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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion | [Gregory Boyle]

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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    Joan Dombrowski 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So good"

    I loved listening to the author tell me all these stories. It is laugh-out-loud funny. It is heart wrenching. It is intriguing, thought provoking. I highly recommend this audio book.

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    Connecticut Grandmother 02-22-15
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    "Inspirational and Uplifting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tattoos on the Heart to be better than the print version?

    The fact that this book is read by the author gives it an even greater impact. I am so glad that I listed to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author has to be my answer, but God and "the Homies" are right up there.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many, always involving the young gang members going on a trip with "G".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a book I was comfortable putting down...it is not an "how will it end" attention grabber. I always looked forward to picking it up again.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. You do not have to be a Catholic, or religious, to find listening to the book almost a transformational experience. How I wish we had more Gregory Boyles on this planet.

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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 02-12-15
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 02-12-15 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "Heart-wrenching and heart-warming. Wonderful, sad."

    I listened to this probably 3 times. Gregory Boyle's interpretation of scripture and God's delight in us produces pure delight in the soul. I've taught many of these "home boys" he speaks of and these stories resonate with me. The philosophy he shares with these "homilies" is helping me to deal with my own grief at the loss of a sister. How does such a sad series of tales help to make one's heart cheerful and full of hope? That is Fr. Boyle's "hey G!" gift to us, as he is truly one of God's gifts to the world. May his acceptance of every man resonate in my heart forever.

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    Rebecca Burgess 02-01-15
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    "Wonderful insights and heart warming stories."

    Opened my heart to kids I don't know and would probably fear initially. This book is extremely inspiring and makes me want to spend more time with the people often left behind in our society. Thanks to the author for his work and for sharing it with others.

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    Lori Pham Las Vegas, NV 01-31-15
    Lori Pham Las Vegas, NV 01-31-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Wow! Break my heart wide open!"

    Wonderful in every way. I couldn't stop listening to Tattoos on the Heart. Laughter, tears, laughter, tears. One story after another of the beauty of compassion and each no less powerful and touching than the one proceeding. Thank you, thank you, thank you Gregory Boyle for sharing these incredible stories and imparting your inspiring faith.

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    Taylor 01-30-15
    Taylor 01-30-15 Member Since 2010
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    "touching and thought provoking"

    Jesus taught us to live among and love the dirty, the poor, the downtrodden. Gregory Boyle took that love to the streets in this sometimes heartwrenching and sometimes hilarious memoir.

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    Dave Anthold Porter Ranch, CA, United States 01-30-15
    Dave Anthold Porter Ranch, CA, United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hope is Delivered in the Midst of Turf Wars"

    Tattoos on the Heart will make you laugh and cry and sometimes at the same time. The principles wrapped in the story of love for those society thinks are unlovable is extraordinary.

    If you allow it, this book will guide you to an understanding of Christ, a love for those who are hurting and challenge you to deal with your own thoughts and feelings on the subject.

    The author conveys the struggles and victories and invites you to share in this mission. This book is a must read for anyone.

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    Deborah Ham Lake, MN, United States 01-18-15
    Deborah Ham Lake, MN, United States 01-18-15
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    "Makes you think"

    It was very interesting to listen to this book and the take of someone who works year after year with gang members. His point of view of compassion and unconditional love was challenging for me but it gave me lots of food for thought and a different way to think about "those people" such as gang members in a different light, and also how God views all of us.

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    Cheryl CRESTVIEW, FL, United States 01-17-15
    Cheryl CRESTVIEW, FL, United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "POWERFUL"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tattoos on the Heart to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version but I was say it had to be since it was narrated by the author. I had to look him up on Google so I could but a face with the voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tattoos on the Heart?

    When G and the Home Boys went to Washington. This book made me laugh out loud and cry without ceasing at times.


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

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I had to drag myself out of my car after I reached my destination.


    Any additional comments?

    Is this book doesn't move you, you need to go have your heart checked out. This book is now on my top three list of all time favorites. Non-fiction can move me like no fiction book can.

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    Robert 01-08-15
    Robert 01-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "This book is like a great song"

    Life affirming, with humor, heartbreak and stories that compelled me to hit rewind

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