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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: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. 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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More 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 (and the first woman pastor in its 160-year history). She is not only a ordained minister and stand-up comedian, but also a lawyer, a breast cancer survivor and a world traveler who worked at Mother Teresa's mission in Calcutta, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and rode across the country on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. These and many other stories are shared in her new book, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor.

Rev. Sparks has been featured in O (The Oprah) Magazine, the New York Times, ABC, CNN and as a regular guest with country music star Naomi Judd on Naomi's New Morning on the Hallmark Channel. When she isn't preaching from her pulpit, or lecturing around the country, or doing her stand-up act in numerous comedy clubs, including the famous Caroline's in New York, she's busy teaching a comedy course to clergymen and women of every faith. Find out more at www.susansparks.com.

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Sparks' perspective that laughter is great medicine for dealing with life's challenges.
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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.
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In her book she takes serious situations and makes them comfortable with her unique brand a humor.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edward L. Beck on June 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By rhb on June 4, 2010
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter M. Wallace on June 4, 2010
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sims on July 7, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By karendillingham on February 14, 2011
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Am not a big buy spiritual books kind of gal, but I read an article about Susan Sparks in "O" magazine. I'd just purchased my Kindle and decided "why not". OMG (and I mean that) I couldn't stop laughing...struck such a chord of honesty and not taking ourselves so seriously and quit sweating the small stuff...laughter is the best medicine. Doesn't really matter what your spiritual path is...learning to laugh at life and at ourselves, more often than not serves us well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sonshi.com on March 13, 2011
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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.

Thomas Huynh, founder
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dale Atkins-rosen on June 7, 2010
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Rev. Susan Sparks shares her own phenomenal journey as she inspires the reader to open up to the "laughing space" within us all. That sacred space is where healing light, forgiveness, love, compassion, creativity, and spiritual connecion live. Laugh your way to grace is a marvelous read and a thoughtful invitation to spiritual growth for those from all faith traditions.

Dale V. Atkins,Ph.D.,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vermonster on June 7, 2010
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Truly original! I've read books on humor and religion before--but nothing like this. Kudos to Susan Sparks for creating this entertaining, yet enlightening read. I highly recommend it!
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