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Tattoos on the heart : stories of hope, parables of compassion

Author: Greg Boyle
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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Jesuit priest Boyle recounts his two decades of working with homies in Los Angeles County, which contains 1,100 gangs with nearly 86,000 members. Boyles Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the country, offering job training, tattoo removal, and employment to members of enemy gangs. Effectively straddling the debate regarding where the responsibility for urban violence lies, Boyle both  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Named Person: Greg Boyle; Greg Boyle
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Boyle
ISBN: 9781439153024 1439153027 9781439171776 1439171777 9781439153154 1439153159
OCLC Number: 1014097033
Description: xv, 217 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
God, I guess --
Disgrace --
Compassion --
Water, oil, flame --
Slow work --
Jurisdiction --
Gladness --
Tyranny of success --
Kinship.
Responsibility: Gregory Boyle.

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Jesuit priest Boyle recounts his two decades of working with homies in Los Angeles County, which contains 1,100 gangs with nearly 86,000 members. Boyles Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the country, offering job training, tattoo removal, and employment to members of enemy gangs. Effectively straddling the debate regarding where the responsibility for urban violence lies, Boyle both recounts the despair of watching the kids you love cooperate in their own demise and levels the challenge to readers to stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it. From moving vignettes about gangsters breaking into tears or finding themselves worthy of love and affirmation, to moments of spiritual reflection and sidesplittingly funny banter between him and the homies, Boyle creates a convincing and even joyful treatise on the sacredness of every life. Considering that he has buried more than 150 young people from gang-related violence, the joyful tenor of the book remains an astounding literary and spiritual feat.

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