Fr. Gregory Boyle narrates this book taken from the life stories of the young men and women he worked with and continues to work with in the L.A.projects of Pico Gardens and Aliso Village. The life lesson that jobs not punishment is the road to leaving the gang life is played out with the development of Home Boy and Home Girl Industries. The resilience of the people he loves and inspires despite the violence and economic poverty of their lives is the lesson of compassion. It is the story of 'caring for the least of these' repeated over and over again with remarkable success. I have bought several copies for friends. It will be listened too again.
Molly M. King
I'm not normally into books that talk about the religious and spiritual subjects, but this book was recommended to me by a family member so I thought I would check it out. I was NOT disappointed. The stories in the book are sad, happy, poignant, and everything in between. There isn't too much overly religious stuff, which would have turned me off of it, but there is a little. What the story does have is touching moments and some funny bits to keep you moving right along. I would definitely recommend this to anyone struggling in life, or someone who just wants a good read about an incredibly program in the barrios of LA.
Fr. Gregory Boyle takes us back to a basic human lesson of kinship, love and compassion with his stories of resiliency, loss and forgiveness. It is timeless and needed for those working with those on the margins and those seeking to understand them.
Father Greg Boyle's remarkable stories of his ministries in South Central are inspirational and great meditation on what it means to serve and be human.
This book was recommended to me by a man I greatly respect and I greatly respect him more after finishing it. Through use of humor and sobering stories, father Boyle helps us see the world with new eyes. Highly recommended!
This series of stories touched my heart in unspeakable ways. It gets to the core of who we are and who we want to be. It recognizes the deep wounds in all of us and the desire to be seen and loved. This book is about gang member rehabilitation but even more so, it's about reconnecting with other people.
This is a MUST READ for every person. This book contains nothing but honesty, integrity, and hope for anyone who longs to see God's hand at work within the world. Father Greg is a man after God's own heart. I am so thankful to have read this book.
It was such a pleasure to read a book that was filled to capacity with humanity, compassion and insight. But at the same time it was enjoyable to listen to because of its humor, the depth of its characters and the authors genius ability to tell a story. This book highlights the missing element in the world today. The depth of compassion that is necessary and the truth of what it looks like to be a Jesus Follower is largely missing from our world. We have missed the part about holding hands and have reduced it to what has become in our culture what you might call a "handout" that we give then reach out and pat ourselves on the back for. being so generous. We say we do what we can to help "them", the outsider the marginalized, but the truth is that we need to join "them" until "them" becomes "us."