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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. 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 because that s just the way they are normally depicted on pictures photos or statues serious glum looking definitely not smiling I used to see paintings like this before but I used to think that they are preposterous James Martin changed my mind There are indeed many passages in the Bible that are supposed to be funny But when we were taught about them when we were kids we were made to believe that they were to be taken seriously For example how could a mustard seed turn into a big shady tree that can serve as a home for birds James Martin was uick to add however that being happy is synonymous with being happy does not necessarily mean being always cheerful You are still not expected to always be smiling when you are inside the church or a religious event Or call attention to yourself by trying to be funny When your joy is from your inside it will radiate to your face it will give it a holy glow Look at really religious people like St Pope John Paul II or Mother Theresa Even if they were old wrinkled or gray or no hair they still look fresh and youngAlso as part of its conclusion this book says that being joyful and happy on earth while being good children of God can be a practice for our life after death He pictures heaven as a place where people are always happy smiling joking and joyfully praying all the time So if you are sad and grumpy on earth you will have a hard time adjusting yourself to the situation in heavenThat s why you should start laughing and smiling now Why not smile while reading or while writing your a review here on Goodreads Or even while reading this review of mine I am right here right now Thank you to my friend Jesus Mary Hao for lending me this life changing bookYou re the man brother

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Between Heaven and Mirth

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. Ultimately this is very a readable book penned by what seems to be a very affable guy It does however leave some elements to be desired when considering its subtitle Although he manages to not offend and at small intervals give praise to other religions this Jesuit simply does not have the credentials to claim this book s approach is about all spiritual life versus a Christian one Even his attempts at placing joy humor laughter at the heart of Catholicism are dubious at best especially when considering scriptureThe position that modern worshippers cannot see the humor because they simply don t get the jokes ie they were written for people literally 2000 years ago is a rather shaky attempt at contradicting all the smiting women are lesser beings and kill you kid because I told you so bits An attempt to define any type of comedy could pose this argument in its defense However a uarter of the world is not basing its moral codes political positions and gender euality issues on the dick and fart jokes made by an English baby and his talking dog on Family Guy This issue notwithstanding there are some very refreshing and salient points made by Martin with these being some of my favorites Humility can lead to happiness Simply because you go to Mass every Sunday donate a tenth of your salary to the church are an elder in your congregation or always attend the Shabbat Sabbath services at your synagogue does not mean that you are ipso facto holier than everyone else pg 91 92 Not all efforts need to accomplish something it is okay for you to be a human being from time to time instead of just a human doing pg 117 MY version is not necessarily THE version Humbling humor also reminds us that no one religious group has all the answersGod is bigger than any religion and can upend our human and limited expectations pg 161 162There is some sage advice offered by Martin that would be best applied to seek happiness for the sake of happiness and not to have the poverty of spirit to realize you are of lesser worth than God If I am to be so bold as to suggest an editorial thought changing the word Are to the words Should Be ie Why Joy Humor and Laughter Should Be at the Heart of the Spiritual Life would be a apt representation of the thoughts within But nevertheless what do I know I m about to watch a talking dog tell a double entendre poop joke to a babyBless you

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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 “official chaplain” James Martin SJ author of the New York Times bestselling The. If Stephen Colbert says that James Martin is ok then James Martin is ok Seriously tho a book about finding and keeping joy in your heart whether you are a Catholic or not something I know I needed to hear read and something that I think of us need to consider Joy is different than happiness and is something that we can have with us at all times which Martin shows by personal stories and accumulated wisdom I was glad to see how kindness figures into joy as I think kindness is so important and so overlooked The story that stuck with me the most is the one of white paint all of the good things in our life can be considered a can of white paint but all we can see is the one drop of red paint the bad or unhappy things in the midst of all that white andd soon everything looks red I suppose that sounds overly simple but I think it says a lot A very good book for anyone wishing for joy and happiness in their life Very recommended the book itself is well written and humourous with a few laugh out loud parts especially in the footnotesWhat ifs that cause us to worry about the future are usually a dead end in the spiritual life So are if onlys when they prompt us to fret about the pastJoy humor and laughter should be part of everyone s spiritual life They are gifts from God and help us enjoy creation A good laugh is a sign of love said Karl Rahner It may be said to give us a glimpse of or a first lesson in the love that God bears for every one of us


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 feel

  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

  3. says:

    If Stephen Colbert says that James Martin is ok then James Martin is ok Seriously tho a book about finding and keeping joy in your heart whether

  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 does not teach you how to get ahead but rather shows how you already are ahead Everything Fr Martin says is worth an inner joy His message has left me feeling relieved breathing easier as I stop should ing all over myself one of his many jokes At the same time he gives a balanced approach to happin

  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 because that's just the way they are normally depicted on pictures photos or statues serious glum l

  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 o

  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 to be desired when considering its subtitle Although he manages to not offend and at small intervals give praise

  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 strong spiri

  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 We

  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—are an essential part of the spiritual life Within his own tradition he gives examples from Scripture the lives of the saints and the lives of popes but he also draws on argument