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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.
We communicate through laughter. We are more than the serious self we try to so often project. Very funny and thought provoking book..Published 28 days ago by Steamerone
Fr. Martin has a great sense of humor. He's not afraid to poke a little fun at the church. A serious book written in a funny way.Published 1 month ago by Donald F. Stanner
Humor, joy, and faith are an essential trio. James Martin's. book brought me just the information I had been searching for a as well as fun jokes and stories.Published 1 month ago by Evonne
a light read, a bit repetitious at times, a couple funny jokes.Published 2 months ago by Celesta Carlson
Jim Martin! Enough said. One of the ebst spiritual writers of the first two decades of the 21st CenturyPublished 3 months ago by John D. Fitzmorris
Father Jim Martin, S.J. has hit the nail on the head. We need joy and rejoicing in our church. It is a step that must be taken if we are to imitate Jesus Christ. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael J. Newman
Great book , Funny slant on the deep spirual issues & the teaching of The Jesuits ..a must havePublished 3 months ago by grainne