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Friday, October 25, 2013

Between Heaven and Mirth: How Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life: Book Review

Read this book for yourself. Read it now and keep it close at hand for the future.

I do not have enough time and you wouldn't have enough patience for me to tell you all the reasons this is a good book ... and an important book ... to keep close at hand.

Jesuit Priest James Martin explores deeply just why joy, humor, and laughter are essential to a healthy, happy spiritual life. He gives you a brief and compelling history of why the Church (and by this I mean the Church all inclusive, not just Catholic, Protestant ... but all Church) went on a multi-hundred year binge of being oh so serious ... and why we needn't do so today.

Here you'll learn that joy is a gift from God well worth enjoying, you'll be told the difference between a good joke and a bad one (and why bad ones ... and I don't mean simply humorless or badly told jokes here ... are sinful), and how having a humorous, joyous, laughter-filled demeanor makes you just so much more attractive!

You will get to know the funny sides of many of the Christian saints of the past, long held up in statue and story as straight-laced dour people. It's refreshing.

You will hear from Catholics, Protestants, Jewish, and Muslim authorities on the essential nature of joy, humor, and laughter. From time to time, you may even laugh.

Again, I highly recommend this book. And now, I'm out of time. But I will leave you with this, a very brief definition of joy: "Joy is happiness in God." I like that.

This book lists for $25.99 in hard back and is well worth it.


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