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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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Suzanne Oxford, May 1, 2014 (view all comments by Suzanne Oxford)
This book was well worth reading. Father G, as he is affectionately known by the gang members, could be compared to Mother Teresa or Ghandi. He has devoted his life to helping the poor, who turn out to be homies from many different gangs who mainly live in the housing projects of Boyle Heights. He is the founder of Homeboy Industries which provides jobs for gang members who want to change. They must be willing to make the change, removing their tattoos, refraining from their former gang banging, etc.

This is such an inspirational Christian book. The message here is love and compassion. Father Gregg preaches a message that God loves you no matter what. He is totally involved in helping these young homies. When they are shot, he races to the hospitals, if they die, he performs the ceremony at the funerals. He even takes one young man to JC Penney's when he needs clothing.

I highly recommend reading this book. It is full of humor, laughs, but also very sad and will make you cry. Father G is truly remarkable. Do not miss this one.
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malibusu, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by malibusu)
This book inspires hope. I laughed or cried on every other page.
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Sister Wren, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Sister Wren)
Greg Boyle writes with awesome compassion about members of Latino street gangs and how compassion and love transform lives. His stories often made me laugh, but I kept a handkerchief close by for the whole read.
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Jolly woman, August 2, 2012 (view all comments by Jolly woman)
In this era of continuous homage to survival of the fittest and rugged individualism it is inspiring--breathe deeply-- to read about the power of compassion and community. Is love stronger than fear, hate or apathy? Read for yourself. Tattoos on the Heart: the Power of Boundless Compassion is a collection of non-fiction snapshots of lives of gang members in Los Angeles who choose to move into the power of compassion and are loved into new community. These are not fluffy sweet stories of conversion and happily ever after. These are about people who are by turns hilarious, tenacious, frustrating, scary and inspiring, and about the strength of compassion to make a way where there was no way. With sweat, ferocity, laughter, faith, the beloved community that Dr. King helped to build continues to be forged in L.A. from gang rivals, church ladies, and every day people. The boundless compassion of God is accessible and strong. Tired of envisioning dystopias? Read about a part of our real world that is increasingly powered and transformed by compassion.
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lila hope, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by lila hope)
whatever the question, compassion is the answer. Father Greg Boyle beautifully shows how living by this rule opens hearts, even the most defended ones.
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ISBN:
9781439153154
Author:
Boyle, Gregory
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
ry Boyle
Author:
Grego
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Sociology - General
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
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
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110231
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , “Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” ( Los Angeles Times )— Tattoos on the Heart is a series of parables about kinship and redemption from pastor, activist, and renowned speaker, Father Gregory Boyle—now in paperback.

For twenty years, Father Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles—also known as the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he has distilled his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.

From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JC Penney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Pipi we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Lulu we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the dark—as Father Boyle phrases it, we can only shine a flashlight on a light switch in a darkened room.

This is a motivating look at how to stay faithful in spite of failure, how to meet the world with a loving heart, and how to conquer shame with boundless, restorative love.

"Synopsis" by , For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith. 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 gentle, hard-earned wisdom.

These essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart reminds us that no life is less valuable than another.

 

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