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How do you fight despair and learn to meet the world with a loving heart? How do you overcome shame? Stay faithful in spite of failure? No matter where people live or what their circumstances may be, everyone needs boundless, restorative love. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart amply demonstrates the impact unconditional love can have on your life.

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 twenty 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 could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JCPenney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. In each chapter we benefit from Boyle’s wonderful, hard-earned wisdom. Inspired by faith but applicable to anyone trying to be good, these personal, unflinching stories are full of surprising revelations and observations of the community in which Boyle works and of the many lives he has helped save.

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.

About the Author

Father Gregory Boyle was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1982. He received his Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology; and a Sacred Theology Masters degree from the Jesuit School of Theology. In 1988, Father Boyle began what would become Homeboy Industries, now located in downtown Los Angeles. Fr. Greg received the California Peace Prize, the “Humanitarian of the Year” Award from Bon AppÉtit; the Caring Institute’s 2007 Most Caring People Award; and received the 2008 Civic Medal of Honor from the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. 

Since 1986, Father Gregory has been the pastor of Dolores Mission in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The church sits between two large public housing projects, Pico Gardens and Aliso Village, known for decades as the gang capital of the world. There are 1,100 gangs encompassing 86,000 members in Los Angeles, and Boyle Heights has the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in the city. Since Father Greg—also known affectionately as G-dog, started Homeboy Industries nearly twenty years ago, it has served members of more than half of the gangs in Los Angeles. In Homeboy Industries’ various businesses—baking, silkscreening, landscaping—gang affiliations are left outside as young people work together, side by side, learning the mutual respect that comes from building something together.

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Gale Trachtenberg, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by Gale Trachtenberg)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I learned alot about compassion, acceptance, hope and perseverance.
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JeanAlice, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by JeanAlice)
When I heard the author speak, I knew I had to read his book. There is a surprise a minute with Father Boyle's poignant stories of his encounters with swaggering young members who may suddenly reveal a childlike longing for a father or a stable home. He jokes and praises to counter the lack of self-worth of boys and girls who have never had good adults to model how to live. And too often his heart is broken when he sees "kids I love killing kids I love."

The hilarious "homie-isms" are little jewels among the tragedies and the day-by-day success stories that come with learning a trade and growing in confidence. Even so,a young man or woman on this path may be cut down, either by mistake or by an old enemy.

Father Boyle's language, sometimes crude to match the homies' speech, was unexpected. But it is not offensive in the context of his world. In contrast, there are beautiful, inspiring
messages of hope and love from authors of different religions who share a belief in the goodness of
humans.

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Deanna Lamb, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Deanna Lamb)
This is a book that lifted me up during a very dark and lonely part of the year. It lives up to the praise from Terry Gross given in Father Boyle's interview on Fresh Air.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439153024
Author:
Boyle, Gregory
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Boyle, Greg
Subject:
Christian Life - Spiritual Growth
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
Church work
Subject:
Christianity-Spiritual Growth
Subject:
Father Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart, kinship, redemption, pastor, activist, speaker, Homeboy Industries, gang-intervention, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, gang capital of the world, ghetto, faith, inspiration, prison, god, religion, California Peace P
Subject:
Father Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart, kinship, redemption, pastor, activist, speaker, Homeboy Industries, gang-intervention, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, gang capital of the world, ghetto, faith, inspiration, prison, god, religion, California Peace P
Subject:
Father Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart, kinship, redemption, pastor, activist, speaker, Homeboy Industries, gang-intervention, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, gang capital of the world, ghetto, faith, inspiration, prison, god, religion, California Peace P
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 11.655 oz

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