I'm not even done with this book and I feel compelled to write about it. It's really great. My wife is listening to it, too, and she feels the same way..
First, this guy's voice is FANTASTIC. Because he wrote the book he tells it with his own personal inflections and emphasis, and he's a GREAT story teller. You feel like you're in the room with him.
And his stories are really moving and touching. I am so impressed that someone would dedicate years of their life to helping gang kids like this. I can only imagine how rewarding and uplifting it must be.
Want to be reminded of the goodness of the world? Want to have clear evidence there are incredible people who put others ahead of themselves? Want to see how one person can change so many others' lives? Want to just FEEL GOOD after listening to a book?
Listen to this one.
This book was a breath of fresh air. In today's world it is so difficult to see the beauty in everyday things, let alone those whom society has deemed unworthy. I applaud G for his efforts, and I hope he has many more years of successful work at this mission. We have these needs of charity and love right in our own country, even right out our own back doors sometimes, and we do not see them. I hope this story has made some small change in my own personality to be a better person and to not overlook the beauty, light, and raw potential in people I may not give enough credit to.
This is an extraordinary book. Inspiring, funny, sad. Really makes you think about how you view people. Especially people who are struggling or considered "less". Highly highly recommended.
It was amazing and is sure to be something I come back to over and over again, for it speaks to my faith and my humanity. I'm so glad it was read by Gregory Boyle that made it just astounding!
Wasn't sure about this book at first but it's definitely one of my favorites. Opens your eyes to inside the lives of people whom are usually looked upon in a negative way.
Several years ago I had the pleasure of hearing Father Gregory speak to a group of educators in a large urban school district in San Joaquin County where we have over 1,000 documented gangs. As our homicide rate continues to rise, I continue to pray for something like Homeboy Industries to come to San Joaquin County so the souls of these young people might feel their worth. "G's" incredibly touching stories have remained indelibly etched on my heart. This is one tattoo you will never wish to remove.
Father G, certainly love his children and I have a new found love for them as well. Thank you for sharing the lives of these young men and women. Father G you give them possibility and great hope for there future. Story's in this book about your children made me cry and laugh not at the same time, still the same thank you for all your hard work and your love that you have given over the course of your life. Father G you are most loving!!! Bless your Heart!❤️😘
I'm glad I listened to this book, rather than read it. Father Boyle does a wonderful job of telling his story, getting the accents and ages and dialects so "just right." He's a powerful artist on many levels and his voice is just one of his skills.
The memoir is really a collection of anecdotes about the people he's encountered during his 20 years developing and running "Homeboy Industries" in a neighborhood in Los Angeles known as the "gang capital."
His stories are a walk into a world many of us could not imagine is real but is, in fact, deadly so, endearingly so, dangerously so. But they also provide hope and humor while they break your heart. It's a wonderful gift Boyle has to be able to make the people he's encountered come very much alive and make us care about them. And if you don't laugh out loud and also find yourself tearing up at least once while you listen to this, you're made of stone.
Recommend without hesitation.
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Oh absolutely! I listen to a lot of books but I always listen to the sample first because I want to hear the narrator, which in this case is the author. It starts out strange sounding in the very beginning...do not be swayed. Gregory Boyle's voice will be in my mind for days, maybe weeks to come!
There were so many, but Feli...OMG I was laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face. His honesty and innocence is so refreshing...you just can't believe he was a gang banger. This really goes for so many of the characters, as sad as the stories are, the kids have a way of talking that just makes you laugh out loud, very loud!
This is my first experience with Gregory Boyle but it will not be my last! I was riveted, the book was about 6 hrs long and I did not move!!! I could not believe he is Irish Catholic because his Spanish is so beautiful, he is so beautiful!
Yes, I only moved to get coffee but I took my Kindle with me! I will listen to this again, I grabbed my journal and could not write fast enough. Kinship, I can't wait to read what I wrote. I have never been so touched by a book in my life and I read constantly.
I have never felt love for Jesus the way I did listening to this book. I am not a crier but I cried and cried. Happy tears and tears of such deep sorrow, I am an extremely compassionate person but I have been brought to new heights spiritually and just want to hug all the characters, unfortunately that is not possible now, but I have prayed for all of them and especially for Gregory...I thank him from the bottom of my heart. I want everyone to listen to this. My soul feels it's worth!!!
One of the absolute best!
The humility, love and compassion of father Boyle.
The whole book.
An absolute must read.