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Tatuajes en el corazon: El poder de la compasión sin límite

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  4,966 ratings  ·  928 reviews
¿Cómo luchar contra la desesperanza e interactuar con el mundo con un corazón bondadoso? ¿Cómo superar la vergüenza y tener fe a pesar del fracaso? Sin importar en dónde vivamos o cuáles sean nuestras circunstancias, todos necesitamos un amor ilimitado y restaurador. Magnífico y reconfortante, ...more
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Published March 9th 2010 by Free Press (first published March 9th 2009)
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Holly Yes, but I didn't find it too offensive. I don't see how he could keep it out when quoting the typical gang-banger lingo.
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Shelli
This book makes me want to love better. PERIOD. I have never had such a clear picture of how God loves even me... especially me. Everyone should read this book and buy 10 copies to give away. All proceeds go to Homeboy Industries.
Liz
Jan 01, 2012 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every Christian
It is interesting to me that if you read about people who work with the most wounded of human beings, they tend to have a very expansive view of God and a very inclusive Christian theology.

Fr. Greg Boyle works with Latino gangs in the public housing projects of LA. (I could have said "gang-infested" projects but Fr. Boyle makes a point in the book about language which brings shame to "life and love challenged" kids- I mean what do you think of when you say something is "infested"?) Instead he
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Herbie

I should mention, first, for the benefit of anyone who doesn't live in Los Angeles or follow closely the arena of gang prevention, that Father Greg Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, the most well-known gang prevention program in the gang capital of the US, Los Angeles. The organization's slogan is "Nothing stops a bullet like a job," and Father Boyle (or "G" as he is known) has made it his vocation to hire convicted felons straight out of jail and employ them in various Homeboy enterpr
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Heather Jacks
I have always been a little left of center; deeply spiritual, not terribly religious; a modern day hunter and gatherer of theological principles and wisdom. I imagine something akin to a recycling center inside my head. Everything separated and compartmentalized, waiting to be processed and then smooshed into something new; something that I can use...that `fits' me. In this new creation bits and pieces of many great spiritual traditions are found and the unused portions are released, like mist i ...more
Jennifer
From My Blog...[return][return]Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle is a deeply moving, heartwarming series of essays from some of the most memorable times of Father Boyle’s career. Father Boyle has been a Jesuit Priest for 25 years working with many sections of the population that others deem frightening at best, including his work at his beloved Dolores Mission and the creation of Homeboy Industries (which is brilliant and what he refers to as a “tiny drop in a pretty big bucket” yet one we a ...more
Robin
This book tells the story on Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in LA, and those of the "homies" that he serves. The organization helps gang members in LA find work, get their tattoos removed, and have a fresh start. I was inspired by how beautifully Fr. Boyle lives out his Christian faith. I think a lot of people could learn from his example of truly serving the poor and expressing love rather than judgment. However, as someone who is not a Christian some of his messages didn't ...more
Barbara
I heard Father Boyle interviewed on NPR a few months ago and was inspired by his work. He is a Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries in LA in 1988. Homeboy Industries helps former gang members redirect their lives and become contributing members of their families and community by offering training, job skills and much more.

Tattoos on the Heart is a collection of anecdotes of Father Boyle's work which are compassionate, inspirational, thought-provoking, funny, tragic and unforgettable. Hi
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Martha
I met Fr. Greg Boyle several years ago, and later began working as the psychotherapist in residence assisting people from immigrant communities to gang communities. Fr. G's life was previously written by another author, Celeste Fremon, who wrote about Fr. G but after many years, and after telling the many stories about his Homeboys and Homegirls at conferences and at universities, today, December 15, 2010, he spoke on the Dr. Phil show. Fr. Greg is a humble, holy, courageous and wonderfully comp ...more
David
The website caption for Fr. Greg Boyle's organization reads: "Homeboy Industries assists at-risk and formerly gang-involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training and education." While apparently accurate, having read about his experiences first hand it seems like a bit of an understatement.

