we fully relate with Christ, the God who intervened to save her?  For those who’ve become wary of tired and sometimes even offensive Christian dogmatism, Carlos Rodríguez may be the spark that ignites the flames of faith in the true Jesus. He tells it like it is, with a desire to motivate those who feel ready to engage the world around them, not through political or religious agendas, but through grace and love. Drop the Stones invites followers of Jesus to drop their religious rocks, and, with open hands, engage in the rewarding lifestyle of a Jesus-styled love.
 

Author Bio

Carlos is passionate about reaching the world with God’s radical love. He is a provocative preacher, pastor, teacher, and blogger who serves the local church and loves to be among prisoners, young adults, and anyone who dares to think differently. For fifteen years he has been traveling the world reaching the most broken people with hugs, passion, and the stories in Luke 15. In 2014, he began HappySonship.com, an online magazine that reaches thousands of people daily by sharing the message of grace via whatever the heck is trending on the web. The website has now become an international nonprofit focusing on empowering children in Peru, reconnecting families with inmates in the US prison system, and helping parents fund their adoption process. He has written several articles for Relevant and Revival magazines and published his first book Simple Sonship in 2014. He was also a founding team member and campus pastor for Catch the Fire in Raleigh, NC.
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Editorial Reviews

"Carlos Rodríguez writes with grace, and about grace. His book is a stunning invitation to look into the face of Jesus and see that the only One who had any right to throw a stone had no desire. We see in Jesus that the closer we are to God, the less we should want to throw stones at other people. This is nothing short of a call to reimagine Christianity as a faith that fascinates the world with love."  
Shane Claiborne, author and activist
 

"I have a new favorite book and a new favorite writer. This book overflows with wisdom, honesty, joy, insight, and Jesus. It will fill your heart, right after kicking you in the backside. After you read it, I hope you’ll buy a dozen copies to give to all your friends, because we all need Drop the Stones."  
Brian D. McLaren
Author, The Great Spiritual Migration
 

"Carlos Rodríguez writes with honesty and urgency as he calls the church to live up to its high calling to embody the love of Jesus. Drawing on his own pastoral experience, and touching on contemporary issues from ISIS to mass incarceration, Drop The Stones invites followers of Jesus to let go of culture war clichés and do the hard things of Jesus-styled love." 
Brian Zahnd
Pastor, Word of Life Church, St. Joseph, MO
Author, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God and A Farewell to Mars
 

"Having been a student of Jesus and Scripture for nearly thirty years, I have come to the conclusion that the more conservative our belief in Scripture—that is, the more deeply we  believe that every word of it is true—the more liberal we will be in the way that we love. The more faithfully we walk the narrow path of Jesus, the more broad our embrace of fellow sinners will be. It is not in spite of our faith in Jesus that we love, listen to, and learn from those who do not share our faith, but precisely because of it. In a time when Christianity is often confused with separation, judgment, scorn, and exclusiveness, books like Drop the Stones are a needed correction, not to mention a welcome breath of fresh air. May we listen carefully to Carlos’s words. More importantly, may we order our lives around them."
Scott Sauls
Senior pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN
Author, Jesus Outside the Lines, Befriend, and From Weakness to Strength
 

"In Drop the Stones, Carlos Rodríguez has, with candid and culturally relevant language, confronted the practical atheist in every professing Christian. The latent Pharisee in me was exposed more than once as I read the powerful and poignant stories contained within these pages. Thank you, Carlos, for ’re-minding’ us with the mind of a loving and nonjudgmental Christ."
Dr. Randall Worley
Author, Brush Strokes of Grace and Wandering and Wondering
 

"Drop the Stones is a heart-wrenching, personal, funny, and terrifying look into the judgment toward others each of us harbors in our own soul. I’ll be insisting all my friends read this!"
Carl Medearis
Author, Muslims, Christians, and Jesus
 

"Carlos Rodríguez shares powerful stories of transformation we all need to hear. He provides inspiration for what’s truly possible when we respond to the Holy Spirit. You’ll find great encouragement through these pages."
Margaret Feinberg
Author, Fight Back with Joy

"Difficult days require honest and candid conversations from brave voices. This book is filled with wisdom and courage, able to guide us through the rough waters."
Brady Boyd
New Life Church, Colorado Springs
Author, Addicted to Busy

"I deeply value the message and timing of Drop the Stones. In this book, Carlos Rodríguez brings us back to the simple gospel by reminding us that if we want to see God clearly, we must watch Jesus closely." 
—Seth Dahl
Children’s Ministry Director, Bethel Church, Redding, CA

 

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