The Messiah of Morris Avenue

The Messiah of Morris Avenue

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Tony Hendra's "Father Joe "became a new classic of faith and spirituality-- even for those not usually so inclined. Now he's back with a novel set in a very reverent future where Church and State always walk hand-in-hand. Fade in as Johnny Greco-- a fallen journalist, who nurses a few grudges along with his cocktails, stumbles onto a story that intrigues him. It seems a young man named Jay is driving about New Jersey in a beat-up van preaching radical notions like kindness and generosity--and even tossing off a few miracles.
How better, Johnny schemes, to stick it to Reverend Sabbath (America's #1 Holy Warrior) than to write a headline-making story announcing Jay as the Second Coming? Then something strange happens. Died-in-the-wool skeptic Johnny actually finds his own life being transformed by the new messiah.
Hilarious and genuinely moving, "The Messiah of Morris Avenue" brings to life a savior who reminds the world of what Jesus actually taught and wittingly skewers all sorts of sanctimoniousness on both sides of the political spectrum. Writing with heart, a sharp eye, and a passionate frustration with those who feel they hold a monopoly on God, Tony Hendra has created a delightful story that reminds us of the unfailing power of genuine faith.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 173 x 179 x 40mm | 345g
  • English
  • 079274019X
  • 9780792740193

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Praise for "Father Joe: "
"Extraordinay, luminescent, profound.... I beg you to read this book....we need "Father Joe" now." --Andrew Sullivan, "The New York Times Book Review"
""Father Joe" is a many-layered memoir of a God-driven Englishman.... I could easiley have read the whole book in one sitting, but it's too rich, too powerful.... Like me, you might cherish this book so much you'll keep it on the shelf besides Saint Augustine, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Thomas Merton." --Frank McCourt
"I picked up "Father Joe" intending to read just a couple of pages and found that I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. The nature of a wise man, and the true nature of what wisdom feels like in action, are beautifully captured... The book's last episode brought unexpected tears to my weary eyes." --Adam Gopnik
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2 6% (17)
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