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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can honestly say that outside of the Bible, the stories within this book have been the most powerful and moving stories I have ever heard. Can't recommend this highly enough, especially the audio book version being read by the author.
engaging stories that will hold the listener captive. for the first time ever I understand the difference b/t sympathy, empathy, & compassion. I also truly recognize the vital importance of church. Thank You to each of the characters in this book for sharing their light with me.
Our pastor had mentioned this book on several occasions over the years. I purchased the audible version so I could listen to it while on two training runs. Never have I cried or laughed or been so broken and moved...while running. Father Boyle, thank you for the narratives and for your inspiration toward downward mobility!
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