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Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life

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In Between Heaven and Mirth, James Martin, SJ, assures us that God wants us to experience joy, to cultivate a sense of holy humor, and to laugh at lifes absurdities—not to mention our own humanity. Father Martin invites believers to rediscover the importance of humor and laughter in our daily lives and to embrace an essential truth: faith leads to joy.

Holy people are joyful people, says Father Martin, offering countless examples of healthy humor and purposeful levity in the stories of biblical heroes and heroines, and in the lives of the saints and the worlds great spiritual masters. He shows us how the parables are often the stuff of comedy, and how the gospels reveal Jesus to be a man with a palpable sense of joy and even playfulness. In fact, Father Martin argues compellingly, thinking about a Jesus without a sense of humor may be close to heretical.

Drawing on Scripture, sharing anecdotes from his experiences as a lifelong Catholic, a Jesuit for over twenty years, and a priest for more than ten, and including amusing and insightful sidebars, footnotes, and jokes, Father Martin illustrates how joy, humor, and laughter help us to live more spiritual lives, understand ourselves and others better, and more fully appreciate Gods presence among us. Practical how-to advice helps us use humor to show our faith, embrace our humanity, put things into perspective, open our minds, speak truth, demonstrate courage, challenge power, learn hospitality, foster effective human relations, deepen our relationship with God, and ... enjoy ourselves. Inviting God to lighten our hearts, we can enjoy a little heaven on earth.

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"'So a humor book and a serious theology book meet up in a bar...' Martin, a Jesuit who is something of a regular on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, makes a strong case for the necessity of humor in the spiritual life, offering what he calls 'a serious argument for joy.' Weaving funny anecdotes and jokes with biblical and historical research and interviews with scholars, Martin does much to rescue the Christian tradition from joylessness. In his telling, church history is filled with levity if you only know where to look — his portrayal of St. Teresa of Avila shows her to have been downright hilarious, and Jesus himself drew upon humor in ways we don't always appreciate when we read the Gospels today. Rather than laughter's trivializing faith, Martin sees humor as a faithful response to God, a default stance that invites other people into God's family. Winsome and comical but also provocative and thoughtful, Martin's book is a breath of fresh air for those who would take religion — and themselves — too seriously." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Between Heaven and Mirth will make any reader smile. . . . Father Martin reminds us that happiness is the good Gods own goal for us.” —Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

From The Colbert Reports “official chaplain” James Martin, SJ, author of the New York Times bestselling The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, comes a revolutionary look at how joy, humor, and laughter can change our lives and save our spirits. A Jesuit priest with a busy media ministry, Martin understands the intersections between spirituality and daily life.  In Between Heaven and Mirth, he uses scriptural passages, the lives of the saints, the spiritual teachings of other traditions, and his own personal reflections to show us why joy is the inevitable result of faith, because a healthy spirituality and a healthy sense of humor go hand-in-hand with God's great plan for humankind.

About the Author

Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, culture editor of America magazine, and author of numerous books, including My Life with the Saints, which Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of 2006. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media, having appeared in such diverse outlets as The Colbert Report, Fresh Air, The O'Reilly Factor, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, and on the History Channel, BBC, and Vatican Radio. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business.

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susanrosecsjp, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by susanrosecsjp)
A great read! I was laughing out loud at parts, and deeply touched as well. This book is for any serious or playful spiritual seeker, not just Catholics or Christians. For those not in the know, Fr. James Martin sometimes appears on the Colbert Report as Stephen Colbert's "personal chaplain." He brings that comic spirit into this book which invites each of us to enjoy life and enjoy God at the same time. I highly recommend it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062024268
Subtitle:
Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life
Author:
Martin, James
Publisher:
HarperOne
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Christianity-Spiritual Growth
Subject:
Spirituality
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20111004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.85 in 22.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'So a humor book and a serious theology book meet up in a bar...' Martin, a Jesuit who is something of a regular on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, makes a strong case for the necessity of humor in the spiritual life, offering what he calls 'a serious argument for joy.' Weaving funny anecdotes and jokes with biblical and historical research and interviews with scholars, Martin does much to rescue the Christian tradition from joylessness. In his telling, church history is filled with levity if you only know where to look — his portrayal of St. Teresa of Avila shows her to have been downright hilarious, and Jesus himself drew upon humor in ways we don't always appreciate when we read the Gospels today. Rather than laughter's trivializing faith, Martin sees humor as a faithful response to God, a default stance that invites other people into God's family. Winsome and comical but also provocative and thoughtful, Martin's book is a breath of fresh air for those who would take religion — and themselves — too seriously." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Between Heaven and Mirth will make any reader smile. . . . Father Martin reminds us that happiness is the good Gods own goal for us.” —Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

From The Colbert Reports “official chaplain” James Martin, SJ, author of the New York Times bestselling The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, comes a revolutionary look at how joy, humor, and laughter can change our lives and save our spirits. A Jesuit priest with a busy media ministry, Martin understands the intersections between spirituality and daily life.  In Between Heaven and Mirth, he uses scriptural passages, the lives of the saints, the spiritual teachings of other traditions, and his own personal reflections to show us why joy is the inevitable result of faith, because a healthy spirituality and a healthy sense of humor go hand-in-hand with God's great plan for humankind.

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