An Actor Bows

An Actor Bows - Show Biz, God and the Meaning of Life by Kevin O'Brien - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

A lot of actors think they're good enough to be professional.  And even if they are, they seldom get to the place where they can actually make a living as actors.  Kevin O'Brien is the rare exception.  But even among successful actors, his achievement is rare.  He's done it all on his own, with his own acting company, his own plays, and his own unique niche in the world of theater.  He has done it because he knows how to connect with an audience.  But along the way, he found that he was playing a much more important role on a much larger stage in a much greater drama.  When an actor bows, it is an act of humility.  Especially when he bows before God.

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  • Kevin O'Brien is a great raconteur. A story-teller. A spinner of yarns. He uses this gift, what the Irish call the gift of gab, to weave and spin the story of his own life and his conversion to the Faith. He does so by offering anecdote after anecdote, woven with the wisdom that comes from the marriage of humour and humility. The overall effect is a book which entertains and edifies in equal measure. A delight! - Joseph Pearce, author of Race with the Devil and many other biographies

  • Kevin O'Brien tells us that he was an atheist at the age of nine. If that is not acting, nothing is! An actor's autobiography is a way of looking at life from the outside in. He has taken so many other parts that finding out who is there is always a challenge. When an actor bows, does he bow in his own name? Does he bow for his life or the lives of those whose being he has assumed at one time or another? It is a delight when an actor acts the part of himself and, letting us hear his voice, lets us applaud. This delightful book is itself worth applauding. - James V. Schall, S. J.,  Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

  • O'Brien's beautiful, hilarious, self-aware memoir of his life as an actor and as a Catholic gives a rare understanding to those of us outside the profession and faith. It is a confessional of deep insight into the desire we all share, to lead a full and loving life while being true to what we believe in. - Martin Olson, head writer, Phineas and Ferb, author of The Encyclopedia of Hell

  • A great memoir needs two things: a great story and a great storyteller. Anyone who has had the joy of watching Kevin O’Brien on stage knows that he is everything a great storyteller must be: funny, passionate, captivating, enchanting, honest. Who knew that his own journey from atheism to player in God’s own theater company was such a great story? Who knew that O’Brien had the same command of prose as he does of stage craft? Ready to laugh out loud as you learn more about the world, the flesh, and Kevin O’Brien? Pick this book up. But clear the time to get to the end, because it really is one you won’t put down. - Christopher Check, President, Catholic Answers

  • Kevin and I don't agree on much, but we both get that truth and fun serve each other beautifully. I used to want to sit him down over beers and straighten him out. Now I just want to sit him down over beers and hear more stories. - Steve Baughman, The Friendly Banjo Atheist

  • It's rare that one book will both make you laugh and cry. It's rarer still that one paragraph will. But in An Actor Bows, story after story, moment after moment, brings the divine comedy out of earthly tragedy, in a way I've never read before. Kevin O'Brien is a master storyteller, whose memoirs of show business get to the core of the human experience. As an actor myself, I loved this book, and resonated with all Kevin's stories. But as humans ourselves, I think all people will. We are created in the image and likeness of God, and so we are creators in the image and likeness of God... these stories of one man's love of his art and the sufferings required to live that out, call to the artist, the creator in all of us, in our longing for communion with God. - Kaiser Johnson, actor (Vampire Diaries, Sleepy Hollow) and author of Grit and Glory: Cross Training your Body and Soul.

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