Tattoos on the Heart Book ProjectDanieLle oberfoell
Preface & Introduction: This book is about Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in Los Angeles. It is filled with inspiring stories told by Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle, and as he said, was written to help "teach each other how to bear the beams of love, persons becoming persons, right before our eyes. Returned to ourselves."
Chapter 1: God, I guess: The main theme of this chapter is finding God. As Father Greg said, sometimes it can be easy to let God get tiny. Sometimes all we have to do is open our eyes to find Him. My favorite story from this chapter is the one about Willy. He isn't intentionally looking for God in his life, but his eyes are opened when he prays. He realized that all he had to do was listen to God, and knew that he "could not be one bit better."
Chapter 2: Dis-Grace: This chapter is about the mercy God shows to all of us, no matter how disgraceful we act. My favorite story is the one about 9-year-old Lefty. He stands up for his mother, and is willing to threaten a person more powerful than him to protect her. This is an extreme example of how we can stand up for what is right. We need to learn to be more like Lefty, and act as Jesus would.
Chapter 3: Compassion: This chapter is about finding compassion, even in the cruel world of gangs. My favorite story from this chapter is about Betito, who was killed for no reason other than being the "enemy." He was obviously not shown compassion, but we can learn from this story. We can help spread compassion by loving our enemies and helping others to do the same. By doing this, we can all help each other gain entrance into the compassion of God.