As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.
Tattoos on the Heart is a breathtaking series of parables distilled from his 20 years in the barrio. Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we practiced compassion.
Erudite, down-to-earth, and utterly heartening, these essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love in difficult times and the importance of fighting despair. With Gregory Boyle's guidance, we can recognize our own wounds in the broken lives and daunting struggles of the men and women in these parables and learn to find joy in all of the people around us. Tattoos on the Heart reminds us that no life is less valuable than another.
©2010 Gregory Boyle. Recorded by arrangement with Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. (P)2011 HighBridge Company
“One of my favorite books in years. It is lovely and tough and tender beyond my ability to describe.” (Anne Lamott)
“Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality.” (The Los Angeles Times)
“Read, and let your life be changed!” (Father Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation)
This is an extraordinary book. Inspiring, funny, sad. Really makes you think about how you view people. Especially people who are struggling or considered "less". Highly highly recommended.
Father Boyle page after page pulled my heart out, then gave it back to me in pieces with the tools needed to put it back together. This book was life changing and has put me onto a path of compassion. I would suggest this book to any and everyone.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Every Christian, alright every PERSON, needs to listen to Father Boyle's Tattoos on the Heart. Because he has absolutely NAILED IT DOWN. One day at a time, one person at a time, he is loving people, accepting people, walking through the valley with people. Only by the grace of God, were you or I NOT born to a mother in the ghetto, into a gang ridden neighborhood. And are we BETTER than those who are born there??? NO, NO, NO . . . In so many ways we are poorer and more pitiful. We cannot see the forest for the trees. The story of the young father who would go home and watch his young children eat supper, DELIGHTING in them, after having worked all day long, not touching any food for himself, until his wife and children had been satisfied, touched me so deeply. If then, there was any food left, he would eat, if not, he didn't, having FILLED HIMSELF up with delight. A former gang member, this young man, had found himself and found that he was worthy of being loved. We try to complicate the gospel of Jesus Christ, sometimes just to try to get out of having to DO SOMETHING, I think. When we do that, we are robbing others and robbing ourselves.
It was amazing and is sure to be something I come back to over and over again, for it speaks to my faith and my humanity. I'm so glad it was read by Gregory Boyle that made it just astounding!
Wasn't sure about this book at first but it's definitely one of my favorites. Opens your eyes to inside the lives of people whom are usually looked upon in a negative way.
Several years ago I had the pleasure of hearing Father Gregory speak to a group of educators in a large urban school district in San Joaquin County where we have over 1,000 documented gangs. As our homicide rate continues to rise, I continue to pray for something like Homeboy Industries to come to San Joaquin County so the souls of these young people might feel their worth. "G's" incredibly touching stories have remained indelibly etched on my heart. This is one tattoo you will never wish to remove.
Father G, certainly love his children and I have a new found love for them as well. Thank you for sharing the lives of these young men and women. Father G you give them possibility and great hope for there future. Story's in this book about your children made me cry and laugh not at the same time, still the same thank you for all your hard work and your love that you have given over the course of your life. Father G you are most loving!!! Bless your Heart!❤️😘
I'm glad I listened to this book, rather than read it. Father Boyle does a wonderful job of telling his story, getting the accents and ages and dialects so "just right." He's a powerful artist on many levels and his voice is just one of his skills.
The memoir is really a collection of anecdotes about the people he's encountered during his 20 years developing and running "Homeboy Industries" in a neighborhood in Los Angeles known as the "gang capital."
His stories are a walk into a world many of us could not imagine is real but is, in fact, deadly so, endearingly so, dangerously so. But they also provide hope and humor while they break your heart. It's a wonderful gift Boyle has to be able to make the people he's encountered come very much alive and make us care about them. And if you don't laugh out loud and also find yourself tearing up at least once while you listen to this, you're made of stone.
Recommend without hesitation.
HI!!!!!! I love to read!!!
Oh absolutely! I listen to a lot of books but I always listen to the sample first because I want to hear the narrator, which in this case is the author. It starts out strange sounding in the very beginning...do not be swayed. Gregory Boyle's voice will be in my mind for days, maybe weeks to come!
There were so many, but Feli...OMG I was laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face. His honesty and innocence is so refreshing...you just can't believe he was a gang banger. This really goes for so many of the characters, as sad as the stories are, the kids have a way of talking that just makes you laugh out loud, very loud!
This is my first experience with Gregory Boyle but it will not be my last! I was riveted, the book was about 6 hrs long and I did not move!!! I could not believe he is Irish Catholic because his Spanish is so beautiful, he is so beautiful!
Yes, I only moved to get coffee but I took my Kindle with me! I will listen to this again, I grabbed my journal and could not write fast enough. Kinship, I can't wait to read what I wrote. I have never been so touched by a book in my life and I read constantly.
I have never felt love for Jesus the way I did listening to this book. I am not a crier but I cried and cried. Happy tears and tears of such deep sorrow, I am an extremely compassionate person but I have been brought to new heights spiritually and just want to hug all the characters, unfortunately that is not possible now, but I have prayed for all of them and especially for Gregory...I thank him from the bottom of my heart. I want everyone to listen to this. My soul feels it's worth!!!
One of the absolute best!
The humility, love and compassion of father Boyle.
The whole book.
An absolute must read.
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