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Tattoos on the Heart

The Power of Boundless Compassion

“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.

Thirty years ago, Gregory Boyle founded Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, his debut book, he distills his experience working with gang members into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.

From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JC Penney fresh out of prison, you learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Pipi you learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Lulu you come to 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.

(c) Eddie Ruvalcabra

Gregory Boyle is an American Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. He is the acclaimed author of Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the ChoirThe Whole Language is his third book, and he will be donating all net proceeds to Homeboy Industries.

(c) Eddie Ruvalcabra

Gregory Boyle is an American Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. He is the acclaimed author of Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the ChoirThe Whole Language is his third book, and he will be donating all net proceeds to Homeboy Industries.

Freshman Reading:

Rockhurst University (2010/2011)
Gonzaga University (2011/2012)
Holy Cross University (2011/2012)
St. Mary's University (2011/2012)
University of Scranton (2012/2013)
Villa Maria College (2012/2013)
George Fox University (2013/2014)
Loyola Marymount University (2013/2014)
University of Detroit Mercy (2013/2014)
St. Louis University (2013/2014)
Carroll College (2014/2015)
Xavier University (2014/2015)
Loyola University, Chicago (2014/2015)

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