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)
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!
this book shows what one man with a passion for life and people can do.
Father Boyle- Because he is inspirational. I hope some day I can get to homeboy for a tour.
That he was reading his own story.
I did cry. I loved that the Home Boys had immense compassion for others in our country living in extreme poverty.
A great book for a Book Group.
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.
Never read anything like this
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.
Didn't read the book, but it's great to hear G tell the story.
Very heartwarming and inspirational!
Many of the gang members, who were struggling to make better lives for themselves.
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.
I enjoyed the audio version. It was especially nice hearing it read in the author's voice.
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.
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.
Enriching the lives of the marginalized through unconditional love.
Of course, it inspired me in every way. And since it is Narrated by the author it makes it even better.
The emotion of the characters and the fact of it being true....
I loved them all... The story of the restaurant was great... It made me lough and cry
I wish he had more audiobooks out. I would buy them in a second.
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!
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.
I would keep it just what it is now.
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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.
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.
One of the best
Love the sense of humor in light of painful situations
This is one of the best books by far.
I won't forget this book or the message.
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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