Father Joe

The Man Who Saved My Faith
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: C2848
Released: Jul 23, 2004
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419307201
Narrator/s: Tony Hendra
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A key comic writer of the past three decades has created his most heartfelt and hard-hitting book. Father Joe is Tony Hendra's inspiring true story of finding faith, friendship, and family through the decades-long influence of a surpassingly wise Benedictine monk named Father Joseph Warrillow. Like everything human, it started with sex. In 1955, fourteen-year-old Tony found himself entangled with a married Catholic woman. In Cold War England, where Catholicism was the subject of news stories and Graham Greene bestsellers, Tony was whisked off by the woman's husband to see a priest and be saved. Yet what he found was a far cry from the priests he'd known at Catholic school, where boys were beaten with belts or set upon by dogs. Instead, he met Father Joe, a gentle, stammering, ungainly Benedictine who never used the words "wrong" or "guilt," who believed that God was in everyone and that "the only sin was selfishness." During the next forty years, as his life and career drastically ebbed and flowed, Tony discovered that his visits to Father Joe remained the one constant in his life-the relationship that, in the most serious sense, saved it. From the fifties and his adolescent desire to join an abbey himself; to the sixties, when attending Cambridge and seeing the satire of Beyond the Fringe convinced him to change the world with laughter, not prayer; to the seventies and successful stints as an original editor of National Lampoon and a writer of Lemmings, the off-Broadway smash that introduced John Belushi and Chevy Chase; to professional disaster after co-creating the legendary English series Spitting Image; from drinking to drugs, from a failed first marriage to a successful second and the miracle of parenthood-the years only deepened Tony's need for the wisdom of his other and more real father, creating a bond that could not be broken, even by death. A startling departure for this acclaimed satirist, Father Joe is a sincere account of how Tony Hendra learned to love. It's the story of a whole generation looking for a way back from mockery and irony, looking for its own Father Joe, and a testament to one of the most charismatic mentors in modern literature.

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Author(s): Tony Hendra
Narrator(s): Tony Hendra
Product Number Z00844
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449888657
Author(s): Tony Hendra
Product Number EB00165037
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9781588363817

Professional reviews

"NATIONAL LAMPOON alum and co-creator of numerous lauded and berated comedy broadcasts, Tony Hendra bares his midlife soul in a dazzling, touching, and humorous memoir. The unchanging center of Hendra's development from misfit youth to debauched Hollywood cliche was Father Ju, an unkempt, charming Benedictine monk. Hendra delivers his story with considerable appeal and honesty, his amiable, rueful British tones illuminating his journey over the decades, as he time and again struggles with his worldly self, always returning to the abbey and Ju for guidance and solace. Father Ju, a modern saint with the heart of a rogue, fully lives and breathes in the telling; Hendra's impression of the witty and compassionate Ju is a bravura performance. This not-to-be-missed recording delivers a considerable payoff through its slow and honest revealing. D.J.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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