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I, like many other secular Australians, admire Father Bob and the way he lives his faith and stands so strong in his work of helping his fellow beings I looked forward to reading this book, I learned a lot of background information about the man and his work and that has if anything increased my respect for him But, from this readers point of view, is a book that requires a bit of effort to stick with It is definitely a long winded and seems to repeat sections in a bit of a muddle in the central part of the book I very nearly gave up just after the halfway mark But I am glad I saw it through as the early life and beginnings of his work are fascinating and the final section well worth sticking for Interesting yes, would I recommend it to friends, maybe. Father Bob Maguire An ordinary man, who grew up in less than nurturing circumstances to become a great advocate and supporter of the poor, homeless and disadvantaged A man who was inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church to do good and to help those in need and who fought much of the hierarchy of this same institution to do so Sue Williams tells the story of how Father Bob came to be the man he is today A man who considered people to be the priority of the Catholic Church, rather than position, wealth and ceremony Heavily influenced by the Vatican II council, one which would have seen great change to the Catholic Church, had it not been crushed by the conservative parties of the Church Williams exposes Father Bob to be a man that considers other people before himself and tries uses his position, both in the Church and in the media, to benefit the poorer of our country A man who ultimately was betrayed by his own Church and deemed not for service, officially because of his age but unofficially because he refused to toe the line and challenged authority, much like Jesus did himself An easy read. I don t read a lot of biography but this was on my list for a long time He s my sort of guy intelligent, reflective, curious and able to act out of a deep compassion and empathy for the less fortunate in our midst He s also got a great sense of humour, rat cunning, and the ability to cut through the cant and hypocrisy of the Catholic Church hierarchy.George Pell and Dennis Hart got him in the end and what for Issues of power and control Giving too much money away to the sick, the poor and the needy No what they can t stand is that he is loved, despite his flaws Amen to that. Father Bob comes across as a committed, hard working man of the people whose humanity is never in question He is a thorn in the side of the members of the conservative Catholic hierarchy, and they force him to leave his parish at age 77 This doesn t seem too unreasonable, except that the parish is his life and all he wants It is a biography, not my normal read, and so comes across to me as a bit one thing after another I never felt it was a close look at Bob s character, but a casual, if well researched, look at a man from another time and place who manages to connect with those in need He probably would drive some people crazy but his schemes really work, in the most part, and he is not a man who, for all his big ego, is really interested in himself as a celebrity out of vanity, but as a means to raising fund to help the poor.As a lapsed Catholic the backstabbing, use you up and cast you out methods of the church are no fresh revelation for me, but it does seem rather cruel, careless even, but then again, toe the line is a mantra of the church, and Bob struggled to do thisbit like Jesus. I am a colossal fan of Father Bob and follower of his war cries aplenty So I was eager to learn about the man behind the mission as it were and leaped into this biography with high expectations Unfortunately I found the style in which his often dramatic life is portrayed by Sue Williams a little bland and lack lustre and in stark comparison with the title character It left me feeling a little underwhelmed although the life story it was relaying was full of pepper and spice and completely engaging in its own right Whilst I have not rated the book too highly, I would continue to rate Father Bob, 11 out of 10 and encourage everyone, regardless of creed, religious belief or circumstance to read it. I think this was very well written As someone who followed his media career from afar in Brisbane I became a big fan of Bob s from when I first saw him on Safran Vs God I was also a loyal Sunday Night Safran listener I think I listened to every podcast 3 times each He inspired me greatly I even started to believe in faith again I made sure that when I visited Melbourne in 2011 I went along to his mass at St Peter and Pauls He inspired me to believe in people, faith and to do no harm To see Gods work in ACTION I think this is how Bob would have liked his biohraphy to be written Yes he loved the showmanship of it all but for good use Fr Bob made me feel disappointed that my Irish Mick forebears converted to AnglicanismThe way the Romans treated him and forcing him to quit made me proud that they did Loved this book In Bob We Trust This is the life story of Father Bob Maguire a rare behind the scenes look at the much loved people s priest The enigmatic champion of the down and out was shaped by a lonely childhood in poor circumstances, an early priesthood that collided with the upheaval of Vatican 11 and working with the army during the Vietnam War This is a lively portrait of the man behind the resilient social activist and popular media performer who refuses to be defeated by enforced retirement from the parish over which he presided for nearly forty years. What an interesting man he is, you can only admire someone who comes from such hard circumstances, but still finds compassion and a steady faith in both people and God I enjoyed this book and the story of Father Bob s life I always enjoyed his banter with John Safran, I like knowing of his life And thank him for being the person most of us are not I hope he has found peace without his parish and beloved church So nice to have a positive catholic experience for once, though George Pell is now of a d in my view now than he ever was. {Download} ⚣ Father Bob ð This Is The Life Story Of Father Bob Maguire A Rare Behind The Scenes Look At The Much Loved People S Priest The Enigmatic Champion Of The Down And Out Was Shaped By A Lonely Childhood In Poor Circumstances, An Early Priesthood That Collided With The Upheaval Of Vatican And Working With The Army During The Vietnam War This Is A Lively Portrait Of The Man Behind The Resilient Social Activist And Popular Media Performer Who Refuses To Be Defeated By Enforced Retirement From The Parish Over Which He Presided For Nearly Forty YearsBob Maguire Some People Have Called Me A Maverick Or A Larrikin Or A Renegade, Or They Say I M Plain MadPeople Will Have To Decide For Themselves But Just One Thing Don T Ever Make Me A Saint Because That Is Something I M Most Definitely Not Honest and down to earth account of Father Bob s life The man is an inspiration and has completely modelled his life on that of the founder of the firm, Jesus Father Bob gives and gives Everything With no thought of reward or return It s a difficult choice for those of us with full bellies and comfy warm beds, but I think that, for him, there was never a conscious choice to make He just sees what needs to be done, and does it.