Tattoos on the Heart

  • by Gregory Boyle
  • Narrated by Gregory Boyle
  • 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

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Should be compulsory reading in schools

I'm blown away by the the incredible compassion of this man. His love and compassion offers more sense than all the over complicated, jargon ridden 'experts' - because they leave out compassion. Whether you believe in God or not, Gregory Boyle's way is the only way to evolve the human condition - so that all lives are valued equally, instead of being selective and judgemental about who's deserving and who's not.
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- ian


Couldn't have been performed by anyone else. Passion, humility and raw honesty.
A game changer.
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- Redsue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2011
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books