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.
Minister, MDiv, Outdoor Education
One of those very few all-around great books. I loved the writing style, and the author read it which in this case added a lot. This book is now in my top 5 religious books. I really can't suggest it enough
el libro es una gran herramienta para cambiar nuestra forma de ver a la personas marginadas. no sabemos cual es su pasado por lo cual si deseamos entenderlos necesitamos romper las barreras que hemos creado.
This is an excellent read. I laughed and cried the whole way through it. I know the Boyle Heights Projects and I could see all the faces of the people in this books as I listened.
This amazing book touched my heart deeply. Greg Boyle told the story with so much warmth and compassion. One of the best books I have read this year.
Encapsulates Christian love the way it really is
What a beautiful testimony
Appealing on many levels
Humble and not preachy
I've never met a gang member. I live in Minneapolis, rent a bungalow, have a job, and though age 53 continue to live check to check. My faith is small but the tiny bit I have was touched by G's stories. He mentions a part that some gang members live waiting to die. This is the best statement to describe me. I'm not depressed. I'm just not impressed with living. Even after going through chemo and radiation to treat cancer - done solely for the benefit of my 2 adult children - I wished to pass this life to enter what I hope is relief from living. After listening to these stories, I know now this dread of living may not be as abnormal or unusual as I believed. There is some twisted comfort in that. Perhaps the kinship G speaks of in the last chapter. This book will stay on my open list of books so that the love I felt in G's voice can continue to work in my life, my heart, and that tiny bit of faith I do have. To all the boys and men served by this ministry I will carry you all in my thoughts each day. I feel your hopelessness but maybe we can carry that together and with a tiny faith we find hope. Bless all the mothers of homeboys. The pain and heartbreak is surely overwhelming. As a mother of a hard core meth addict who finally after 15 years has strung together 3 years recovery, I have seen a miracle and pray all the mothers will too. Thank you G for touching my listless heart. Amy