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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster; unknown edition (February 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439153159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439153154
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality.”

—"The Los Angeles Times

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"Incandescent, always hope-filled and often hilarious. Boyle somehow maintains an exuberant voice that celebrates the strength, compassion and humanity of people often demonized. He simply highlights charity and goodness wherever they are found. Boyle intersperses his narratives about gang members and his work with them with theological and spiritual reflections from a variety of theologians, poets and other writers. By introducing book-buying, highly educated readers to people we may never otherwise encounter, Boyle aspires to "broaden the parameters of our kinship.'"--"The Christian Century"

"Father Boyle reminds us all that every single child and youth is a part of God's 'jurisdiction'--and when they know that we are seeing them as God does, they are capable of great things. Father Boyle is a national treasure."

--MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN, PRESIDENT, CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND

"A spiritual masterpiece touching the innermost sanctum of the human soul. Boyle approaches each person as a child of God and fully deserving of love and compassion. His capacity to reach the heart of the most hardened, and to see the best in everyone, inspires. I laughed, wept, and underlined on virtually every page."

--KERRY KENNEDY, FOUNDER OF THE RFK CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

"One of the bravest, most humane, heartbreaking, brilliant, and hopeful stories I've read in ages. Father Greg, the Gandhi of the Gangs, fills Tattoos with unquenchable soul force and down-to-earth love." --JACK KORNFIELD, AUTHOR OF A PATH WITH HEART

"Tattoos on the Heart is an astounding book and a remarkable testament. No one brings more triumph and tragedy to the street gang story than Greg Boyle. No one brings more conviction and compassion than Greg Boyle. And no one writes the gang story more beautifully."

--MALCOLM KLEIN, PROFESSOR EMERITUS, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

"Sometimes we are allowed to see in our own lifetimes what we were supposed to see in the life and ministry of Jesus. Read, and let your life be changed!"

--FATHER RICHARD ROHR, O.F.M., CENTER FOR ACTION AND CONTEMPLATION, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

"Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality."

--"The Los Angeles Times

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"An astonishing book . . . about suffering and dignity, death and resurrection, one of my favorite books in years. It is lovely and tough and tender beyond my ability to describe and left me in tears of both sorrow and laughter."--ANNE LAMOTT, AUTHOR OF GRACE (EVENTUALLY)

"Tattoos on the Heart is an honest, raw, and compelling collection from Father Greg Boyle's life and work with gang-involved youth. His commitment should teach us all a lesson in compromise, sharing, learning, loving, and, most important, living life to the fullest." --ANJELICA HUSTON

"An extraordinary reflection of a life totally committed to reshaping and redirecting the lives of countless young gang members (from L.A.'s gang culture), Greg Boyle's Tattoos on the Heart proves one man with courage is a majority." --MARTIN SHEEN

"Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality."

--"The Los Angeles Times

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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.

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I have read thousands of books in my life, including hundreds of spiritual books, and this is right up there with the best. I thought it was going to be a compilation of interesting stories, but it is much more than that. It is a book that operates on many levels. It is story, it is poetry, it is contemplation, and it contains the deepest and yet most practical of wisdom. It is a book that changes perspectives and in this process you will both laugh and cry.

The primary teaching of the spiritual path I've been on for the last 25 years is that God dwells within us, as us. This is not news to Father Greg Boyle. Not only does he see the divine in all, he somehow manages to serve within the heartbreaking reality of people he loves killing other people he loves. And in the midst of this, his heart is still able to expand instead of contracting. He is the rarest of human beings and I am in awe of his gift and the sheer heart and beauty of this book. It is certainly a book to gift to others. No one who reads it, can look at the people pulled into this lifestyle in quite the same way again.
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Excellent book (I have since bought 5 more as gifts) with a very good discussion of the divine. My uncle, a former Catholic priest who has a PhD in Education told me after reading the book "I don't think there is a book I know of that describes more eloquently for me the God I try and believe in and especially where to find him."
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This book is intensely powerful and fresh! After listening to it twice, I have bought copies for Christian and agnostic friends alike. The audio version is a must, since Father Gregory Boyle is among the best storytellers/homilists I have ever heard. You will not be disappointed!
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Greg Boyle's book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. I am not catholic and have never met a gang member in my life. I was not interested in reading this book. But it changed my life. This is a book that opens your heart reminds you of what it means to be truly human.
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This peek into the lifework of Gregory Boyle provides honest and honorable insight, and a challenge to sift through personal or faith-based belief systems through story after story about changed lives - theirs, yours and mine as we shift our lenses from judgment. But it's also so much more than that - you'll find G's words resonating in the depth of your own being and circumstances, no matter what they are.
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I found the book both poignant and helpful to glimpse the life of someone so dedicated to serving the youth gangs of L.A. The author's sense of humor in such tragic circumstances, his commitment to expressing God's love in all his dealings, is both heart searching and heart warming. And through it all he is 'no push-over".
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Sincere and powerful. A book of parables that you will return to for inspiration. Great story of hard work combined with strong faith. Boyle is a driving force for good in bad places.
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