Barking to the Choir

Barking to the Choir

The Power of Radical Kinship

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"This is a beautiful and important and soul-transporting book. . . . Please read it." --Elizabeth Gilbert

"If you're in the market for genuine inspiration, I urge you to read Barking to the Choir ." --Ann Patchett

In a moving example of unconditional love in dif­ficult times, the Jesuit priest and bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart , Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship.

In his first book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion , Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest 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 lives of gang members.

In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at nine, in a gang by twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgive­ness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take 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 book 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.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476726151
Branch Call Number: 277.9494083 Boy
Characteristics: ix, 210 pages ; 22 cm

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Mar 16, 2018

I can't tell you how much I loved this book and how it has affected me. I adored Fr Greg Boyle's "Tattoos on the Heart" and when I heard he had written a second book, I couldn't wait to read it. I didn't think he could top his first book but this definitely is as heartwarming and thought-provoking as ever. As he said, let's get the Church back on "The Original Program". Let's all work together to build "radical kinship" - such a simple concept but getting harder and harder to do as our society continues to fragment.

So many lovely quotes from his book. Bottom line - go and read this book and share with friends and family! Your heart and soul will thank you for it.

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