Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life (Hardcover)
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.
About the Author
James Martin, S.J., is currently associate editor of "America" magazine and an assisting priest at the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola, in New York City.
Father Martin's articles have appeared in "America, Commonweal, The National Catholic Reporter, The (London) Tablet", and other Catholic magazines, and in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites both here and abroad. He is a regular commentator in the media on religion and spirituality, and has appeared in places as diverse as National Public Radio's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" and Fox-TV's "The O'Reilly Factor," as well as on the other major networks, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, The History Channel, and Vatican Radio.
Father Martin is the author and editor of several books, including his most recent work, "Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints", published by Paulist Press.
“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)
“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.”
“Between Heaven and Mirth couldn’t come at a better time since both individuals and religious institutions are feeling the pressure of hard times. Joy and a playful sense of humor are great antidotes to hopelessness and helplessness.”
-Spirituality & Practice
“Between Heaven and Mirth is delicious, well-crafted and well-paced. Martin draws on his own experience as a priest and demonstrates both a light touch and an impressive command of his subject.”
-Harvey Cox, the Washington Post Book World
“Between Heaven and Mirth uses biblical passages, personal anecdotes and saints’ stories to show the importance of humor to the spiritual life.”
-Catholic News Service
“Holy people are joyful people, Martin says. The author suggests ways that humor and laughter can be incorporated into prayer. This is a book that will make you laugh. Sprinkled throughout are many funny stories and jokes.”
“If you ever got in trouble as a child for laughing in church, prepare to be vindicated.”
-Scott Alessi, U.S. Catholic