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

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

From The Colbert Report’s “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 James Martin

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Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, contributing editor of America magazine, and bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life with the Saints. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by HarperOne. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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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 fun...

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Patheos

You see, the subtitle of this slim volume is Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life, and though there are plenty of sour moments through this vail of tears, Martin’s book reminds us to remember that there is a time and place for everything, which he assiduously goes a...

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Spirituality & Practice

Martin then goes on to show how religious institutions can tap into the many spiritual resources of joy, laughter, and humor for renewal.

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St. Cloud Visitor

In the book, Martin makes the case that joy, humor and laughter are parts of a healthy spiritual life and that joyous believers will do more to evangelize than dour, humorless Christians.

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