Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laug

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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 life’s 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 world’s 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 God’s 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.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Excessive Levity
Chapter 1: The Most Infallible Sign
Joy and the Spiritual Life
Chapter 2: Why So Gloomy?
A Brief but 100 Percent Accurate Historical Examination of Religious Seriousness
A Study in Joy: Psalm 65
Chapter 3: Joy Is a Gift from God
Humor and the Saints
Chapter 4: Happiness Attracts
11½ Serious reasons for Good Humor
Chapter 5: I Awoke
How Vocation, Service and Love Can Lead to Joy
A Study in Joy: The Visitation
Chapter 6: Laughing in Church
Recovering Levity in the Community of Believers
Chapter 7: I'm Not Funny and My Life Stinks
Answers to the Most Difficult Challenges of Living a Joy-Filled Life
Chapter 8: God Has Brought Laughter for Me
Discovery Delight in Your Personal Spiritual Life
A Study in Joy: 1 Thessalonians
Chapter 9: Rejoice Always
Introducing Joy, Humor and Laughter into Your Prayer
Conclusion: Get Ready for Heaven
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Review Provided By - THE Catholic Book Review Site

This item received 4 stars overall. Great Overview of Joy, Humor, and Laughter in the Spiritual Life

Sometimes you’ll find a book written by precisely the right person. When you see such a book you know that the author was born to write it. For instance, with all of its beauty and intelligence,Catholicism had to be written by Fr. Robert Barron. Likewise, nobody else could have compiled The Future Church like expert journalist John Allen, Jr.. And only a dreaming philologist like J.R.R. Tolkien was capable of producing Full Review...

This item received 4 stars overall. Martin's Mirth Manifesto - Humor is Serious Business

Most of the priests I’ve known have had great senses of humor. Some were more introverted than others, true, but it seems that a good sense of humor is a valuable tool for a parish priest – or anyone involved in ministry.
Fr. James Martin’s latest book, Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life, is a manifesto of sorts, calling us to joy in our spiritual life and humor even during times of trial. Fr. Martin takes his work seriously, including enough Jesuit jokes to please even the most discerning connoisseur of comedy. He takes us on a tour of humor in sacred Scripture, the lives of the saints, and his own experiences ministering to people Full Review...

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