Tattoos of the Heart

Tattoos of the Heart

by Gregory Boyle

Overview: “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. Winner of the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction

Cindy Overton (02/08/15): Father Greg is making a difference in the gangs of LA. His ministry to rescue gang members one by one, is told in this book. I like him...a lot. This is the only place where I've met individual gang members and can begin to understand the attraction and purpose of being a member. This is the story of one man, now with the help of many, making a difference.
Rating: *****

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