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The Whole Language

Father Gregory Boyle

Warwick's and University of San Diego’s College of Arts and Sciences present
Father Gregory Boyle

The Whole Language

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 7:00pm PST

Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater (KIPJ Theater)
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
The Whole Language
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$27+tax and Eventbrite fee: Includes one general admission and one copy of THE WHOLE LANGUAGE

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  • General Admission Check-In at 6:15PM.
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  • You will receive a copy of The Whole Language when you check in. Additional books will be available for purchase at this event.
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Gregory Boyle is an American Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame's 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. He is the acclaimed author of Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir. The Whole Language is his third book, and he will be donating all net proceeds to Homeboy Industries.

Over the past thirty years, Gregory Boyle has transformed thousands of lives through his work as the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest and most successful gang-intervention program in the world. In a community struggling to overcome systemic poverty and violence, The Whole Language shows how those at Homeboy Industries fight despair and remain generous, hopeful, and tender. When Saul was thirteen years old, he killed his abusive stepfather in self-defense; after spending twenty-three years in juvenile and adult jail, he enters the Homeboy Industries training and healing programs and embraces their mission. Declaring, "I've decided to grow up to be somebody I always needed as a child," Saul shows tenderness toward the young men in his former shoes, treating them all like his sons and helping them to find their way. Before coming to Homeboy Industries, a young man named Abel was shot thirty-three times, landing him in a coma for six months followed by a year and a half recuperating in the hospital. He now travels on speaking tours with Boyle and gives guided tours around the Homeboy offices. One day a new trainee joins Abel as a shadow, and Abel recognizes him as the young man who had put him in a coma. "You give good tours," the trainee tells Abel. They both have embarked on a path to wholeness.

Boyle's moving stories challenge our ideas about God and about people, providing a window into a world filled with fellowship, compassion, and fewer barriers. Bursting with encouragement, humor, and hope, The Whole Language invites us to treat others - and ourselves - with acceptance and tenderness.

The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982128326
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 19th, 2021