Tattoos on the Heart contains the insights received by Fr. Boyle through his work in the gang capital of LA. Powerful almost seems an understatement as yo
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Hunso
I read Tattoos on the Heart because the title caught my eye. Regina King, the star of Southland, was interviewed in O Magazine in the March issue, and was asked what was the best book she had read recently. She named this one.So I looked it up on Amazon and loaded it on my kindle. I was on vacation at the time and I read it in less than 2 days. I once read somewhere that compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use. Fr. G is what we are all called to be, humble, caring, loving, and able to ...more
Sandy
I think I cried more listening to this book than any book - and that's saying a lot. I think I laughed more reading this book than most books I have read. Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries (whose motto is "Nothing stops a bullet like a job") in Los Angeles, has dedicated most of his life to working with gang members in the projects in L.A. He is my new hero. His life is dedicated to compassion and inclusion and joy, and his God touches my heart like no other ...more
Robin Boggs
One of the best if not the best read I've had all year. A collection of stories of a truly compassionate man Father Greg Boyle who founded Homeboy Industries in LA and has dedicated his life to reforming gang members by first showing them love and compassion and showing them that they are valued and that God loves them and created them the way they are on purpose. Then providing them with jobs and counseling and even tattoo removal. The power of God's love has no bounds! As Mark J Torres , belov ...more
Di Taylor
I picked this book up as it is the freshman summer read for the university I'll be attending in the fall. While several books have gotten to the very core of me of recent, this book has by far affected me on a deeper level than the other books. Father Boyle is the heart of what Jesus asks us to do for our brother and sisters – the good and 'the bad.' The story is thought provoking, inspirational and helped restore my cynical attitude towards our current world climate. On a cynical level it is ea ...more
Jennifer Defoy
The stories in this book were so touching. There were times I was crying and times I was laughing. Hope and compassion are really great words to use when talking about this book.

There were so many stories, and while they were all touching they were presented in a way that seemed a bit jumpy to me. If the stories had flowed better I would have been much happier with this one. But it was still pretty good as it is.

The language took a bit for me to get used to. Greg Boyle's language shocked me th
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Brendan
This is a profound work. It is a testimonial work about violence, gangs, and remediation in a broken community. And yet it returns the reader to fundamental questions of the existence of God, God's nature, and our response to inhumanity in our world. It does this by way of a narrative cataloging the events that have followed the creation of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. The author, a Jesuit who has spent the last three decades working with the former gang members and their families in some ...more
Judith
This is an amazing, inspirational, funny, sad, well-written book. Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries to assist the most violent gang-ridden section of Los Angeles. The style of the book is very casual, as if you are sitting at a party with an expert story teller, who never runs out of real life anecdotes. He is a preacher, but never seems to be preaching. In fact, it is the best spiritual book I have read in years and made me wish I was still a believer.

The author i
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Tim Eby-mckenzie
Quite possibly the most powerful book I have read to date. I spent late night reflection time reading this book over a period of months, just soaking it in. I found myself unable to resist tears quite often, so moved by the compassion and wisdom reflected in the stories "G-dog" relates. The grace communicated so expansively through Father Greg's exposition of the "Narrow Gate" completely changed my perspective on Matthew's gospel. Before, I just hoped I might be able to squeeze in by the skin of ...more
Mike
A wonderfully moving (and occasionally hilarious) account of 25 years of work with gang members in Los Angeles. The author is a Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries, a program probably most famous for their motto Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job. But this isn't a "how to fix gang members" book. It's much more about living with and finding kinship with people that most of society prefers to either demonize or write off as unsalvageable or both. I highly recommend it. One of the be ...more
Katina
"G," Father Boyle, is a perfect contrast to Greg Mortenstern. Instead of bragging and inflating the success stories of his amazing organization, "Homeboy Industries," he tells personal stories and shares spiritual insights into what it has meant to him to serve and, eventually work alongside, an impoverished and gang-dominated public housing community in Boyle Heights, L.A.

