I had the privilege to meet Father Greg Boyle on a service trip with my church in college, and I can't speak highly enough of him and the homies he works with. The book humanizes the gang members and reminds the reader that all people deserve love and respect, and anyone can change their life. I highly recommend touring Homeboy Industries if you enjoy the book and ever find yourself in LA. It's even more inspirational meeting the homies and listening to their stories. Wonderful, wonderful work is being done there.
I thought it would be religion religion religion, with God-Talk in a way I find unappealing, but it could not be farther from that. Though his faith must be profound, he talks simply about a way to treat others and how to look at ourselves and encourages the reader/listener to examine our perceptions and actions that I appreciated profoundly. Without a doubt also, he is a good story teller and has rich material with which to tell his story. I will definitely be listening to this again.
I'm crying as I write this. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book sharing your heart
An ironically beautiful account of everyday life with inner city gang members and the importance of redemption. Though often mired in tragedy and loss, this well written aptly told memoir will have you crying tears of joy and gladness! Deeply woven in every tale is a story about all of us and our need to be loved and accepted. Thank you Fr. Boyle, you have tattooed my heart.❤️
Loved this book. I think reading it has made me a better person! I have always thought of myself as s compassionate person, but now I think I have a way to go before I can truly be as compassionate, empathetic and sympathetic as I have always thought I was! I would love to meet Father G!
This book ranks my highest 10.
So many memorable moments mostly of the challenges Gregory faces and comes about it with love to these young people.
fantastic and spell bounding
Love Has No Barriers
I am going to listen to this one again and again!!
I read Tattoos on the Heart first, then listened to Father Gregory Boyle's narration in this audio book. The content of the book was excellent, but the stories come to life when he reads it. I find myself listening to it again and again because it inspires me. Normally when authors read their own books, I find myself wondering if they should have had an actor do it, but not this time. No one could read it like Father Boyle himself. This is, I think, the best audio book I've ever heard.
This book really is well told by Father Boyle with all the street lingo I know from the streets. One of the most beautiful things Father Boyle does in telling the story is to show that they are not just cholos, criminals, druggies, or killers but humans with hearts that feel and hurt too.