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Tattoos on the Heart Audiobook

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer 12-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tattoos on the heart is a wonderful story of the goodness in which God created us."

    This amazing book touched my heart deeply. Greg Boyle told the story with so much warmth and compassion. One of the best books I have read this year.

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    in the country 12-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing love"

    When hearts and eyes see the unlovely with created worth....all is changed. It's harsh realities make the reading difficult but very necessary.

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    "It's possible that I've never read a better book"

    Encapsulates Christian love the way it really is
    What a beautiful testimony
    Appealing on many levels
    Humble and not preachy
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    Amy 11-11-16
    Amy 11-11-16

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    "Awesome"

    I've never met a gang member. I live in Minneapolis, rent a bungalow, have a job, and though age 53 continue to live check to check. My faith is small but the tiny bit I have was touched by G's stories. He mentions a part that some gang members live waiting to die. This is the best statement to describe me. I'm not depressed. I'm just not impressed with living. Even after going through chemo and radiation to treat cancer - done solely for the benefit of my 2 adult children - I wished to pass this life to enter what I hope is relief from living. After listening to these stories, I know now this dread of living may not be as abnormal or unusual as I believed. There is some twisted comfort in that. Perhaps the kinship G speaks of in the last chapter. This book will stay on my open list of books so that the love I felt in G's voice can continue to work in my life, my heart, and that tiny bit of faith I do have. To all the boys and men served by this ministry I will carry you all in my thoughts each day. I feel your hopelessness but maybe we can carry that together and with a tiny faith we find hope. Bless all the mothers of homeboys. The pain and heartbreak is surely overwhelming. As a mother of a hard core meth addict who finally after 15 years has strung together 3 years recovery, I have seen a miracle and pray all the mothers will too. Thank you G for touching my listless heart. Amy

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    Donna 11-08-16
    Donna 11-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "heartwarming and real"
    What made the experience of listening to Tattoos on the Heart the most enjoyable?

    Every story breaks your heart, every story exudes loving compassion


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gee


    Which character – as performed by Gregory Boyle – was your favorite?

    GEE- the priest who narrates his stories


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How one man made turned hundreds of dead end gangbangers into responsible citizens


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    EmmaLeeann 11-04-16
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    "Big Love for Father Greg"
    What did you love best about Tattoos on the Heart?

    I love Father G's stories and his open hearted way of telling them, free of judgment and free of cynicism.


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    "There are no throw away people."

    Well narrated and inspiring. Rough language in places as part of the events. We should all be so selfless as to work toward the restoration of those who fall prey to circumstances of the culture in which they are raised.

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    sojo 10-30-16
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    "amazing"

    This book - and the reading of it by the author - was gut wrenching, eye opening, and life changing. I went from tears to laughter and back to tears listening to his stories of gang members and the tattoos they have left on his heart and the heart of the world. I love the relevant themes of shame and kinship. I will probably listen again and possibly purchase a hard copy.

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    Summer Widhalm 10-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Remarkable"

    I ordered this book because I had heard an interview with Greg Boyle on NPR. I was not prepared for how much it would move me...to laughter, to tears, to a deep need to listen to one more chapter. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The power of boundless compassion...may the ripples spread out from this powerful story and resound throughout this world.

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    Amber W 10-20-16
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    "Wow!"

    This was an incredibly moving/encouraging book. I actually listened to it two times back to back as I felt I didn't truly absorb all the wisdom and truths that Father Boyle shared the first time through. Narration was great as well. I would recommend this book to anyone - it will touch your heart deeply.

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    "Should be compulsory reading in schools"

    I'm blown away by the the incredible compassion of this man. His love and compassion offers more sense than all the over complicated, jargon ridden 'experts' - because they leave out compassion. Whether you believe in God or not, Gregory Boyle's way is the only way to evolve the human condition - so that all lives are valued equally, instead of being selective and judgemental about who's deserving and who's not.

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    "Truly wonderful"

    I believe that rather than speaking on God's behalf, God is speaking through Greg Boyle

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  • Mrs. L. Gerrard-Longworth
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    3/2/15
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    "Awesome, thoughtfully crafted, humbling."

    Read it, listen to it... Let this book in.
    I listened to it on my commute - what a great companion! Sad to finish it. 😊

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  • mark
    1/24/15
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    "best audio book I have listened too"
    What did you like most about Tattoos on the Heart?

    Enjoyed the stories faith and love in action


    What did you like best about this story?

    Moved me and challenged me


    Have you listened to any of Gregory Boyle’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Heartfelt and enjoyable to listen too


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The compassion of God


    Any additional comments?

    Best audio book I have listened too

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