Tattoos on the Heart

The Power of Boundless Compassion

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“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.
  • Free Press; March 2010
  • ISBN 9781439171776
  • Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
  • Title: Tattoos on the Heart
  • Author: Gregory Boyle
  • Imprint: Free Press

Customer Reviews


Michael M.
5/14/2017
Verified Buyer
Eye opening testimony to love
You will walk away with a powerful understanding of the impact of unconditional love as Jesus practiced it.