Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul
Like everything human, it started with sex. In 1955, fourteen-year-old Tony found...more
"How I met Father Joe: I was fourteen and having an affair with a married woman." Thus opens Father Joe, a poignant, profound, and insightful memoir that surprised many critics. "How did a man known for left-wing screeds and biting satire come to write a book that _
After finishing the book, I had two thoughts: I wish I could have had a mentor such as Father Joe and I wish...more
I have since purchased a hard copy of the book that will go on my shelf of fa...more
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...more
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 prett...more
I'm still in the middle of the book; although I haven't been reading it diligently, since I've been working on school stuff as well. However, I hope to finish it by the end of this week and give it a rating.
After finishing the...more
This book follows the spiritual journey of the author from almost-a-monk to atheist and back again. When he was a young teenager, Hendra met Father Joe, a Benedictine monk. Hendra was so taken by Father Joe that he decided that he also wanted to be a monk. The first part of the book details Hendra's early thoughts about spirituality a...more
Mr. Hendra had a considerably less-than-ideal childhood. Though not as tragic as many dysfunctional families, it was certainly enough to warp...more
The author is not likeable, but nor does he take pains to be....more
The book is basically a rundown of Tony Hendra’s religious experiences. He begins when he was younger and he began down a path that was maybe not appropriate (I won't expand so as not to spoil it). As a punishment he was taken to a monastery and met Father Joe. The rest of the book explains his relationship with Joe with some of his life stories thrown in. Afte...more
Father Joe is wonderfully described and always portrayed as surprisingly in touch and pertinent. I was at times enthr...more
Father Joe sounds like a remarkable man. He didn't disapoint, although I did get a little miffed at Tony at times for being an idiot.
It's always interesting to read things like this to help you reevaluate your own faith and beliefs- and to ex...more
Father Joe is the older, gentler, kinder parent we all want. His wisdom and genuine affection for a extremely broken man touched me very deeply. I agree completely with Tony Henda that Father Joe was a saint. He had reached a place that not many people do. Here is an example of why I loved Father Joe so much:
You know you're in for a strange ride when Hendra begins the book with a monk, then plunges into the farcical yet poignant tale of how he met said monk. Hendra, age 15, was getting...more
Hendra is a unique sort with a thoroughly unique story.
His writing style is a bit choppy and sometimes borders on incoherent, but the feelings run deep in this account of his personal road to salvation, his relationship with Father Joe, and his many extremes along the way.
Hendra has led a very interesting life. The book touches on many personalities and accomplishments in his many years as a satirist and quasi-humorist. He is clearly a talented and intelligent man. But these w...more
Tony Hendra is a good writer and the story flow...more