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)
As an atheist I found myself enjoying this book about god and love. Gregory Boyle shows how simple our basic needs are and how when these are meet they can foster change. Boyle believes in his Homies more than they believe in themselves and this is their key to their change!
The book talks about God, but truly shows how connecting with others is the essence!
Boyle himself is a character!Funny, loving and a heart full of hood compassion
I really loved it.
I was hesitant to listen but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I could identify with references in the book. I found myself laughing out loud and at times my heart swelled in me at the senseless killings. I was moved at the references to true Christianity in action. Forgiveness and compassion. G gave so much of himself to the cause to help to save even the ones thatt didn't want to be saved. I was truly moved with true compassion listening to this book. It also cautioned me not to judge or jump to conclusions without practicing compassion. Very good work!!!!
Authentic Christianity modeled.
A breathe of fresh air.
The fact that the author narrated his story made it more believable. I might have doubted the sincerity if I had not heard him say it himself.
Many touching moments.
"And the soul feels it's worth". Thank you.
AND I LOVED IT. Loved it. Moving, funny, real. Puts a lot of things in perspective in my own life and has challenged me.
I am not a religious person and that is what caused me to stop listening the first time. In fact, getting past myself and my preconceived ideas was what was necessary to open my heart. In the end that is the theme of the book - being able to hear someone else's story with compassion.
Worth the time. It will make you laugh and cry.
My heart melted over and over again at each of Father Greg's anecdotes. What a compassionate, gifted, and blessed man. A wonderfull delight!
People who enjoy Eckhart Toley and Teilhard de Chardin will enjoy such paradoxical statements as "God is bigger than God". The author calls himself a pastor but really he's a Jesuit priest whose theology is very frustrating. If the stories of his interactions with the people was the only content, this book would be 4 stars. If only.
Only include the author's touching stories and eliminate his new age Oprah Winfrey theology.
The author tells his own story well and can touch your emotions. He speaks articulately and clearly.
The true accounts of the author's interactions with gang members are very redeeming.
I cannot recommend this book which is a shame. The author has a great story to tell, if only it wasn't bookended by comments about his new age theology.
This book is very beautiful. So heartfelt and compassionate. Funny stories. I hope Gregory Boyle will write many more.
HI!!!!!! I love to read!!!
Oh absolutely! I listen to a lot of books but I always listen to the sample first because I want to hear the narrator, which in this case is the author. It starts out strange sounding in the very beginning...do not be swayed. Gregory Boyle's voice will be in my mind for days, maybe weeks to come!
There were so many, but Feli...OMG I was laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face. His honesty and innocence is so refreshing...you just can't believe he was a gang banger. This really goes for so many of the characters, as sad as the stories are, the kids have a way of talking that just makes you laugh out loud, very loud!
This is my first experience with Gregory Boyle but it will not be my last! I was riveted, the book was about 6 hrs long and I did not move!!! I could not believe he is Irish Catholic because his Spanish is so beautiful, he is so beautiful!
Yes, I only moved to get coffee but I took my Kindle with me! I will listen to this again, I grabbed my journal and could not write fast enough. Kinship, I can't wait to read what I wrote. I have never been so touched by a book in my life and I read constantly.
I have never felt love for Jesus the way I did listening to this book. I am not a crier but I cried and cried. Happy tears and tears of such deep sorrow, I am an extremely compassionate person but I have been brought to new heights spiritually and just want to hug all the characters, unfortunately that is not possible now, but I have prayed for all of them and especially for Gregory...I thank him from the bottom of my heart. I want everyone to listen to this. My soul feels it's worth!!!
I will listen to this book many times as it is an powerful and poetic reminder of all that matters and the resilience of the human spirit.
The brutality, humor, beauty and humility in a reality some of us would rather not see or recognize as part of the world we are all connected to.
His performance was moving, genuine and astonishing.
I was moved by Boyle's courage and the courage of all those he offered to us in this book.
I would not normally read a book like this but chose to listen to it. Something in the description caught my attention and made me take a chance. I'm not drawn to non-fiction steeped in constant dramatic hardship with no hope in sight. But out of the ashes and in the here and now, is this amazing story that moved me so much I was surprised by me.
I like to think and I like to laugh.
This is such a story of compassion for a group of society that most people think have no worth. Even a bigger part of the story is the fact that most of the characters in the book have no value in themselves. The fact that the author read his own story and is such a good story teller just makes it all that more special. Would recommend this book to all.
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