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Between Heaven and Mirth Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life

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ISBN-10: 0062024264

ISBN-13: 9780062024268

Edition: N/A

Authors: James 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 YorkFrom the Colbert Report’s “unofficial chaplain” James Martin, author of the New York Times bestselling Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, comes a revolutionary look at how lightness, humor, and laughter can change our lives and save our spirits. A twenty-first century priest, Martin is keenly insightful about the intersections between Catholic precepts and popular culture. In Between Heaven and Mirth, he uses scriptural passages, saints’ lives, the spiritual teachings of other traditions, and his own personal…    
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/4/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.93" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Introduction Excessive Levity
The Most Infallible Sign
Joy and the Spiritual Life
Why So Gloomy?
A Brief but 100 Percent Accurate Historical Examination of Religious Seriousness
A Study in Joy: Psalm 65
Joy Is a Gift from God
Humor and the Saints
Happiness Attracts
111/2 Serious Reasons for Good Humor
I Awoke
How Vocation, Service, and Love Can Lead to Joy
A Study in Joy: The Visitation
Laughing in Church
Recovering Levity in the Community of Believers
I'm Not Funny and My Life Stinks
Answers to the Most Difficult Challenges of Living a Joyful Life
God Has Brought Laughter for Me
Discovering Delight in Your Personal Spiritual Life
A Study in Joy: i Thessalonians
Rejoice Always!
Introducing Joy, Humor, and Laughter into Your Prayer
Conclusion Get Ready for Heaven
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About the Author