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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2006 Tony Hendra (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Hendra writes a heart-wrenching Passion story." (Publishers Weekly) "This is satire with a thoughtful heart, comedy with a serious message." (Booklist)

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  • Michael
  • East Peoria, IL, United States
  • 06-09-06

Really Great Story

This book really gets at the heart of what may happen, better yet what really is happening in our beloved country. It is more than just a social satire or political narrative about modern religion and the associated politics. It may one day be deemed as prophecy. Take a good listen to this incredible story. It might make you take a good look inside yourself. This book is well worth the time and money.

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 10-07-08

an anecdote for sentimental spirituality

This starts off as cute, fairly light social and religious satire, but becomes quite dark in the final third of the listen. It contains more theological and spiritual reflection than most audiobooks on those subjects. Unfortunately the novel is more relevant than when it was published.

It's not flawless satire, but the author deserves much more exposure for this novel for taking on (and so well) Empire Christianity.

This is definitely not for the "Left Behind" fan (since Jay refers to the rapture as the "crapture"), but it would be a healthy challenge to anybody who tends toward that kind of religious fiction.

If it were to be made into a film, Jon Stewart would be a great Johnny Greco, and Stephen Colbert, the Rev. Jimmy.

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Creative (creation?) dystopian novel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. The performance was consistent and well-paired to the novel. While the author's version of a future hijacked by religious doctrine is well thought-out and a terrifying but fascinating thing to imagine.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely Pastor Bob, it's like Buddy Christ from Dogma but with speaking power.

Have you listened to any of John Bedford Lloyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never heard any other performances by the narrator so I cannot compare.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When all religion breaks loose, the messiah's return will not be televised.