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.
I have a tendency to be dour and serious Fr Martin shows how joy (closely related to humor) is a necessary part of any relationship including your relationship with GodPublished 2 months ago by George Bush
James Martin,S.J. is known for his humor, and he truly kept me laughing while reading this book! I had seen him at a lecture one time and he talked of how Church should be a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judy
We agree with another reviewer: This book is good but not as good as Father Martin's FABULOUS book Jesus A Pilgrimage. We bought both books for our Kindle Fire HD. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John of Door County
I likes the book but not as well as the other James Martin's booksPublished 2 months ago by Leslie Romanchick
I love all of Father Martins books but this one I could take a pass on......Published 2 months ago by Susan
This Jesuit explodes the myth that Christianity has to involve being gloomy. On the contrary, James Martin explains how rejoicing in the Lord should lead to laughter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maggy Clarke
Fr. Jim has a great sense of humor and finds the humor where most of us might miss the humor. I enjoyed being surprised once again by some of the wonderful moments that were fun... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Martha E. Lujan