Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

Version: Unabridged
Author: Tony Hendra
Narrator: Tony Hendra
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: July 2004
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 25 minutes
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When he was 14, Tony Hendra has an affair with a married woman. One afternoon, her husband, a devout Roman Catholic, discovered the two in each other's arms. The husband, acting more out of concern for Hendra's soul than out of anger, arranged for the teenager to spend several weeks under the tutelage of Father Joe at a Benedictine abbey in England. Expecting cruel treatment similar to that handed out by the monks in his Catholic elementary school. Hendra was surprised to meet instead a rotund, knobby-kneed confessor whose thoughtful, open manner changed Hendra's life forever. As Hendra reveals in this graceful, humorous tale, Father Joe acted not only as a confessor, but also as a friend and as the guiding spirit of Hendra's life (the author is now married with three children). Under the influence of Father Joe. Hendra passionately decided to follow the monastic life. At every turn, he met Father Joe's gentle insistence that he wasn't yet ready to enter the monastery. At Cambridge, Hendra discovered a new passion- comedy- and pursued it as ardently as he'd pursued religion. Hendra writes well (he spent several years as the head writer at "National Lampoon), chronicling the failure of his first marriage, his descent into substance abuse, his self-hatred and his incessant search for meaning in compelling prose and with clear-eyed honesty. Throughout Hendra's life. Father Joe stands by his side, like a gentle shepherd leading a lost sheep back to a place where it can graze safely.

Reviews (3)

Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

Written by EDB on February 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great Audiobook! I don't think I would have enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had read it. The narration was great and the voice of Father Joe added so much to the meaning of the book. A great lesson in humility and love.

Father Joe: The Man who SAved My Soul

Written by Peggy Newman on August 24th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed the book very much even though, often, I did not find the author to be a very likable person. Father Joe on the other hand, I always liked!

Absolutely loved!!

Written by Anonymous on May 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Touching and makes you want to meet Father Joe for yourself. The narration is exceptional!!!Great!

Author Details

Author Details

Hendra, Tony

Tony Hendra was recently described by "The Independent of London" as "one of the most brilliant comic talents of the post-war period" He began his comedic career with "Graham Chapman of Monty Python", appeared six times on the "Ed Sullivan Show", was one of the original editors of "National Lampoon", edited the classic parody "Not The New York Times", starred in "This Is Spinal Tap", and co-created and co-produced the long-running British satirical series Spitting "Image" for which he was nominated for a British Academy Award. He has written or edited dozens of books, most of them satirical, w