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Broken and Shared: Food, Dignity, and the Poor on Los Angeles' Skid Row Paperback – December 11, 2011

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This is the story of Jeff Dietrich s lifelong effort to unite the will of the spirit with the work of the flesh. This entire work is deeply compelling. Through his personal, spiritual evolution and commitment to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, he writes with self-deprecating humor and extraordinary insight, confronting his fears, and confirming his faith. --Martin Sheen, Actor and Activist

When Dan Berrigan eulogized Dorothy Day, he said, She lived as though the truth were true... and she put first things first. So, too, Jeff Dietrich, in this loving, prophetic challenge of a book. --Greg Boyle, S.J., Author of Tattoos on the Heart

What you are doing is something beautiful for God. --Mother Teresa, Noble Laureate and Humanitarian

About the Author

JEFF DIETRICH was born in Newport News, Virginia. When he was nine years old his parents moved to Southern California where he was raised and educated. A er college and in order to avoid the draft, he spent six months traveling in Europe and North Africa. For the last forty years, he has lived in community at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker in solidarity with the poor. Jeff Dietrich is an activist, whose numerous actions of civil disobedience have landed him in jail more than forty times; he is a cook and a kitchen worker, whose eforts have helped provide more than three million meals to the homeless on Los Angeles Skid Row; and he is a writer, whose eye-witness accounts of the suffering and deprivation of the poor are imbedded in his relentless and vehement exposure of the political and social system that helps to maintain their poverty.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Marymount Institute Press / Tsehai Publishers; First edition (December 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098396162X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983961628
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I could not put this book down, as the author captured my heart and spirit in living a life of true commitment to the poor and hungry. Every journal entry was challenged with scripture in helping the reader to understand the insidious nature of this American plight, not only in Los Angeles, but around the world. Challenging his own Catholic Church, he stands his ground in true Catholic Consciousness, pushing even our religious leaders to rethink their values and needed commitment to the poorest of society. I find myself trying to fit time into my life to add serving food to the poor as the action of hope, Jeff Dietrich, so well defines. I am sure, Dorothy Day, one of his predecessors of the Los Angeles' Skid Row Food Kitchen, is looking down from heaven and cheering him on. This is a book I will read again and again, as I love the message so much, I feel inspired to live and love bigger and better, being ever so conscious of the hungry and poor all around me.
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The compilation provokes serious thought about what is a "church" and particularly, the resistance we all feel to "getting real" about following Christ. Dietrich is transparent in sharing his personal struggle, and in doing that, he takes us all a step closer to being authentic followers. If you are interested in the issues of power and influence to help (or to harm) our community, this book will sharpen the issues for you.
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