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.
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!
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Haven't seen the hard copy but the audio has got to be better. The accents and tonal inflection ADD greatly to Boyle's message.
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Haven't listened to others, but would consider them.
Blessed to be a blessing, homey.
Learned of this book @ a recent John Maxwell team training. If you deal with street folks and DON'T have personal experience. This would be a great place to start.
I read this book and 5-starred it also, but Father Gregory's reading brings the "homies" and the holiness found not only in himself but also each of them to life in a way that lives with me still and fills my heart.
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.