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Tattoos on the Heart Audiobook

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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.
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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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    movielover 05-05-15
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    "To be read and re-read! "

    One of my favorite books in years!!! So touching, real, authentic and inspiring. TOTALLY RECOMMEND!!!
    You should download it NOW!

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    Debie 05-02-15
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    "Exceptional! Full of passion & compassion!!!"

    Excellent true account of the invisible people. Thank you for such an eye opening book that has moved me to action!

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    jwcos 04-28-15
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    Great book and wonderful narration!
    Thank you, G for writing this book!
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    Touching, heart wrenching and eye opening
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    James 04-27-15
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    "Awesome"

    Good book, I would totally recommend it to. Gives you a different way to think about why kids join gangs.

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    Ronald D. 04-27-15
    Ronald D. 04-27-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Perhaps the most important book I have read"
    Would you listen to Tattoos on the Heart again? Why?

    I have already listened to it twice and would listen to it again. The book deals with the financially poor, but is relevant for the poor of spirit.


    What about Gregory Boyle’s performance did you like?

    Very down to earth and basically human.


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    I love this book. There is a message for all of us.

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    Roger 04-23-15
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    This is one of the best books available on Audible! I loved this book so much that I have bought copies for all my friends and family. Tattoos on the Heart will make you laugh, cry and everything in between. I am so grateful to Father Boyle for writing this book. We all have our prejudices and people that we see as less important. This book makes you pause and consider that those nameless people might live lives that are just as important as ours. The Wisdom that is revealed in these pages rivals anything written in any religeous tradition.

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    Jeff 04-16-15
    Jeff 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Life changing"

    Authentically read by the man who lived the stories, Tattoos on the heart provides a view from God's perspective on the meaning and meaninglessness of life.

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    Charlie Greensboro, New Caledonia 04-13-15
    Charlie Greensboro, New Caledonia 04-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "An encounter with grit & God"

    My wife and I work in the inner city but not nearly as rough as East LA. We found this book to be encouraging and enlightening and full of wonder.

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    Carlos Reynoso San Jose, CA 04-01-15
    Carlos Reynoso San Jose, CA 04-01-15

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    "Wonderful book"

    So much more than I expected. It had me laughing and crying. We need more people like "G" in the world to help those that want to better their life

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    Andrea Orion, MI, United States 03-28-15
    Andrea Orion, MI, United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing book"

    This book was amazing. The priest was inspiring and so was his narration. It opened my eyes to the life of gang members. It wasn't very "religious" but still inspiring.

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