Tattoos On The Heart, Hardcover   -     By: Gregory Boyle
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Tattoos On The Heart, Hardcover

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In Tattoos on the Heart, Father Gregory Boyle shares stories from his twenty years of ministry among youth in Los Angeles, coming out of gang membership and often prison. Boyle founded Homeboy Ministries, an organization which provides jobs, job training, and encouragement for young people seeking a better way of life. These stories, told with wit and wisdom will inspire you to live a life of faith and action.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Free Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781439153024
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Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest and the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries. He makes approximately two hundred speaking appearances per year and has received numerous humanitarian awards, among them the California Peace Prize. He lives in Los Angeles.

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    November 24, 2010
    Fran
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    Gender: female
    I am only halfway through the book and recommend it highly. I can't add a thing to Christy's review below - her's is beautifully written! Thanks, Christy! I can hardly put the book down. . .Fran
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 24, 2010
    Christy Lockstein
    Tattoos of the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle is the kind of book I want to press into the hands of everyone I know to make them read it and love it as I do. Boyle is the creator of Homeboy Industries which employs gang members in Los Angeles. Originally a bakery, it has grown to a silk screening business, graffiti removal business, plus more. They provide counseling, tattoo removal, and a wide range of other services for the entire community. Boyle fills the book with an assortment of anecdotes from the hilarious to the outrageous to the tragic. While reading, I kept sharing different stories aloud with my husband, because they are so stunning, I just had to share them. The message that Boyle wants his readers to get is that every single one of these gangbangers, no matter how hardcore, are in need of love, and to know that they have personal worth and value. He has faced a lot of prejudice in his dealings with them, and to the average reader, some of these people are truly frightening, but Boyle makes them always human and fragile. He speaks their language and gives them the opportunity to get a job, and to shatter the limitations imposed upon them by a variety of societal conditions. Boyle doesn't just share the "success" stories, but he wants to change the reader's definition of success. It can't be measured by a number of jobs or education, but by the number of hearts changed permanently by an organization who pours out the unconditional love of God. I dare you to read this book and not be moved by the stories within. Try not to cry as a mother loses yet another son to senseless violence. Don't smile when reading as a former gangbanger shares how he reads stories with his children each night before bed. These stories will tattoo themselves onto your heart.
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