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 would absolutely recommend this book. It was a reminder to me that until you have walked in another person's shoes, you cannot know them. What a great story teller, and the fact that the author narrated his own book was brilliant.
Fr. Boyle could see the true essence of these young men and women even in their brokenness. Narrating his book allows the listener to feel the depth of his words. A whole new humanity was opened up to me.
A friend suggested this book. I'm glad she did.
I had the privilege to meet Father Greg Boyle on a service trip with my church in college, and I can't speak highly enough of him and the homies he works with. The book humanizes the gang members and reminds the reader that all people deserve love and respect, and anyone can change their life. I highly recommend touring Homeboy Industries if you enjoy the book and ever find yourself in LA. It's even more inspirational meeting the homies and listening to their stories. Wonderful, wonderful work is being done there.
I thought it would be religion religion religion, with God-Talk in a way I find unappealing, but it could not be farther from that. Though his faith must be profound, he talks simply about a way to treat others and how to look at ourselves and encourages the reader/listener to examine our perceptions and actions that I appreciated profoundly. Without a doubt also, he is a good story teller and has rich material with which to tell his story. I will definitely be listening to this again.
I'm crying as I write this. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book sharing your heart
An ironically beautiful account of everyday life with inner city gang members and the importance of redemption. Though often mired in tragedy and loss, this well written aptly told memoir will have you crying tears of joy and gladness! Deeply woven in every tale is a story about all of us and our need to be loved and accepted. Thank you Fr. Boyle, you have tattooed my heart.❤️
Loved this book. I think reading it has made me a better person! I have always thought of myself as s compassionate person, but now I think I have a way to go before I can truly be as compassionate, empathetic and sympathetic as I have always thought I was! I would love to meet Father G!
This book ranks my highest 10.
So many memorable moments mostly of the challenges Gregory faces and comes about it with love to these young people.
fantastic and spell bounding
Love Has No Barriers
I am going to listen to this one again and again!!
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