El Compa

El Compa
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El Compa
by Joel Silver Rodriguez

For the thousands of adults and teenagers mature enough to read this book, you will either love or hate the incredible journey of a fourteen-year-old boy living and hustling the streets of gangs and drugs in order to survive. It was a harsh kind of life, not just for young ladies, but for a young fourteen-year-old boy named “El Compa.”

This is a heartwarming tale of adventure, inspired by true events, hate, love, friendship, and suspense. Written with a lot of compassion and love as well as creative writing, this is a book you’ll never forget. You will remember this story for many years to come, and your children will come to hear about this story because of you. It will make you do things out of love toward your fellow men, things you were never inspired to do before. You’ll learn to appreciate life simply because there is life in you and life in me, as well as life in all of us.


About the Author

I was born in Durango, Mexico, where I learned to ride donkeys and horses and basically enjoy the nice, clean atmosphere of the life in the country. I came to the city of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, when I was about four or five years old.

I spent most of my early years of my life wondering and hustling the streets of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas, at that young age, struggling to survive the poor life I had, living with my mom, dad, and three brothers and two sisters.

I hitchhiked all the way to California as a runaway kid at the age of fourteen. I escaped the hard life and physical and verbal abuse as well as tortures, which my father put me through. I managed to come panhandling all the way to California.

Many years later, I manage to go to school to get my GED, then I went to security guard school and to computer school to learn PowerPoint and Excel. I also went to the Police Academy and achieved a certificate as a reserve police officer level 3, and I also achieved an 832 p.c. certificate.

I have been an ordained minister (pastor) for the Assembly of God for the past twenty years. I also have a certificate in theology and a diploma, and I am currently attending the Latin American Theology Seminar in the Bay Area to achieve my B.A. in theology. I am also a musician and an evangelist of the gospel for the grace of God, and in my spare time, I write books and songs and enjoy life to the fullest. For we only live once! So let’s live!

May this be a testimony to all who read this book of what God can do!

(2009, paperback, 158 pages)


El Compa (e-book)
El Compa (e-book)

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