Boyle is a strong writer and I really couldn't put this book down. I will probably buy a copy so I can (shamelessly) dog ear
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Michael
This is a beautiful book about Christianity, Catholicism, and what it means to be a human being in our broken world. Fr. Boyle is a Jesuit priest who has, for decades, worked with gang members in Los Angeles. He writes with great tenderness and humanity about a group of people someone like me would cross the street to avoid. The thing is, the 'homies' really are bad dudes: they are violent, uneducated, drug dealers/uses, and completely self-destructive, but it is Fr. Boyle's passionate insistenc ...more
Frank
This was the all-school summer reading book for the school where I teach. It's a quick read—vivid, often humorous, full of interesting stories about the lives of LA gang members that Boyle, drawing on years of homilies that he has given, has turned into parables about God, suffering, and, as the title indicates, the power of boundless compassion. The book offers an interesting contrast to a couple other books I read this summer—Behind the Beautiful Forevers and On the Run: Fugitive Live in an Am ...more
Denny
_Tattoos on the Heart_ is one of the biggest little books I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading. In clear and simple prose and with a penetrating eye and nonjudgmental heart, Gregory Boyle tells the story, through a series of compassionate anecdotes and with a generous sprinkling of inspiring quotes from artists, writers, thinkers, and activists from across the religious, cultural, and political spectra, of how misunderstood and maligned minority citizens attempt to build meaningful lives in ...more
Constance
This book is incredibly moving. It really underscored the power of love and compassion and kinship in a tangible way, so that sentences like "A spacious and undefended heart finds room for everything you are and carves space for everybody else" made me cry unstoppably rather than roll my eyes. Wonderful.
Chris
I've only finished the introduction, and I may have be moved by the spirit of the holiday season ... and despite being recommended this book by my ex-wife, I can safely say this book is GREAT! (Expect one in your stocking.)
Joanne Otto
This chronicle of a priest's interactions with gang members in L.A. is both heartwarming and heartbreaking and should be required reading for anyone who wants to learn more about the art of brotherly love. Believe it or not, it is also, at times, side-splittingly funny. I loved it.
Melissa Kasso
The more I read the more I enjoyed this book. It was thought provoking, heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful. Father Boyle, also known as G to the homies, is the heart of Homeboy Industries. He writes on page 124, "There is no force in the world better able to alter anything from its course than love." This is exactly how Father Doyle transforms so many lives. He continues to write, "Meeting the world with a loving heart will determine what we find there. We mistakenly place our trust, too often ...more
Tamara Springer
Really a 4++. Powerful book about the efforts of a Catholic priest in the gang capital of Los Angeles. His approach was to love unconditionally and provide avenues where gang members could be trained for a variety of jobs. Homeboy Industries has served as a model for other cities trying to cope with gang problems. This book was heart wrenching and provided insight into a culture that is far removed from my every day life. I have great respect for the work of Gregory Boyle. His essays are uplifti ...more
Anne Hamilton
Oh, what a stunning book. Ten stars! No, eleven!

I cried (a lot), I laughed (a lot), I had my heart ripped into little pieces and then bound up and anointed until it was whole.

This is the amazing story (or stories, since there are so many real-life anecdotes told here) of Fr. Gregory Boyle in the gang neighbourhoods (ok, I learned that is a tautology through the book, but never mind) of LA. It's about compassion and love and naming and shame. I was researching the connection between shame and nam
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Chuck Jackson
Wonderful!
It is a telling of many interconnected anecdotes with no overarching narrative but a theme of loving our neighbors. We are all challenged by saying yes the 25th time and yet this is what Greg Boyle does.

Inspiring, motivating, heart wrenching that people live like this and we mostly ignore them. Many, many quotes I could put in here. Here is one:

I was brought up and educated to give assent to certain propositions. God is love, for example. You can see" God loves us, "and yet there is t
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Webster Bull
I am enthralled. Tattoos on the Heart, by Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle, is a constant inspiration, from paragraph to paragraph, chapter to chapter. Buy it, read it, then read it again.

I downloaded the audiobook thanks to a tip from a friend, and I had heard it all in 48 hours, thanks to a round-trip Boston-New York solo car ride, complete with iPhone, Audible.com app, and ear buds. The beauty of the audio version is that it is read by the author, over 30 years a Jesuit and founder of Homeboy Ind
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