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.
I ordered this book because I had heard an interview with Greg Boyle on NPR. I was not prepared for how much it would move me...to laughter, to tears, to a deep need to listen to one more chapter. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The power of boundless compassion...may the ripples spread out from this powerful story and resound throughout this world.
This was an incredibly moving/encouraging book. I actually listened to it two times back to back as I felt I didn't truly absorb all the wisdom and truths that Father Boyle shared the first time through. Narration was great as well. I would recommend this book to anyone - it will touch your heart deeply.
I can honestly say that outside of the Bible, the stories within this book have been the most powerful and moving stories I have ever heard. Can't recommend this highly enough, especially the audio book version being read by the author.
engaging stories that will hold the listener captive. for the first time ever I understand the difference b/t sympathy, empathy, & compassion. I also truly recognize the vital importance of church. Thank You to each of the characters in this book for sharing their light with me.
Our pastor had mentioned this book on several occasions over the years. I purchased the audible version so I could listen to it while on two training runs. Never have I cried or laughed or been so broken and moved...while running. Father Boyle, thank you for the narratives and for your inspiration toward downward mobility!