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G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles Paperback – August 16, 2008
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Celeste's expertise in the areas of street gangs, gang violence and juvenile issues allowed her to take you deep in the lives of the homeboys of Boyle Heights in East LA (one of the toughest and most violent neighborhoods in Los Angeles).
Imagining triumphs and success seems impossible for most of the gang member she has chronicled from childhood into adulthood over a period of nearly fifteen years. But, some have shined, some have died, some have developed into responsible adults largely due to the work of Father Greg Boyle (G-Dog) who has dedicated his life, to rehabilitate these children.
The book recounts how Father Greg evolved from an inexperienced young priest to the director of Homeboy Industries, the country's largest gang intervention program and most successful model for gang rehabilitation.
The new chapters bring you up to date not only with "G-Dog" and his labor of love, but with many of the young gang members who are now young men and women.
In short, this is an important and unforgettable book that will richly supplement any college class focused on issues of social justice. Hopefully, this reprint (and new title...)will afford Fremon's work the wider attention, and study, it deserves.
Includes new chapters which bring readers up to date not ony with "G-Dog" and his work, but with many of the young men and women who populate the original narrative. -ZH
That being said, the Kindle edition needs some serious copyediting. I found numerous spelling errors, some of which made it difficult to understand what Fremon meant. It seems like it was rushed into "print." There's even a written placeholder in the author's bio at the end that says "Insert author's picture here." Keep it classy, Amazon.
Thank you all for sharing your stories, your lives. It is a message that we really are no different at our core, but very different where our beginnings might be.We all strive to find our place of community, of heart and hope to fit in somewhere. I won't forget these books and my own ignorance has been replaced with a sense of love and admiration to all of you who have strived to make a better life. This book can be life changing if you allow it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't really know how to express my feelings toward this book other than the fact that it confirms the power of God's love.Published 27 days ago by Mark Kerns
It is heartening to read the stories of so many who have struggled and found purpose and sobriety with the help of Father Greg Boyle. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The most moving and inspiring story of what really prevails in the gang culture. A must read for everyone, young and old alike!Published 5 months ago by V E Mandella Wisbaum
it's a great book and gives me a better understanding as to why people join gangs and there is a way they can change their life stylesPublished 7 months ago by ladylib
early days of Homeboy Industries (actually pre-Homeboy) liked it very much author was over-involved but understand how that occured I now volunteer as a mental health counselor... Read morePublished 10 months ago by mary anne lower