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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. Jesuit priest James Martin argues that if joy humor and laughter seem antithetical to spirituality and a relationship with God you re doing it wrongJoy humor and laughter serve many purposes They create a sense of community and of gratitude Our humor and laughter are celebrations of our humanity itself a gift from God Learning to laugh at ourselves keeps us from becoming too proud and taking ourselves too seriously Martin points to scholarly and religious studies about the role of humor in the Torah and the Bible Sarah named her son Isaac he laughs because of her joy Jonah farcial behavior and petulance raise uestions about listening to God s voice and the itinerant preacher Jesus spoke to crowds in parables that are full of exaggeration and hyperbole to make his point with humor There are many repetitious and overlapping points Martin lays the blame for that on St Ignatius and of all religious beliefs Christianity and Judaism get the most analysis but Martin s book is a welcome reminder of the joy of life and faith The Black Ice Score (Parker, understands the intersections between spirituality and daily life  In Between Heaven and Mirth he The Black Painting uses. Jesuit priest James Martin argues that if joy humor and laughter seem antithetical to spirituality and a relationship with God you re doing it wrongJoy humor and laughter serve many purposes They create a sense of community and of gratitude Our humor and laughter are celebrations of our humanity itself a gift from God Learning to laugh at ourselves keeps Fire and Desire us from becoming too proud and taking ourselves too seriously Martin points to scholarly and religious studies about the role of humor in the Torah and the Bible Sarah named her son Isaac he laughs because of her joy Jonah farcial behavior and petulance raise The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox uestions about listening to God s voice and the itinerant preacher Jesus spoke to crowds in parables that are full of exaggeration and hyperbole to make his point with humor There are many repetitious and overlapping points Martin lays the blame for that on St Ignatius and of all religious beliefs Christianity and Judaism get the most analysis but Martin s book is a welcome reminder of the joy of life and faith

