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Tattoos on the Heart Audiobook

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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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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    brad United States 07-18-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Tattoos on the Heart the most enjoyable?

    This is an extraordinary book. Inspiring, funny, sad. Really makes you think about how you view people. Especially people who are struggling or considered "less". Highly highly recommended.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan WEST DES MOINES, IA, United States 10-27-11
    Bryan WEST DES MOINES, IA, United States 10-27-11
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    Father Boyle page after page pulled my heart out, then gave it back to me in pieces with the tools needed to put it back together. This book was life changing and has put me onto a path of compassion. I would suggest this book to any and everyone.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-18-14
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    "Real Life Parables for Today WWJD"

    Every Christian, alright every PERSON, needs to listen to Father Boyle's Tattoos on the Heart. Because he has absolutely NAILED IT DOWN. One day at a time, one person at a time, he is loving people, accepting people, walking through the valley with people. Only by the grace of God, were you or I NOT born to a mother in the ghetto, into a gang ridden neighborhood. And are we BETTER than those who are born there??? NO, NO, NO . . . In so many ways we are poorer and more pitiful. We cannot see the forest for the trees. The story of the young father who would go home and watch his young children eat supper, DELIGHTING in them, after having worked all day long, not touching any food for himself, until his wife and children had been satisfied, touched me so deeply. If then, there was any food left, he would eat, if not, he didn't, having FILLED HIMSELF up with delight. A former gang member, this young man, had found himself and found that he was worthy of being loved. We try to complicate the gospel of Jesus Christ, sometimes just to try to get out of having to DO SOMETHING, I think. When we do that, we are robbing others and robbing ourselves.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "A must read."

    As a retired police officer that worked with gang members for over 25 years this book gave me a different outlook on them.

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    It was amazing and is sure to be something I come back to over and over again, for it speaks to my faith and my humanity. I'm so glad it was read by Gregory Boyle that made it just astounding!

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    "Great book! Very inspirational"

    Wasn't sure about this book at first but it's definitely one of my favorites. Opens your eyes to inside the lives of people whom are usually looked upon in a negative way.

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    "This is One Tattoo You Will Never Wish to Remove"

    Several years ago I had the pleasure of hearing Father Gregory speak to a group of educators in a large urban school district in San Joaquin County where we have over 1,000 documented gangs. As our homicide rate continues to rise, I continue to pray for something like Homeboy Industries to come to San Joaquin County so the souls of these young people might feel their worth. "G's" incredibly touching stories have remained indelibly etched on my heart. This is one tattoo you will never wish to remove.

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    "My heart is filled with love!❤️"

    Father G, certainly love his children and I have a new found love for them as well. Thank you for sharing the lives of these young men and women. Father G you give them possibility and great hope for there future. Story's in this book about your children made me cry and laugh not at the same time, still the same thank you for all your hard work and your love that you have given over the course of your life. Father G you are most loving!!! Bless your Heart!❤️😘

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    "Hopeful and inspiring memoir tugs at the heart"

    I'm glad I listened to this book, rather than read it. Father Boyle does a wonderful job of telling his story, getting the accents and ages and dialects so "just right." He's a powerful artist on many levels and his voice is just one of his skills.

    The memoir is really a collection of anecdotes about the people he's encountered during his 20 years developing and running "Homeboy Industries" in a neighborhood in Los Angeles known as the "gang capital."

    His stories are a walk into a world many of us could not imagine is real but is, in fact, deadly so, endearingly so, dangerously so. But they also provide hope and humor while they break your heart. It's a wonderful gift Boyle has to be able to make the people he's encountered come very much alive and make us care about them. And if you don't laugh out loud and also find yourself tearing up at least once while you listen to this, you're made of stone.

    Recommend without hesitation.

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    Aaron 01-30-14
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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