Father Gregory Boyle performs the stories and dialogues with such aliveness and wit that he brings us with him right into Homeboy Industries and the holiness of loving gang members "back to themselves" by walking alongside them honestly and courageously. His theological insights are to me as profound as those of the wisest biblical scholars I studied in seminary. He is walking in the Spirit of Jesus among us. I am changed forever by this story.
This is an important book and study of the power of kinship. It is well read by the author, and is one of those rare books that is probably best read by the author. Boyle's collection of stories about his work among gang-afflicted young men and women are at times hair-raising, eye-opening, awe inspiring, and empowering. Through the stories he illustrates the transformative power of just getting to know someone.
A beautiful and artfully crafted telling of the authors journey into the lives of those who are trapped and rejected in gangs and the lifestyle.
A brilliant exposé of wisdom; of widening the circle to include those on the margins and the worthy cause of helping each other to let the "soul feel it's worth" by giving ourselves to kinship without judgement.
May this work bring the world closer to love and unity!
I couldn't put it down. Greg Boyle's deep view of Gods love and compassion for everyone is so unique and freeing that I will certainly listen to this book often. He challenges our lowly view of our self worth with Gods overwhelming delight. So interesting you will have a hard time turning it off.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
This is a book about Love and a Priest who swear&dont convert. Love converts&iluminates. Amazing!
This text provides a unique insight into the heart of gang life. The why and the how these kids choose to take this path. But most importantly, Father Boyle shows us a glimpse of the humanity behind everyone of the gang members that he engages. He reminds us that none of us, despite the flaws that we each have, is any less valuable as a human being in God's eyes.
Father Boyle takes great delight in weaving his words to tell great stories throughout the book. I laughed out loud and cried quietly in every chapter. In that sense, the book achieved what they should. It makes a deep connection with the emotions of the reader.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about a man's journey among those most of us choose to judge at a distance. His book breaks down walls between our seemingly distant worlds and reminds us of our humanity.
I would absolutely recommend this book. It was a reminder to me that until you have walked in another person's shoes, you cannot know them. What a great story teller, and the fact that the author narrated his own book was brilliant.
Fr. Boyle could see the true essence of these young men and women even in their brokenness. Narrating his book allows the listener to feel the depth of his words. A whole new humanity was opened up to me.
A friend suggested this book. I'm glad she did.