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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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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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    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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    Read this book. Fantastic stories that broaden your thinking. You will laugh and cry. Thank you Mr. Boyle for your passion and perspective.

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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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    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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    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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