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 can't image anyone having a heart so hardened that this book will not move it. . . And move it in ways that can only soften it.
After listening to this book (twice) I find it hard to recommend anything other than Gregory Boyle's (author) audio version. Having lived this story his interpretation and inflections are perfect! I've no doubt I will listen again and again.
I personally believe this book to be deserving of several audio awards.
It's the best book that addresses gangs, Without making it about gangs. I listened to the book twice, the best so far.
of all time. I read it twice, listened to it twice and have bought it for everyone I know. Powerfully written and read with great humor and love, I was laughing and crying throughout. It is at once uplifting, heartbreaking, hilarious, and inspiring.
Philo Zoo Fer
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It is funny and inspiring. Father Boyle's writing is poetic at times, and the gravitas of his lifetime work with the Barrios of LA provide a feeling or war journalism to his stories. However, his focus is always on the love, the hurt and the spiritual resilience of his mostly young subjects as they pursue the very normal goals of daily life. The result is not a collection of journalistic drama -though there is a good dose of that -, rather it is a small window into the possibilities that open up when one decides to "get past the categories that divide and allow the slow work of God to occur unrestricted". It is a window into transformation, some that happened among the subjects of the stories, some others suggested, or at least desired in our hearts and brains, but maybe the most important ones possibly happening within the minds and the spirits of those who read them.
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