Tattoos on the Heart is a book that will imprint itself on you as soon as you start reading it. I’ve been looking forward to my date with this book before I fall asleep every night, and the minute I got to the last page, I just flipped the book back to the first page, and started reading it again.
It’s because it’s about one of my favorite topics: redemption.
It’s heart-breaking, and hilarious, wise, and beautiful and just a great, uplifting book, about what Faith should be for everyone who believes. I can’t even adequately express how much I enjoyed the stories in this book.
After a quarter of a century working with gang-members, Father G (Gregory Boyle) has amassed some pretty amazing “homie-propisms” that will make you laugh out loud, some comebacks that belong on a professional stand-up routine, some stories that hold their own along the classics of crisis and victory, and some wisdom that everyone can live by, because it’s been proven in the trenches, and it’s bulletproof.
I don’t want to ruin it by excerpting them for you, or reproducing them, you should really just discover this gem on your own, at your own pace, and knit your own relationship with this amazing book, that anyone living in LA should own.
This is a link to a great interview of Father Boyle with Terri Gross on Fresh Air, if you want to hear some stories that are in the book. It’s quite amazing.