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

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¿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, Tatuajes en el corazón demuestra ampliamente el impacto que puede tener el amor ...more
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Published March 9th 2010 by Free Press (first published March 9th 2009)
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David Yes, there is a good bit of profanity but not particularly offensive. There is no way to sanitize this story if faithfully re-told.
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Sep 23, 2012 Shelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Dec 24, 2011 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  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

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
Heather Jacks
Oct 14, 2013 Heather Jacks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Nov 18, 2010 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2011 Hunso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Danielle Palmer
Sep 09, 2015 Danielle Palmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book I would have chosen to read. My mom and I have a book club, and she chose this one, and I was dreading reading it. What a surprise I encountered, then, to find a book that is not preachy - but instead humorous, eye opening, and thought provoking. I laughed out loud more times reading this book on God and gangsters than I did reading any book that was classified as a comedy. This book made me grateful for the location and circumstances I have been born into, and hopefully less ...more
Webster Bull
Dec 06, 2011 Webster Bull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, 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
Jun 04, 2011 Judith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Di Taylor
Jun 19, 2011 Di Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ok, so this was a book I was reluctant to start, but we were reading it for book group. So two days before I opened it up. I knew the general story about Gregory Boyle's work with the inner city gangs of Los Angeles, and how he started Homeboy Industries . . . but wow. I can't even explain how much this book affected me. Not because of the horrible lives of the gang members, and even when they tried to get out, oftentimes they ended up dead anyway. But because of the many lessons and examples of ...more
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
Robin Boggs
Dec 05, 2014 Robin Boggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2011 Katina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"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
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
Mar 08, 2012 Constance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amy Wright
Nov 19, 2015 Amy Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Father Boyle presents a profound and basic understanding of God in the parallels between the Gospel and life in a gang ridden area. Although the majority of us do not live in an area full of gangs we can easily relate each of the concepts to our own lives. I laughed and cried throughout the book. His quote references that he used were spot on and so I say, "There but for the Grace of God, go I".
Feb 21, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars is a tip-off that I loved this book. Boyle is a great storyteller and his "memoir" is filled with poignant, beautiful, uplifting, real stories of serving with youth in gangs in LA. It's a great read.
Joanne Otto
Nov 25, 2013 Joanne Otto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 27, 2015 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An all time and instant favorite. i will be re-reading this gem of a book for years to come. next time, i will be sure to have my highlighter handy when i do.
Jan 29, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kerrie Schwandt
Sep 28, 2016 Kerrie Schwandt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What to say about this book?

First, the audiobook version: this is a must LISTEN book! The author/narrator captures the essence of each character and draws you into the language, mannerisms, and ways of speaking and thinking of gang members and those who interact with them. This is extremely well done!

Second, on the topic of compassion and social justice: YES! This book captures the heart of Jesus to see all people as worthy of love, compassion, acceptance, and second chances. We are so quick t
May 07, 2016 Kali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No daylight to separate us. Only kinship. Inching ourselves closer to creating a community of kinship such that God might recognize it. Soon we imagine, with God, this circle of compassion. Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased. We stand there with those whose dignity has been denied. We locate ourselves with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless. At the edges, we join the easily despise
Aug 06, 2013 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book packs a wallop! It's a series of vignettes about the work of Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit, with Los Angleles gang members. The stories are heart-breaking, hilarious, and interesting as he hires "homie" after "homie" to work and learn at Homeboys' Bakery in the neighborhood of Delores Mission Church, in a "hood" where Boyle has done as many as 168 funerals in a year, all due to gang violence.

At Homeboys Industries, the workers--young guys who want to leave a gang-- learn not onl
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As Executive Director of Homeboy Industries and an acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Fr. Boyle is an internationally renowned speaker. He has given commencement addresses at numerous universities, as well as spoken at conferences for teachers, social workers, criminal justice workers and others about the importance of adult attention, guidance and unconditional love in prev ...more
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“Close both eyes see with the other one. Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgments our ceaseless withholding our constant exclusion. Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new expansive location in a place of endless acceptance and infinite love.” 95 likes
“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.” 60 likes
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