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)
I couldn't put it down. Greg Boyle's deep view of Gods love and compassion for everyone is so unique and freeing that I will certainly listen to this book often. He challenges our lowly view of our self worth with Gods overwhelming delight. So interesting you will have a hard time turning it off.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
This is a book about Love and a Priest who swear&dont convert. Love converts&iluminates. Amazing!
This text provides a unique insight into the heart of gang life. The why and the how these kids choose to take this path. But most importantly, Father Boyle shows us a glimpse of the humanity behind everyone of the gang members that he engages. He reminds us that none of us, despite the flaws that we each have, is any less valuable as a human being in God's eyes.
Father Boyle takes great delight in weaving his words to tell great stories throughout the book. I laughed out loud and cried quietly in every chapter. In that sense, the book achieved what they should. It makes a deep connection with the emotions of the reader.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about a man's journey among those most of us choose to judge at a distance. His book breaks down walls between our seemingly distant worlds and reminds us of our humanity.
I would absolutely recommend this book. It was a reminder to me that until you have walked in another person's shoes, you cannot know them. What a great story teller, and the fact that the author narrated his own book was brilliant.
Fr. Boyle could see the true essence of these young men and women even in their brokenness. Narrating his book allows the listener to feel the depth of his words. A whole new humanity was opened up to me.
A friend suggested this book. I'm glad she did.
I had the privilege to meet Father Greg Boyle on a service trip with my church in college, and I can't speak highly enough of him and the homies he works with. The book humanizes the gang members and reminds the reader that all people deserve love and respect, and anyone can change their life. I highly recommend touring Homeboy Industries if you enjoy the book and ever find yourself in LA. It's even more inspirational meeting the homies and listening to their stories. Wonderful, wonderful work is being done there.
I thought it would be religion religion religion, with God-Talk in a way I find unappealing, but it could not be farther from that. Though his faith must be profound, he talks simply about a way to treat others and how to look at ourselves and encourages the reader/listener to examine our perceptions and actions that I appreciated profoundly. Without a doubt also, he is a good story teller and has rich material with which to tell his story. I will definitely be listening to this again.
I'm crying as I write this. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book sharing your heart
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