UNLIMITED BOOK ò Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul - by Tony Hendra
Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PMBy Tony Hendra

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 foundA 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 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.From the Hardcover edition.
  • Title: Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul
  • Author: Tony Hendra
  • ISBN: 9780812972344
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback

Comments

Noel Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
I was fully prepared to go to battle with this book I knew it was about a Catholic kid who found a mentor in a Benedictine Catholic monk.I don t like Catholics, I don t like Benedictines and I don t like monks I have to go back a few years I was in a Methodist church I had read some very good reviews on this book I was less cynical I started to read it and found out that our pastor had just finished it and loved it That same week, I left the Methodist church in disgust, not so much with the chur [...]
Click to Replay
Tung Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Tony Hendra is a British satirist with a Forrest Gump like lifetime He performed in college with John Cleese and Graham Chapman Monty Python fame was editor of the National Lampoon was in This is Spinal Tap attended school with Stephen Hawking and other famous people This memoir supposedly focuses on his spirituality his early years when he wanted to become a monk, his lifetime straying from his faith and his return to his faith in his later years all as the direct result of knowing a monk named [...]
Click to Replay
Lisa Butterworth Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
This was the best book I ve ever read in my whole life Okay, maybe not really, but it was stupendously awesomely fantastically beautifully relevantly perfectly exactly what I needed to read right not Tony Hendra probably most famous for his role as the Spinal Tap s Manager writes a memoir about himself and his relationship with Father Joe, a benedictine monk It starts when he is fourteen and visits him as a confessor after an affair with a married woman His love and admiration for Father Joe spa [...]
Click to Replay
Leroy Seat Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
I found this to be a very interesting, moving book Earlier this year I had read, and was greatly impressed by, Hendra s The Messiah on Morris Avenue, so I was captivated by this book, which is Hendra s memoirs I had not read the magazines he wrote for or watched the TV programs he was associated with Still, it was interesting reading, and Father Joe was certainly a remarkable person.After finishing the book, I had two thoughts I wish I could have had a mentor such as Father Joe and I wish I coul [...]
Click to Replay
Sandy T Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
I had never heard of Tony Hendra and didn t realize he was famous until I listened to his narration of this book But the title intrigued me so I decided to give it a go What I found though, was that this book titled Father Joe was much less about Father Joe than it was about Tony Hendra Hendra was ego centrical, obsessive, self absorbed, and never missed the chance to do some name dropping I was fascinated with Father Joe, however A Benedictine Monk from the age of 17, he knew about the world a [...]
Click to Replay
Callie Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Wow So, I never had heard of this book and just stumbled upon it Excellent writing spiritual odyssey I m in love The first half I listened to on CD, which I highly recommend b c it s read by Tony Hendra himself, so you get a good idea of how Father Joe sounded, and the jokes Hendra inserts in the text are funnier when he reads them to youSo much loveliness here, so much wisdom Hendra s journey from burning bright faith as a young boy who wants to be a priest to Cambridge youth who loses touch wi [...]
Click to Replay
Emilia P Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Apparently my papa read this book on a 3 day silent retreat and came home and raved about it I vaguely remember this and thinking it sounded weird So I am glad the book on CD found its way to me.This book was pretty wonderful It captured the potential for deep, serious, sincere religious reverence of youth in the person of the author as a teenager determined to be a monk, as well as the torture of loss of faith and continued need for penance and peace of the author as an adult Which is pretty co [...]
Click to Replay
Patricia Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
I listented to this book read by author Tony Hendra I bought the book when it went on sale on Audible because I was curious about Hendra, having read George Carlin s memoir in which Hendra collaborated I didn t know much about Hendra except that he was a satirist and connected with the National Lampoon I also like memoirs that explore spiritual questions, especially those by authors who were raised Catholic.I have since purchased a hard copy of the book that will go on my shelf of favorite spir [...]
Click to Replay
Rosalind Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Hardly ever give books a five star rating, but this one gets one Found it in a pile of second hand books at a Salvation Army store What a gem Read it in two days and put reading the ending off for a perfect time of quiet, in order to savor the last few pages I am so grateful that the author decided to pen his spiritual journey and with complete honesty of all the bumps in the road, even a trek through atheism Father Joe was a great monk, but I know that there are many Father Joe s living their c [...]
Click to Replay
Joe Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Magnificent I was expecting something very different, saccharine at worst and fluffy at best This thing is gorgeous on so many levels Hendra is a big name in the American satire world and he tells his story with equal amounts of relish and repentance His honesty is ravaging or was it ravishing Anything but shallow and everything but ulterior in motive Gorgeous writing that parallels a depth of wisdom life has given him And, of course, the title is catchy.
Click to Replay
Robert Federline Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
God is real He is not an abstract, theoretical being in the clouds He is ever present and accessible Part of His mystery, however, is how He makes Himself present to us.The title of the book grabbed me, without knowing who either Fr Joe or the author was Fr Joe sounds like a likely candidate for sainthood in the future, although like many saintly people, his memory may just fade, while the ripples from the good he did in his life on earth still echo through the ages The author, on the other hand [...]
Click to Replay
Mary Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
This is an excellent read whether one is religious or not deep insights and not always those that one would expect.
Click to Replay
Skylar Burris Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
This book can t quite seem to make up its mind as to whether it wants to be a spiritual autobiography or a spiritual biography, and thus it never quite satisfies as either As the former, it s a sort of spiritual autobiography in reverse, a story of losing, rather than gaining, faith Or perhaps it s a story of gaining and then losing and then partially re gaining faith, which is the pattern of most spiritual journeys, I suppose The author is not likeable, but nor does he take pains to be He spen [...]
