Tattoos on the Heart - Gregory Boyle

Tattoos on the Heart

By Gregory Boyle

  • Release Date: 2010-03-09
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 381 Ratings


“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.

For twenty years, Father Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles—also known as the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he has distilled his experience working in the ghetto 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.


  • You Will Be Transformed...

    By TooTiredToCreateANickName
    You will have news eyes from reading this book. You will experience love and compassion for those you used to fear/dismiss/think bad. The world will shine with new beauty. You will love this book.
  • Incredible

    By JamesSaroka
    A moving and awe inspiring testament to the power of perseverant love.
  • tattoos on the heart: heart touching book ever.

    By Alex witrago
    This book will open your heart, and have you feel kinship thats in it.
  • Excellent

    By Pilot tracker
    Funny, heart warming, heart wrenching and most of all hopeful and shows that if we treat others as though they are important, they will feel so much better about themselves.
  • Understanding homies

    Thanks father G for giving me understanding, compassion n empathy into the world of L.A. Gangs. I promise to judge less n love more! Great read!!!!
  • Amazing book about real love

    By jmizzledee
    This book teaches us what matters in life: love, compassion, tender generosity, character, unselfishness. Be ready to cry, but know that it's worth it. To the homies fighting a system rigged against them, my heart and respect are with you and may you persevere above it all. Love and tranquility to father Greg.
  • Tattoos on the Heart

    By sshokler
    A book that will forever expand your mind and heart. Highly recommend.
  • Tattoos on the heart

    By Aliciathegreatest
    I am not a big book reader but this has been one of the most wonderful inspiring books I have ever read. I cannot believe it made me cry and laugh out loud. Must read book.
  • Tattoos on the Heart

    I think "G" Dog describes the power of God in a way that I have been searching for. I will read this book again just to allow my soul to bask in the power of the words written. I felt like I was at home reading this book. my prayer for me is that I am able to put these words into practice in my own life. my prayer for all the Homeboys and Homegirls is that they find a home and a belonging in the walls of Homeboy Industries. my prayer for "G" Dog is to keep doing what he's doing.It's working!
  • Tatoos of the heart

    By krblqn
    Rich real and riviting