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Tattoos on the heart : the power of boundless compassion

Author: Greg Boyle
Publisher: New York, NY : Free Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Free Press hardcover edView all editions and formats
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As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration. Tattoos on the Heart is a series of parables distilled from his twenty years in the barrio. Arranged by theme, these  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Anecdotes
Nonfiction
Named Person: Greg Boyle; Greg Boyle; Greg Boyle
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Boyle
ISBN: 9781439153024 1439153027 9781439153154 1439153159
OCLC Number: 424555446
Description: xv, 217 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Dolores Mission and Homeboy Industries --
God, I guess --
Dis-grace --
Compassion --
Water, oil, flame --
Slow work --
Jurisdiction --
Gladness --
Success --
Kinship.
Responsibility: Gregory Boyle.
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As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration. Tattoos on the Heart is a series of parables distilled from his twenty years in the barrio. Arranged by theme, these essays offer a look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JCPenney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God's love. From ten-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. Inspired by faith but applicable to anyone trying to be good, these stories are full of revelations and observations of the community in which Boyle works and of the many lives he has helped save. These essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love in difficult times and the importance of fighting despair.

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