Between Heaven And Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, And Laughter Are At The Heart Of The Spiritual Life

Paperback | September 11, 2012

byJames Martin

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Between Heaven and Mirth will make any reader smile. . . . Father Martin reminds us that happiness is the good God’s own goal for us.” —Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

From The Colbert Report’s “official chaplain” James Martin, SJ, author of the New York Times bestselling The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, comes a revolutionary look at how joy, humor, and laughter can change our lives and save our spirits. A Jesuit priest with a busy media ministry, Martin understands the intersections between spirituality and daily life.  In Between Heaven and Mirth, he uses scriptural passages, the lives of the saints, the spiritual teachings of other traditions, and his own personal reflections to show us why joy is the inevitable result of faith, because a healthy spirituality and a healthy sense of humor go hand-in-hand with God's great plan for humankind.

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“Between Heaven and Mirth will make any reader smile. . . . Father Martin reminds us that happiness is the good God’s own goal for us.” —Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New YorkFrom The Colbert Report’s “official chaplain” James Martin, SJ, author of the New York Times bestselling The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, comes a revolu...

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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: f...

Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large ofAmericamagazine, and bestselling author ofThe Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,Between Heaven and Mirth, andTogether on Retreat. Father Martin has written for many publications, including theNew York TimesandThe Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the n...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:September 11, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062024256

ISBN - 13:9780062024251

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Laugh and Rejoice! With good humor, Fr Martin approaches the issue of humor and what it means to spirituality. A must read for all who have wondered if God intends for his creation to rejoice and laugh?
Date published: 2013-04-04

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“If you ever got in trouble as a child for laughing in church, prepare to be vindicated.”