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)
It's the best book that addresses gangs, Without making it about gangs. I listened to the book twice, the best so far.
of all time. I read it twice, listened to it twice and have bought it for everyone I know. Powerfully written and read with great humor and love, I was laughing and crying throughout. It is at once uplifting, heartbreaking, hilarious, and inspiring.
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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.
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.
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.
Fr. Greg reading his eloquent life experiences. He explains how all of us just want to be loved.
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.
Taking the stigma surrounding gangs, prisoners and people different than what I am used to in my life experience.
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.
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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