Father Joe

Father Joe

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.

Author: Tony Hendra

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588363817

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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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.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

A Literary Cavalcade III

A Literary Cavalcade   III

But, alas, the priest has other ideas. And Hendra meets “the man who saved my soul.” For Father Joe knows how to handle innocent youth, and the boy relates to the simplicity and goodness of this man. This is really a love story, ...

Author: Robert A. Parker

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781300248385

Category: Fiction

Page: 418

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Author Robert A. Parker has compiled here his critique of hundreds of novels he has read. This is the third of six volumes that cover authors alphabetically, in this case from George Gissing to Milan Kundera. More than 85 authors are represented, including Greene, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Hersey, Horgan, James, Joyce, Kazantzakis Kafka, Kennedy, and King. They reflect a broad range of writing styles, cultural influences, and moral philosophies. All works are rated on their literary achievement, the effectiveness of plot, character, and setting, plus their recognition of the moral, ethical and spiritual values of mankind. Here is a unique critical perspective that measures the meaning of literature against the meaning of life.
Categories: Fiction

Lessons from the Crossroads

Lessons from the Crossroads

I am also doing the best I can as I take what I received from my parents and try to better the lives of my family . ... In the book Father Joe : The Man Who Saved My Soul , author Tony Hendra describes how Father Joe rarely spoke of God ...

Author: Ed Poole

Publisher: Lessons for Your Journey, I

ISBN: 0972074015

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

View: 936

Lessons from the Crossroads is full of stories and tales Ed has heard from others, tales that are now part of his life. The story of any one of us is, in part, the story of all of us. By telling the story of his experiences of reclaiming his authentic path, Ed inspires his readers as they discover humor, joy, laughter, personal meaning in their own lives, some sadness, but most of all, a sense of hope, love, forgiveness and personal excitement for the times their lessons are learned from their own crossroads experiences. While reading this book, you will become aware of the changes Ed experienced in his life which will provide insight into the many changes you have created in yours as your journey led you to your different crossroads. Ed shares his feeling about many of his struggles, concepts and relationships as he share his insights throughout Lessons form the Crossroads. Ed also has the unique ability to share his growth from the beginning of this manuscript to the end, and you will rejoice in his transformation as well as receive inspiration and courage to continue yours. It is the joy of sharing these stories as you write your own that will create a heartfelt connection to Ed and his wisdom for years to come.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Tokens of Trust

Tokens of Trust

and save her from the Nazi genocide , but the invasion of Holland had caught up with her . ... couple of years ago was a book entitled Father Joe : The Man who Saved my Soul.4 Tony Hendra was one of the scriptwriters for Spitting Image ...

Author: Rowan Williams

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 1853118036

Category: Belief and doubt

Page: 159

View: 674

Presents an introduction to the Christian faith which explores the key themes of Christian belief and the reality of living them.
Categories: Belief and doubt

Lift Up Your Hearts

Lift Up Your Hearts

with an English Benedictine monk who , Hendra says , " saved his soul . " * After being caught in a sexual ... Tony Hendra , Father Joe : The Man Who Saved My Soul ( New York : Random House , 2004 ) . I tell you that proclamation is ...

Author: James A. Wallace

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809143682

Category: Religion

Page: 364

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This brilliant collection of homilies draws on the Sunday (and feast day) readings to demonstrate the relevance of biblical interpretation to the life of a community and its members. The purpose of each homily is to address listeners who have gathered for worship by helping them to recognize that God is living, present, and active in the world, and also by helping them respond to God's presence by giving praise and thanks, and by living a life that accords with the teachings of Jesus. Taken together they constitute a valuable resource for the homilist in the creation of future sermons of equal relevance to the time and circumstances under which they are delivered. This second volume comes out of the same vision as its companion volume of homilies for the A cycle. At the heart of the B cycle of readings is the Gospel of Mark, which is widely believed to be the oldest of the four gospels and the authors present these homilies as material for reflection by both preachers and listeners.
Categories: Religion

A Praying Congregation

A Praying Congregation

Tony Hendra, author and comedian, writes of such a God in his book FatherJoe: The Man Who Saved My Soul. He tells us of Father Joe's experience of God: His God was gentle, generous, endlessly creative, musical, artistic, and engineer ...