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Between Heaven and Mirth

“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. I can t tell you how many times I ve had people ask me How can you be a Happy Catholic They then go on to cite the problems currently in the Church how hard life is in general and so on and so forthMy answer is that happy does not mean cheerful I m not talking about a Pollyanna ish insistence on always seeing the glass half full I m talking about a deep underlying joy that comes from the peace of mind in knowing Jesus really has overcome the world really is real really does love me personally Except in times of deep trouble or sorrow when no one in their right mind would be able to say that they are happy I have happiness as a foundation of my days I must add that even in those times of trouble there is a peace lurking in the background reminding me that all manner of things shall be wellI suppose that I am asked that because even the best of us tend to think that faith and religion aren t real unless they are sober serious and definitely not amusing humorous or joyful This never made sense to me because I have had too many times when God makes his point to me using a virtual nudge in the ribs and a chuckle There is that stunning moment when I realize what I ve gotten very wrong and then that hilarious moment when I realize just how ridiculously wrong I am and somehow you know I wind up howling with laughter and things just never seem too bad after thatJames Martin has written a book all about that very thing He writes compellingly that holy people are joyful people providing numerous examples of the people their joy and their levity up to and including Jesus The main premise is that joy humor and laughter help us live spiritual lives relate to others better and connect with God easilyMartin s examination of scripture and Jesus humor will be especially valuable to those who hesitate to think that humor and playfulness have a place in faith His case studies in scriptural joy look at a psalm the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth and 1 Thessalonians It gives us a fresh look at the familiar passages and perspective on the way the hearers would have understood it when the scripture was newI also really appreciated the chapter where Martin addressed the problem of living joyfully when life is difficult He discusses the fact that joy doesn t mean one is happy all the time how to find joy during times of pain what to do if you are not a funny person and what to do when working or living in a joyless environment This section is almost a primer on how to look at our lives with both gravity and lightheartedness It is one that people than Christians would benefit fromNaturally in a book of this sort anecdotes and jokes are larded throughout the text They always are illustrations of the point that Martin is making and yet in themselves contribute to helping look at things just a touch less seriously or from a different point of view My favorites were the ones that came from real life as those are the sort that are most genuinely funny Those are often the sort that help us in painful times as Martin points outThen she recounted the story of two friends whose mutual friend had died They missed her terribly said Margaret Silf They planted what they thought were daffodil bulbs on her grave and grieved all winter In the spring they returned to the grave to pay their respects and discovered a wonderful crop of onions They laughed until they cried and they are convinced their friend was right in there laughing with themThere were a few places where Martin was going so fast that he skimmed on providing all the information we needed for the book to be as solid as it could The primary place I noticed this and the one that kept bothering me was his lack of distinction when he compared Zachariah s doubt at the promise of a son after many years of childlessness who would become John the Baptist and Mary s reasonable straight forward uestion about how she could become pregnant if she d never known a man Zachariah the experienced priest who should have known better than to doubt is struck mute by the angel The simple uestion of the young girl Mary is answered Martin s joke in the footnote that Gabriel is gentler with women was amusing but completely inaccurate and that made me a bit wary of other such confident assertions about Scripture when they came upHappily there are not many instances of those problematic points Those aside this book is informative engaging and makes a solid argument for the case that joy and humor are integral parts of being human and the spiritual life Certainly this book is much needed to help lighten the mood of those who believe that only serious attitudes will gain us the kingdom of Heaven It most definitely is appreciated by those of us who occasionally must defend our faith because of our joyHighly recommended Husband From 9 To 5 us that happiness is the good God’s own goal for The Bonny Bride 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. I can t tell you how many times I ve had people ask me How can you be a Happy Catholic They then go on to cite the problems currently in the Church how hard life is in general and so on and so forthMy answer is that happy does not mean cheerful I m not talking about a Pollyanna ish insistence on always seeing the glass half full I m talking about a deep The Beleaguered Lord Bourne (Regency Trilogy, underlying joy that comes from the peace of mind in knowing Jesus really has overcome the world really is real really does love me personally Except in times of deep trouble or sorrow when no one in their right mind would be able to say that they are happy I have happiness as a foundation of my days I must add that even in those times of trouble there is a peace lurking in the background reminding me that all manner of things shall be wellI suppose that I am asked that because even the best of Bending the Rules (Sisterhood Diaries, us tend to think that faith and religion aren t real Hope Street unless they are sober serious and definitely not amusing humorous or joyful This never made sense to me because I have had too many times when God makes his point to me Burkes Christmas Surprise using a virtual nudge in the ribs and a chuckle There is that stunning moment when I realize what I ve gotten very wrong and then that hilarious moment when I realize just how ridiculously wrong I am and somehow you know I wind A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, up howling with laughter and things just never seem too bad after thatJames Martin has written a book all about that very thing He writes compellingly that holy people are joyful people providing numerous examples of the people their joy and their levity Just Wars and Moral Victories up to and including Jesus The main premise is that joy humor and laughter help Two Paradigms for Divine Healing us live spiritual lives relate to others better and connect with God easilyMartin s examination of scripture and Jesus humor will be especially valuable to those who hesitate to think that humor and playfulness have a place in faith His case studies in scriptural joy look at a psalm the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth and 1 Thessalonians It gives Kenget e Milosaos us a fresh look at the familiar passages and perspective on the way the hearers would have Early Chinese Religion, Part Two (220-589 Ad) understood it when the scripture was newI also really appreciated the chapter where Martin addressed the problem of living joyfully when life is difficult He discusses the fact that joy doesn t mean one is happy all the time how to find joy during times of pain what to do if you are not a funny person and what to do when working or living in a joyless environment This section is almost a primer on how to look at our lives with both gravity and lightheartedness It is one that people than Christians would benefit fromNaturally in a book of this sort anecdotes and jokes are larded throughout the text They always are illustrations of the point that Martin is making and yet in themselves contribute to helping look at things just a touch less seriously or from a different point of view My favorites were the ones that came from real life as those are the sort that are most genuinely funny Those are often the sort that help At Europes Borders us in painful times as Martin points outThen she recounted the story of two friends whose mutual friend had died They missed her terribly said Margaret Silf They planted what they thought were daffodil bulbs on her grave and grieved all winter In the spring they returned to the grave to pay their respects and discovered a wonderful crop of onions They laughed We are the Ship until they cried and they are convinced their friend was right in there laughing with themThere were a few places where Martin was going so fast that he skimmed on providing all the information we needed for the book to be as solid as it could The primary place I noticed this and the one that kept bothering me was his lack of distinction when he compared Zachariah s doubt at the promise of a son after many years of childlessness who would become John the Baptist and Mary s reasonable straight forward Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang uestion about how she could become pregnant if she d never known a man Zachariah the experienced priest who should have known better than to doubt is struck mute by the angel The simple Studies on Steinschneider uestion of the young girl Mary is answered Martin s joke in the footnote that Gabriel is gentler with women was amusing but completely inaccurate and that made me a bit wary of other such confident assertions about Scripture when they came Fantasies of Cross-Dressing upHappily there are not many instances of those problematic points Those aside this book is informative engaging and makes a solid argument for the case that joy and humor are integral parts of being human and the spiritual life Certainly this book is much needed to help lighten the mood of those who believe that only serious attitudes will gain Commanders Little Surprise us the kingdom of Heaven It most definitely is appreciated by those of The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 us who occasionally must defend our faith because of our joyHighly recommended

