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"Like music, laughter is a universal language. And Susan Sparks speaks this language like no other. [This book] weaves humor and the sacred into one beautiful work of art. If you want to blast some fresh air into your spiritual life, then by all means read this book!"
Naomi Judd, multi-platinum country music artist; actress; author, Naomi's Guide to Aging Gratefully and other books

"Thank God for Susan Sparks! By immersing ourselves in her honest insights, warm encouragement and hysterical stories, we're able to shatter the crust around our hearts that has kept us from fully experiencing the grace of life as God intended."
Peter Wallace, host and producer, Day1; author, Living Loved: Knowing Jesus as the Lover of Your Soul

“Pure joy. Lively and lighthearted examples illustrate the connection between guffawing and God. A must-read if you want to laugh, learn and lighten up your journey on your spiritual path.”
Allen Klein, author, The Courage to Laugh and The Healing Power of Humor

“The definitive book about how humor and laughter have everything to do with God. You will laugh out loud, and then it will move you to quiet contemplation and awe. It has done more for me than most of the theology books I’ve been forced to plow through. I’m still smiling ... and contemplating.”
Edward L. Beck, CP, author, God Underneath: Spiritual Memoirs of a Catholic Priest; ABC News religion contributor

“Helps us transcend to a higher and better place, no matter what our circumstances. A much needed balm for a world that often forgets how to laugh.”
Saranne Rothberg, CEO, The ComedyCures Foundation; host, ComedyCures LaughTalk Radio

“More than a delightfully written book; it is a Saturday afternoon conversation with a favorite friend at the neighborhood coffee shop. I hope that this is just the first installment in an ongoing Saturday afternoon conversation with a new favorite friend, Susan Sparks.”
Pam Durso, executive director, Baptist Women in Ministry

About the Author

Rev. Susan Sparks, the only female comedian in the country with a pulpit, is senior pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City (the first woman pastor in its 160-year history). She is author of Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor (SkyLight Paths). She has been featured on ABC, PBS and CNN, as a regular guest with country music star Naomi Judd on Naomi's New Morning on the Hallmark Channel, in the New York Times and in numerous comedy clubs. She is the recipient of an award from Intersections International for her interfaith work to promote justice, reconciliation and peace among diverse communities. Find out more at www.susansparks.com.

Rev. Susan Sparks is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Transform Your Life, Work and Spiritual Path Through Laughter
  • Life Transitions and Finding Your Path
  • Humor and Life Crisis
  • Presentation Skills Using Wisdom from the Courtroom, the Pulpit and Comedy Clubs
  • The Power of Humorfor Clerics, Chaplains andCaregivers

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594732809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594732805
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edward L. Beck on June 4, 2010
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Susan Sparks has done the remarkable: She has written a book that is touching, informative and funny, all at the same time. She has a skilled way of making spiritual and theological concepts accessible to every reader. You will learn something about yourself, others and God from this book. And more importantly, you will have a clearer glimpse into a God who who laughs with us, all the time cheering us on to deeper insights and more fulfilling life. I am in Susan debt for helping me see the God I worship is also one I smile with, and indeed laugh with. God seems closer to me as a result of reading this book. Fr. Edward L. Beck, C.P.
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Anyone who has ever seen a baby erupt with belly laughs knows that we humans were created to laugh, no matter how messy our diapers are. God obviously has a sense of humor, but somehow in the process of trying to live our lives as faithful people we've managed to smother a lot of God-sparked joy.

So thank God for Susan Sparks! By immersing ourselves in her honest insights, her warm encouragement, and her hysterical stories, we're able to shatter the crust around our hearts that has kept us from fully experiencing the grace of life as God intended.

-- Peter Wallace, host and producer of the weekly national radio program "Day1," and author of "Living Loved: Knowing Jesus as the Lover of Your Soul"
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Just devoured this book whole... it is wise, wonderful, and a joy to read... think Anne Lamott meets David Sedaris. Incredible!
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I bought this book on a whim because it came up as a suggestion. I am so glad I bought it. I love how Susan Sparks uses stories from her own life to show the importance of laughing. She talks about fighting breast cancer, overcoming anger and healing by using humor. I plan on purchasing more copies and giving them away as gifts. This is a great book and I highly recommend it!
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Love it! I recommend it to anyone who cherishes their spiritual life and their health (laughter is great medicine).
Susan Sparks gives volumes to live by and reflect on, in this book. So happy that it's Kindle friendly!
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"Laugh Your Way to Grace" gives you ample logical reasons to embrace humor in your spiritual journey. God is everywhere, especially in the laughter of children and in the many events of our lives, not only at church. This book is blessed and you cannot go wrong in ordering several copies for yourself and your closest family members and friends in their time of need. They will thank you. Highly recommended.

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I laughed out loud more than once while I was reading this and could relate so so much of Ms. Sparks wit and wisdom. I am a Parish Nurse with a rather bizarre sense of humor myself and found this book to be helpful in my own ministry.
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Currently reading this book for a spiritual book club at my church. We are enjoying the writer's style of prose and the thought provoking concepts she tackles. It is simplistically written, which was what we were looking for after some challenging books. However, despite its simplicity, it has allowed for wonderfully deep discussion and dialogue within our group!
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