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)
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!!
I read Tattoos on the Heart first, then listened to Father Gregory Boyle's narration in this audio book. The content of the book was excellent, but the stories come to life when he reads it. I find myself listening to it again and again because it inspires me. Normally when authors read their own books, I find myself wondering if they should have had an actor do it, but not this time. No one could read it like Father Boyle himself. This is, I think, the best audio book I've ever heard.
This book really is well told by Father Boyle with all the street lingo I know from the streets. One of the most beautiful things Father Boyle does in telling the story is to show that they are not just cholos, criminals, druggies, or killers but humans with hearts that feel and hurt too.
I have never experienced so many emotions as I have today while listening to this book. One moment I would find myself laughing aloud in my office, the next wiping a tear slowly roll down my face. The spirit of this book inspires me to do more and to be compassionate to all I encounter. G beautifully writes and narrates the stories of the homies he has encountered along the way. I truly am moved and in love with this book. I would listen to it again and again and am definitely sharing it with friends and family.
"We are all one." Saying those words can just roll like water off a duck's back. Read or listen to Greg Boyle share his stories and you know the truth of those words all the way down to the marrow of your bones. I know I will listen again because these stories are alive with what we all need: unconditional love.
The narrator made me feel like I was there with him throughout the story. This story has deepened my faith in God and human beings. It has made me want to be a better person.
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