Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America

Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America


Why might a gun-wielding, tattoo-bearing "homie" exchange in la vida loca for a Bible and the buttoned-down way of life of an evangelical hermano (brother in Christ)? to respond to this question, Robert Brenneman interviewed sixty-three former gang individuals from the "Northern Triangle" of critical America--Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras--most of whom left their gang for evangelicalism. in contrast to within the usa, club in a important American gang is hasta los angeles morgue. however the most typical exception to the "morgue rule" is that of conversion or standard participation in an evangelical church. Do gang individuals who weary in their risky way of life easily make a rational option to choose evangelical faith? Brenneman reveals this is often simply in part the case, for plenty of others file emotional conversions that got here suddenly, after they chanced on themselves beaten by way of a sermon, a talk, or a prayer carrier. An largely researched and gritty account, Homies and Hermanos sheds mild at the nature of adlescent violence, of non secular conversion, and of evangelical church buildings in valuable America.

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