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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion | [Gregory Boyle]

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Terri Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 01-02-13
    Terri Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspiring and funny"

    Gregory boyle's stories are moving and include a spiritual message that is more palpable then any other I've ever heard in mainstream Christianity ... He presents both his wisdom and the homeboys wisdom in such a humble but proficient way one cannot help but to be changed by the experience!

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    nylasv1 TACOMA, WA, United States 01-02-13
    nylasv1 TACOMA, WA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "this book will not put you to sleep!"
    What did you love best about Tattoos on the Heart?

    this book shows what one man with a passion for life and people can do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Father Boyle- Because he is inspirational. I hope some day I can get to homeboy for a tour.


    What about Gregory Boyle’s performance did you like?

    That he was reading his own story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry. I loved that the Home Boys had immense compassion for others in our country living in extreme poverty.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for a Book Group.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annelies roswell, GA, United States 12-28-12
    Annelies roswell, GA, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "remarkabe and memorable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it is a slice of life I was totally unfamiliar with and hesitant to know more about.The author and his compassionate stories should appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about gang life.


    What other book might you compare Tattoos on the Heart to and why?

    Never read anything like this


    What does Gregory Boyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings a first person closeness and incredible humanity to the subject. I am not a religious person, but so enjoyed the stories of this amazing man who lived and served this LA community in such a positive way.


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    Sheri Palo Alto, CA, USA 12-19-12
    Sheri Palo Alto, CA, USA 12-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tattoos on the Heart to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the book, but it's great to hear G tell the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very heartwarming and inspirational!


    Which character – as performed by Gregory Boyle – was your favorite?

    Many of the gang members, who were struggling to make better lives for themselves.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was a special $4.95 book, and one of the best yet! It's sad and funny at the same time. It really opens your mind to life in gang land. It makes you want to be a better person. If we could all be like G, so loving and forgiving, yet so real, the world would be a much better place. Jesus has already come again in the spirit of Gregory Boyle.

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    Angie Mission Viejo, CA, United States 06-10-12
    Angie Mission Viejo, CA, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "True Religion in Action"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tattoos on the Heart to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version. It was especially nice hearing it read in the author's voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tattoos on the Heart?

    The real life stories of young gang members trying to break free to live a more promising fulfilling life. Some of the stories that didn't always end up the way you would like drove home the point that real life isn't always as "perfect" as we would like, but with God, all things work together for good.


    What about Gregory Boyle’s performance did you like?

    I liked hearing him read the story in his own words which were sometimes colorful. He relates to these young adults in a way they understand.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Enriching the lives of the marginalized through unconditional love.


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    Nara Quito, Ecuador 05-31-12
    Nara Quito, Ecuador 05-31-12
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    "Inspiring!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course, it inspired me in every way. And since it is Narrated by the author it makes it even better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The emotion of the characters and the fact of it being true....


    Which character – as performed by Gregory Boyle – was your favorite?

    I loved them all... The story of the restaurant was great... It made me lough and cry


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I wish he had more audiobooks out. I would buy them in a second.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Decorah, IA, United States 02-20-12
    Andy Decorah, IA, United States 02-20-12
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    "Fantastic! A Homerun Homeboy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to everyone. It hits you right in the heart of hearts and does not let go. Its not preachy at all, just raw, real and very very moving!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tattoos on the Heart?

    Its hard to nail down just one moment, I guess the way he deals with each person and situation with so much love and compassion, is what I walked away with.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I would keep it just what it is now.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 02-12-12
    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Very inspiring, a good use of your time"

    This was a book full of great stories..which made it very interesting. Some stories were sad but most were very uplifting and inspirational. Most were tinged with humor. Overall a very worthwhile way to spend your time.
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    Karen United States 01-07-12
    Karen United States 01-07-12

    I've just gotten hooked on audio book this last year & I love them. Now I can "read" a book & do other things like walk or hobbies.

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    "Unforgettable and heart wrenching"
    Where does Tattoos on the Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tattoos on the Heart?

    Love the sense of humor in light of painful situations


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books by far.
    I won't forget this book or the message.

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    Majorie WILLIAMSBURG, NM, United States 11-22-11
    Majorie WILLIAMSBURG, NM, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Uplifting and Heartrending"

    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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