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G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles Paperback – Sep 20 2004

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  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Updated edition edition (Sept. 20 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826335365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826335364
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,422,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Cops, rabbis, judges, janitors, teachers, talk show hosts, citizens: Read G-Dog and the Homeboys!"

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This is an updated edition of the story of the gang scene in East L.A. and Father Gregory Boyle's innovative ministry and economic development efforts in the area. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was good to read afterwards but the one I recommend more ... Aug. 23 2016
By Steve kaslikowski - Published on
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I read this after the deeply moving 'Tattoos of the Heart' by Gregory Boyle, who has made working with gang and former gang members his spiritual mission, one that keeps him intensely alive.
This book was good to read afterwards but the one I recommend more is 'Tattoos' My friend went to a 2 day retreat with him and described as tender and soulful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening Oct. 5 2016
By Tori - Published on
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Gives you a very different and eye opening view of gangs and why they exist. It humanizes the people involved.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply riveting July 25 2006
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I'm on my second read-through of this book. It completely readjusted my perspective on what the definition of true compassion is.

This is an extraordinary and well-written story, told without sentiment.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book, but needs copyediting May 20 2012
By Liz - Published on
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Fremon delivers an inside look at the life of Father Greg Boyle and the East LA gang members he serves. Though the story is going on 20 years old at this point, it still rings true to what I see as a teacher in inner-city Los Angeles. It was a gripping read and well worth my time.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chronicles of RoseDog Jan. 13 2005
By John P. Fremon - Published on
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Between dodging bullets of homeboys and donning the babies of homegirls as their godmother, Celeste Fremon (Rosedog) has buried many children who grew up in a war zone where bloodshed and death are intermingled with their earliest memories.

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.