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Tattoos on the Heart Audiobook

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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    Jamie Arpin-Ricci 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Stunning work of truth and beauty"

    This is one of the most heartfelt, personal and prophetic works I've read in a long time. I am moved and challenged and uplifted. Read this if you dare, for your life will not be the same at the end.

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    Shirley 05-10-15
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    Excellent in every way. I have this book in print, digital, and audio. Hearing Father Greg read his work adds a whole new dimension to this outstanding, exceptional book. My favorite gift for almost anyone, and any occasion.

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    Jamie 05-09-15
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    "It was so great - I started llisten to it again"
    What did you love best about Tattoos on the Heart?

    Fr. Greg reading his eloquent life experiences. He explains how all of us just want to be loved.


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

    There are so many, but when G was asked if he was someone's father and he told the young man he is his son. The sense of belonging and the compassion given to the young man was heart touching.


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

    Taking the stigma surrounding gangs, prisoners and people different than what I am used to in my life experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book. Literally restarted the book after I finished listening to it as I laughed so much and felt so deeply throughout this gem of a book.


    Any additional comments?

    Fr. Boyle is exceptional at sharing a story. Would love to be at a Mass of his. I am certain it is amazing.

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    movielover 05-05-15
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    "To be read and re-read! "

    One of my favorite books in years!!! So touching, real, authentic and inspiring. TOTALLY RECOMMEND!!!
    You should download it NOW!

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    Debie 05-02-15
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    "Exceptional! Full of passion & compassion!!!"

    Excellent true account of the invisible people. Thank you for such an eye opening book that has moved me to action!

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    "Phenomenal"

    Great book and wonderful narration!
    Thank you, G for writing this book!
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    Touching, heart wrenching and eye opening
    Two thumbs up!

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    James 04-27-15
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    "Awesome"

    Good book, I would totally recommend it to. Gives you a different way to think about why kids join gangs.

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    Ronald D. 04-27-15
    Ronald D. 04-27-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Perhaps the most important book I have read"
    Would you listen to Tattoos on the Heart again? Why?

    I have already listened to it twice and would listen to it again. The book deals with the financially poor, but is relevant for the poor of spirit.


    What about Gregory Boyle’s performance did you like?

    Very down to earth and basically human.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book. There is a message for all of us.

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    Roger 04-23-15
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    "Powerful Wisdom from a Gandhi-like Sage"

    This is one of the best books available on Audible! I loved this book so much that I have bought copies for all my friends and family. Tattoos on the Heart will make you laugh, cry and everything in between. I am so grateful to Father Boyle for writing this book. We all have our prejudices and people that we see as less important. This book makes you pause and consider that those nameless people might live lives that are just as important as ours. The Wisdom that is revealed in these pages rivals anything written in any religeous tradition.

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    Jeff 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Life changing"

    Authentically read by the man who lived the stories, Tattoos on the heart provides a view from God's perspective on the meaning and meaninglessness of life.

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