Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
Father Greg is a living inspiration. His parish is in the most violent part of L.A. His story is unique, which makes these homilies, tales and antidotes spiritually renewing.
I'm not even done with this book and I feel compelled to write about it. It's really great. My wife is listening to it, too, and she feels the same way..
First, this guy's voice is FANTASTIC. Because he wrote the book he tells it with his own personal inflections and emphasis, and he's a GREAT story teller. You feel like you're in the room with him.
And his stories are really moving and touching. I am so impressed that someone would dedicate years of their life to helping gang kids like this. I can only imagine how rewarding and uplifting it must be.
Want to be reminded of the goodness of the world? Want to have clear evidence there are incredible people who put others ahead of themselves? Want to see how one person can change so many others' lives? Want to just FEEL GOOD after listening to a book?
Listen to this one.
Tell us about yourself!
What a powerful book. Los Angles gangs wars..it seems like a loosing battle. Yet here is one man who pulls a neighborhood together and chooses to face the odds and love those the world has deemed unlovable. Reading this book was a humbling experience and made me question my own values when I go thru union station each morning and see those the city has thrown away.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
A story of unconditional love, acceptance, second chances, longing to be loved, bad decisions, hope, tragedy, and above all belonging. Father Boyle truly has touched many lives of the boys caught up in gangs and struggled to fight against the finality of the existence they have lived. Many rays of hope in this book but also gut wrenching tragedy of the senselessness of violence as well.
This is one of the best audio books I've listened to in many years. Full of compassion and love. It'll make your day to take a listen!
I'm not of any kind of religious belief but I was not put off nor offended by all of the religious references.This book has so much to offer, I feel everyone will be able to take something from this read and put it to use.
Yes. Father G reading his story adds so much. He doesn't only believe, he lives it.
Knowing that people like Father G exist. He epitomizes the best of humanity. He never comes across as pushy or preachy, but still speaks the truth as he sees it. I
Father G is the man. His loving portrayal of the 'homies' is probably the only real respect most of them will get in this life.
Yes. I got through it so fast I felt like I wanted more. I would love to hear a Father G story every morning on my way to work.
Listen to it when you need your faith in humanity restored.
At the top of the list!
There were points in this book that brought me to tears for the situations people find themselves in and by my own ignorance of the world. There were equally times that made me laugh out loud.
I don't think anyone else could have read this book. The book was written with love and yes compassion and to hear it in the author's own voice was priceless.
This book touched my heart so vividly that I have sent for the hardcopy so that I may read and reread the passages when I need that reality check on my own life. Too often in this world people are "written off" because they don't meet the norm and Boyle's book shows us just what we are missing out on by putting up those walls.
As an atheist I found myself enjoying this book about god and love. Gregory Boyle shows how simple our basic needs are and how when these are meet they can foster change. Boyle believes in his Homies more than they believe in themselves and this is their key to their change!
The book talks about God, but truly shows how connecting with others is the essence!
Boyle himself is a character!Funny, loving and a heart full of hood compassion
I really loved it.
While Boyle was teaching a class to a group of lifers, one of the prisoners, on the spot, gave his definition of compassion. He ended slowly on, "...Compassion is God." Interestingly, before reading "Tattoos on the Heart," I read Lama Surya Das' "Awakening the Buddha Within." No matter how much I read about Buddhist, it never ceases to amaze me that there are groups of people in the world that actually sit and meditate on love and compassion. I think why this gets me is that Buddhist are perceived as being atheistic in nature. Yet, large numbers of Christians I have met, who believe in God, think constantly on wars and rumors of wars, and of storing up food and buying guns to kill people. They may think about love and compassion, but it sure isn't high up on the list of things to think about. Yes, I see irony in that.
The thought hit me, though, that if the definition of compassion is that, "compassion is God," then my definition of a saint would be: a saint is someone that not only meditates on love and compassion, but takes it into the world and puts it into action. By that definition, Gregory Boyle is a true saint.
Seriously, what is not to like about Boyle? A Jesuit priest that quotes Richard Rohr and Thich Nhat Hanh. A person that cares more about the good things you have done than the bad things. A much needed friend in a world full of enemies.
In my opinion, "Tattoos on the Heart" isn't just a book, but rather a training manual for how to rebuild America. No matter your political leanings, left or right, everyone should put aside their differences and see that this book is the way.
As we do crazy things like send all of our good jobs overseas and then pay people to sit around here doing nothing, "Tattoos on the Heart" shows us how much a simple job can mean to someone. It can mean the world to them. Literally, the difference between life and death. We should fight for every job we can keep here in America, like America depends on it, because it does.
As our foreign policy sees people as less than human, worthy only of carpet bombing, "Tattoos on the Heart" shows us that the way to make humans out of troubled people is not through violence, but through compassion. Indeed, the only winning move is to treat humans like humans.
As a whole, we have tried doing the same things over and over again, and got the same results. "Tattoos on the Heart" shows us a different path. Lets take it and see if something different happens this time. What exactly do we have to lose?