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."
as a christian I'm torn and humbled. ultimately I'm unsure if God wants us to love unconditionally. a powerful thought provoking read.
This is, by far, one of the best books I have ever read and gave me a whole new perspective on what God sees when He looks at the humanity of gang members. If this doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then you better check to see if you have a pulse.
road show junkie
Listening to Fr Greg share so many homie stories... praying for 2nd or 200th chances for these kids caught in such a spiral. My heart cannot help but ache at what they endure and how they see their world. Where does it end and how do we finally get to where we See everyone and recognize not only God, but ourselves in them. Blessed to have been able to hear G's voice telling his own experiences.
Absolutely! Fr. Gregory's voice painted an real and humbling picture of the homeboys and homegirls he works with. The book is not only a powerful testimony of "G's" life work (simple, straightforward, and immensely impactful) but an deeply touching tribute to the lives he serves with every day.
Father Gregory. He epitomizes what being a disciple of Christ truly means - loving, healing, serving others. He reminds me that we are ALL human, no matter the scars or tattoos.
I got a real sense of Father Gregory's personality and the personalities of the homeboys and homegirls.
There were parts of the book that made me laugh - out loud and in public. There were stories that brought tears to my eyes. At points it was an emotional roller coaster, and that's just fine with me.
One of the best books I've listened to since getting Audible. I'm really glad I found it.
I read this book a couple of weeks ago, then bought the Audible version so my husband could hear it on a road trip we we're taking. We listened all the way through on the way out, then started over and listened all the way through again on the way back. It's that good.
I grew up within about 3 miles of where the story took place, and the stories Fr. Boyle relates were pitch-perfect telling of lives that were very familiar. I could hear my neighbors and schoolmates voices, exactly as I remember them, and I was incredibly grateful for the respectful treatment of every life, because these lives matter. We laughed and cried, and were inspired throughout.
Fr. Boyle' narration was perfect, and the vocabulary, including the Spanglish, was exactly what I heard on the streets. Gang members do talk like gang members, so be aware that the vocabulary isn't exactly what you want your children repeating. It couldn't have been sanitized without losing authenticity, so it is appropriate. It is a beautiful book, and I know we'll be listening again.
This is a beautiful book that is both incredibly uplifting and heart wrenching. An important reminder that every life and every person is deserving of love and understanding, and that we are all radiant light. One of the best books I've ever read.
I didn't want this to end. Fr. Boyle's writing and voice are wondering, heartfelt and funny, with life-giving truth. I had to hear each chapter two or three times in a row before going on to the next. Often I laughed out loud, or cried buckets. Can't say enough about this audiobook. Really sad it's over.