For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith. 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 patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness . In each chapter we benefit from Boyle’s gentle, hard-earned wisdom.