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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (366 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Martin Narrator: James Martin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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: 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Whether you’re Catholic or Pentecostal, Buddhist or Hindu, or a stalwart atheist, Martin’s hilarious Between Heaven and Mirth will infuse you with this believer’s vivacity for being alive. Martin is a great spiritual teacher, and his book sanctifies the laughter we use both to praise the blessed and to endure the insuffereable. A classic.”

    Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author of Lit

  • “Jim is a Jesuit priest and a funny guy. I’m grateful to know both of him.”

    Stephen Colbert

  • “With insights from Martin’s own rich experiences, examples from the lives of the saints, explorations of some overlooked Bible stories, helpful ideas from classic texts on joy and laughter, and, yes, even some jokes, Between Heaven and Mirth is a unique and much-needed guide to help rediscover joy, laughter, and delight.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Weaving funny anecdotes and jokes with biblical and historical research and interviews with scholars, Martin does much to rescue the Christian tradition from joylessness. In his telling, church history is filled with levity…Winsome and comical but also provocative and thoughtful, Martin’s book is a breath of fresh air for those who would take religion—and themselves—too seriously.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Most people don’t realize that Jesus relied upon a sense of humor to spread the word of God, or that several saints were known for playful sarcasm that could evoke belly laughs…Martin’s book suggests numerous ways to foster the strength of gracious good humor and makes a wonderful case for replacing suffering and sadness with an abundance of levity and joy.”

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  • Between Heaven and Mirth will make any reader smile, as Father Martin wonderfully writes of the joy that God gives us. Humor and laughter have an important place in the life that God desires for us all.”

    Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

  • “Not only is this book onto something good, but it is onto something foundational. I have never met a somber believer who does much good for others in the long run. I have met joyous believers who heal, change, and transform the world. Jim Martin will tell you why this true!”

    Richard Rohr, OFM, author of Falling Upward

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/16/2014

    " This book is written by a Jesuit Priest. It talks about finding the joy and laughter in ones faith and focusing on the joy and abundance that comes from loving God instead of our sinful nature. I enjoyed the humor and stories. The Author is presuasive without being preachy. Authoritative without being condescending and mostly he takes into acount that all of us aren't Catholic. We all have met that serious, cranky, pious person at church who finds comfort in rules and focusing on humans sinful nature but as he says isn't it more fun to laugh instead? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janet Meissner | 2/16/2014

    " James Martin is very down to earth. This book gave me a lot to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Hanscom | 2/9/2014

    " Good book, and it could have used even more humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Carmen Garland | 2/6/2014

    " Read a little too much like a text book for me. Some interesting points though. I almost quit, I had to force myself "

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