Click to Replay
Jay Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Enjoyable story of a life with learning and reflection along the way, led by a mild mannered Catholic monk While I am not a Catholic, I liked the description of the thought processes involved in choosing a monastic life, then being denied Hendra isn t afraid to describe in detail The alternative calling in the middle of the book was really out of left field and not explained in as much depth Or at least that explanation didn t feel complete it was too different from expectations Maybe that s why [...]
Click to Replay
John Turner Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
My girlfriend, a pretty devout Catholic, gave me this book, and once I started, I found it slow going at first The author discusses his teenage love affair with a British monastery, and I was quickly bored.But in the second section, he recalls abandoning his plan to become a monk himself, and embarks on a career as a satirist something right up my alley Hendra s portrayal of Father Joe, meanwhile, is superb, painting him as a foundation of faith and love, and Hendra s process of tying his and Fr [...]
Click to Replay
Cris Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
I liked the book but not the author It is spoken of as a book about Father Joe, and it is but it is even about Tony Hedra who I don t find really likable I do find Father Joe a fascinating and amazing person who I d want to emulate in some fashion so I m thankful to have been introduced to him.
Click to Replay
Jill Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Subtitle The Man Who Saved My Soul I so beg to differ What did Fr Joe do for Tony but send him out into the world to mess up so many lives His wife, his daughters Satire may be clever, but his part in the destruction of what others have built is despicable Satire is easy, chaotic, entropic This book is going in the garbage I wouldn t want anyone else to read it.
Click to Replay
Karla Petersen Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Perhaps one of the worst books ever written so bad that the only reason I m reviewing it is to make sure no one wastes their time on this one The writer is self important and uses his faith as a platform to name drop, fabricate, and exaggerate I wish I had this time back.
Click to Replay
Kat Orton Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
My vicar gave this to me to read, I found the first half a bit hard going, but the second half really made up for it and even found myself bawling my eyes out at the end.
Click to Replay
Ann Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
I wanted info on Father Joe, less on Hendra.
Click to Replay
Becky White Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
This was one of the most moving and eloquent memoirs that I have ever read I was aware of Tony Hendra as a former editor of National Lampoon, actor in Spinal Tap and raconteur of the 60 s 70 s So, although it came highly recommended, I was not really expecting much This book was not a biography of Father Joseph Warrilow, or even a memoir of Tony s relationship with him, as it is a detailed account of Tony s spiritual journey and Father Joe s constancy as a friend and a spiritual father I found T [...]
Click to Replay
Hope Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Book Challenge Category A Book With A Family Member Name In the TitleI am not sure what I was expecting when I started this book but it really exceeded it On one hand, this is a heartwarming tale of a friendship beginning with a turbulent teen and a fatherly Catholic monk that continues throughout the decades On another hand, it is a spiritual journey preparing for a cloistered life, turning to a secular career and away from religion, and then returning to faith at the end of life Finally, it is [...]
Click to Replay
Joseph Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
This book is almost a cross between a Monty Python movie and Newman s Apologia Pro Vita Sua The author s own spiritual journey is vividly detailed, yet with the piety of a British sitcom The author is upfront with his foibles and shortcomings which only allows the stark contrast of the mercy he receives and the redemption he pursues The main subject of the book is looked upon fondly by the author and for good reason Despite the author running the gamut of pursuing a vocation in the monastery to [...]
Click to Replay
Bonnie Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
it took me some time but I enjoyed this book It took me some time because there are many details included and kind of a rambling timeline, along with some intense relationships I listened to it on CD, read by the author who is quite talented in that regard I thought the memoir was a bit self serving, but will admit mine probably would be too I was delighted to hear Mr Hendra s reaction to the number of people in attendance at Father Joe s funeral services It seems Hendra didn t realize that his [...]
Click to Replay
Molly Stokes Henick Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Loved this book Tony Hendra has a knack for bringing you into the story He has also had an interesting life made all the so by Father Joe I want a Father Joe in my life please The book paints an interesting view of the hay day of national lampoon and the inception of SNL I laughed out loud at quite a few of his shenanigans especially during his youth He is painfully honest about his behavior I really didn t envy the women in his life He is such a product of his generation and better than most t [...]
Click to Replay
Kristi Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Really it s Tony Hendra s spiritual memoir, which is interesting and enjoyable, but at the end of the book, I thought, Father Joe is intriguing I want to know about him Wouldn t it be great if someone wrote a book about him
Click to Replay
Lynette Rambousek Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
This book received a 4 star because of how the writing just drew me in from the beginning I also admired Tony s telling of the good and the bad in his life We truly need Father Joe s in todays world
Click to Replay
Patrick Cooney Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
I appreciated the journey Tony went on and his friendship with Father Joe Selflessness was the big lesson I took from this book.
Click to Replay
Douglas Harold Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
Great story Sort if took me by surprise but I enjoyed it I think there is a Father Joe in all of us.
Click to Replay
Patricia Tennesen Aug 13, 2020 - 20:21 PM
A little wordy and about the author than Father Joe It is the wisdom of Father Joe that makes this a five star If only we had a Father Joe to guide us In part I guess most of us do in all of the great spiritual profits, yet very few of us listen.
Click to Replay

Leave a Comment

Name
Email
Your Comment
Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul By Tony Hendra 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 foundA 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 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.From the Hardcover edition.

Share this article...
  • UNLIMITED BOOK ò Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul - by Tony Hendra
    Tony Hendra

New Post

Latest tweets