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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. I had seen the Rev Martin on several episodes of The Colbert Report and a few years back I saw him promoting this book and was intrigued Several priests in my life have had an incredible sense of humor some did not But I don t think it is any big secret that the religious leaders in our lives that we have a love and connection with are those with great senses of humor The Rev Martin seeks to tell us that faith and a strong spiritual life should not be such a serious and dour thing Sure there are dark moments when one feels a closeness to God but there are those moments of joy when you are also with God In fact it is joy and humor and mirth that should be at the heart of a strong spiritual life Do not be a afraid to laugh As long as the humor and laughter is not at the expense of someone else or an attempt to humiliate While the Rev Martin plays pretty close to what he knows that is the Catholic faith and particular the Jesuit order that he is a part of he does have many examples of humor found in the writings of Martin Luther as well as within the Torah and Islam You most definitely will find yourself wanting to memorize many of the side jokes he peppers within it I gave this book to my wife as a Christmas present because she is no doubt one of the happiest and joyful people I know She is also one of the most faith filled persons I have ever met There is no doubt in my mind that this is not a coincidence This book helped me to see many of the reasons why Not for everyone I know I would recommend it for people looking for something light hearted read but also those that like to read about religions and faith Can be very enlightening while your chuckling through it Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries 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. I had seen the Rev Martin on several episodes of The Colbert Report and a few years back I saw him promoting this book and was intrigued Several priests in my life have had an incredible sense of humor some did not But I don t think it is any big secret that the religious leaders in our lives that we have a love and connection with are those with great senses of humor The Rev Martin seeks to tell Engendering Song us that faith and a strong spiritual life should not be such a serious and dour thing Sure there are dark moments when one feels a closeness to God but there are those moments of joy when you are also with God In fact it is joy and humor and mirth that should be at the heart of a strong spiritual life Do not be a afraid to laugh As long as the humor and laughter is not at the expense of someone else or an attempt to humiliate While the Rev Martin plays pretty close to what he knows that is the Catholic faith and particular the Jesuit order that he is a part of he does have many examples of humor found in the writings of Martin Luther as well as within the Torah and Islam You most definitely will find yourself wanting to memorize many of the side jokes he peppers within it I gave this book to my wife as a Christmas present because she is no doubt one of the happiest and joyful people I know She is also one of the most faith filled persons I have ever met There is no doubt in my mind that this is not a coincidence This book helped me to see many of the reasons why Not for everyone I know I would recommend it for people looking for something light hearted read but also those that like to read about religions and faith Can be very enlightening while your chuckling through it


10 thoughts on “Between Heaven and Mirth

  1. says:

    Joy humor and laughter do those feelings belong to the religion? Often the religious are presented as having neutral or negative feelings but yes Yes these feelings belong to the religion any religion really the author mentions Jewish and Islamic positivity withinIt's in the Bible texts among other feelings in the Psalms in the story of Abraham when Mary visits Elizabeth in the earliest of St Paul's letters It is good humor not

  2. says:

    I can't tell you how many times I've had people ask me How can you be a Happy Catholic? They then go on to cite the problems currently in the Church how hard life is in general and so on and so forthMy answer is that happy does not me

  3. says:

    If Stephen Colbert says that James Martin is ok then James Martin is ok Seriously tho a book about finding and ke

  4. says:

    With peaceful insight that is hard to find in a goal oriented life Between Heaven and Mirth is like a self help book that do

  5. says:

    I like books that move me or change my existing perspective on things After all if not for entertainment why read? That's the reason why I really liked this book by James Martin a Jesuit priest In my mind I can now picture laughing Jesus Mary and other biblical characters and even saints Prior to this book I could hardly imagine them smiling

  6. says:

    Jesuit priest James Martin argues that if joy humor and laughter seem antithetical to spirituality and a relationship with God you're doing it wrongJoy humor and laughter serve many purposes They create a sense of community and of gratitude Our humor and laughter are celebrations of our humanity itself a gift from God Learning to laugh at ourselves keeps us from becoming too proud and taking ourselves too seriously Martin points to schola

  7. says:

    Ultimately this is very a readable book penned by what seems to be a very affable guy It does however leave some elements

  8. says:

    I had seen the Rev Martin on several episodes of The Colbert Report and a few years back I saw him promoting this book and was intrigued Several priests in my life have had an incredible sense of humor some did not But I don't think it is any big secret that the religious leaders in our lives that we have a love and connection with are those with great senses of humor The Rev Martin seeks to tell us that faith and a st

  9. says:

    I sped read this to prepare for a sermon I'm writing on joy and humor in the gospel especially joyhumor in the context of the Mormon exodus West Thank the LORD for men like Father James Martin We need Holy Fools like him in the world Can you allow yourself to think that the wonderful or funny or unexpected things that surprise yo

  10. says:

    Written by a Jesuit priest Between Heaven and Mirth makes the case that mirth and all its companions—joy fun humor laughter joking

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