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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,010 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Boyle Narrator: Gregory Boyle Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781611744354
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For 20 years this Jesuit priest has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in Los Angeles's worst gang area. He distills his experience into a series of parables inspired by faith, and reminds us that no life is less valuable than ano Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] artful, disquieting, yet surprisingly jubilant memoir…From moving vignettes about gangsters breaking into tears or finding themselves worthy of love and affirmation, to moments of spiritual reflection and sidesplittingly funny banter between him and the homies, Boyle creates a convincing and even joyful treatise on the sacredness of every life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Father Boyle reminds us all that every single child and youth is a part of God’s ‘jurisdiction’—and when they know that we are seeing them as God does, they are capable of great things. Father Boyle is a national treasure.”

    Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund

  • “An astonishing book…about suffering and dignity, death and resurrection, one of my favorite books in years. It is lovely and tough and tender beyond my ability to describe and left me in tears of both sorrow and laughter.”

    Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A spiritual masterpiece touching the innermost sanctum of the human soul. Boyle approaches each person as a child of God and fully deserving of love and compassion. His capacity to reach the heart of the most hardened, and to see the best in everyone, inspires. I laughed, wept, and underlined on virtually every page.”

    Kerry Kennedy, founder of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights

  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dewayne Stark | 2/16/2014

    " Having been born in Los Angeles there have always been places to avoid. I left and headed east. Now many decades later I return. Barrio and vatos are around the corner. This book needs to read for a greater understanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 2/3/2014

    " This man is my hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 1/19/2014

    " Father Boyle has spent the last 20 years working with youths who wished to leave gangs and build lives. He has spent his time in Boyle Heights in the most gang infested part of Los Angeles which is considered the "gang capital" of the United States. The book has you either in tears or laughing. It is a terrific book with fabulous stories of the lives of the young men and women involved with gangs. There is a gloss of liberal Catholic/Jesuit theology that interweaves these stories that can be a little off-putting for those not religiously inclined, but the overall story drown all of that out. A genuinely great read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anika | 1/12/2014

    " Trying to get through this book but it jumps around a lot, has a parable or other relation back to the Bible in every chapter, and would be much better if Father Boyle did tell in depth stories about the people, which is what he said he didn't want to do with this book. Couldn't finish it. I really respect his work but the book was just not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 1/8/2014

    " Much like teaching in LAUSD, with more family involvement, more care to individual children and lots less litigation than a teacher! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debora Smith | 12/27/2013

    " I learned that I can shine the flashlight on the light switch for someone else, but I can't make that person turn it on. Also, I was reminded of God's patience and that to reflect God, I need to be patient with people, as well. Reading the book also caused me to search the Bible anew to find out what God's love is really like. Boyle makes it sound utterly amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza | 12/24/2013

    " Fantastic book that had me laughing and crying and even taking the time to write down quotes that I want to remember (I always want to do this while reading, but never do!). Greg Boyle shares the story of his ministry in an authentic and honest manner; his story challenged me to not limit my sense of the vastness of God's love and mercy, but also to not limit my own response to God's love. I came away feeling inspired to live more recklessly into the grace-filled life that God calls us into, to stand with Jesus among the outcasts, choosing to "cast my lot" with the broken and downtrodden rather than focus on "changing their lot". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 12/21/2013

    " Good to hear about young people who are saved from the gang lifestyle. Sad to think about how many young lives are wasted in this manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/18/2013

    " A powerful book about the work of one priest in the the gang capitol of the U.S.--Los Angeles. His compassion and perseverance to make a difference in the lives of young gang members is astonishing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/11/2013

    " An incredibly powerful and heart-stirring read. This book will open your eyes to see those who are marginalized (or just people not like you) in a totally different light. You will not get out of this book with a dry eye. This is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/29/2013

    " Read during a JustFaith study group. Amazing examples of compassion, life, and hope in spite of incredibly awful life situations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 11/3/2013

    " Really, really powerful book. It really opened my eyes to a lot of things (poverty, compassion, pride, etc.) more broadly than just gangs. Strongly recommend this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/26/2013

    " Beatriz' book pick for June 2012 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanni | 3/24/2013

    " I love this book. It became a curiosity of mine to read this book due to a class I took. This curiosity lead me to relfect on life, death, and the great impact of how one person "can be the change we want to see in the world." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/8/2013

    " Fantastic, heart-wrenching and awe-inspiring. A great way to revitalize an understanding of who God is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Waters | 11/23/2012

    " beautiful book....just beautiful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 9/19/2012

    " I really liked this book. It does help me be a little more compassionate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 9/13/2012

    " Father Boyle is truly inspiring! This book will give you a glimpse into a world most don't even know exist yet is the only world many know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverlee | 1/9/2012

    " We are reading this for a "Community reads choice" and I am glad I read it because it does give a reason to pause and reflect. Don't read it for the great writing or to be totally uplifted but read it to provide perspective on the positive parts of life that we sometimes forget to acknowledge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/14/2011

    " Good, not great. Loved the premise, and the personal stories about the young people. The writing style left something to be desired though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elmira | 11/26/2011

    " At first, I had a difficult time keeping up with the book as it jumped from idea to idea, but overall it makes very good points that we need to be reminded of frequently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 10/25/2011

    " Tear-jerking anecdotes about gang kids who figure out how to grow up and love themselves, told by the Jesuit priest who points the way. The priest, who also holds an MA in English, takes wicked delight in recalling the homies' often hilarious malapropisms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 10/11/2011

    " This is a wonderful and very well written book about living the Christian life in a profoundly generous and joyful way. I highly recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 6/18/2011

    " The best book I've read in at least a year. Couldn't put it down and now heartbroken that the journey is over. This is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hank | 5/16/2011

    " I can't grade the writing, but the content was great. Father Greg is my hero. I read this on the plane and cried like a big baby about a half a dozen times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 5/10/2011

    " A really great book, best read in short segments to really take home the messages. Such an amazing glimpse into a world I would otherwise never know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/9/2011

    " A truly wonderful, heartwarming book about the power of unconditional love, set among the gangs of Los Angeles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belkis | 5/3/2011

    " Liked hearing the stories about the gang members. Father G truly humanizes each. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 4/29/2011

    " This is filled with such great stories. It really is a book filled with such compassion and so much healing as a result. I was laughing and crying at the same time. I think you should read it for a perspective on gang mentality and our deep need for love and second chances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 4/27/2011

    " This is one of the most powerful religious books I've read in years. It's funny, poignant, and possesses a great depth. I recommend it to anyone who works with marginalized or minority populations, particularly teenagers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 4/19/2011

    " I like this book - it was informative and I learned about what Homeboys and Homegirl Cafe is all about. It's amazing what Gregory Boyle has accomplished - I applaud him!!! It's an eyeopener into the gangs and ganglife in Los Angeles. "

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