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)
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.
This book was a breath of fresh air. In today's world it is so difficult to see the beauty in everyday things, let alone those whom society has deemed unworthy. I applaud G for his efforts, and I hope he has many more years of successful work at this mission. We have these needs of charity and love right in our own country, even right out our own back doors sometimes, and we do not see them. I hope this story has made some small change in my own personality to be a better person and to not overlook the beauty, light, and raw potential in people I may not give enough credit to.
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.
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.
One of the absolute best!
The humility, love and compassion of father Boyle.
The whole book.
An absolute must read.
Fr. Gregory Boyle narrates this book taken from the life stories of the young men and women he worked with and continues to work with in the L.A.projects of Pico Gardens and Aliso Village. The life lesson that jobs not punishment is the road to leaving the gang life is played out with the development of Home Boy and Home Girl Industries. The resilience of the people he loves and inspires despite the violence and economic poverty of their lives is the lesson of compassion. It is the story of 'caring for the least of these' repeated over and over again with remarkable success. I have bought several copies for friends. It will be listened too again.
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