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)
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.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about love and compassion. it will open you to your own inability to love and be loved while inspiring you to keep trying.
Simply a wonderful book beautifully narrated by the author. I didn't know what to expect - would it be cheesy? Would I be able to get into the subject? Etc etc In the end it was a wonderful uplifting and deeply moving collection of stories related to the personal experiences of this amazing man.
Each story contained humour, sadness and a deep message that can apply to everyone and anyone. I found myself listening to bits again and was regularly moved to tears. I rarely recommend audio books but I can't recommend this highly enough. Simply beautiful!
A middle aged surfer dude who travels a lot, lives in SoCal and likes to read only good stuff.
This book takes you into a place you never wanted to go, and makes you want to stay there. It makes you want to raise the influence you have in your own life. So well written, heart felt and entertaining, I will read it again and recommend it to my family and friends. I wish there were more Greg Boyles (or G-dogs) in the world!
Beyond powerful this book takes the humanity of a people disempowered and puts them in front of your face showing you all of their beauty and rawness. Leaving you with no option but to accept the reality, which has always been; these young men and women, like all the other people, are your family sisters and brothers. This book is a look into America with red eyes. This is honesty in prose
"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.
"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. 😊
"best audio book I have listened too"
Enjoyed the stories faith and love in action
Moved me and challenged me
Heartfelt and enjoyable to listen too
The compassion of God
Best audio book I have listened too
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