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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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    Chuck B. 04-21-17
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    "The Incredible Impact of Compassion"

    An amazing book, powerfully delivered by the author, of the way Christian compassion can change lives. Beautiful in every way!

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    Robert N. Driscoll Highland Park, NJ USA 03-28-17
    Robert N. Driscoll Highland Park, NJ USA 03-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic book. Uplifting and Spiritual."

    Father Greg Boyle's remarkable stories of his ministries in South Central are inspirational and great meditation on what it means to serve and be human.

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    Zach 03-24-17
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    "Opens your heart"

    This book was recommended to me by a man I greatly respect and I greatly respect him more after finishing it. Through use of humor and sobering stories, father Boyle helps us see the world with new eyes. Highly recommended!

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    Regina 03-23-17
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    "A book about being human"

    This series of stories touched my heart in unspeakable ways. It gets to the core of who we are and who we want to be. It recognizes the deep wounds in all of us and the desire to be seen and loved. This book is about gang member rehabilitation but even more so, it's about reconnecting with other people.

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    Kim I 03-23-17
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    "Amazing book! Greg Boyle is an angel!!"

    Loved this book! Hated that it had to end. Highly recommend to all. 5 stars!

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    Lauren 03-22-17
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    "More than words"

    This is a MUST READ for every person. This book contains nothing but honesty, integrity, and hope for anyone who longs to see God's hand at work within the world. Father Greg is a man after God's own heart. I am so thankful to have read this book.

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    "Outstanding!!!"

    It was such a pleasure to read a book that was filled to capacity with humanity, compassion and insight. But at the same time it was enjoyable to listen to because of its humor, the depth of its characters and the authors genius ability to tell a story. This book highlights the missing element in the world today. The depth of compassion that is necessary and the truth of what it looks like to be a Jesus Follower is largely missing from our world. We have missed the part about holding hands and have reduced it to what has become in our culture what you might call a "handout" that we give then reach out and pat ourselves on the back for. being so generous. We say we do what we can to help "them", the outsider the marginalized, but the truth is that we need to join "them" until "them" becomes "us."

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    "a challenge to love"

    as a christian I'm torn and humbled. ultimately I'm unsure if God wants us to love unconditionally. a powerful thought provoking read.

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    Beth Murphy 03-11-17
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    "An absolute "must read"; whether Dem or Rep"

    This is, by far, one of the best books I have ever read and gave me a whole new perspective on what God sees when He looks at the humanity of gang members. If this doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then you better check to see if you have a pulse.

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    "We are all human beings who share a soul."

    Listening to Fr Greg share so many homie stories... praying for 2nd or 200th chances for these kids caught in such a spiral. My heart cannot help but ache at what they endure and how they see their world. Where does it end and how do we finally get to where we See everyone and recognize not only God, but ourselves in them. Blessed to have been able to hear G's voice telling his own experiences.

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