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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gregory Boyle

Narrated By: Gregory Boyle

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: March 2011

Duration: 7 hours 37 minutes


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 breathtaking series of parables distilled from his twenty years in the barrio. Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we practiced compassion.

Erudite, down-to-earth, and utterly heartening, 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. With Gregory Boyle's guidance, we can recognize our own wounds in the broken lives and daunting struggles of the men and women in these parables and learn to find joy in all of the people around us. Tattoos on the Heart reminds us that no life is less valuable than another.


  • Cheryl K.

    A book of sadness and great beauty. It stays with me. God is speaking through this book.

  • Suzanne A.

    Beautiful, sad book. Well read. I feel like a better person after listening to this very compassionate book.

  • Lynda B.

    Incredibly inspiring and humbling all in one. This book made me laugh and it made me cry, and as another said “both at the same time.” The story of the lives of these kids will stay with me. My heart and my love goes out to them. Thank you Father Boyle. Forever grateful for the lesson of compassion that you teach through your work and that you shared in this book.

  • Anonymous

    Found this to be a challenge to follow. Clearly has a passion for the important work he’s dedicated his life too. I did not connect to it.

  • Javier S.

    Great book! Helps out if you know a bit of Spanish street lingo. I would recommend this book to anyone in any field of study.

  • Red G

    This book is hands down the best ever given to me. Firmly grounded in both reality and faith it is a funny and heart-breaking/heart-filling antidote to the sense of separateness and judging of others we so easily fall into. A miracle of a book.

  • Anne W. R

    You will cry and laugh out loud all at the same time. Beautifully written and what a treat to have it narrated by Father Boyle! He has a new fan and I've already ordered from Homeboys for my bundt cake. Thank you for a profound book.

  • Lisa Gilbert

    I loved this book! I'm so glad he narrated it himself. It was very inspiring. I learned so much from him regarding why these young kids go certain paths. I didn't want this book to end.

  • Vera Neves

    What a beautiful book. A lot of the stories are sad but you can't help but be inspired by the author, who is also the narrator. He is very funny and witty too, so I found myself laughing with him and some stories more times than I expected. I finish this book with a better understanding of why a lot of these "kids" end up in this terrible lifestyle, in gangs.

  • G. Paige

    Fabulous book. Enjoyed it tremendously. I'm always inspired by people who have the gift to connect with others and make a diffence. I also enjoyed Fr. Boyle's Irish humor woven into his stories. Thumbs up!

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by Gregory Boyle

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