Author: Jane E. Vennard

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781566994613

Category: Religion

Page: 145

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Pastors and others who want to develop their skills as teachers of prayer and spiritual practices will find in this book not only wisdom for themselves but easily accessible lesson plans, enabling them to share Vennard's insights with others while infusing the activities with their own spirit and creative ideas. Through this book, readers' hearts are made ready to explore the wonder of strengthening their relationship with God through prayer.
Categories: Religion

Explaining Evil 3 volumes

Explaining Evil  3 volumes

(N.d.) Inclusion policy statement. Birmingham, MI: Author. Furlong, M. (1965). With love to the church. London: Hodder and Stoughton. Hendra, T. (2004). Father Joe: The man who saved my soul. New York: Random House. Jones, R. (Ed.).

Author: J. Harold Ellens

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313387166

Category: Social Science

Page: 1003

View: 388

In this three-volume set, international scholars from across a broad spectrum of scholarly fields examine the concept of evil throughout history and world cultures from religious, scientific, psychological, and political perspectives. • Contains original contributions from 75 distinguished scholars from various religious and cultural backgrounds, including psychologists, academic and clinical sociologists, historians, philosophers, theologians, and professors of political science, ethics, and law
Categories: Social Science

Restless Souls

Restless Souls

Hendra's double life as religious satirist and troubled soul can be followed in Tony Hendra, Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul (New York: Random House, 2004); and Tony Hendra and Sean Kelly, Not the Bible (New York: Ballantine, ...

Author: Leigh Eric Schmidt

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520273672

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Yoga classes and Zen meditation, New-Age retreats and nature mysticism--all are part of an ongoing religious experimentation that has surprisingly deep roots in American history. Tracing out the country’s Transcendentalist and cosmopolitan religious impulses over the last two centuries, Restless Souls explores America’s abiding romance with spirituality as religion’s better half. Now in its second edition, including a new preface, Leigh Eric Schmidt's fascinating book provides a rich account of how this open-road spirituality developed in American culture in the first place as well as a sweeping survey of the liberal religious movements that touted it and ensured its continued vitality.
Categories: Religion

Embracing Grace

Embracing Grace

Hendra, T. Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul (New York: Random 2004), 177178, 244245. I am grateful to my friend Father Rob Merola for pointing me to this book. Hollingsworth, A. The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights ...

Author: Scot McKnight

Publisher: Paraclete Press

ISBN: 9781612611914

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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This fascinating book explains that the gospel is about the restoration of "cracked Eikons" (fallen humans) so that humans can be in union with God and in communion with the saints. In the candid and lucid style that has made McKnight's The Jesus Creed so appealing to thousands of pastors, lay leaders, and everyday people who are searching for a more authentic faith, he encourages all Christians to recognize the simple, yet potentially transforming truth of the gospel message: God seeks to restore us to wholeness not only to make us better individuals, but to form a community of Jesus, a society in which humans strive to be in union with God and in communion with others.
Categories: Religion

Futile and Stupid Gesture

Futile and Stupid Gesture

In 2004, Hendra wrote the confessional memoir Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul, which received glowing reviews, but became the subject of controversy after Jessica Hendra, one of two daughters from his first marriage, contacted the ...

Author: Josh Karp

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781569762271

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 434

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Now a Netflix original film starring Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, and Emmy Rossum. Comic genius Doug Kenney cofounded National Lampoon, cowrote Animal House and Caddyshack, and changed the face of American comedy before mysteriously falling to his death at the age of 33. This is the first-ever biography of Kenney--the heart and soul of National Lampoon—reconstructing the history of that magazine as it redefined American humor, complete with all its brilliant and eccentric characters. Filled with vivid stories from New York, Harvard Yard, Hollywood, and Middle America, this chronicle shares how the magazine spawned a comedy revolution with the radio shows, stage productions, and film projects that launched the careers of John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner, while inspiring Saturday Night Live and everything else funny that's happened since 1970. Based on more than 130 interviews conducted with key players including Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, P. J. O'Rourke, John Landis, and others and boasting behind-the-scenes stories of how Animal House and Caddyshack were made, this book helps capture the nostalgia, humor, and enduring legacy that Doug Kenney instilled in National Lampoon--America's greatest humor magazine.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography