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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829437398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829437393
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jake Martin is very frank in discussing the challenges of being a comedian and the challenges of the priesthood, but he also shows the joy that comes from both.  If you’ve never thought of comedy as anything other than comedy, this book will make you see the spirituality behind it.  A great read."
-- Ginny Kubitz Moyer, Random Acts of Momness


"What’s So Funny about Faith? is a very enjoyable read, especially for those of us who might not be willing to admit just how much of our identity we gained through movies and television. It is a refreshing apologia for popular entertainment – and is itself both encouraging and entertaining."
-- Cole Mateson, Transpositions


"This book is an all around winner for the life of a Christian teen. The voice in which it is written, the issues raised, and the penetration of the inner life of a teen, possess startling accuracy. While it is written by an adult, the urgency of having the courage to be your authentic self is the paramount issue for teens.”
- Catholic Press Association

About the Author

Jake Martin, SJ, author of What’s So Funny About Faith, is a Jesuit comedian and writer from Chicago. He is a regular contributor to America magazine and Busted Halo and recently performed a one-man show at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He lives in Berkeley, California, and has just completed his first year of Jesuit Theology Studies.

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Jacob Martin is funny and faithfilled all at the same time.
Eileen Szuba
My only "negative" is that the book seemed to end abruptly to me- I really wanted to read more of his thoughts!
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I have passed it on to others to read and they too have enjoyed it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2013
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Funny and sometimes poignant story of how a young comedian "left showbiz" so to speak, and joined the Jesuit order to become a priest. It is a great book for anyone who is interested in how faith and "real life" can intersect and both be enriched by it. The author illustrates how an "ordinary guy" whose main desire was to be on Saturday Night Live and who at one time considered himself an Atheist ends up on the road to priesthood. He is initially surprised that the order is okay with and even encourages him as a comedian and learns that faith and humor can co-exist.
A sidebar to the story is his depiction of comedians and comedy and he has a great section where he explains the difference between comedy with a "soul" that might seem "bad" but actually has a message behind it and the sometimes cruel comedy that exists just to get laughs, but hurts and has nothing behind it. My only "negative" is that the book seemed to end abruptly to me- I really wanted to read more of his thoughts!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MathTeacher on September 26, 2012
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This book has given me a new perspective on faith, and makes me realize that I don't have to be perfect, but that I can enjoy my life "while sitting in front of the television." I can't wait for Jake Martin's next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2013
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A series of recollections illustrating a journey from a career in comedy towards commitment to faith and to the Jesuit community, this book is both insightful and entertaining. It is a delightful read for anyone, and additionally, it would be a good recommendation to any young man or woman discerning a call to religious life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skfm on September 10, 2013
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In this great book, Jake Martin, a professional comedian/Jesuit, provides an autobiography/discussion of faith with hilarity and dead seriousness. He's a really funny guy with a really serious faith who entertains as he opens new windows into the life of faith for each person, regardless of of vocation, education, gender, age or anything else. It's not about being a practicing or "fallen away" Catholic or a member of any other faith. It's about understanding the Jesuit call to finding God in all of Creation, in every encounter, in every situation, it's about discovering and living a real relationship with the Lord.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne M. Straitiff on April 6, 2013
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I really wanted to love this book, especially because it was recommended by Fr. James Martin, the unofficial chaplain of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, whom I greatly admire. I was also hoping that it would be a great read for my 18 year old son, who went to a Jesuit high school, is now at a Jesuit college, who has a great sense of humor, and whose mother thinks he may have a calling to the priesthood! But I thought the book was poorly organized, ended abruptly (as another reviewer mentioned), and just wasn't as funny as I was expecting it to be. Perhaps the author was intentionally holding back on the humor so that his points would be taken seriously, but I actually think his story of answering the call to the priesthood would have been more compelling if we could have seen more of the talent and the potential "other career" that he gave up to join the Jesuits.

But don't let this somewhat negative review keep you from buying this book. I want Jacob Martin to succeed as an author, and I would challenge his editors at Loyola Press to do a better job of helping him to shape his works so that this career as a writer will flourish.
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