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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (22 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439153159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439153154
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,305 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 Boylewas ordaineda Jesuit priest in 1982.Hereceived 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 Appetit"; the Caring Institute s 2007 Most Caring People Award; andreceived the 2008 Civic Medal of Honor from the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

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I bought this as I'm researching gang life and rehabilitation. On receiving the book, I realised that Boyle was a minister and American, I had a sinking feeling that it would be like a lot of terribly written, preachy Christian books.

How wrong I was, Boyle is so honest and humble with compassion that frankly would probably put most Christians, nay Jesus to shame. I think I cried through 95% of the book, precisely because he didn't ham up the tragic stories that fill the pages. I think his amazing honesty also comes from the gangs he works with, which is what makes it a beautiful rollercoaster of emotions. As a non-christian/religious person, I didn't find his references to the teachings of Jesus tiresome, in fact they were reflective and thought provoking. Moreover, Boyle seemed as likely to uses the words of Emily Dickinson, William Blake and Buddha as he is the bible.

Kudos to Boyle, Homeboy Industries, his belief in people that lets them believe in themselves, and the recurring idea of standing next to the people we demonize. This is a guy who practices what he preaches (and still thinks he doesn't do enough). What a story.
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I was a bit reluctant to read this book but it was highly recommended to me so I started it and was captured at once. It is a fantastic story about love and compassion, with lots of tragedy too. So well written, I laughed and cried so much. It really helped me gain a deeper understanding of gang problems in their basic human sense and to see that things aren't always what they seem. It was also full of hope, with Jesus all things are possible. I'm very glad I took the time to read it. I'll certainly recommend to others and read it again some day myself.
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In this book Fr. Boyle S.J., a Jesuit priest, recalls his experience working with gangs in Los Angeles County for more than two decades. He openly discusses ministering in jails and starting Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program that offers education, job training, tattoo removal, and employment. This memoir includes spiritual reflections and vignettes of those he ministered too.
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Thoroughly enjoyable. It is always good to read about people who are able to reach with compassion the mind=set of the disadvantaged and really enable them to reach their potential. Some memorable insights, such as "God created us because he thought we'd enjoy it." And "Delighting is what occupies God and God's hope is that we join in."
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An amazing collection of stories from his life experiences of gang culture and how God's love wins.

The results are not always as we want or expect but faith and love are both clearly demonstrated.

I recommend this as a MUST read.
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Excellent book. In fact, it kinda restored my faith in humanity. The author's conversational writing style makes this a quick and easy read despite the often brutal subject matter. Though I'm not at all religious, Father Boyle's brand of theology really spoke to me, as did his humility and compassion. I just wish I'd had tissues to hand when I started reading because I cried A LOT. I also laughed a lot, so it all balanced out.
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This isn't a page tuner, not the type of book I usually enjoy.
You have to listen to it as it is read by the Author who has to be the most inspirational man ever. I cannot help thinking something would be lost without him narrating. The language is bad but real. It made me laugh out load and then cry minutes later. It taught me how to be more patient, which isn't something I am naturally blessed with.
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The book is an amazing collection of wonderful stories of successful work with gangs in Los Angeles. Couldn't leave it down and read it from cover to cover immediately it arrived.
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