Tattoos On The Heart

Author: Greg Boyle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439153154
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Father Boyle started Homeboy Industries nearly 20 years ago, which has served members of more than half of the gangs in Los Angeles. This collection presents parables about kinship and the sacredness of life drawn from Boyle's years of working with gangs.

Tattoos On The Heart

Author: Gregory Boyle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439171776
Size: 11.45 MB
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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.

Tattoos On The Heart

Author: Gregory Boyle
Publisher: Free Press
ISBN: 1439153027
Size: 13.66 MB
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Father Gregory Boyle’s sparkling parables about kinship and the sacredness of life are drawn from twenty years working with gangs in LA. How do you fight despair and learn to meet the world with a loving heart? How do you overcome shame? Stay faithful in spite of failure? No matter where people live or what their circumstances may be, everyone needs boundless, restorative love. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart amply demonstrates the impact unconditional love can have on your life. 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 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. In each chapter we benefit from Boyle’s wonderful, hard-earned wisdom. Inspired by faith but applicable to anyone trying to be good, these personal, unflinching stories are full of surprising revelations and observations of the community in which Boyle works and of the many lives he has helped save. 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.

G Dog And The Homeboys

Author: Celeste Fremon
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 0826344852
Size: 18.78 MB
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This is an updated edition of the story of the gang scene in East L.A. and Father Gregory Boyle's innovative ministry and economic development efforts in the area.

Jesus Before Christianity

Author: Albert Nolan
Publisher: Orbis Books
ISBN: 9781570754043
Size: 15.44 MB
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Nolan's portrait introduces readers to Jesus as He was before He became enshrined in doctrine, dogma, and ritual, a man deeply involved with the real problems of His time, which are the real problems of our time as well. In a new preface, Nolan reflects on recent work in Christology and how a book written in South Africa in 1976 still has a message for people today.

Tattoo On The Heart

Author: Paul Dabdoub
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1440415862
Size: 18.56 MB
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What does God really want from you? Look across the landscape of Christianity and you'll find everything from religious zealots, performers, good boys & girls, rule-keepers, to passive "what-else-can-I-get-from-God" church attenders. Somehow we have this sneaky suspicion that while Jesus was on the receiving end of a sadistic, methodical, brutal death, he wasn't contemplating an ambitious career move of carrying around a clipboard, cracking a circus whip, nor was he, in his final breath, bellowing out, "Now they can have the car they always wanted." We're at the very least mistaken if we haven't totally made a mockery out of everything. Put a mirror under your Christian nose, and be honest: "Are you alive or are you thriving? Is the life you're living really all God had in mind?" God's ultimate desire was to bring us into an encounter with him, leaving a permanent mark on our hearts so that we would become changed people who, in turn, change the world.