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A moving example of unconditional love in difficult times, the best-selling author of Tattoos on the Heart, Father Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gangs in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of radical kinship.

In his first book, Tattoos on the Heart, Father Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest and most successful gang-intervention program in the world. Critics hailed that book as an "astounding literary and spiritual feat" (Publishers Weekly) that is "destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality" (Los Angeles Times). Now, after the successful expansion of Homeboy Industries, Boyle returns with Barking to the Choir to reveal how compassion is transforming the neighborhood that boasts the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles.

In a nation deeply divided and a neighborhood plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life in "the barrio". Jose, arrested at nine, in a gang by 12, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help young boys find sobriety. Andre, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgiveness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Hector, who never knew his own father, thinks of a daily adventure story to tell his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.

This collection is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, Barking to the Choir invites us to find kinship with one another and reconvinces us all of our own goodness.

©2017 Gregory Boyle (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Kinship in your life

This is a must read for everyone. This is not a religious book but a deep human spirit book. I think everyone can relate to these kids on some level. Most of us will never truly know the depths of their struggles. But if the community that Father “G” has created in this world of hopelessness is possible then we can use his example in our sheltered safe communities and make kinship parr of our lives. I’m gonna try.

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Powerful book

Loved it. And to stay "humble amd tou will never stumble" was such a beautiful way of placing one self closer to God.

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We are all connected in this 🌎 world

I keep trying to write something profound to describe the experience of listening to this book and stories by Father G. And his homies. Kinship , connection , and we belong to each other. Those are the takeaways. Separation is an illusion. God is the/our connection and Father Greg plugs us all in. So great. Thank you. ✌️🙏

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Lens-shifting

What did you love best about Barking to the Choir?

Both this book and Boyle's earlier work, Tattoos on the Heart, have had a deep impact on the way I view my own life and grow compassion for myself and others.

What about Gregory Boyle’s performance did you like?

I have heard Fr. Greg speak in person and I absolutely loved hearing him read these deeply moving accounts.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Actually - I wanted to spread it out as long as I could! I didn't want it to end!

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Inspiring

This book was beautiful, inspiring and powerful. Loved it. Definitely recommend it, especially if you're desperate for some goodness in life.

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Absolutely Worth Ever Moment of Your Time

My favorite book! Full of deep meaning and eye open parables of Gods people. A must read! Be sure to read Tattoos on the Heart also. Enjoy

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I laughed, I cried, I was inspired

A very moving experience. So happy I went studio book, phenomenal narration by Fr Greg

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Heart changing book

First book I've read in a long time that truly changed my heart. Father Boyle humanizes gang members and truly gave me a new passion to look at all people differently. Thankful I came across this great pearl.

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What our country needs!

The lives of these beautiful souls are the shining example of what our country’s divisiveness needs. God blesses us with them. True Christianity

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same as other book

struggle to finish I didn't. I know the stories of the children are interesting. Maybe there's a better way I'm presenting them I am not a writer but they come out the same every time and that makes you stop the book.