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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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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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Elizabeth Gilbert

Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat,Pray, Love author) for sharing this book as a great read , I am feeling the love ....thank you to Gregory for the love and compassion you bring to your friends at Home Boy.

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Transformation and Kinship

Wonderful book written by a humble and gifted Jesuit priest about all of us who struggle to BE in tune with our truest self that longs to be in union with others. God does and cannot create a bad person. Every person is good and created in the image and goodness of God; It is impossible for God to do otherwise. And, so we are called then, to heal our various levels of mental and spiritual illness. True healing can only occur through human touch of another in kinship. Amen to this book and the sacred story of transformation that it contains. A good read for Lenten reflection and contemplation.

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Awaking

If you open your mind and listen most anyone should feel something,within themselves, in one of the chapters of this book. Not to feel sorry for any one individual Fr. G tells us about or ourselves, but to open your own heart and forgive yourself and others. It is not an easy road, but through compassion, hope and the realization that you are wonderful in the eyes of God.

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The power of radical kinship - we belong to one another and get there when judgement is replaced with awe.

I’ve listened to this book three times now and am going back for a fourth. It’s not that I’m hard of hearing, I just want the hardness of my heart to be softened. This book does it. I want to live into awe.

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Will Change You

This book will change you. The stories. The ideas. The picture of God and of the world that Father Greg paints. It will instil you with deeper hope. Also, be prepared to cry.

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The only answer

Father Greg lives Einstein’s conviction that “Love is the one and only answer”. These accounts sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious,
of his work and kinship with gang members, and the awe they inspire in him, are deeply moving and unforgettable.

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5 Stars-should be 10!

Just go ahead and give this a try. Great read. This I will listen to again.

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misting up my morning drive

what a compelling and moving series of stories...I ached and cried and hours the seeds of kinship, watered by my tears would take root...